Introduction: Wood Hand

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This instructable shows how to transform the bark of an common oak to a wearable hand/glove for your left arm. In general this intent is not very difficult. The only thing you need is bark, a few tools, a glove and a little bit craftsmanship.

The difficulty is to maintain the flexibility of the joints of your hand. In this case we all together have 15 joints, in addition we can rotate our hand through the wrist. While putting everything together, it is necessary to leave these positions blank where the joints compress and stretch the glove, otherwise the whole construction will be to inflexible.

Wood hand in action:

Step 1: Materials & Tools

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  • Bark
  • Adhesive
  • Gloves
  • Zipper

  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Knife
  • Pliers
  • Pepper mill

Step 2: Fragmenting the Bark

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At first i removed all wood fibers from the backsite of the bark. After that i had the pure bark layer. To maintain the natural look i tryed to fragment the bark to small pieces which i transfered in the natural formation to the surface of the glove. The size of the pieces was adjusted to the length of my fingers.

Step 3: Inking the Gloves

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This step is unnecessary if you use appropriate textile colors. I advise to use dark materials for the glove and the extension. As i used gray materials i had to prime the textile with brown and black color.

Step 4: Bark Puzzle

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Then i mounted piece by piece on the glove. In the last step i filled the gaps between the bark pieces with "bark powder".

If you have the few tools you need and a little bit bark already at home, this project costs only a few bucks (glove, adhesive). Depending on the adhesive you choose, it can be a little bit time consuming. As i choosed a slow curing adhesive (which stayed more or less flexible after curing) i had to wait after each mounted piece for 2 hours+.


Jonathan7marsalis (author)2017-06-08

Now you need to make a Wooden body suit

JTechie (author)2016-01-23

Hey question: You never show the palm of your hand, nor the inside of your forearm... did you leave those blank for purposes of flexibility and decided not show the blank side, or did you just forget to show that in all the pictures?

mattbenai (author)2015-08-14


Gunter187 (author)2015-07-13

that's pretty cool! Another project for my work bench!

AndroidMax (author)2015-07-04

I am Groot!

AndroidMax (author)2015-07-04

I am Groot!

steve.keith.52 (author)2014-10-21

What kind of gloves did you use?

ErinGoBraugh (author)2014-05-20

I might try applying this for a Groot cosplay

I am Groot!!


cchase3 (author)ErinGoBraugh2014-10-09


bcavaciuti (author)2014-01-18

this is awesome imagine a full body woodland camo suit that lets you properly blend in even if someone is looking straight at you and it could cover your scent a bit as well. i wonder if you could do this completely naturally with the pieces sown together with bark fibre (or any available dull colour cord) into your clothes and it could actually work without any synthetic glue or tools.

I bet you could. it would all need to have seperate joints. I think it would be cool to make a mask

jordanguy123 (author)bcavaciuti2014-01-18

Why not just use a morph suit. Its a costume if you don't know what that is

bigpig (author)2014-01-15

I did this with feathers and now I can fly!

ElCubano (author)bigpig2014-03-06

Lol dude nice one.

ElCubano (author)2014-03-06

This is just like Peeta's wood hand from the Hunger Games. You are a genius and nice work!

pickleman1234567890 (author)2014-02-11


giorgioska (author)2014-02-02

eaxexaxeaexaexexa Perfect

Wink79 (author)2014-01-22

This is awesome! Great work!! I can't wait to try and make one for myself!! And maybe my 2 boys lol

aradi (author)2014-01-19

slowly turning into the hulks father.

Money_Illusion (author)2014-01-14

Would be great to make a full body suit, paint it orange and go to a Halloween party as the Fantastic 4"Thing!"

n0ukf (author)Money_Illusion2014-01-18

For The Thing, it could be anything, not just bark. You might even find some orange plastic to break/cut up.

n0ukf (author)2014-01-18


chicopluma (author)2014-01-16

daammmnnn, and I mean DDAAAAAMMMMNNNN (drooling)

qewt (author)chicopluma2014-01-17

you took the words out of my mouth :D
(must have been messy because of the dripping :p )

hed420 (author)2014-01-16

This is awesome. Reminds me of the Hunger Games when the kid is hiding in the rocks and moss. This would be great for a gilly suit or hunting.

Dastan1996 (author)2014-01-16

This is amazing! Great Instructable too. Just one question: you said you had to wait two hours between sticking a bark piece and the next one... why? Couldn't you just cover the whole glove in adhesive and then put the bark pieces on?

Regards from Italy!

Prototyp 81 (author)Dastan19962014-01-16

The adhesive i used was curing slow. The problem you will be faced with after covering the whole glove with adhesive of this kind, is that the bark pieces will follow the gravity and "flow" down on the surface of the glove. Only the horizontal placed pieces will stay in the desired position. In my opinion it makes definitily much more sense to make lots of small steps than doing 1 big 1. Place one or two pieces on the surface. After a period of about two hours the adhesive has cured enough so you can turn the glove and cover another part with bark.

kaijura (author)2014-01-15

that is really impressive!

jdclifton1998 (author)2014-01-15

its easy its just a glove coverde in bark

alcurb (author)2014-01-15

This is a great technique to simulate tree creatures, a technique that should have been adopted in SyFy's Face Off ! You beat anything the FO contestants cast out of foam or silicone. Great job!

craft-n-genius (author)2014-01-15

Oh wow! this is like, the COOLEST thing ever!!! I will be making this! :D

sives (author)2014-01-14

So what brand of resin is recommended?

Prototyp 81 (author)sives2014-01-14

the brand doesnt matter. what matters is, that the adhesive/resin is not to stiff and inflexible after curing.

yellowcatt (author)Prototyp 812014-01-15

Great instructable. If I was making that I would probably use silicone frame sealant, it stays flexible and is available in dark brown. I will think about this for next halloween.

crazymustacheluver (author)2014-01-14


askjerry (author)2014-01-14

That is just plain freaky.... in a very cool way!

l8nite (author)2014-01-14

I was thinking you did a silicone mold, this is so much more awesome

Silence (author)2014-01-14

At first glance I thought "Hmmm, someone's been watching Hunger games" but this is pretty damn cool :D

Spyridoula Nemesis (author)2014-01-14

I love this! A ton of great haunting/Halloween applications in this one. Thank you!

xaraxania (author)2014-01-14

make a whole suit and nobody would ever find you

charlesian2000 (author)2014-01-14

It takes a lot to impress me, this is awesome.

qboid (author)2014-01-14

That is Realtree Camo. Literally. :)

DoofusOfTheDay (author)2014-01-14

Fabulous job. I bought some cheap welders gloves last week that are no good for what I bought them for. Now, I have found something to do with them. Where did you get that glue or I guess what other glues would work?

Kafukai (author)2014-01-12

WOW. Cool project, I would never thought on this.

BTW I think adhesive spray would be better to use.

Prototyp 81 (author)Kafukai2014-01-12

thanks, spray adhesive is not that appropriate. you need a thick layer of "flexible" adhesive between bark and glove.

Kafukai (author)Prototyp 812014-01-13

So if it is needed a thick layer, resin could be an alternative?

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