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Train tracks: How to replace railway ties without pulling up the rails

Railroad tracks are made of three main parts: the long steel rails that the trains run on, wooden or concrete railroad ties (US) or sleepers (UK), and the track ballast that helps bear a train's weight and keeps the t...

Inside a Wilson Football Factory: How a NFL football is made

When Jane Helser started sewing around 150 handmade footballs per day at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio, it was 1966. She was 19 years old. For the next 48 years, as presidents, football players and...

Inside Brilliant Bicycle: The Wheel Factory

This charming promotional clip from inside the Brilliant Bicycle Co. wheel factory in Taichung, Taiwan shares just a glimpse of how they're putting together their bicycle wheels. We immediately wanted to know how the ...

Changing a light bulb at the top of a 1500 foot TV tower

Another day at work: climbing 1500 feet (457 meters) high over the South Dakota plains while being filmed by a quadcopter. Tower climber Kevin Schmidt shows us what it takes to change a lightbulb on the top of a telev...

Painting a Siggi Eggertsson mural for the Iceland Design Centre

In 2012, sign and mural painters Skiltamálun Reykjavíkur teamed up with visual artist Siggi Eggertsson to paint a mural for the Iceland Design Centre in Reykjavik. Watch as these culture-filled stamps come together in...

Round hand & single stroke lettering demos by Glen Weisgerber

Master pinstriper and airbrush legend Glen Weisgerber has been lettering, pinstriping, and painting logo designs on trucks, race cars, guitars, and motorcycles professionally since 1971. Watch his years of practice an...

Samantha Bryan’s handmade fairies & flying contraptions

In a world influenced by Victorian-styled flying contraptions and gadgetry, these little handmade fairies appear to have adventures worthy of a stop motion film. Mixed media sculptor Samantha Bryan of West Yorkshire, ...

Il Capo (The Chief): A clip from Yuri Ancanari’s 2010 documentary

At Monte Bettolgi quarry in the Apuan Alps of Northwest Italy, huge marble blocks fall like thunder. A silent conductor, the quarry boss, signals to the excavator operators using concise hand gestures as they dislodge...

Making a wooden lampshade from a tree stump

Watch New Zealand-based woodturner Sören Berger turn a radiata pine tree stump (originally cut down for firewood) into a unique, hand-crafted lampshade. On a lathe, he painstakingly alternates between shaving the exte...

Police Horse Training

How are police horses chosen to become the highly trained and trusted steeds that they are? Via BBC Earth, watch the police horse testing and training process as conducted by the San Francisco...

Poop Guy: A dad that’s revolutionizing sanitation in Pune, India

Swapnil Chaturvedi refers to himself as the Chief Toilet Cleaner, and is known as “Poop Guy” in the community of Pune, India. Officially, he’s the founder of Samagra Sanitati...

Firefighter Xochitl Hernandez – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

From Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls YouTube series: meet firefighter Xochitl Hernandez, one of 57 female firefighters in Austin Fire Department. Hernandez explains why she loves her job, and shares some of the amazin...

Arctic Cowboys: Hitch a Ride with Reindeer Herders in Finland

Hitch a ride with brothers Aarne and Lasse, two reindeer herders that help manage the last group of wild reindeer in Finland. This is a clip from Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, a docu...

NPR’s Planet Money: What does it take to make a t-shirt?

What does it take to make a t-shirt? We’ve watched a video about this subject before, but NPR’s Planet Money answered this question in the most amazing way: they traveled across...

Stitching an Artisanal American Football

This is how a football is stitched and laced by hand, as demonstrated in 2011 by LemonBall and Leather Head Sports founder Paul Cunningham, courtesy of director Pascal Perich and Etsy. Cunnin...

Mentoria Hutchinson, NYPD’s Dancing Traffic Cop

From The New York Times, Mentoria Hutchinson, NYPD’s Dancing Traffic Cop. In the archives: more New York City.

Kathryn DiMaria rebuilds her Pontiac Fiero

Kathryn DiMaria started rebuilding a Pontiac Fiero with her own money when she was 12 years old. At 14 years old (in 2012), she could be found all over the net — Makezine, Autoblog, CNN, and more — for he...

Traditional Swedish Woodworking (1923)

Traditional Swedish Woodworking: This black and white footage from 1923 may have no sound, but the kids were still riveted as we watched these fellas use their hand operated tools to make cl...

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