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How To Give Wood The Ultimate Paper Cut

It’s like a Bizzaro World version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” where the paper manages to beat everything and scissors are pissed.


Making A Fishing Rod From Bamboo Is Legitimately Impressive

Video: There are over 150 steps in making a bamboo fishing rod which involve nearly 60 hours of work to actually complete. That’s a lot of work. You can sneak a peak at how it gets done — the carving, the burning, the shaving, the glueing — in the video below by Michael Herman. In it, you get to follow fly fisherman Nick Taransky around as he meticulously makes a bamboo fishing rod. The fun part is trying to figure out what the next step in the process is because it’s not nearly as simple as cutting a strip out from the bamboo.


Watch A Guy Chop Down A Tree And Make A Longbow Out Of It

Video: Chop a tree. Wait three years. And then you can make yourself a longbow.


Watch A Bowl Get Carved From Wood Using Traditional Methods 

Video: This is a really captivating look at how wooden objects are made in small villages across China. This video shows how residents of Shawo Village — a community with only 270 households — use foot-powered lathes to make their wooden bowls, utensils, tools and toys.


How To Make Charcoal With A Paint Can

Video: There’s no reason I need to make charcoal — I don’t normally use it for anything, and if I did, bags of it are so easy to buy. But I find the whole process of exhausting wood sticks into little brittle black pieces so much fun that I’m going to start inventing reasons to use charcoal in my life.


Watch An Awesome Tree House Get Built In This Time Lapse

Any type of tree house rules. Throw a shanty on a tree trunk and the world immediately becomes a beautiful place. This tree house, though? This tree house is legitimately awesome. In the woods and next to the water, it has a bridge, windows, a deck, and basically everything you ever wanted in a tree house.


This Woodworking Wizard Turns A Single Block Of Wood Into A Chain 

Video: This is a really neat woodworking project from Matthias Wandel: turning a single piece of wood into a chain just by using power tools. It takes very careful planning and specific carving to transform the block of wood into links on a chain, but Wandel shows us his entire process in detail. The end result is really fun, because you still can’t believe how he made that (even though you saw him make it).


This Amazingly Cool Model Bridge Was Made By Year 3 Student

Video: OK, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this Year 3 student’s school project — a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland — is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river.


Watch The Making Of A Spinning Top That Can Spin Upside Down

Video: Watch as Matthias Wandel spins a block of wood on a lathe in order to make a Tippe top, a spinning top that can flip upside down and still spin. It’s a pretty fun toy, because when you think the top is about to fall over, it catches itself onto the surface and flips itself in a completely new direction and keeps on spinning.


Making Traditional Wooden Lacrosse Sticks 

Video: Here’s how a traditional wooden lacrosse stick gets made. You get to see how it’s done from the search for the right type of hickory tree; to the splitting of the wood into halves, quarters and eighths; to the steaming, bending, knitting and everything in between. It’s actually a humble process to make a stick for such a hoity-toity sport.


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