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 process. Surprisingly the cameras produced aren't made by robots but by a number of actual people performing quite delicate work.
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
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.
This 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.
There'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.
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. Here's a look at some innovative ways to make the simple picture frame.
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...
Jimmy 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.
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?
This is definitely one of those videos.
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.
"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.