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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.

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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.

Building a Bamboo Eiffel Tower

Building a Bamboo Eiffel Tower

Once you get past the silly computer voiceovers, you’ll be treated to the construction of an incredibly detailed scale model of Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower, built from 2779 sticks of bamboo by artist Srinivas Thatipally. Feeling ambitious now?

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

Rebuilding a Chevy Small Block

This time-lapse video from Hagerty Classic Cars celebrates the Chevy small-block V8, one of the greatest and most versatile engines ever made. With the help of Thirlby Automotive, they rip one down, then rebuild it like new. (Thanks Justin!)

Candy Labs: Handmaking Candy

Candy Labs: Handmaking Candy

The candy artists of Montreal’s La Confiserie Candy Labs demonstrate how they make their amazing hand-rolled hard candies. The arduous 3-hour process has been condensed to 9-minutes by Sterokroma. Order the finished candies here.

How to Cut Glass

How to Cut Glass

We know that you cut panes of glass by scoring them before snapping them apart, but this footage showing how to quickly transform a large pane of glass into several smaller pieces without shattering them is still immensely satisfying.

Fiber Braiding Machine

Fiber Braiding Machine

This incredibly complex machine takes spools of fiberglass, Kevlar or carbon fiber and braids them together for form a durable composite. Similar techniques are being used to make lightweight automotive and airplane parts.

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Japanese Joinery

Japanese Joinery

An immensely satisfying demonstration of craftsmanship as two Japanese carpenters show the kind of precision required to perfectly interlock a pair of wooden beams into an extremely strong unified structure.

Melting Soda Cans

Melting Soda Cans

Grant “The King of Random” Thompson demonstrates just how recyclable aluminum cans are by melting down a batch, and then casting new metal ingots from them using his homebrew mini metal foundry. The fun starts at 1:20.

Making Ice Cream Bars

Making Ice Cream Bars

Alden Gleason shot this captivating video of the assembly line at Julie’s Organic Ice Cream. We dare you to watch the whole thing without running to your freezer to see if you have any ice cream bars. That chocolate bath looks so good.

Making a Pinball Machine

Making a Pinball Machine

We recently went inside the Stern Pinball factory to see just what it takes to make a modern pinball machine. Fortunately, the day we were there, they were working on The Walking Dead, which made the visit doubly sweet.

Making Paper Mache Creatures

Making Paper Mache Creatures

Dan Reeder of Gourmet Paper Mache creates insanely detailed sculptures using paper mache. Watch as he crafts one of his dragons here. Then check out a shark, a minotaur, Danery’s dragon, and the elusive unipossum.

The Birth of a Tool Pt. III

The Birth of a Tool Pt. III

John Neeman Tools demonstrates the complex and time-consuming process of forging one of its beautiful Damascus steel knives, handmade by master bladesmith Chris. This makes us so happy that such craftsmanship is still alive.

Making a Mini Sword

Making a Mini Sword

We’ve featured plenty of videos showing how blacksmiths make swords, but this clip from Inspire to Make shows how to make a teensy weapon out of an ordinary nail. Using a smaller nail as the crossguard is especially clever.

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Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Carvey 3D Carving Machine

Inventables‘ easy-to-use machine lets you upload designs from your computer and carves objects from a variety of materials. The bundled software can carve and cut in 2.5D, while you can use off-the-shelf CAM software for full 3D objects.

Machining a Globe

Machining a Globe

In this demonstration for Mastercam, you’ll see a solid cylinder of metal turned into perfectly spherical globe, using a high-speed computer-aided lathe – a machine that delicately cuts away metal as the piece is rotated.

How Crayons are Made

How Crayons are Made

WIRED recently went inside the Crayola factory for a brief tour of the colorful and messy process which turns raw wax into about 12 million crayons every day. Sesame Street covered the same ground 30+ years ago, with fewer robots.

Beer Fermentation Time-Lapse

Beer Fermentation Time-Lapse

A dramatic time-lapse demonstration of the fermentation process in the making of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale, with massive batches of bubbling hops, yeast and wort rising and falling on their way to becoming delicious beer.

Making a Watch

Making a Watch

German watchmaker NOMOS Glashütte lets us get up close and personal with the process behind the creation of their intricate and luxurious mechanical timepieces, which are still largely made by hand.

Forging the Lich King’s Frostmourne

Forging the Lich King’s Frostmourne

Even Frostmourne came from fire. Man at Arms takes on one of the most requested and most complex weapons it’s ever made, the sword from the Warcraft franchise. So, we guess we have four Lich Kings now.

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