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Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.

Making a 3D Illusion Cutting Board

Making a 3D Illusion Cutting Board

Artist Andrei Muntian handmakes amazing wooden cutting boards by layering together precisely cut pieces of contrasting woods. Watch as he creates one of his trippy 3D illusion cutting boards. More on Instructables, and buy his work at MTM Wood.

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Making a Cord Drill & Pump Drill

Making a Cord Drill & Pump Drill

The modern Stone Age man of Primitive Technology has acquired lots of blisters just from trying to start a fire. So he homo sapiened his way out of his predicament and built a drill. Then he used the basic tool to create upgrades for itself.

Making Brock Lesnar’s Knife Tattoo

Making Brock Lesnar’s Knife Tattoo

Jimmy DiResta put on his best Man at Arms impression and made a real world replica of the long-ass knife tattooed on WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar’s torso. The result is as intimidating as it is impractical.

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

How It’s Made: Candy Canes

Christmas might be over, but there’s always time for candy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fascinating process behind the creation of these colorful holiday treats, from machines that pull hot sugar, to ones that transform a 100 lb. block of candy into a thin and twisty rope.

Making Baskets & Hatchets

Making Baskets & Hatchets

After building a house from scratch, Primitive Technology made coil and woven baskets out of palm leaves and lawyer cane, and two hatchets using branches and sharpened rocks. We hope we achieve immortality so we can watch the rise of his civilization.

How Shipping Containers Are Made

How Shipping Containers Are Made

They’re one of the world’s most ubiquitous objects – metal shipping containers used to transport goods around the planet. In this clip from BigSteelBox, we go inside a Chinese factory where the containers are crafted by a laborious mix of machine and human effort.

How to Make & Use a Sling

How to Make & Use a Sling

Primitive Technology makes a sling from bark fiber and then learns how to shoot with it. It’s one of the simplest ranged weapons you can make, but it’s very hard to master and is noisy too. For April Fools’ he should show us how he shoots and edits videos.

How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Make Everything made a simple Thanksgiving dinner, though not 100% from scratch. Still, the process involved planting herbs and mushrooms, harvesting beets and cranberries and yes, shooting a wild turkey. Watch every step here.

Restoring a Rusty Knife

Restoring a Rusty Knife

Watch as this skilled Japanese knife sharpener takes a rusty old kitchen knife and makes it good as new, with a little cleaning compound, some water, sharpening stones, and lots of good old elbow grease.

How to Make a Root Beer Float

How to Make a Root Beer Float

After making a sandwich and a suit from scratch, How to Make Everything host Andy George shows us how to create a soda fountain favorite from raw ingredients. It only cost him $900 and took days of work, but at least he can call it “handcrafted.” Watch every step here.

Inside the Gibson Acoustic Factory

Inside the Gibson Acoustic Factory

While we were touring the mountains in the new 2016 Camaro SS (yeah, hard life, we know), we dropped by the Bozeman, Montana factory where Gibson Acoustic has been crafting guitars for the last 30 years. Incredibly, almost every step of the process is still done by hand.

The Superhero of Cosplay

The Superhero of Cosplay

Wired talks to Shawn Thorsson, whose life changed course after he saw a trailer for the first Iron Man movie. After making a replica of Tony Stark’s suit, Shawn never looked back and has been making amazing costumes and prop replicas ever since.

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Building a New Jaguar E-Type

Building a New Jaguar E-Type

More than 50 years after its initial creation, Jaguar started building a handful of new E-Type sports cars with aluminum bodies. Watch the British automaker once again handcraft this beautiful car in this 5-minute video from inside Jaguar’s Coventry factory.

Making a Glass Horse

Making a Glass Horse

A master glass blower in Italy shows how to take a blob of molten glass and transform it into a detailed sculpture in seconds, massaging the searing hot material into a prancing horse with tongs and scissors. Skip to 1:00.

