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Bend-testing laser-cut plywood hinge patterns

Bending a sheet of plywood is made possible when patterns are cut into it. The smaller wood units remain connected while flexing more independently as the piece folds. Laser Artisan demonstrates this hinge-making tech...

Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

My Father’s Tools and the indigenous art of basket weaving

From finding a bendable Black Ash tree in the forest—"He chooses the specific log based on soil, smell, and even the sound of the tree when you bang on it."—to chopping, preparing, and refining it for weaving, Stephen...

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...

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...

Going Fishing, a stop motion animation by Guldies

Small campfires that light with a snap. A tree that's chopped down with a tiny axe. Claymation well water that creates a small lake. A fish trinket that's cooked up for dinner. Going Fishing is a short stop-motion fil...

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 Yodoe oil-paper umbrellas are crafted in Japan

There's a long tradition of making oil-paper umbrellas in Yodoe, a city in the Tottori Prefecture of Japan. The process involves over 70 steps, crafted on a variety of specially-made tools by skilled artisans, includi...

Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

How do paleontologists excavate fossils and what tools do they use? In this video from the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Lead Preparator Carrie Howard takes us behind-the-scenes of an excavation where the bones of a sa...

A Jane Goodall documentary made from 100+ hours of lost 1960s footage

"It had long been thought that we were the only creatures on Earth that used and made tools. 'Man the toolmaker' is how we were defined... and here was [chimpanzee] David Greybeard using a tool." Travel back to Ta...

Simplified blower and furnace experiments – Primitive Technology

In an attempt to streamline his previous blower and furnace design, and to make it easier to replicate, Primitive Technology builds a simplified blower from sticks, rope and mud. He then tests it with three charcoal-f...

A Continuous Shape: Stonecarver Anna Rubincam creates a portrait

Anna Rubincam is a stonemason, lettercutter, sculptor, and stonecarver in London. In A Continuous Shape, a short by filmmakers Jack Webber and Tommaso Di Paola of Eyes & Ears, she carves a portrait in Portland Stone. ...

Water powered hammer (Monjolo) – Primitive Technology

For farmers, millers, engineers, and artisans who live near a river or stream, a monjolo or kara-usu—a water powered hammer—can slowly grind grains into flours or soft stones into powders without repetitive human effo...

A woodworker creates ‘Fibonacci Spiral shavings’

With a freshly sharpened chisel, woodworker Paul Sellers creates what he calls 'Fibonacci spiral shavings,' shaved pieces of wood that resemble Fibonacci spirals, "an approximation of the golden spiral created by draw...

How many nails can you balance on the head of one nail?

One large nail is securely nailed into a piece of wood. A handful of identical nails are laying on the table. How many of those loose nails can you balance on the head of that first nail? Try it, then watch knife ...

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...

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