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From Inspiration to Innovation: A Look Back at Holz Inspire

Have you ever had a creative spark that ignited a collaborative project? In 2016, that’s exactly what happened to me and a few friends. We were brimming with artistic enthusiasm and a shared passion for working with wood. This passion led us to embark on a journey that resulted in a unique project we called Holz.

Holz wasn’t just about creating art; it was about harnessing the potential of laser engraving technology to elevate everyday wood into something extraordinary. We envisioned transforming raw wood pieces into stunning laser-etched works of art, breathing life into coasters, wall hangings, and other decorative items.

Project Description

Holz (“Wood” in German) is a collaborative venture between myself, Sebastian Moreno, and Alejandro Arango. We combine our passion for woodworking and artistic design with the precision of laser engraving technology to create unique and beautiful wood art crafts. Our vision is to transform everyday wood pieces into coasters, wall hangings, and other decorative items that inspire and elevate any space. Through laser etching, we aim to create intricate designs and details that will resonate with our customers and establish Holz Inspire as a thriving wood art business.


Start date:10/01/16
Duration:12 months

My Role

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Programming

The Power of Collaboration

One of the most rewarding aspects of Holz Inspire was the collaborative spirit. Each of us brought a different skillset to the table, from design and woodworking expertise to the technical know-how of operating the laser engraver. This synergy allowed us to experiment, brainstorm ideas, and refine our techniques to create truly unique pieces.

The Allure of Laser Engraving

Laser engraving technology became the cornerstone of our creative process. We were fascinated by its ability to produce intricate details and crisp designs on wood surfaces. This technology opened up a world of possibilities, allowing us to translate our artistic vision into tangible pieces.

Technologies Used


To bring our laser-etched creations to life, Holz Inspire utilizes a powerful design and software suite. We leverage programs like Autodesk Inventor or Fusion 360 for 3D modeling and design, allowing us to meticulously plan and visualize our projects. Inkscape, a free and versatile vector graphics software, helps us craft intricate artwork and text for laser engraving. Finally, we rely on slicing applications like 123D Make or similar programs to translate our designs into precise instructions for the laser engraver, ensuring flawless execution of each piece. This combination of tools empowers us to transform artistic vision into stunning laser-etched wood art.pen_sparktunesharemore_vert


Our manufacturing process at Holz Inspire embraces a blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional craftsmanship. Laser cutting reigns supreme, allowing us to achieve intricate details and precise designs on wood surfaces. This technology forms the foundation for our stunning laser-etched artwork. However, we don’t stop there. To add depth and dimension to our creations, we incorporate CNC machining with our Charlie OX V2 machine. This allows for precise cuts and shaping beyond the capabilities of laser cutting. Additionally, we leverage 3D printing technology to create custom jigs and alignment tools, ensuring efficient production and consistent quality across all our wood art pieces. This combination of techniques empowers us to craft truly unique and captivating laser-etched art.pen_sparktunesharemore_vert

The Legacy of Holz Inspire

While Holz Inspire may not be an active project today, the experience left a lasting impression. It fostered a love for working with wood and a deep appreciation for the power of collaboration. It’s a reminder that with a little inspiration and a lot of creative spirit, even the most ordinary materials can be transformed into something beautiful.

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