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Padlocks/Hair Clippers/Wooden Shoes/Synthetic Leather

Padlocks/Hair Clippers/Wooden Shoes/Synthetic Leather

The first padlocks date back to the Roman times and were most likely used for the protection of cargo. The process of making a modern padlock begins with the lamination of 24 steel plates, which, when combined, make the lock body. Next, the electric hair clipper is, actually, a 1919 invention. Nowadays, instead of metal, the casing of the modern hair clipper is made of heavy-duty plastic that carries the various parts of the device, such as the blade slide, and its lever. Following, we go back in time when farmers used to chip out holes into wooden blocks to keep their feet dry. Since then, little has changed in the art of wooden shoe-making, as it all starts with a single block of poplar. Finally, we try to spot the difference between real and synthetic leather, or pleather; a task that is not always easy. The recipe starts by mixing a petroleum-based plasticiser with various additives, such as ultraviolet stabilisers, flame-retardant solutions, powdered vinyl, and specific pigments. Written by Nick Riganas

  • Duration: 22 min
  • IMDb: 7.6

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HD Solid Tires/Cheesecake/Canoe Paddles/Globes

Solid Tires/Cheesecake/Canoe Paddles/Globes

EPS01

Solid Tires/Cheesecake/Canoe Paddles/Globes - EPS 01

HD
IMDb: 7.8
2007
22 min

Today, we discover the making of the solid tyre, which is a special kind of rubber-covering that is designed for use in rough terrains such as construction sites, landfills and mining operations, where the hazardous environment would easily flatten any ordinary, air-filled tyre. Next, we see the various steps in the making of a cheesecake, a sweet delicacy that is often related to New York; nevertheless, it is actually of Greek origins, as the Ancient Greeks used to serve it to the athletes of the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Then, we learn about the fabrication of the paddle, and although no one really knows who invented it or when, undoubtedly, modern laminated paddles made from a blend of hard and soft woods are definitely the evolution of the single-piece paddle. In the end, we follow the steps in the making of a globe, which is the most accurate representation of the earth, depicting the countries in true spatial relation to one another. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Boomerangs/Barbecues/Pinball Machines/Strobe Lights

Boomerangs/Barbecues/Pinball Machines/Strobe Lights

EPS02

Boomerangs/Barbecues/Pinball Machines/Strobe Lights - EPS 02

HD
IMDb: 7.6
2007
22 min

From a plain stick that was thrown during the hunt, to the modern, finely-crafted and aerodynamic gadget made from laminated strips of wood, the boomerang was an essential tool since the primitive times. Next, the process of fabricating a barbecue--an invention of the native Caribbean who cooked over a pit of charcoals--begins with the bending of a lubricated steel disc that is fed into a press to take its characteristic bowl shape. Following, we learn all about the various intricate steps in the making of the pinball machine, which reigned supreme in a time before the modern video games. In the end, we discover the extensive use of the strobe lights, or lamps, in aircraft wings, in the red-and-blue police car lights, on towers, and on tall buildings to warn low-flying aircraft. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Wooden Bowls/Chainsaws/Stackable Potato Chips/Jet Compressor Blades

Wooden Bowls/Chainsaws/Stackable Potato Chips/Jet Compressor Blades

EPS03

Wooden Bowls/Chainsaws/Stackable Potato Chips/Jet Compressor Blades - EPS 03

HD
IMDb: 7.8
2007
22 min

The handcrafted wooden bowl making is a lost art. Made from a solid piece of hardwood--usually, beech, maple, walnut or cherry--they start as bowl blanks from a fresh log, and progressively, a unique product is made. Next, the chainsaw which revolutionised the logging industry begins with the making of the plastic housing by melting, which houses a 2-stroke engine. After a test run, the powerful tool is ready for almost any job. Following, the stackable potato chips which have a uniform concave shape that helps to stack them neatly inside their tubular containers, begin with the making of their containers by layering plain brown paper and foil paper glued together. In the end, we follow the precise steps in the making of jet compressor blades, a key component in any jet engine. By rotating inside the jet engine 400 revolutions per second, they can create a small hurricane of more than 600°C, which then combines with fuel to propel the back of the engine. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Steel Wool/Ranges/Carved Candles/Slot Machines

Steel Wool/Ranges/Carved Candles/Slot Machines

EPS04

Steel Wool/Ranges/Carved Candles/Slot Machines - EPS 04

HD
IMDb: 8.0
2007
22 min

In the making of steel wool pads, a process that requires the shaping of a single steel rod inside a 15-foot steel wool die machine, a series of six progressively smaller dies get the rod narrower, as 29 blades shave it in a pyramid configuration for a razor-sharp product. Next, we learn about the construction of the hi-end ranges, a multi-level process which starts with the shaping and bending of a big sheet of galvanised steel inside a press that makes the framework. Then, we discover the fine art of candle carving, an old German craft that is a time-sensitive process which involves the layering of different colours by dipping into baths of hot wax, followed by cool water dips to harden. In the end, we find all about the assembly of the slot machine, which is an 1895 invention of a San Francisco car mechanic. The first slot machine was a heavy cast-iron cabinet with three reels of twenty symbols each, and the enormous 50 cent jackpot. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD CCD Semiconductors/Airline Meals/Paper Cups/Trumpets