Multiple Milling Machine

Multiple Milling Machine

Footage of a relatively simple, yet ingenious 4-axis industrial milling machine that can cut, engrave and shape up multiple objects simultaneously. These sort of machines are most often used to make decorative woodwork, furniture legs, or small sculptures.

Making a Baseball Bat

Making a Baseball Bat

Make’s Darbin Orvar shows how to craft a baseball bat from three pieces of walnut and rough-sawn maple wood that she cuts, trims, smooths, laminates, then hand-tools and finishes on her lathe. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but an impressive result.

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Dad Builds a Dinosaur

Jockeying for the title of “Coolest Dad of the Year,” builder Izzy Swan took his drill-powered walking machine and turned it into a 10 foot-tall T.Rex for his son. Its legs, mouth, and tail move. We think it should be named “Mechasaurus Rex,” but it’s simply known as “Bob.”

Cutaway

Cutaway

(PG-13) An episode in a single handyman’s life, told through his hands and the things they touch. In filmmaking, a cut-in is a close up shot of something in the main scene. A cutaway is a model with its exterior removed, exposing what’s inside. A vivid short by Kazik Radwanski.

Building a Hut from Scratch

Building a Hut from Scratch

Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.

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How Rubber Mats are Made

How Rubber Mats are Made

A fascinating sequence from the Discovery show How It’s Made, in which used old tires are shredded and turned into tiny particles which can then be melted down and turned into new rubber mats, in a great examples of recycling what would have once just sat in a landfill.

Making a Patek Philippe

Making a Patek Philippe

…and not just any Patek Philippe. The 5175R Grandmaster Chime is one of the world’s most complicated wristwatches. Here’s the part where we laugh and walk away from our computer: it costs about $2.5 million.

Forging The Bride’s Katana

Forging The Bride’s Katana

“When we let things convey unto us, that is true artistic expression. But when we try to convey ourselves onto things, that is delusion.” Man at Arms Reforged made a katana from scratch using traditional Japanese tools and techniques.

Reviving a Masterwork

Reviving a Masterwork

The Met takes us inside the painstaking, 10-month process of restoring a massive oil painting from 1660, first removing old varnish, then repairing its structure and canvas, restretching the canvas, touching up paint, and revarnishing it.

How Toy Figures Are Made

How Toy Figures Are Made

The Science Channel’s How It’s Made take us inside the Scleich toy factory, as a dinosaur design goes from sketch to digital and wax models, to molds, resulting in an injection-molded figurine ready for handpainting and assembly.

What’s Inside a Golf Ball?

What’s Inside a Golf Ball?

It’s something most of us have wondered at some point, and thanks to the guys at Golf Digest and The Scene, we don’t have to dig out the power tools to find out for ourselves. It’s pretty cool to see how many different materials they found.

Fast Laser Etching

Fast Laser Etching

Watch an incredibly detailed work of art emerge from a sheet of metal at LasX Industries Inc. as it’s burned using an impressively quick computer-guided laser beam. The sound it makes is nearly as satisfying as the visuals.

Drawer-making Saw Blade

Drawer-making Saw Blade

Woodworker Andrew Klein believes he’s come up with a quick way to make a drawer or box out of a single sheet of wood using a few asymmetrical cuts, and has designed a custom saw blade for his technique.

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Modern machinery has enabled the creation of all kinds of seemingly impossible objects. But this amazing three-layered cube was created using a hunk of metal, a lathe and drill bits, masterfully manipulated by craftsman Инженер BrunS.

Harvesting Cinnamon

Harvesting Cinnamon

Who here among us knew that cinnamon is actually tree bark? In this short clip from our friends over at Foodie, we go inside Sumatra’s laborious process of scraping and harvesting the bark to make the tasty and versatile spice.

The Book Restorer

The Book Restorer

Shuri Bakaseru (The Fascinating Repairmen) shows Nobuo Okano at work. Okano has been restoring books by hand for over 30 years. The video is in Japanese, but you’ll clearly understand his meticulous process. More here.

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