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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...

Wooden domino row building machine

I first built a domino row building machine of this type in 1985 out of Lego, then built it again from memory in 2009 to make a video of it. The machine works by pushing a magazine full of dominoes forward along the t...

Building a DIY CNC-cut spiral staircase

This DIY Spiral Staircase was made with just over sixteen 12-layer plywood steps that are each rotated 30 degrees around a central steel pole. Designer and YouTuber Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern designed the layers to ...

Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants

Beavers have done more to shape North American landscapes than any animal beside humans. We don’t notice them much today because there aren’t many left, but before colonization, North America was home to hundreds of m...

How to make a popsicle stick and rubber band paddle boat

Make a popsicle stick paddle boat that's powered with a rubber band. This DaveHax video shows us how cutting and gluing together some lollipop or popsicle sticks (and sanding them if you want it to have an extra fine ...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

WoodSwimmer, a cross-sectional look at wood in stop motion

WoodSwimmer is based on a concept I developed while designing a new stop-motion universe where wood is the primary element. The sequences are cross-sectional photographic scans of pieces of hardwood, burls and branche...

How Do They Recycle Paper?

Find out what happens to paper when it's recycled via this wordless 1999 film by Winston Washington Moxam for the National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Paper?

Sandwich Bag Fire Starter

The intensity of sunlight on Earth is about 1300 Watts per square meter. When you focus the sun's rays using a magnifying glass (or in this case sphere of water) you can increase the intensity roughly ten thousand fol...

The evolution of the book

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions...

The Universal Tea Machine, a huge mechanical ‘adding computer’

"The better your binary addition skills the better your cup of tea!" The Universal Tea Machine by Smout Allen is a huge mechanical 'adding computer' that mixes tea and mixes tea, a British tradition that became popula...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

Six Forgotten Giants, Copenhagen’s hidden scrap wood sculptures

Hidden in western Copenhagen's forests and open fields are six friendly wooden giants. They were created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo and built from recycled scrap wood by local volunteers. Described as "an open air ...

Building a traditional Basque style bird house – La Fabrique DIY

Shrinking this home in southwestern France is for the birds: From cutting the wood pieces, to constructing and painting it, a traditional Baserri style house in the Basque region of France is recreated from scratch as...

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 to make Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge

With a series of wooden poles and beams, "Stick-Boy" shows his Dad how to build Leonardo da Vinci's self-supporting arch bridge, also known as the emergency bridge. No nails, screws, rope, glues, notches, or other fas...

Demolishing an old hut to plant cassava and yams

Cassava are tuberous roots from a shrub. Yams are edible bulbs that grow both above and below the ground. They're both staple foods (despite the cassava containing some cyanide), and at Primitive Technology's 10 year ...

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