CCD Semiconductors/Airline Meals/Paper Cups/Trumpets

EPS05

CCD Semiconductors/Airline Meals/Paper Cups/Trumpets - EPS 05

HD
IMDb: 7.3
2007
22 min

A CCD semiconductor, or, the image sensor, is a crucial part of the digital camera which converts the captured light into millions of electrical charges, and then, the processor turns them into pictures or movies. Next, as the increased demand for air travel made the airlines turn to pre-made meals, we find out how those elaborate menus that meet specific requirements involve the careful planning of every little detail before they even reach the aircraft. Following, we discover all about the fabrication of the disposable paper cup; a computerised, one-minute process which starts with a roll of paper that has a very thin coating of plastic or wax to prevent any leaks. In the end, we learn all about the evolution of the straight horn to the modern trumpet; a process that began in the 15th century when the instrument makers learned how to bend effectively the horn in order to produce more notes. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Padlocks/Hair Clippers/Wooden Shoes/Synthetic Leather

Padlocks/Hair Clippers/Wooden Shoes/Synthetic Leather

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Padlocks/Hair Clippers/Wooden Shoes/Synthetic Leather - EPS 06

HD
IMDb: 7.6
2007
22 min

The first padlocks date back to the Roman times and were most likely used for the protection of cargo. The process of making a modern padlock begins with the lamination of 24 steel plates, which, when combined, make the lock body. Next, the electric hair clipper is, actually, a 1919 invention. Nowadays, instead of metal, the casing of the modern hair clipper is made of heavy-duty plastic that carries the various parts of the device, such as the blade slide, and its lever. Following, we go back in time when farmers used to chip out holes into wooden blocks to keep their feet dry. Since then, little has changed in the art of wooden shoe-making, as it all starts with a single block of poplar. Finally, we try to spot the difference between real and synthetic leather, or pleather; a task that is not always easy. The recipe starts by mixing a petroleum-based plasticiser with various additives, such as ultraviolet stabilisers, flame-retardant solutions, powdered vinyl, and specific pigments. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Racing Shells/Stainless Steel Sinks/Leather/Pedal Steel Guitars

Racing Shells/Stainless Steel Sinks/Leather/Pedal Steel Guitars

EPS07

Racing Shells/Stainless Steel Sinks/Leather/Pedal Steel Guitars - EPS 07

HD
IMDb: 7.6
2007
22 min

High-tech row boats that are built for speed or racing shells, use a long and very narrow profile to cut through the waves with minimal resistance. Usually custom-made, they are fabricated under very precise specifications for maximum speed, using light materials such as reinforced carbon fibre. Next, we learn about the story of the kitchen sink which was initially made out of a copper/nickel alloy. During the WWII, because of the high demand in materials for the war effort, the kitchen sink evolved to the form that we know nowadays by using light-weight, heavy-duty stainless steel. As the show continues, we find all about the leather production, which actually dates back to primitive times, when the first men used to rub fat to animal skins in order to preserve them. Through a series of various processes that involve hair removal, softening and tanning, this timeless, durable material is ready for use. In the end, we follow the various steps in the making of a pedal steel guitar, an ... Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Swords/Pontoons/Grandfather Clocks/Fuses

Swords/Pontoons/Grandfather Clocks/Fuses

EPS08

Swords/Pontoons/Grandfather Clocks/Fuses - EPS 08

HD
IMDb: 7.4
2007
22 min

In the beginning of the show, we discover how the sword helped to shape history through the ages and how today's modern artisans craft historical replicas of high-level detail. Nowadays, the process begins by placing a high-carbon steel plate in a fixture with computer-guided blades to carve out the basic shape of the sword. Next, we follow the various steps in the fabrication of the party barge or floating bridge or luxury raft or just plain pontoon. Back in the old times, those big, modified rafts used to float atop steel drums, however, the modern pontoon uses custom-built floating chambers made from special aluminium alloy. As the show continues, we take a look at the assembly line of the grandfather clocks, a device that was invented centuries ago and runs on gravity. Long case clocks as they are properly called, use a series of brass weights that when we wind the clock, they are pulled upwards and by the effect of gravity, they gradually move downwards, turning the hands of the ... Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Bumpers/Lighting Gels & Camera Filters/Steam-Powered Models/Candy Canes

