Seggy's Dream

Here is a really nice video by woodturner Malcolm Tibbetts who specializes in making segmented vessels. This is the story of the making of a small vessel which is currently being auctioned on ebay as a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Making a bowl for Robin Hood

Robin Wood, a wood turner who works on a pole lathe, shows how he used part of an ancient oak tree from Sherwood Forest to make a replica of a Medieval wooden bowl.

Metal Spinning

This video shows Terry Tynan taking a metal disc and forming it into a parabolic-shaped vessel.

For more information on Terry's metal spinning DVDs, tools, supplies and online forum, go to

Working with art clay silver

Making silver jewelry from Art Clay Silver which turns to 99% pure silver when fired with a kiln or torch. This video is a good introduction to the working methods for anyone considering using this material.

this episode of The Artist Hideout Podcast looks at three art related blogs, and also does a "Art History, in a moment" looking at the worlds oldest known work of art.


Today's offering is a little different to the norm. No YouTube today. Instead I am sending you off to the CBC website to take a look at their archive of videos called For The Love of Craft. Organised in six categories, there are 41 videos here, which should keep you occupied for a while. I certainly haven't had time to watch them all, so do leave a comment and let us all know which videos you watched and what you thought of them.

Maggie Ayres: textile and mixed media artwork

The thoughts and techniques behind the creation of "Window" by Maggie Ayres. Maggie works with textiles, found objects and photographic images.

Stone Sculptor, Rachman Ulmer

A four minute video that looks at sculptor Rachman Ulmer. We see him at work in his outdoor studio, discussing his process with Christopher Moroney, and finally enjoying himself at the gallery opening at Viva Arts.

Drop Spindle Basics

Today's video is an instructional one by Abby Franquemont . If you have ever fancied learning how to spin yarn with a drop spindle, this might be a good place to start.

I don't know why I haven't looked for drop spindle videos before. As a woodturner I have often been asked if I make drop spindles, and I have looked at the idea several times but never taken the plunge. Anyway, thanks to my friend Bobbi Chukran who suggested this video for the reminder.

Interview with Découpage artist Rebecca Wheeler

Oklahoma artist Rebecca Wheeler has created non-traditional collages of cloth, lace, clothing, fabric flowers, rhinestones and sequins on linen, ranging in size from 12 by 12 inches to 72 by 60 inches. The works in Découpage explore memory, nostalgia, femininity and collective history.

Mud art

Today's video is a documentary of a project by members of the Woodburn High Art Club, who designed and created 14 sheetrock-backed earthen art panels to decorate their commons area. This film follows their process of transforming their commons area to reflect more of the warmth of living that takes place below the high steel ceiling and cold white walls, and shows how simple ingredients such as mud, sand and recycled newspaper can be used to create beautiful art.

Response to the installation was not only positive, but "overwhelming" according to art teacher Catherine Johnstone. If you've never seen "mud art" in action before, you will find this video enlightening and entertaining, and if you want to try it yourself check out these books by Kiko Denzer.

Beach glass jewelry

My friend Bobbi A. Chukran has just started a new blog called Recycled Stuff, all about recycling and inspiration for a greener life.

To celebrate, I have a video for you today from Lake Erie Beach Glass showing some of the wonderful wearable art that can be made with beach glass.

Tablet weaving silk

Today's video by Michael Cook shows the process of winding silk and using 'card' or 'tablet' weaving to make it into a ribbon bookmark.

Learn more about silk, silk worms and silk moths at Micheal's website

Artist Janet Schooley

An interview with Janet Schooley, an artist who now works with willow.

She is currently making a medieval bee skep for a short film based on some of the images from The Luttrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript made for the Luttrell family of Irnham village, Lincolnshire, from 1325 - 1340.

Tatting demo

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of lark's head knots, called double stitches, over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect. Read more at Wikipedia.

This is one of three short videos on how to do tatting stitches.

