Chris from Clickspring is building a skeleton clock from scratch using a home machinist's shop, and documenting it in lavish, hypnotic detail in his Youtube channel.
Machining is magic, of course. Watching precision pieces emerge from lathes and dies is like watching sorcery.
The Clickspring narration is a masterclass in calm, meditative making, while the accompanying video reminds you of the everyday marvels of our modern world, where you can buy screws and washers and other labor-intensive parts in bags for pennies a pound.
Shown above, the screws and washers episode, which I found on Nat Torkington's Four Short Links this morning. I'm going to watch the whole series now.
(via O'Reilly Radar
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