• Jan 21st 2013 at 7:57PM
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If there's anything more manly than a V8 coffee table, it's a V8 coffee table carved from hardwood. That's exactly what Steve Brandenburg of Lexington, Kentucky spends his spare time crafting.

What started as a melding of passions has garnered Brandenburg recognition at local car and trade shows, in national magazines and even on PowerBlock TV. Now the artist wants to take his efforts to the next level, and he's asking for your help. A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to help Brandenburg Wood Works get off the ground.

Brandenburg carves all of his creations by hand, without the aid of a CNC machine, and the incredibly-detailed pieces are unlike anything we've seen before. In addition to full-scale small block V8 engines, the artist also whips up recreations of vintage oil cans, wooden spark plugs and wooden license plates (check them out here and in the video below).

Depending on pledge level, contributors to the campaign can expect to receive those goodies as thanks for their support. You can check out the full details on the Kickstarter page. While Brandenburg's immediate goal is to raise enough money to enter the St. James Court Art Show, he also needs more materials, a lathe and a cargo van to transport his pieces.

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      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful work, how is this guy not doing custom woodwork on mansions around the country?
      Kris O.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just pledged to get the 32 ford grill from him. I am winning at giving gifts to car people this year!
      Rikell Quintero
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shark Tank :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      cripes, Kickstarter or not I''d pay him just for a work of art like the SBC pictured in this post.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just don't source rosewood or ebony from India.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hehehe, wood.
      • 2 Years Ago
      very beautiful. i love it. http://www.yepi6.org | http://www.yepi8.org
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's very beautiful work but for less than half the money I can get an actual 350 to use as a table.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Growing up in Kentucky must be boring as _ _ _ _ !
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally a use for a SBC (aside from ruining Ford roadsters). Color me impressed.
      Lavell Riddle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love his work, and hope he turns this into a career, but this reminds me of something that could be on Shark Tank. i dont see the business side of it other then a real skilled artist doing a hobby, think it would would save time and be more profitable if he used a CNC machine. It wold ramp up his business. think he should go on Shark Tank, but i can hear it now MR Wonderful asking him what happens to business when he gets hit by a bus. All that said I do want some of his artwork in my house.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lavell Riddle
        I think in this case you could justify it as a good business. What I'm trying to say is it's like buying a nice painting. If the artist is good enough, and in this case I he seems to be, you are paying for his talent, his hard work, his name, his effort. Sure there are easier ways to make something but to me if it was done by cnc it wouldn't really be art and it wouldn't really be worth as much either.
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