Be sure to watch the other two videos.

here is a kit which contains a complete step-by-step needle tatting book, three needles size #7 fine, #5-0 and #3-0 and a needle threader. The technique used applies to any tatting system:

Art Glass by Jennifer Batten

This slideshow includes a wide variety of Jennifer Batten's fused glass art. Her work includes jewelry, clocks, wall hangings, table displays and even a commisioned Telecaster pick guard. Check out the whisical 6 time zone beer clocks.

Chainsaw carving - owl sculpture

Andy MacLachlan of makes a sculpture of an Owl behind his house in Rashfield, by Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland. This film shows how a beautiful, detailed sculpture emerges from a tree that had blown over in the Argyll Forest.

This film and Andy's website were produced by Murdo Ross of

Art activity for preschoolers

First of a series of Preschool Learning Videos from for parents, teachers & caregivers. Presented by a Professional Early Childhood Educator. Your Kids Will Love These!

Guitar making workshop

Today's video is a photo essay by Warren Gash documenting his recent acoustic guitar building experience under the tutelage of Master Luthier Sergei de Jonge.

The musical accompaniment is "Guitarmaker" by Grit Laskin.

Knifemaking Unplugged

This is the trailer to the 2 hour DVD Knifemaking Unplugged.

In this 2 hour DVD you will learn how to make knives with techniques from the days of old in a charcoal burning forge. See why charcoal is the best fuel for bladesmithing. Without the use of expensive machinery and large shop space a handmade knife is forged to finish with only muscle powered tools. Since the most important part of finishing a blade is the heat treatment, it is shown and explained in great detail.

Mixing polymer clay colors

Learn to mix colors and create color scales by watching this video from Maggie Maggio.

Lisa Pavelka is an award-winning polymer clay artist. Her gorgeous work has been featured in books and magazines. She is a popular guest on craft television shows and at crafting retreats.

Polymer Clay Treasures
Lisa demonstrates everything you need to know to create your own polymer clay treasures; from clay basics to complex techniques made easy, even if you’ve never worked with clay before!

After discussing the basics, Lisa demonstrates just how versatile polymer clay can be with a variety of projects. Clay Basics: Clays, Cutting Tools, Basic & Texturing Tools, Adhesives, Work Surfaces, Pasta Machines, Conditioning, Baking, Sanding & Polishing, Storage, and Clean-Up. Projects: Treasured Tools, Faux Art Glass, Business Card Holder, Dream Purse Pen, Transformed Tins, Hinged Pillow Bead

Interactive Gallery
The gallery is overflowing with more than 65 photographs of sample artwork. When you see something that inspires you jump directly to the technique used to create it.

Gargoyle Guy, Larry lo Presti

Sorry folks, no Sunday interview today, but instead we have a documentary about the papier mache monster creations of Larry lo Presti. Narrated and edited by Baron Dixon.

Balloon sculpture

Two videos for those with kids today. Saturday seems to be turning in to the children's slot here at Craft videos. The first video is a guy making balloon sculpture somewhere in the mountains. It's certainly a nice back drop:

This second video is a promo for an e-book that shows you how to make lots of fun sculptures. Hours of entertainment for the kids.

Raku firing

Watch as the work of sculptor Marika Baumler is fired

"If you are looking for a practical guide that clearly explains the Raku process then this is the book to read. The contents are well organized, cleanly presented, and highly informative. I am so glad that I bought this book!"

Sand art performance

I have a real treat for you today. This video is best described as the making of art as a performance. Kind of like Rolf Harris but in a totally different style and medium. I was transfixed as new images appear with the brush of a hand, a wiggle of the fingers and a sprinkling of sand. The artist is Ilana Yahav who describes herself as a sand animation artist. Ilana draws on sand, using only her fingers in perfect time with the musical accompaniment.

Make a shrimp from a straw

This video is a tutorial on how to make a shrimp from a plastic drinking straw and a pair of scissors.

Card making with LP Creative

Tutorial video from LP Creative demonstrating how to create a 'friends forever' card for someone you care about. Use the same materials and techniques to create your own designs.

Medieval Clothing

Going medieval on clothing: University students learn how to make Western European attire from 600-1600 C.E. on Saturday at Nolte Center:

Glass bead making with Dawn White

Welcome to the Sunday interview. Today I'm talking with glass bead maker Dawn White of Duda Designs, and later Dawn will present a video showing us how a glass bead is made.

