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What’s inside a tape measure?

It's useful for measuring, fun to extend out as far as possible, and when its rocker is unlocked, the long metal measuring blade snaps quickly back inside of its shell. But how? What's inside a tape measure? In th...

Building Frozen Castles with the Master of Ice

Every year, from January 5th to around February 25th, the city of Harbin, China transforms into a frozen city of light for the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The sculptures are massive architectural feats con...

Goffin’s cockatoos try to create tools to reach a treat

Are cockatoos as smart as a human 3 year old? Watch these four Goffin's cockatoos attempt to create their own tools from a twig, larchwood, cardboard, and beeswax, an experiment by researchers from the University of V...

Preposterous – A short about absurdity

Sometimes things don't make any sense, and that's okay... it can even be amusing! From motion and graphic designer Florent Porta, this is Preposterous, a short about absurdity.

Everyday Objects In Macro

Take a good look at these everyday objects up close... the colors, the textures, the scratches or bits of dust and dirt. Can you guess what the objects are before the camera zooms out? This is Everyday Objects In ...

The art of Japanese marquetry

Crafted with different colors of wood arranged in intricate patterns, Yosegi Zaiku or Japanese marquetry is a style of object decoration that's practiced in Hakone, a town near Mount Fuji. No wood staining is used to ...

Can bumblebees teach each other to pull a string?

This worker bumblebee has been taught that if she pulls the string, she'll be able to get to the artificial blue flower's sucrose solution center. Scientists from the Bee Behavioural and Sensory Ecology Lab at Queen M...

Maple Clouds – Making a wooden bowl in stop motion

How a wooden cloud bowl was made in Frank Howarth's workshop, a stop motion adventure: This is a wood turned segmented bowl made from walnut and maple. I built the form of the bowl from rings each made up of 12 se...

Can paper cut wood?

Can a piece of paper cut through a piece of wood? Ontario, Canada-based carpenter and YouTuber John Heisz replaced a table saw blade with a circular piece of printer paper to see what would happen. Of the experiment, ...

Bending sliced wood like a slinky

Inspired by the work of furniture designer Seth Rolland, hobbyist woodworker Peter Brown of Shop Time decided to try and bend a block of wood like a slinky by slicing it into a thin zig zag pattern. He wrote: For ...

Turning a brick of melted crayons on the lathe

What can you make when you melt 256 crayons? Peter Brown of Shop Time experimented with making a Rainbow Crayon Bud Vase on the lathe. Side effect: Shredded crayon bits everywhere.

How To Make A Mini da Vinci Catapult

It's true that you can buy da Vinci Catapult kits online, but how cool would it be to build one from scratch? Andy Elliott shares how he made a mini da Vinci Catapult from a wooden folding ruler, screws, and some work...

Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter

When Ivan Owen's 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the oppo...

Making charcoal, baskets, & stone hatchets – Primitive Technology

In the modern world, we pick up a bag of charcoal at the market if we want our fires to start easily and get hot quickly. But what did humans from the past do when they wanted their fires to burn hot enough to, say, s...

What’s on the inside of a fishing reel?

Visually pull apart the inner components of a fishing reel, and you'll see 141 precise and sometimes tiny parts that work together to help the tool cast and catch. See what kind of engineering and craftsmanship goes i...

Making a cord drill & pump drill from sticks & rocks

How far can you go without using modern technology? As a hobby, YouTuber Primitive Technology explores this question by making simple tools from scratch using no modern tools or materials. In the video above, he craft...

The iPhone of Slide Rules – Numberphile

From Numberphile, science and math writer Alex Bellos introduces the slide rule and then shares "the iPhone of Slide Rules" -- the Halden Calculex. On the pocket-sized disk made in Manchester, circa 1906, CollectingMe...

Circular motion demonstration with a sparkler & a hula hoop

From physics teacher and film maker Alom Shaha, check out these simple demonstrations showing how something moving in a circle will move in a straight line when you remove the centripetal force acting upon that thing....

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