How many basic knots do you know? A helpful guide to 7 of them

Maybe it's been awhile since that merit badge, or maybe you haven't been out on a boat of late. In any case, here's Andy Tran's great refresher course on 7 essential knots.

The knots covered in this video are:

Square Knot (Reef Knot) Clove Hitch (Builder's Hitch, Tied in a bight, and at an end) Sheet Bend (And Double Sheet Bend) Bowline (Tied two ways) Figure 8 loop (Tied 3 ways) Round Turn + Two 1/2 Hitches Taut-Line Hitch

If you are wondering, the difference between a square knot and a granny knot (or lubber's knot) is that in a square knot, both parts of the line go over or under their respective loop. Here's a comparison from the terrific site

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In one take, this guy shows all the cool skills he learned in 2016

Mike Boyd decided to make a show called "Learn Quick," where he tries to learn a skill from scratch as quickly as possible. As a roundup for 2016, he did them all in one single impressive long take. Read the rest

James Gurney made a neat 3D model from craft foam to help him paint a robot

James Gurney is the creator of the Dinotopia book series and is one of the best book illustrators alive today. His work is in the league of N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle.

James has a new instructional painting video called Fantasy in the Wild: Painting Concept Art on Location for sale as a direct download and on DVD. In the excerpt above, James shows how he made a small model of an excavator robot out of craft foam to assist him in painting an urban attack scene. James' teaching style is so friendly and warm. I have met him a couple of times, and this video captures his personality perfectly. Read the rest

WATCH: How to be a totally awesome 80s model

The Found Footage Festival has unearthed a 1980s-era modeling instructional video so tubular "you'll probably watch it several times over before you understand it all completely." Read the rest