Hello Dawn, tell me a little about your life outside of bead making.

My day job is making beads... Happily enough! Although I do have a couple of wee ones and my DH to look after. I also seem to find time for things like Viva Pinata and this last year I went skydiving! I also keep a blog and I seem a bit obssesed with web design... :)

How long have you been making glass beads, and how did you get started?

I have been making glass beads since, oh 2002 I think... I had VERY small kids when I started so it is a bit fuzzy in my memory.

What attracted you to glass bead making as a form of artistic expression?

Initially I was enchanted with polymer clay. I was inspired by such great artists as Elise Winters or Klew. After making polymer beads for awhile I started to see some of the beautiful glass beads avaialable and I was hooked. Early on I studied with Leah Fairbanks and Deb Crowley. I was simply enchanted with all the different techniques available for making glass beads, there are so many talented artisans these days!

It looks like you need really steady hands, especially when adding the details. What was the hardest skill you had to master?

A steady hand certainly helps, but I think knowing what temperature to have the glass at so that it "cooperates" for whatever you are trying to do it the most important skill. For example when adding stringer you want the bead itself kind of cold so that it doesn't slump while you are adding detail. I also find having asbestos fingers is useful! I get my fingers pretty darn close to the flame!

In the video you show us your stash of jars of coloured glass. I'm guessing that it is powdered glass, but what do you do with it?

Most of that is frit, some of it is powder but most of it is small pieces of glass which is safer to work with than powder. I also work with enamels which is a powder and certainly needs proper respiratory equipment. I have a special mask that I wear when working with enamels, the frit is heavier and so not as dangerous. All of it is used to add color... More color is always better!!

How many beads do you make each year? Where can people buy them?

Oh I make LOTS of beads each year. I get on a roll with a certain style and then just go to town, I really enjoy experimenting with all the possiblities. I work in all types of glass, Satake, Boro, Bullseye, 96COE, and Itallian which is generally 104COE. Keeping it all straight can be a challenge but I love having all the different choices from each type of glass. You can buy my beads at

Do you make the same designs time and again, or is each piece unique? Where do you get your inspiration for new designs? Tell me about your creative process.

I only make a set twice if I am asked to remake it and I have enough time. I think that most of my work is unique. If you browse my gallery at I think you will find
that my style changes all the time. You never know what I am going to do next! :) Right now I am smitten with button-style flowers. I use frit, I pull latticino (striped cane), or I add other decoration to the flowers and I just get so excited when a set surprises me. I expect it to do one thing and it does something even more interesting! I think that is why I love glass so much, you don't always know what to expect from the kiln when you collect the beads.

Do you also make finished jewelry?

I do make finished jewelry. I think making the jewelry helps with my bead design. I'll make a piece and think, if only the bead were like "this" and off to the torch I go! It is a fun process and I love having the control over my designs, if I want a bracelet to look a certain way I can make the bead myself, very handy!

What motivated you to make this video and do you plan to do any more?
I do plan to make more! It is hard because I need help so I can't just get it done myself. I think making some videos that showed techniques instead of just me at work might be more interesting. :) I made this one just for fun!

Thank you Dawn! You have a video to show us?

I do. Here is a little video showing what I LOVE to do! Of course I show you my shop and, um, my LITTLE stash of glass! Wanna learn more? Watch... I'm working on it!

Make a leprechaun hat for St.Patrick's day

With St.Patrick's day just a few weeks away, Vicki Bodwell shows us how to make a child's leprechaun hat using felt, construction paper and an ice cream container! Start collecting your supplies today.

Industrial blacksmithing, 1904

This video is a blast from the past. It shows a group of industrial blacksmiths forge-weld a large ring for Westinghouse. It may seem a little boring to start with, but it's worth watching to the end to see these guys get a good work out.

The basics of beading

Learn the basics of beading as Karla Schafer, Auntie's Beads designer, demonstrates how to make a bracelet.

