Most junk artists search for material to make their pieces work, but Thomas Deininger wants to send a message that we’re killing our planet with all the meaningless plastic crap we produce and carelessly discard. By carefully selecting and hot-gluing myriad pieces together into insects and animals, he shows us exactly what we’re killing with our waste. Up close, you see a mass of junk, but pull back, and his pieces are breathtaking. The irony of the whole piece juxtaposed with the building materials isn’t lost on the viewer. Watching his video brings it all home. Action figures, plastic bags, mesh nets, water bottles, and millions of other pieces of garbage get dumped into our oceans, to the tune of over 8 million tons every year. Deininger is passionate about his craft because they’re harbingers of what will come if we don’t stop the insanity.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.