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How traditional Nabulsi soap is handmade in the Toukan Soap factory

In the city of Nablus in the West Bank, workers at the Toukan Soap factory make natural soap by hand. The family-owned company is "the oldest survivor of this once-prominent industry," one of the two remaining soap fa...

How to make homemade slide whistles

Bamboo, PVC pipe, wood, or even a carrot! Slide whistles can be made from all sorts of materials, and are fun to make, play, and learn physics with. In this episode of Homemade Science, teacher Bruce Yeany shares his ...

Ceramic artist Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th-century agateware teapot

Recreating an 18th century artifact is a painstaking process that requires mastery of the medium, an understanding of esoteric artisanal methods, and lots of examination and experimentation. During her 2012 artist res...

Food of the Enslaved: Michael Twitty cooks recipes from American history

Historic interpreter and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty preserves and promotes the food traditions of enslaved African and African American communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the dishes he makes to...

Photographing the Real Life of Bees, behind-the-scenes with Anand Varma

We've watched lots of bee videos, we see bees in our garden, we read about bees in childhood stories. With all of that, it can be easy to think that we know all about honey bees. How can we think of bees in a way that...

How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Royal Ballet dan...

How a gigantic cotton candy flower is made

Layer upon layer of heated and spun sugar is shaped into pastel-colored patterns that eventually form what international street and gourmet food YouTube channel Aden Films calls a "massive, massive, massive" cotton ca...

A time lapse glimpse into the Airstream Factory

Travel to Jackson Center, Ohio, where Airstream's iconic silver travel trailers have been made in their factory since the 1950s. This time lapse promo video shares how their team manages large machines and small detai...

Making a celt hatchet and an A-frame hut – Primitive Technology

Though the fella behind Primitive Technology is starting from scratch on newly-bought land, his work is that of an old pro. In this video, he deftly builds a celt hatchet to cut wood for a new 2x4x4 meter (6.6 by 13.1...

How traditional Chinese cloth shoes are made

Based in the city of Mianyang in China's Sichuan Province, vlogger Li Ziqi 李子柒 has cultivated a following of almost seven million people on the popular microblogging website Weibo. Her videos, also found on YouTube...

Making noodles by hand at Houston’s Uyghur Bistro

In the kitchen at Houston's Uyghur Bistro, chef Jacob Chen demonstrates two noodle-making techniques. The first sends clippings of noodle dough into (what looks to be) a broth on the stove. Chen's second handmade demo...

The Art of Gem Carving

A brownish-red mineral, a gemstone called carnelian, is cut and carved with modern tools in this 2009 video for a Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems exhibition at the Getty Museum: The Art of G...

Log cabin time lapse: A Canadian man builds a shelter from scratch

Outdoorsman, photographer, and travel writer Shawn James has been building an off-the-grid balsam fir tree log cabin by himself without power tools. He edited together this time-lapse video to share his months of work...

How pencils are made at the Derwent Pencil Factory

Travel to Cumbria in the United Kingdom where workers at the Derwent Pencil Factory, established in 1832, work together to create graphic pencils, color pencils, watercolor pencils, and other artists' products. This w...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

How to make a hexagonal starry sky LED night light

With a leftover piece of wood, lots of drilled holes, flexible LED strip lights and some quick wiring, Linn from the Darbin Orvar YouTube channel demonstrates how she made a hexagonal starry sky LED night light. Do...

How zippers are made at the zipper factory – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The bulk of a zipper/zip consists of two rows of protruding teeth, which may be made to interdigitate, linking the rows, carrying from tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth... The slider, operate...

Pottery, a stove, and a palm frond dome hut – Primitive Technology

Since buying new land in Australia's dense tropical rainforest, the man behind Primitive Technology has had access to better clay, good stone, and other abundant materials for building. In the video above, he makes sm...

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