Learn the fundamentals of beading and create your own jewelry with this comprehensive DVD. See how basic techniques used in earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are created through clear explanations illustrated with numerous close-ups. With examples to guide you and advice along the way, even the most "craft-challenged" person will be beading in no time.

Japanese trick chest of drawers

Today's video is a little departure from the norm in that it shows the results of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Karakuri tansu is a chest of drawers which have trick drawers which can hide what the user puts inside to keep valuables safe.

Woodturning - a wooden box

Today we start a regular new feature on Craft Videos. Every Sunday there will be an interview with the craftsperson on the video. This week I talk to woodturner Joe Bazer.

Hello Joe, tell me a little about your life outside of woodturning.

I live in Shilo, Israel with my wife and 7 children (ages 3 - 17).

And how long have you been woodturning?

About 12 years.

Was woodturning a hard thing to learn?

I'm still learning. Mostly self taught with books and videos.

You make the box look like an easy project. Is it something that a beginner could easily do? What is the hardest part of this project?

It's not too difficult once you understand the sequence of work. The forms are "open" and easy to make.

What type of wood did you use in the video, and which way is the grain oriented?

The wood is dry paduak with the grain oriented perpendicular to the lathe centers.

What else do you make other than boxes?

Natural top bowls, using local wood - olive, eucalyptus, cherry, almond. Custom furniture. Check out my public gallery.

What motivated you to make this video and do you plan to do any more?

I enjoy teaching, and want to share my techniques with other craftspersons. I hope to make some more videos.

Thank you Joe. I look forward to seeing them.

Sand Cast Glass

This video is a commercial for a course on working with molten glass in sand molds.

Stained glass window glazing

A time lapse video of a stained glass window being glazed at Beyer Studio in Philadelphia by Chris Thompson

Beeswax candle kits

Today we are going to watch a beeswax candle being made from a kit.

Traditional crafts alive in Romania

What you will see in this video looks like it could have been happening a century ago, but the producers of this video say that it was not filmed in a museum. These traditional trades and crafts are still alive in some remote areas of Romania. Amongst other things you will see Blacksmiths, Tanners, Coopers, Wheelwrights, Potters and a Shoemaker in this trailer.

Jacqueline Knight, Glassblower

Jacqueline Knight of Canberra, former Associate Designer in Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide, South Australia will show us how to create a glass decor from beginning to end.

Real Men Knit

This is a trailer for a DVD called Real Men Knit.

The full DVD features a documentary that focuses on men’s roles in knitting, past, present and future, a knitting lesson teaching how to make a knitted cap and interviews with male knitwear designers.

Turning a Djembe drum

Turning a Djembe drum on this rig is perhaps bit of a guys thing, but anyone with a sense of rythm can enjoy learning to play a drum.

Claudine makes a collage sketch

Claudine Hellmuth is one of today's leading collage artists. She teaches mixed media collage workshops in the US & Canada, and she has written 2 books and produced 2 instructional DVDs about her techniques.

Making a cutting board

Today we have a video showing how to make a cutting board for the kitchen using power tools such as tablesaws, thickness planers, sanders and routers.

Traditional craft in Malaysia

This report looks at how cultural changes in Malaysia are affecting traditional arts and crafts such as woodcarving and shadow puppet shows, and asks how they can best be preserved in the face of both modernisation and conservative Islam which is sweeping the country.

Forging Ahead

Busted Tire Films presents Forging Ahead, a documentary that asks "Where does blacksmithing fit in today's world?" Featuring Philadelphia blacksmith Warren Holzman.

Continental knitting

Lorilee Beltman, owner of City Knitting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives us a "Continental" knitting lesson courtesy of Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity podcast.

Welcome to "craft videos".


My name is Derek Andrews and I am a woodturner, but I also enjoy watching other crafts being made. You never know when you might see an idea that you can apply to your own work in some way. Join me for you daily fix of craft videos. I hope to cover as many disciplines as I can, so whether you are a knitter or a blacksmith, a woodworker or a potter, be sure to subscribe to the blog feed or bookmark the homepage and check in whenever you have a moment to spare.

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