Bumpers/Lighting Gels & Camera Filters/Steam-Powered Models/Candy Canes

EPS09

Bumpers/Lighting Gels & Camera Filters/Steam-Powered Models/Candy Canes - EPS 09

HD
IMDb: 7.2
2007
21 min

Almost 80% of the car accidents are caused by front or rear collisions, therefore, the invention of the bumper is of great significance as it is designed to absorb the force of the impact in order to minimise damage and injuries. The fabrication of steel bumpers begins with a 2mm sheet that is fed through a series of 7 to 9 dies, stamping the bumper into the desired shape. Next, we find out how lighting gels and camera filters are made, important components that are used in theatre productions to improve the mood on stage as well as in film and photography to adjust the colour temperature. Today, they are made of transparent polyester and the fabrication process begins with a mixture of solvent, dye and flame retardant agents. As the show continues, we follow the various steps in the production of a mini 19th-century locomotive replica, a process that starts with the making of the boiler. Next, all the parts of the locomotive are attached to the brass boiler, including the steam pipes... Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Umbrellas/Outboard Motors/Silver Cutlery/Tape Measures

Umbrellas/Outboard Motors/Silver Cutlery/Tape Measures

EPS10

Umbrellas/Outboard Motors/Silver Cutlery/Tape Measures - EPS 10

HD
IMDb: 7.0
2007
22 min

The umbrella is a fashion accessory that actually originated in ancient China almost 1700 years ago. We learn about the fabrication of the meticulously crafted collapsible handmade umbrella, which begins with the processing of a birch wood shaft. Next, we take a look inside an outboard marine motor factory where motors that run on gas, diesel or electricity, ranging from single cylinder to eight cylinders are made. The motors consist of an engine that is on the top, a gear case below and a middle section that is in between. As the show continues, we follow the steps in the making of cutlery, utensils that date back to the Stone Age when splinters of stone, shells, horns or wood chips were used. The production process begins with the stamping of a thin sheet of metal that makes the basic shape or blanks, of a fork or a spoon. In the end, we learn about the making of a mid 19th-century invention; the spring-driven, retractable tape measure. Production begins with a three-dimensional ... Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Scalpels/Oil Paints/British Police Helmets/Ice Axes

Scalpels/Oil Paints/British Police Helmets/Ice Axes

EPS11

Scalpels/Oil Paints/British Police Helmets/Ice Axes - EPS 11

HD
IMDb: 8.0
2007
22 min

The scalpel is the surgeon's quintessential tool because it is designed to cut precisely, swiftly and cleanly. The handles are made from rods of stainless steel, while the sterile, single-use blades are made from either carbon or stainless steel which arrives at the factory in the form of coiled strips. Next, we learn about oil paints which actually date back to ancient times when artists used to mix minerals and other ingredients with wax or oil. Later on, in 1400 the discovery of linseed oil perfected the oil paints as this element acts as a pigment binder allowing the blending of colours in layers. As the show continues, we follow the various steps in the fabrication of the British Police helmet, its characteristic shape derives from a metal mould where a sheet of plastic is placed over the heated surface. Afterwards, the mould rises, giving the plastic the basic form of the helmet. In the end, we visit an ice axe factory to watch the production which starts with an aluminium rod ... Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Bacon/Snowblowers/Luxury Cars

Bacon/Snowblowers/Luxury Cars

EPS12

Bacon/Snowblowers/Luxury Cars - EPS 12

HD
IMDb: 7.5
2007
22 min

One of our favourite side dishes is undoubtedly the bacon rashers, a popular food from the old times when people used to cure and smoke meat for the winter. The making of processed, pre-cooked bacon begins with a batch of pork bellies tossed into a big tumbler to soften. Then, liquid smoke and various flavourings are added until the product is ready to enter a blast freezer. Next, we learn that the first snow blowers came on the market in the 1950s and nowadays, modern machines range from models with small, 26cc engines, to large, 50cc ones. The fabrication begins with the forming of the snowplough or auger, which starts as a pre-formed steel disc. In the end, we visit the factory of a legendary luxury car brand to follow the various steps in its making. It all starts with a hand-welded aluminium body shell that it is both rigid as well as lightweight. Then, the engine and the body become one in a process that is called the marriage. Written by Nick Riganas

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HD Automatic Transmissions/Silver Miniatures/Hot Air Balloon Baskets/Darts

Automatic Transmissions/Silver Miniatures/Hot Air Balloon Baskets/Darts

EPS13

Automatic Transmissions/Silver Miniatures/Hot Air Balloon Baskets/Darts - EPS 13

HD
IMDb: 7.6
2007
22 min

One very important part of the car is the transmission, either manual or automatic, which is a complex system of gears and levers that transfer power from the engine to the wheels of the vehicle. The manufacturing begins with the assembly of the transmission case which is the aluminium housing for three sets of planetary gears. Next, we visit the world of miniatures, to learn about the various steps in the making of these perfectly scaled replicas, inside a silversmithing workshop. It all begins with the measuring of the actual item and afterwards, the workers divide the measurements by twelve, so that the end product will have the same proportions as the original. As the show continues, we discover about the French invention of the hot air balloon, in the late 1700s. Its making starts with the construction of the framing, by the use of stainless steel tubing that workers manually bend it into shape. Afterwards, when the frame is complete with its wooden floor, the process of ... Written by Nick Riganas

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