Wooden Minecraft diorama made of 750 individual blocks, took two months to make
May 26, 2021 | 10:59 am CDT



Master woodcarver, YouTuber, (and comedian) Bobby Duke's latest creation is a diorama inspired by Minecraft.

"I've been seeing really cool things online. People creating these little Minecraft dioramas using paper," says Duke. "Basically, I wanted to do that, but I wanted to combine Minecraft with wood."

Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time and currently has around 126 million active players. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects - commonly called "blocks." This gives the game a unique, blocky sort of look. 

Minecraft diorama

In order to make the diorama look like it came from the game, Duke had to achieve that look. He did it by making and gluing together 750 individual blocks of basswood, a painstaking process.

"We're just going to keep on gluing blocks together for another 100 years," he jokes in the video.

Minecraft diorama

He used more than a thousand custom waterslide decals to give the diorama its color and design. He explains how he made them in the video.

The only part of the diorama that isn't made of wood is the waterfall, which was made using resin. 

The diorama and video took two months to complete. The video has picked up more than a million views in less than a month.

It's easy to see why Duke has one of the biggest woodworking-related channels on YouTube, with 4.3 million subscribers. His videos are well-edited and show off his brilliant work. But his success to me seems to be primarily due to his personality. You'll see what I mean while watching one of his videos.

You'll certainly be entertained.

Check out his channel here.

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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at robert.dalheim@woodworkingnetwork.com.