A few weeks ago I drove up the California coast with some visiting colleagues and we stopped in Santa Barbara along the way. On the beach, we met this wonderful man, Brian Chandler, who practices the utterly unique art of Solar Carving. He quite literally etches patterns and designs into wood using nothing more than the power of the sun. With various magnifying glasses, he can burn an illustration at remarkable speed into anything from driftwood to gorgeous fair-trade Brazilian hardwoods.
He's not always there, but if you're down that way, be sure to look for him. His "spot" is in the sand at the start of Stearns Warf. See the Sun icon below.