Great Big Story shows how an expert dorodango maker makes beautiful shiny balls of mud. It requires starting with a mixture of a clay-based mud, straw, and water. "When you begin to polish them," she says, "and they begin to shine, they are living creatures coming to life." There is even an annual dorodango tournament in Japan.
When Carla was editor of Craft magazine, she ran an article with a dorodango how-to.
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I love old paperbacks, especially their great hand-lettered titles. I grabbed a few from my shelf to show you what I mean: Not many books feature hand-lettering, but there are still a number of people who keep the tradition alive. Ivan Castro, a graphic designer in Barcelona, Spain, is one such craftsman. He teaches lettering […]
In this episode of Trenton & Heath, master cobbler Heath Potter resurrects a totally thrashed pair of Ferragamo loafers. You may think that 26 minutes is a long time to watch someone restore a pair of shoes, but just allow yourself to be enveloped by the artisinality of it all. The time will fly by […]
There are DIY projects, and there are HOLY CRAP HE MADE A VIKING AXE REPLICA. This is one of those.
You hear the stories all the time. You know the ones about how a new vehicle instantly loses hundreds, even thousands of dollars in value the second a new owner drives it off the lot. Depreciation is a killer, especially when the item itself works just as well — or maybe even better than all […]
Spring cleaning time is right around the corner, and, if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of a drag. But keeping your home clean in any season is necessary for both health and happiness, so why not make it a little less daunting? The correct tools help make any work easier, and that’s […]
Quality knives matter — and in more ways than you might expect. At the most basic level, having a functioning set of proper kitchen knives means you can actually get in a kitchen, start putting together a meal and have the right tools to handle all tasks. From the blunt force of the clever to […]