I recently found myself falling down a rabbit hole on YouTube of “How It’s Made” style videos and I just couldn’t stop! Some of them were so fascinating I had to share them with you!
It started with “Wooden Bowls” a short video showing the speed and accuracy one company uses to churn out beautiful hand-turned bowls.
Then it was onto a video from Home Depot on how they manufacture plywood. Wait till you see the giant sawmill blades!
After watching plywood production, I got curious about how OSB was made. you know, that chipped wood-looking board they use in home construction? Here’s a great promo video from Georgia Pacific on how they efficiently produce their OSB.
Next up is how jeans are made. My favorite part is toward the end they show how the factory distresses each pair of jeans using a laser to burn in fade marks.
A couple of years ago I had the privilege to visit the Lodge Cast Iron plant in East Tennessee. They open it once a year during their Cornbread Festival. It was one of the coolest tours I’ve ever taken. Here’s a video that sums up the process of making one of their legendary cast iron skillets.
Speaking of Tennessee. One of my favorite YouTubers, Frank Howarth recently posted a stop-motion video of his Powermatic (a Tennessee brand) table saw reassembling itself. If you haven’t seen any of his other stop-motion assembly videos, you should spend some time on his channel.
This next one is one of my favorites, and one of the shortest. It’s just one man making a simple felt hat, but the film makes it look like one of the coolest things in the world.
Finally, check out this recently-posted profile of a woman who’s helped make a the Superbowl Football for the last 48 years.
What are some of your favorite mass production videos?