This Handcrafted Bamboo Death Star Looks Beautifully Sinister

A new timelapse video reveals how Frank Howarth designed and constructed a replica of the Death Star from Star Wars using bamboo plywood. Howarth hails from Portland and holds a degree in architecture from Harvard. His video has become widely popular since its debut on YouTube.

The video allows us to see Howarth’s ultra-fine craftsmanship and technique before the Star is finally complete. On his YouTube channel, Howarth describes what took place, “The build consists of making two segmented halves that seam together at the trench.

Each half is made of 9 rings. Each ring has 13 segments (13 seemed like an evil number). There is one extra ring to help the two halves overlap at the seam. The superlaser dish was turned separately. The hole in the Death Star and the profile of the dish were cut on the CNC router to allow to two to fit together.”


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