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The Watermelon King

The Watermelon King

Time-lapse footage of carver Valeriano Fatica as he spends 18 hours sculpting an intricate bust of Game of Thrones’ imposing Night’s King from a watermelon. Previously, he made a white walker from a pumpkin.

Making a Grass Hut

Making a Grass Hut

Primitive Technology makes building your own home look easy in his latest episode. In fact, it took him 7 days to put it together – five of which were spent gathering grass. Psh. One time we missed winning the lottery by just four numbers.

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How Bourbon Barrels are Made

How Bourbon Barrels are Made

A look behind the scenes at Louisville, Kentucky’s Kelvin Cooperage. The family-owned plant handmakes new oak barrels for aging bourbon and wines. The barrels may only be used once for bourbons, but will live on for many years providing a home for other spirits.

Star Wars Battlefront Custom Helmets

Star Wars Battlefront Custom Helmets

Last year, PlayStation held a giveaway for custom-made life-size replicas of the magmatrooper and rebel commando helmets. Super Gamer Builds documented the helmets’ production and presentation to the lucky winner. Skip to 6:19 for the reveal.

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

Making Tiny Cup Nooodles

YouTuber HMS2 makes accurate, but teensy replicas of real world items for dollhouses. Out of all of the creations on their channel, these miniature cups of instant ramen are our personal favorites. Though the tiny Pocky sticks and potato chips are equally impressive.

From Saw Blade to Drawknife

From Saw Blade to Drawknife

John Heisz previously showed us how to take an old saw blade and turn it into a folding knife. Now he applies his craftsmanship to transforming a rusty circular saw blade into an elegant, traditional woodworking tool.

Forging Voltron’s Blazing Sword

Forging Voltron’s Blazing Sword

Despite having limited reference materials to work from, Baltimore Knife and Sword’s talented swordsmiths, machinists, and armourers managed to build an impressive replica of Voltron’s iconic blade, complete with propane jets that shoot fire.

From Photocopiers to Trumpets

From Photocopiers to Trumpets

Made by Destruction shows how the copper wiring in old copy machines can be reclaimed to produce shiny new products like brass musical instruments. Along the way, we get to see these defunct office machines satisfyingly ripped to pieces by an industrial shredder.

Rebuilding a Flathead V8

Rebuilding a Flathead V8

Hagerty shares this time-lapse of an old Ford Flathead V8 engine being stripped down to its block, then painstakingly rebuilt to like-new by Thirlby Automotive with the help of Edelbrock. It’s amazing how good something this old can look with enough time and effort.

Making a Wooden Torus

Making a Wooden Torus

Artist Kyle Toth demonstrates the painstaking process of transforming boards of bocote and ash wood into an intricate donut-shaped sculpture. The finished work contains 2,340 individual pieces of wood, and took Kyle about 90 hours to complete.

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Making a Sweet Potato Patch

Primitive Technology made a yam and sweet potato garden. He said he got the sweet potatoes from “civilization”, but we’re okay with that. If you left us with nothing but sweet potatoes and cargo shorts we’d be dead by sunset.

How It’s Made: Rainbow Sprinkles

How It’s Made: Rainbow Sprinkles

Science Channel’s always enthralling How It’s Made shares a look inside a candy factory that makes those little colorful sprinkles (aka “jimmies”), and the process that it takes to turn sugar, shortening, and food coloring into the decorative treat.

Making a Wooden Chain

Making a Wooden Chain

Carpenter Matthias Wandel demonstrates the complicated process of creating links in a wooden chain from a single block of maple hardwood without using any glue. To add to the challenge, he did it almost entirely with power tools rather than hand carving.

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Casting an Aluminum Skillet

Casting an Aluminum Skillet

Sure, you could go to the store and buy a skillet for about 10 bucks, but you won’t get the satisfaction that Tito4re got when he made his own from scratch, using a sand mold and some molten aluminum. Though he did need another skillet to make the mold too.

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former

FormBox Desktop Vacuum Former

A compact vacuum former that gets its suction from a vacuum cleaner. Use the FormBox and thermoplastic sheets to make small molds, prototypes and more. It has a 7.9 cu.in. build area and comes with 30 thermoplastic sheets.

Making a Wooden Death Star

Making a Wooden Death Star

“It’s all fairly simple.” Yeah right. Woodworker Frank Howarth celebrates Star Wars Day in the best way possible – by sharing video of his painstakingly handcrafted wooden Death Star. It’s simply astounding that you can make something like this from flat pieces of wood.

Making Woven Bark Fiber

Making Woven Bark Fiber

It’s the rainy season in Savage Land Queensland, so Primitive Technology thought that it’s time for his alter ego to make some clothes. He spent a few days making yarn out of fiber and about a day to weave it into a rough fabric using his handmade loom.

Literal Chocolate Milk Bottle

Literal Chocolate Milk Bottle

It might look like an ordinary bottle of milk, but other than the label and the lid, this thing is entirely made from candy. DaveHax walks us through the relatively simple process of using drink bottles to mold chocolate into an edible container filled with even more candy treats.

How to Make a Tiny Tree

How to Make a Tiny Tree

Modelmaker Luke Towan walks us through the painstaking process of building a tiny tree for a model railroad. It requires time and patience, but the end result is quite realistic, and the video is as soothing as watching Bob Ross paint. His teensy hay bales are nuts too.

Forging the Green Destiny

Forging the Green Destiny

Man at Arms: Reforged made a replica of the highly coveted sword from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It may not look as imposing or complex as the other weapons they forged, but it took a lot of time and finesse to create the details on both the blade and the guard.

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How Rubber Gloves Are Made

How Rubber Gloves Are Made

One of the more unusual bits from the How It’s Made series takes us to a creepy factory filled with hand-shaped ceramic molds that wind their way through a lengthy assembly line, and then dipped in rubber and heated in an oven. Seriously, did Tim Burton create this place?

Forging the Greatsword of Artorias

Forging the Greatsword of Artorias

Man at Arms: Reforged finally takes on one of their fans’ long-requested weapons: Dark Souls’ Greatsword of Artorias. The divine weapon is like a Gothic column, eye-catching in terms of both size and detail. There’s no way a normal man can one-hand or roll with this beast.

How Gold Leaf is Made

How Gold Leaf is Made

Gold is the most malleable metal, but it still takes a ton of manual labor to turn it into these silky sheets. This documentary by the Japan Science and Technology Agency shows how Japanese craftsmen painstakingly turn gold bars into gold (alloy) leaves.

The Birth of a Wooden House

The Birth of a Wooden House

After showing the craftsmanship that goes into handmade tools, John Neeman Tools built an entire home from hand-felled trees, locally sourced stones, and mostly using hand tools. The frame and roof were made with wood joints and pegs, with no nails, screws or hardware.

Making Mud Balls

Making Mud Balls

Who knew mixing mud and water could result in such beautiful and shiny spheres? We sure didn’t. Artist Bruce Gardner shows a brief glimpse into the Japanese tradition of Hikaru Dorodango, in this short film by P2 Photography. Learn to DIY on Instructables.

Making a Bow & Arrows

Making a Bow & Arrows

Primitive Technology uses his stone tools to craft a 55″ bow and a set of 2′ arrows. He also made a quiver out of bark. He says the bow was durable, lasting for about 200 to 300 shots. The string lasted about 100 shots but was easily repaired. And don’t worry, the turkey’s okay.

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