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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 ...

Building a ‘bed shed’ sleeping shelter – Primitive Technology

Bundles of long dry grasses thatch the roof of this elevated sleeping shelter. The bed itself is woven from lawyer cane and covered with a woven bark mat. It's all held up with wooden posts tied with vines. Primitiv...

The 1,000 year old windmills of Nashtifan

In the small village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin. From National Geographic: Made of natural clay, straw, an...

Making Lime Bast Rope

Lime bast fibre is a strong and flexible inner bark that has been used to make clothing and other textiles. In Norway, lime bast fibre is also used to make rope. Filmmaker Silje Ensby captured how Norwegians have been...

Scott Weaver’s ‘Rolling through the Bay’ toothpick sculpture

This nine foot tall wooden sculpture of San Francisco was made with glue and 105,387 and a half toothpicks. It was built by Scott Weaver who, stuck at home at the age of 14 with spinal meningitis, started working in e...

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