With the summer Olympics in full swing, it's time to start paying attention to one of the many sports that most of us barely remember until this time every four years: archery. (We love you too, steeplechase and race walking.) As an ancient sport dating back some 64,000 years, the bow and arrow's construction has understandably undergone some manufacturing changes. But not for John Neeman Tools...
Indianapolis-based artist and maker Peter Boerger hand crafts these amazing wooden eyeglass frames from scratch using basic hand and woodworking tools - no laser cutters or CNC routers needed.
The Kiridashi knife, known for its simplicity in design and general utility can be a work of art all on its own. And frankly so can the video documenting the process. Watch the silent and curious process video from Miller Knives and learn how to make your own Kiridashi utility knife from a single piece of 1085 high carbon steel...
The Half-Windsor Knot - the classic knot every man should know. It's the perfect versatile knot that works both in the office and on more formal occasions without ever drawing too much attention to itself any which way. Whether you've never tried it or if you just haven't tied it in awhile, here's a slick and well-produced how to video from MR PORTER to brush you up.
Have you every stopped and wondered how ATM's actually work? How they correctly distribute the right bills without mistakes? And how they do it all securely? Well check out this surprisingly enriching short video that unpacks how the guts of the beast actually come together to keep our money flowing...
The brand name Levi Strauss is so well known it's practically interchangeable with "jeans." And I'm a huge a fan of jeans in general. They're perhaps the most iconic form of American apparel. They can be classy and dressed up, or rugged and practical. And here's a one of a kind documentary from Levi tracing the brand's history, examining manufacturing techniques, and discussing the relevance of the cut on society. With gorgeous retro cinematography, it's inspirational to watch, and it's narrated by Ramblin' Jack Elliot to boot.
We're in the wild west of digital technology as engineers keep innovating, which is why this test shoot for the upcoming RED Weapon 8K camera decided to focus its lens on some stunning old techniques. Watch as accomplished bladesmith Tony Swatton forges his modern take on a Roman gladius using a 93 layer damascus technique, one of his last creations in his old workshop.
This process video was one of Vimeo's Staff Picks and it's easy to see why. The five minute short is full of gorgeous cinematography as UK native and traditional shipwright Ben Harris discusses his lifelong love of woodworking and shipbuilding, and the kinship one feels with their craft when one starts at the very beginning with the rawest of materials.
I'm a big fan of quiet, contemplative, maker-oriented short films, and if that sounds up your alley, this is one you won't want to miss.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has nearly tripled the world record box office receipts for a winter release so it's a little understandable that the fervor is spreading into so many aspects of the holidays. There have been some great yule log videos now over the years (check out Nick Offerman drinking Scotch for 45 minutes), but I've never seen one like this...
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.
"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.
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.
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.
The video has no dialogue or narration, but is presented in a way so that you can actually watch it and reproduce it yourself.
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