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Watch Rope Get Made From a Tree Using a Thousand-Year-Old Technique Watch Rope Get Made From a Tree Using a Thousand-Year-Old Technique

Making rope is hard. Making rope the way the Vikings did it over a thousand years ago is even harder. First, you have to find the right tree. Then, you have to strip the bark of the tree when the sap is rising. And then, you soak the bark you just harvested in the sea for three to four months before you can even think…

Binding a Book Seems Like a Really Good Way to Relieve Stress Binding a Book Seems Like a Really Good Way to Relieve Stress

Fine. Book binding would only be a great stress reliever if you were as good at book binding as Armando Costa and Florindo Simões are but then if you were, you’d be a professional book binder and it would be your job and might even be the cause of your stress.

Making a Surfboard By Hand Seems Satisfying As Hell Making a Surfboard By Hand Seems Satisfying As Hell

I very much enjoyed watching this surfboard get made by hand because, well, I love watching anything get made by hand. But also, there are neat graphics that pop up and show what’s happening at each step of the process. You get to see an animation of what he’s actually doing to the surfboard and what shape he’s trying…

The Process of Making These Rare Traditional Noodles Is Fascinating The Process of Making These Rare Traditional Noodles Is Fascinating

These traditional Chinese Suomian noodles have been made in Nanshan Village for over 300 years, and supposedly there are only 300 people left in the world who know how to make them. That’s because the process of making these noodles is a little bit more unique than making your typical noodles—it can sometimes look…

This Mechanical Beat Machine Filled with Random Things for Instruments Is So Fun This Mechanical Beat Machine Filled with Random Things for Instruments Is So Fun

I wish I could see more of the build process for artist Koka Nikoladze’s mechanical beat machines, but the little teasers of shaping springs and wires and wood in the video will have to do. In the end, the machines become adorably weird music boxes that are totally programmable and can “produce different kinds of…

Etsy Built a Website-Making Tool For Its Sellers Etsy Built a Website-Making Tool For Its Sellers

Making handmade goods might be the easy part when you consider all the work that goes into selling those products online. Now Etsy is giving its sellers a new tool for building a standalone website that easily populates with data from Etsy’s own online marketplace, making launching and maintaining an e-commerce site a…

Hand making a sketchbook is an impressive amount of work Hand making a sketchbook is an impressive amount of work

This is supposedly the ‘perfect sketchbook’. Why? Because it’s made from the highest quality watercolor paper there is, Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper (a paper mill with a lot of history and a lot of famous users like Leonardo da Vinci!), but also because it’s painstakingly made. Check out how they put together…

Video: The peacefulness of hand stitching a tie Video: The peacefulness of hand stitching a tie

It’s not exactly a complicated process but hand stitching a tie is so well considered that it’s absolutely soothing to see. Here is how Bastong makes its ties: cut fabric and stitch ‘em together. But every detail is so precise that it’s worth watching, the needlework and stitching is just lovely.

Watch this cool first person view of hand making a knife Watch this cool first person view of hand making a knife

Here’s a really cool video showing the daily routine of Chelsea Miller, a knife maker. It’s fun because it’s filmed from her perspective so you get to see what it really takes. Fiercely Curious, who made the video, writes, “Chelsea Miller hand makes stunning knives out of old horse rasp files. She often uses maple…

Amazon Just Launched an Etsy Clone to Sell Handmade Items Amazon Just Launched an Etsy Clone to Sell Handmade Items

Amazon has just launched a new online store called Handmade. Much like Etsy, it will sell handcrafted items, serving as the middle-man between artisans and consumers.

Making a clay bottle from dirt you find on the ground is messy fun Making a clay bottle from dirt you find on the ground is messy fun

In continuing his really awesome hand made series, Andy George of How to Make Everything learns how clay pots and bottles are made from the very beginning (dirt!) to the beautiful end (ceramics). In between, you see him show us every step of the process like digging up the dirt, filtering out the crap in the dirt,…

Cutting down a tree to make a stool in the woods is beautifully peaceful Cutting down a tree to make a stool in the woods is beautifully peaceful

Here’s a good way to spend a day if you need to get away from it all: go to woods, chop down a tree, and then use the wood to make a stool. Not only have you successfully made something with your hands but you can now sit down and rest because you’re gonna be tired.

Hand making a suit at home takes $4000, 10 months, cotton picking and a lot of animal shearing Hand making a suit at home takes $4000, 10 months, cotton picking and a lot of animal shearing

What does it take to truly make a handmade suit? If you want to do every step of the process on your own, it takes a lot and a lot and a lot of work. Think about the materials that go into a suit: the cotton, the wool, the knitting, the silk and more. You have to pick the cotton, you have to shear the sheep, you have…

Video: The process of hand making a book the old fashioned way is a lost magical art Video: The process of hand making a book the old fashioned way is a lost magical art

Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Craft takes a look at Arion Press in San Francisco in its latest episode and examines how this tiny printing shop carries on the legacy of printers of the past. It’s almost astonishing to see how much work gets put into each book. From the typesetting to the proofreading (which is done aloud) to…

Seeing Japanese handmade paper get made is completely soothing Seeing Japanese handmade paper get made is completely soothing

I don’t know exactly what’s going on but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It’s a lovely process to watch, especially since it’s so damn soothing.

Seeing a cello get carved from wood and made by hand is so soothing Seeing a cello get carved from wood and made by hand is so soothing

The cello is a gigantic instrument so it’s really no surprise that it basically takes an entire tree to make. What is impressive about the process of making a cello by hand though is just how long it takes to carve the wood down, to precisely cut out the shape, and to put all the pieces together. With such a big and…

The painstaking art of making shoes by hand The painstaking art of making shoes by hand

I’m glad that there are still people doing things the old fashioned way because the art and detail of making these shoes is just so impressive. Carving the shape of the shoe from wood, patching it out with the leather and then putting it altogether, seeing it all makes you appreciate all the little fine details of…

Who knew that watching a box get made by hand could be so captivating? Who knew that watching a box get made by hand could be so captivating?

It’s a box. Like, really. It’s just a box. But there’s just something about seeing things get put together with a person’s hands that I will always enjoy watching. Even if it’s something as plain and simple as a box. There are so many steps into making these boxes that they should be considered more than a box, even…

Video: Handmaking a wooden chair without music and commentary is calming Video: Handmaking a wooden chair without music and commentary is calming

Can you watch an episode of television that just follows the multiple day process of making a chair from wood without any music? Without any commentary? As part of BBC Four Goes Slow series, we see just that. It’s beautiful, ASMR-tingling, and so soothing to see tree trunks get chopped, wood being sawed down, and the…

Watch one of the world's best tailors make a handmade suit Watch one of the world's best tailors make a handmade suit

Even if you’re one of the very best at something, you can always learn more. That’s basically the mantra of Frank Shattuck, an amazingly dedicated tailor who spends countless hours and thousands of stitches hand making a suit just to get it perfect. Anything he makes shows the culmination of everything he’s learned.

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