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When I posted these videos of classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam, it struck a nerve in a lot of our readers. I got email, we got enthusiastic comments, and lots of people said they passed it on to other sites, to friends, and across their social networks. The consensus was: “This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen.” It reminded me of another amazing video I posted here years ago which also fired up readers’ imaginations, Claude Paillard’s “Making of a Triode” video:

So, this got me thinking about other such videos, either ones we might have posted here on MAKE, or from across on the interwebs, that fill you with deep maker wonder, awe, and that unbearable itch to get out your tools and start making something. Please share your links in the comments below. I’d like to maybe start a page of such inspirational videos.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Billy-Stevens/100000613974573 Billy Stevens

    I’ve never actually used anything with vacuum tubes but just watching how their made is so interesting

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/will.price94 Will

    Pretty much all of feynmans videos leave me in awe of the universe etc. That’s if you’re a science-y person!

  • http://twitter.com/khendar khendar

    This isn’t really a Maker video but it is strangely therapeutic to watch:

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3356952-shoe-shine

  • http://twitter.com/rjkuyvenhoven Ray Kuyvenhoven

    Mike Jarvi making one of his one-piece benches

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.lewallen Tim Lewallen

      This video would be so much better with different music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.lewallen Tim Lewallen

    Here are two of my favorites that came to mind-

    Tartine Bread – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5kKeKSfyOE

    Shinya Kimura, motorcycle builder – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx0WNEUm-MY

  • tonyvr

    Alone in the Wilderness (building a log cabin in Alaska).

  • http://www.motivationalblog.net/ tkumarr

    Interesting…!!

  • http://gravatar.com/shiverfox Shiverfox

    His book is very interesting too. He was a craftsman of many trades and he made some impressive things with just tin cans and spruce. Very fun read.

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