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Nov 17, 2015

How Manholes Are Made (It's Not What You'd Think)

created at: 05/28/2013

I've recently become fascinated by the artistry that goes into objects that I interact with on a daily basis but normally consider too quotidian to think about. And manhole covers definitely fall into that category.  They're an essential part of any city's infrastructure and their design and manufacture isn't something that should be overlooked. And now, thanks to this National Geographic short, you can pull back the curtain and see how the majority of manhole covers in the US are made... in India.    

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Sep 21, 2015

The Beautiful Lost Art of Bookmaking, Revitalized [with Anthony Bourdain]

created at: 09/21/2015"There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing," so says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. While the truth of the matter is a little more nuanced, but as the world begins to flood itself with content, the quality of its delivery is becoming increasingly important. … read more


Sep 10, 2015

Watch What Happens When You Grind Away a Motorcycle's Engine

Our strongest materials age and fade with time, but often at a speed that's far too slow for mere mortals to perceive. Not too long ago, a Madrid-based ad agency put together this time-lapsed advertisement to demonstrate the erosion capabilities of a new class of Cubitron II abrasives from 3M. The video allows you to see an entire motorcycle engine sift away before your eyes like a real world cutaway illustration, all set to some beautifully entrancing music.   … read more


Jul 01, 2015

Of Clay and Wattles Made: Building a Primitive Hut from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

One of my all-time favorite poems is "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W. B. Yeats about the simple cabin ("of clay and wattles made") that he plans to build along shore of the lake and the peace he hopes to find as a result. The poem is beautiful and striking in its simplicity, and so is this process video of a man building an actual primitive hut from scratch.   

created at: 07/01/2015

The video has no dialogue or narration, but is presented in a way so that you can actually watch it and reproduce it yourself.… read more


Jun 25, 2015

The Documentary All ManMakers Should Be Looking Forward To

You may remember Morgan Spurlock for his gimmicky documentaries starting with 2004's Super Size Me, but this movie looks like one that all of us will love. The short film clocks… read more


May 14, 2015

How to: Make This Leather and Wood Satchel

Leather and wood satchel

Check out this quick video showing you the steps to making an amazingly clean and simple looking satchel. I just love the wood accent that also acts as a sturdy frame for your bag. 

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Apr 27, 2015

You Need to Watch: Mind of a Chef

I stumbled upon Mind of a Chef on PBS one saturday after my usual ritual of This Old House and Woodrights shop and completely fell in love. If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you add the first and second season to your Netflix list and binge watch the heck out of it.

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Feb 23, 2015

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema

created at: 02/21/2015Watch this thrilling (and humorous) super cut of the cinematic Batman and his evolution through different era's of filmmaking. Created by Jacob T. Swinney, this video pulls from some of the more obscure early 40's serials (and the Lego Movie) while of course taking a good romp through the 90's and the Dark Knight Trilogy as well.   … read more


Nov 11, 2014

How to: Repair Worn-Out Cutting Boards with a Few Simple Steps

created at: 11/09/2014

Have you ever pulled out your cutting board just before dinner to find a rather large crack running up the middle of it? When you pay a fortune for a good board, problems like this can make you hesitant to want to throw them out for another one. Frank Howarth recently posted an inspirational process video for a repair job he did on some rather large sushi cutting boards for a local restaurant.    … read more


Jul 24, 2014

Creamlapse: A Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Video of Melting Frozen Treats


A perfect - and curiously engaging - video to watch on a summer afternoon.    … read more


Jul 01, 2014

Video: The Craft of Creating Handmade Scissors

Scissors are a simple tool. When the work, they work beautifully, doing exactly what you ask, as they've done since you learn how to work a pair in Kindergarten. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, England is one of the last remaining hand-manufacturer of scissors - high-quality shears crafted from the best materials and designed for a lifetime of use.    … read more


Feb 25, 2014

A Mesmerizing Wooden Automation of a Drop of Water

Inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin, a sculptor known for his mechanically-driven kinetic sculptures of wave-forms, artist and model maker Dean O'Callaghan created "Water Experiment No. 33."… read more


Jan 30, 2014

The Gap: A Typographic Interpretation of the Creative Process

You're likely to see this all over the craft and design blogosphere over the next few days, but I loved it too much not to share.   … read more


Nov 20, 2013

The Process: Crafting a High End Kitchen Knife from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Murray Carter is the 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. He was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but and traveled to Japan when he was eighteen, inspired by a karate competition. There, he encountered the Japanese bladesmith tradition, and he stayed in Japan for half his life and apprenticed under a Japanese bladesmith for six years.

created at: 11/20/2013

Murray now works at his own shop just outside Portland, Oregon, and the Tristan Stoch and the Cineastas film crew visited his workspace to create this fascinating portrait of what actually goes into forging and shaping this precision tools by hand.    … read more


Oct 15, 2013

Paint Bouncing on an Audio Speaker in Super Slow Motion

created at: 10/15/2013

I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by … read more

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