I always like to hear from other craftsmen about how they came into wood working, and their approach to the projects as they go. It’s always interesting to read or hear about what compels us to make, to create, to bring life to a pile of raw materials.
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.
Words words words, as the Bard said. All around us and packed with meaning despite the fact that many of us never stop to think about the other design aspects of the world around us. But that's where this little city exploration tour from Quartz comes in to unpack the hidden meaning behind everyday street signs.
…With a little help from some quality process videos of course. I’ve spent enough years with less-than-cherry cars that need constant TLC to keep them moving along, and I wish I’d actually taken the time to learn some of the easier maintenance processes that I could’ve done myself.
This inspiring video walks us through the making of a smooth leather cover for the Moleskine notebook. Watch as a simple piece of leather becomes a classy cover for all those world-changing thoughts.
After 98 years of a singular design, Converse has revamped the infamous "Chuck Taylor" shoe to add a little more comfort. Named after the basketball player and shoe evangelist, Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, Chuck Taylors are considered "the most successful basketball shoe in history" with over 80% of the market share in 1966.
What's not to like about watching a consummate actor, humanitarian, and adorable t-shirt wearer teach you how to make the ultimate plate of scrambled eggs?
If you're interested in the actual design, style, and swagger of a forgotten era, step into this time-capsule and see life as it really was in 1970's New York City. As someone who was once able to claim the moniker of a New Yorker, I found this footage engaging but I think any stranger to the land will as well. I feel like as modern men, most of our experience of the styles of the past are filtered through cinematic recreations, which is why I found this silent footage so striking. Just seeing the streets, the lights, and the people (especially void of sound) casts the whole nostalgic experience a different light.
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Most art forms involve some level of collaboration, sometimes with people who work long after you've done your part. Or in this case, after you've been dead for 300 years.
“It is totally impossible to be well-dressed in cheap shoes.” – Hardy Amies
Handmade shoes are one of those things. The "once you try it, you'll never look back kinda thing..." And, yeah, they're a bigger initial investment. But they'll probably last for the rest of your life with proper care and maintenance.
Saville Row shoemakers Foster and Son were recently featured in The Victoria and Albert Museum‘s, How Was It Made? video series. This entry, The Art of Shoe Making, chronicles a cobbler at Foster and Son creating a pair of brogues from scratch...and its crazy fascinating.
John Kingman is a video producer and independent filmmaker (and former ManMade contributor) whose first feature-length film, Pearl: The Assassin, is streaming now on Amazon. We thought it'd be fun to get a glimpse of what it's like make indie movies, so we caught up with John for the first of our "Four Questions With" series:
MM: Tell us a little about your background, and about Pearl.
My background is video production. I started out making comedy videos with my friends, and taught myself how to shoot, light, and edit. Now I run a boutique production company in NY, doing corporate video. Pearl came about around the time that Guy
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
Working with your hands can take a lot of forms. Just take it from Anthony Bourdain as he visits Frank Shattuck, a boxer and tailor famous for his "bench-made suits" in this unique process video.
The series is called "Raw Craft" and features great conversations about the dedication to craftsmanship and simply about how suits should fit.
Raise your hand if you love process videos. Mine is definitely up - I'm always down to watch a slow tracked materials shot, a lens flare coming in through a shop window, a cluttered benchtop scattered with tools and coffee cups.
So is Sam, a public librarian in California who sent me a link to this cool video series by
Elora Hardy grew up in the world of imaginative actualization, and when her architect parents built a home off of the "fairy mushroom house" drawn by their nine-year-old daughter, Hardy didn't realize that it was unusual. Now a innovative architect herself, Hardy is building beautiful and immersive living spaces most people couldn't dream up, out of bamboo with Bali locals in a desire to increase infrastructure with sustainable resources.
The 1950's and 1960's were the golden age of auto design at a time when Americans identified more than ever with the cars they drove. Auto designers encapsulated the spirit of American adventure at a time when America was dreaming intently and looking forward to the future, but most of their designs were never released to the public. Until now...
The music video for Son Lux's new single, "Change is Everything," features roughly 4,000 animated frames, crafted only from string and ball head pins on a foam core background. As the video develops, you see the holes left from the previous shots multiply and multiply, giving an awesome ghosting effect to the moving line art images.
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.
Have you ever heard of card juggling? You know, it's like in the old timey cowboy movies, where the rowdy grizzled guys are sitting in a salon, and they invite the new young gun to gamble with them, thinking they'll take all his money, but then he sits down and takes the deal and starts flipping cards left and right, thereby showing them and the audience that he's actually really good at poker and is about to school these dudes. Right. Like that.