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Feb 10, 2016

A Closer Look: Urushi Craftsman

Seated Making BowlsHere's a look at the traditional art of Urushi Craftsmen as they talk about the process, and perfection of this unique and beautiful work.  

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Feb 04, 2016

How Fujifilm's Cameras and Lenses are Made in Japan

In a world which often values the lowest price and quantity over quality, it's fascinating to see inside the belly of a gigantic manufacturing beast. Sam Byford of the Verge took a tour two weeks ago through the Fujifilm Taiwa factory in Sendai, to take an in depth look at the manufacturing processSurprisingly the cameras produced aren't made by robots but by a number of actual people performing quite delicate work.   

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Jan 28, 2016

How to: Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs [with Gordon Ramsey]

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Every man should know how to cook a couple meals. Hopefully, most can at least cook a few eggs, but few men know how to cook eggs like this. Let Gordon

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Jan 27, 2016

4 Ted Talks To Inspire You to Live This Life Well

created at: 01/27/2016

I'm a huge fan of Ted Talks. I know they have their detractors, but I think it's a phenomenal movement that brings the best of today's wisdom to the people who need to hear it most. They genuinely motivate me, and I learn something every time.

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Jan 26, 2016

Why We Make: A Look Into a Furniture Maker's Mind

Walnut California tableIt's always interesting to hear why people have start down the road of becoming a maker. Jared Rusten talks about what inspired him to start making artisinal furniture that is built to last.  

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Jan 22, 2016

Man Builds Mini V12 Engine By Hand

I've always been fascinated by the complexity of engines, so watching someone make a mini V12 engine by hand is just a great insight into what it takes to make something so amazing.  Mini Motor

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Jan 20, 2016

How to: Make A Leather-Bound Book Entirely From Scratch [INCREDIBLE VIDEO]

created at: 01/17/2016This video blew me away. It's a two minute super-wrap-up showing you everything that goes into making a book from scratch, and then there are longer videos guiding you through each step in the whole process. Now when we say "from scratch" we mean entirely from scratch. If this guy needs a brush to use when binding his pages, he chops off some horse hairs and shapes a twig to tie with sinew from a deer he shot in order to make a brush. It's nuts.   

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Jan 15, 2016

Closer Look: Set Turning Shawo Wooden Bowls

Set Turning BowlsThere's something incredible about watching a process from start to finish. The transformation from log to finished set of bowls is something already fun to see, but watching a Chinese craftsman do it on a foot powered lathe is something else completely.  

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Jan 14, 2016

Picture This: David Waelder Makes Some Seriously Awesome DIY Art Frames

Someone great has been growing in the shadow of Jimmy Diresta for a while, and he's really starting to put out some amazing videos of the projects he tackles around the shop.Drilling Frames Here's a look at some innovative ways to make the simple picture frame.  

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Jan 06, 2016

The Process: From Timber to Tide

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.      

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Dec 22, 2015

The Five Hour Darth Vader Yule Log

created at: 12/20/2015Star 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...   

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Dec 21, 2015

Your Monday Morning Dose of Crafting Zen

created at: 12/21/2015

For many of us, this is a big week. Start it off well with some serious inspiration.   

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Dec 09, 2015

Closer Look: You Should Watch Diresta's Cut Video Series

Massive DovetailsJimmy Diresta is type of talented, creative maker we all want to be someday. His designs and methods are real, raw, and always come out impressive. Take a look at three projects from his new series here.  

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Nov 25, 2015

A Closer Look: The Distiller

Gin DistillingHere is a story of a Brooklyn man who was tired of his job and decided to start a distillery instead. Click through for your dose of maker inspiration.  

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Oct 15, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Traditional Post-and-Rung Stool from a Tree

You know those videos that show some young dude dressed in leather boots and a crew neck sweater, walking into his shop or studio, blowing off the sawdust or unrolling a side of leather, arranging his tools and assessing his materials, all with some slow churning music and a shallow depth of focus?   created at: 10/15/2015
This is definitely one of those videos.

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Oct 12, 2015

How to Make a $1,500 Sandwich from Scratch

 

Talk about going all in for a DIY project! Andy George of How to Make Everything goes the whole nine yards to make a chicken sandwich from scratch. 

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Oct 05, 2015

A Simple Life is the Happiest

Ocean View We all need a reminder that life is too short to spend inside. Here's a fantastic video by a man who decided to live a life outside and as he says: "A simple life is the happiest".  

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Sep 30, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: September 30, 2015

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?   

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Sep 25, 2015

Maker Series: Premium, Artisanal, Handcrafted Firewood from This is That

I'm a fan of doing things yourself. I love how much goes into creating something unique with quality materials, and the ability to customize it for the space it will live. But I can't make everything and I still appreciate a well-made product. That's where the market for artisanal pieces comes in.   

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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.

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