Mesmerizing Stop Motion Animation Takes You Inside a Block of Wood, Layer by Layer

If you enjoyed the sanding stop-motion video we featured this past week, this creation is going to be right up your alley.

Called Waves of Grain, this experimental short film by Keith Skretch follows the mesmerizing patterns created by the grain in a block of wood as it’s slowly stripped away layer-by-layer using a planer.


As you’ve probably already figured out, the animation was created by taking a photograph of the wood grain after each pass of the planer. The rather psychedelic result highlights just how much beauty and variety hides in every grain of wood.

At only two minutes long, it’s a quick Sunday watch that’s sure to entertain.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • ms

    Everything is either MESMERIZING or STUNNING on here. How about, “here’s a video of someone sanding some wood” for once.

  • Chris L


  • Chris L

    I wish PetaPixel would post quality rather than quantity, half the “stunning” stuff from PetaPixel in my Facebook feed is far from stunning. :(

  • Chris L

    Not the first time they’ve oversold some yawnfest

  • Oj0

    I can’t be the only person who thought of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia while watching that.

  • CptNerd

    Some of the scenes kind of remind me of the time-lapse Voyager pictures from Jupiter

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  • Stiego

    Reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino movie

  • Sterling

    +1. I thought of sun spot footage.