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If you have never seen the TV show How It's Made, watch it, if you can get it. I don't watch a huge amount of TV, just leave it on as background noise. Today when I turned it on they were showing how gumball were made. Then they went to making drum shells. The first method was solid maple boards, that they cut from a log, trimmed, angled the ends, then steamed. After an hour they put the piece on a round former, made it round, glued the ends, did some precision trimming outside and inside, then assembled. Then they showed one being made from laminated maple. Don't recall the number of layers, but 14 sticks in my mind. Next came how they made flat wood baskets. That was a lot more complex than I ever thought. Would have been simpler if by hand, but they had some really interesting machines they used. Very much worth watching if you can receive it.
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Unfortunately, Comcast wants me to pay $25 a month more to get a package with the Science channel.
So I can't watch it.
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We cancelled TV service about 3 years ago because we realized we had not watched TV in years and there was no point in paying for something we weren't using. But I always enjoyed the How It's Made series and there are plenty of them on YouTube and they're fun to watch.

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I watch it every chance I get...they often do marathons...

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An interesting program, but not much detail. When I was a kid, one of the earliest TV stations in Los Angeles (KTLA), managed to pack their cameras in a large van. They had a program called City at Night. They went to manufacturing plants all over the city and did remotes. I remember in particular a paper plant and that they trimmed the paper with a strong water spray. Stan Chambers was host and he worked all the rest of his life at that station, doing news and special events. Life sure was simpler then, Spade Cooley and wrestling.
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I watched it again later, and this time, among other things, they showed how caskets, and gliding rocking chairs, are made. No other woodworking, but did show how soda is bottled. No, not a huge amount of detail, but very interesting otherwise.

I'll likely keep the TV, basic package cable, because I watch Forged In Fire, The Curse of Oak Island, The Zoo (behind the scenes of the Bronx Zoo), regularly. Yesterday learned they show the original Lone Ranger, I watched that around 1950 or so, don't watch that but do look up a few other old shows, and some of the old time classic rock and roll. And, there is always the 24/7 cartoon channel I switch to when there is nothing else worthwhile.

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Haven’t watched for a while,but always enjoyed the different episodes

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When my kids were little they watched Mr. Rogers every day. He sometimes had a 5 or so minute video of how things were made. They were pretty thorough for a kid's audience.

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What impresses me from the show is that there are still a lot of things that require an artisan or craftsman with skill in order to get it made.
A lot of things still require the human eye and touch.
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It is a very interesting show - some similar spin offs are the ones where they visit large factories - VW, Lambo, Ferrari etc and the big engineering marvels. I surf channels when I travel and enjoy these kinds of things, incl historical programs that describe how man built the pyramids, the Empire State building, the large dams, etc.

Forged in Fire is a pretty decent program about bladed weapon crafting - lots of real artisans in there with terrific projects.

I don't watch the car or bike building programs, as they are all bull****. A quality build is not done in 2 weeks and the constant made up pressures and conflict are embarassing. When I used to build the Pioneer Electronics 10 vehicle demonstration fleet we pulled all nighters on a regular basis; I had a team of 6 or 7 private contractors working for me. Some kidding around and good natured hooey was ok, but real conflict was time waster and a certain project killer. We were lucky to build a decent demo stereo vehicle without car mods in 2-4 weeks. The tv shows are insulting to the real craftsmen who build nice vehicles.

Speaking of "How It's Made"....we had a wedding photographer come into our shop about 10 years ago and video the staff working - then he added a soundtrack and voice over - most of our customers say it reminds them of that show. It's about 5 minutes long and describes how we design and manufacture architectural commercial light fixtures in Toronto, Canada.
The rest of the YouTube channel has my car and snowmobile action vids as well.

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