These wooden vases are certainly beautiful, but you might not guess what they’re actually made of. Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika, of Studio Markunpoika, glues hundreds of pencils together in sheets and then used a machine lathe to carve them down into these bizarre and beautiful vases.

Pencils are utilized when giving form to our thoughts, illustrating our wishes and ideas. They are inseparably fused with craft and arts,” explains Markunpoika. “‘Amalgamated’ is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilized only for their primary purpose.

Source: markunpoika.com (h/t: designboom, thisiscolossal)

Here’s how Markunpoika made these curious vases: