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Apr 19, 2019

The Process: Making a Pen on the Lathe

I know it's a small thing, but your choice in writing implements can say a lot about you. Do you carry a simple plastic tube with cheap ink, or do you hold a solid, well-made piece that makes an impression? Or do you not carry anything at all? A pen holds stories and signatures, words and dreams, and you can make one that leaves an impression every time you put some words to that page.

That's why you should carry something impressive, and why you definitely should make your own.

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Jun 09, 2017

This is the Best Video You'll See All Day: Capturing the Mesmerizing Process of Hand Shaped Pottery

Hi, my name is Chris, and I'm a hopeless process nerd. Especially when that process is captured in a video with such amazing colors, sound, and cinematography.       

Filmmaker Nick Bennett visited

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May 30, 2017

Watch How L.L. Bean's Signature Boots are Made

The team over at Gear Patrol captured a great inside look at the Legendary L.L. Bean factory in Brunswick, Maine and their process for making their iconic Bean Boots.

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If you don't already own a pair of Bean Boots, I cannot recommend them enough. Their simple design and rugged craftsmanship have lasted me many years and many more into the future. 

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Sep 02, 2016

The Process: Making A Unique Cutting Board

Sure, you can make a cutting board from those scraps in your shop, but how about making something a bit more memorable? Unique Cutting BoardTake a look.   

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Aug 10, 2016

The Process: Making an English Longbow from Scratch

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...    

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Aug 04, 2016

Crafting a Custom Bar Stool from Construction Lumber

Evan is the crafter and store owner behind Mr. Lentz, a leather goods and wooden accessories shop. He's also a great story teller and tinkerer, and we love when he posts his narrative builds as a look into the creative process.

This time, he set out to build a bar stool from scratch, without plans or measured drawings and made solely from dimensional lumber (2x4s, etc) from the home center. 

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Jun 27, 2016

The Process: Crafting Handmade Wooden Eyeglass Frames from Scratch

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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.  

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May 09, 2016

Fort Knox in Box: How ATMs Work

created at: 05/08/2016Have 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...  

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May 03, 2016

Inside the Studio with Let There Be Neon

As The Hand and The Eye puts it, it's probably easier to point out which neon signs in Tribeca were not made by Let There Be Neon that which ones were, their reach is so extensive.  Their little shop is has created New York City's most famous neon signage including even Nucky Thompson's Old Rumpus Bar from Boardwalk Empire. And making neon signs is no easy trick...   

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Apr 05, 2016

The Process: Denim Jeans From Scratch

Here's a great look at how those denim jeans look so just worn enough before you even pull them on. From material cutting all the way to hand pressing the buttons on.Sewing MachineMan, I love these process videos.  

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Mar 23, 2016

Watch A Damascus Short Sword Forged in Stunning 8K

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. created at: 03/20/2016Watch 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.

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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 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 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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Nov 17, 2015

How Manholes Are Made (It's Not What You'd Think)

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.    

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Nov 05, 2015

Closer Look: An Interview With Hand and Eye Letterpress

A generation or two back, everything we read was printed with individual letters, hand picked and positioned in a tray by a patient and highly experienced printer. Hand Eye LetterpressYou've definitely seen many things printed by letterpress, but perhaps never understood or really appreciated the skill and effort it took to place row upon row of small letter blocks and hand ink the plates for pressing. 

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Oct 23, 2015

Watch a True Craftsman at Work: The Violin Makers

Music makes us feel. Good, bad, energetic, lazy...it's an ethereal experience to experience skill and passion coming together in one fluid moment. It has been said that the tone of a instrument improves over time as the instrument settles in, and the vibrations from playing helps to "open up" the resonance in the wood. 

While this may or may not be fully true, it is definitely true that a quality instrument begins with a master craftsman. Instrument craftsmen are some of the most gifted makers in the world. Not only must they be precise with joints and materials, but in the end the piece must sound as good as it looks. It truly is an art

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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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