More making/makers on YouTube?
October 29, 2015 3:56 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for YouTube channels similar to Matthias Wandel, Groutaone, and Jimmy Diresta....

All three of the above are what I like to call practical-freetime-makers.
Matthias Wandel is a former RIM engineer that engineers woodshop tools and machines, primarily out of wood. He's practical and problem-solving oriented.
Groutaone is a farm owner. He's also a dragster, and uploads many videos of metal work being done on dirt bikes, drag cars, rock crawlers, his sunflower seed waste recycling heating contraption, his solar/water heat system (and much more)
Jimmy Diresta is an... artist? His work is harder to describe because he works with an immense array of materials, and the end products are just as varied. 6' by 3' tool drawer stacks, vacuum formed decorative plastic pumpkins, mallets, axes...

What they all have in common is that they produce high quality handmade products using their supplies, space and free time, while filming in pretty high resolution, later narrating and uploading videos to YouTube. They all have considerable experience working with their materials and tools, and many of Wandel's and Groutaone's videos feature a problem they've encountered in projects, along with their solution and an explanation. Also in common, though not central is the production quality of the videos. Most/all in HD with clear accessible shots of workpiece, hands, and machine.

I'm looking for more YouTube channels that run along similar lines. Walkthroughs of complex projects, problems or creations, done by experienced people with cool or useful end products.
posted by shenkerism to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Clickspring on youtube is one of my favorites, high res 50fps video of clockmaking.

I'm also somewhat of a fan of Adam Booth and Keith Fenner, though they are professional machinists, not necessarily showing work that is done in their free time. Still, they both pretty regularly upload informative, high quality video with explanatory narration.

If you are into pottery, you might also check out Simon Leach's channel.
posted by rustcrumb at 4:26 PM on October 29, 2015

Frank Howarth is awesome. He puts up great woodworking videos that usually describe a novel and beautiful solution to a problem, with some nice stop-motion stuff thrown in for good measure.

I'm also a fan of Clickspring. He's got a series about making a clock from raw metal stock, with added videos about making and modifying the tools he uses to machine the clock parts.

You should also check out the ArtisanVideos subreddit; they tend to post this sort of thing regularly.
posted by stefanie at 4:30 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

I'll just plug him for the 20th time....Paul Sellers youtube channel is all about practical hand tool woodworking and tool sharpening. No time lapse shots because he's teaching the whole time (and it's more the vibe of a teacher than somebody just working on a project- but I prefer actual teaching). It's aimed at the the competent hobbyist. He offers a subscription site membership for even more in depth projects in HD.
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:10 PM on October 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

I too love these things. The only TV I watch is How It's Made.

Anyway, Project Binky is very entertaining. They haven't posted a new video in a while, but what's there is good.
posted by pipeski at 5:20 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm assuming you've checked the links page on Matthias's site? A lot of good woodworking and some other Youtube channels on there. I can't even think of any in that space that aren't on the list. It is very much worth your time to go through them. Frank Howarth is exceptional.
posted by ssg at 7:45 PM on October 29, 2015

Seconding Paul Sellers; his videos are really fantastic. Another woodworker, who, like Sellers, works only with hand tools is Tom Fidgen; most of his videos are without narration and instead feature music performed by him while he builds beautiful furniture by hand, and for me at least are great for zoning out/falling asleep. I'll also plug April Wilkerson; she's a bit more of an amateur, but has her own pragmatic style.
posted by biogeo at 9:25 PM on October 29, 2015

Also check out the English Woodworker. He has a good vid on building a simple tool chest using clenched nails, a couple on building a small wall cupboard and a cool workholding technique called The Holdfast and the Batten. These aren't huge, complicated projects but they are wonderfully instructive.
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:36 PM on October 29, 2015

Thirding Matthias Wandel and Frank Howarth.

A slightly different skill: Marcello Barenghi is a "hyper-realist" artist.
posted by yesster at 12:16 AM on October 30, 2015

Lots of good ones already mentioned. Here are some more I enjoy:

I Like to Make Stuff
Jon Peters
posted by that's candlepin at 7:26 AM on October 30, 2015

Response by poster: Holy Cow, Clickspring is precisely what I was looking for. That's excellent!
ssg: I hadn't actually checked out his links page, but on review, it looks like I'll have plenty of content to watch!
Thanks everybody.
posted by shenkerism at 7:39 AM on October 30, 2015

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