Any Dutch makers looking for a new career?

According to the BBC, the traditional craft of making wooden clogs is dying out, and one of the last practising craftsman is looking for people to pass the skills onto... (It seems walking in clogs is also a dying skill.)

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Traditional Makers coming on the BBC

Sorry to exclude most readers, but you still may be able to watch by using proxy servers to access BBC iPlayer. Monty Don, a huge fan of traditional crafts, presents a series which celebrates six of the craft skills that built Britain and its heritage, ranging from thatching to stonemasonry. Under Monty's watchful eye, three hopefuls who are passionate about learning these trades are put through their paces by the country's leading practitioners of wood craft, metalwork, thatching, stonemasonry, weaving and stained glass. After six weeks of apprenticeship and labour, their work and achievements are judged by experts in their chosen field to see who has best mastered the craft. In the first episode, 46-year-old garden designer Charles Hooper, full-time student and single mum Sarah Charlton, 33, and 29-year-old supply teacher Tom Vaughan begin their intensive apprenticeship working with green wood, undeterred by the gruelling schedule. There are a little over 600 dedicated green wood workers in the country today, including the episode's mentor Guy Mallinson. He left a successful cabinet making business in London for a new life in Dorset, devoted to the simplicity of green wood craft. He works without power tools, screws or glue or fixings - just freshly cut or unseasoned wood and ingenious tools, such as the pole lathe and the steam bender. While Monty explores the importance of green wood in history, the trainees learn how to cleave the raw material, to turn blocks of wood on the pole lathe, and to manipulate the components fresh out of the steam bender. Then comes the final test - designing a chair and making it with no assistance. Can they pull it off? Link to the BBC Microsite.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Hey Everybody! Today is the day I decide to share this gem with you. Here at Instructables HQ, we often have pizza on Thursdays. It was initiated by Randofo's deep desire to keep his office companions happy and fed, and has evolved into a reason for me to make the following artworks. Each image is mailed out to the entire office as soon as the pizza delivery person arrives. Pizza Thursdays also lives on tumblr. Made on Mad's last day as an Artist-in-Residence. SelkeyMoonBeam and AmandaGhassaei playing Psycho Scooter Scramble   I will continue to generate sweet pizza art, every Thursday that we have pizza (and maybe forever). I will keep adding the new .gifs to the comments of this blog. Stay tuned.  

Posted by audreyobscura 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Your Summer Traditions and Plans

Summer! It's the season that needs no introduction. I would like to know how you bring the school year to a close. What do you plan to do/make this summer?Next week, I'm headed to a bonfire party where my friends and I will gather all of our schoolwork and toss it into the fire, watching as all the late night stress burns away. At my school, the most common form of closure is the utter destruction of the Springboard book. This ritual has been in practice ever since the book was introduced in Middle School. Trust me, this book is the epitome of evil, boring, pointless busywork. Literally every student in school destroys the book at the end of each year. I usually use it for target practice while I wait for the Fourth of July, then I attach it to various homemade bombs and enjoy the satisfaction of burning bits of paper fluttering in the breeze. Also, I plan to get a job at the new Borders Books so I can save up some money for my MOUT Facility.

Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Traditional food from any country of the EU Answered

For my history class project I have to prepare a small collection of traditional dishes from one of the countries of the European Union. It's important that all the dishes are from the same country of the EU. I'll have to carry it all to school, so it has to be transportable. Some salads, cakes or pies would be great for this. If the dish is well known, just tell me the name. I can find the recipe on the Internet. The original names of the dishes would be great, too.

Asked by icewolf 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Traditional pump car lever mechanism

Does anyone know how the lever mechanism of a traditional pump car work? I'm thinking of building a miniature model but I can't find any design schematics for it. Thank you.

Posted by pinoymale 11 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

What is the mixture for traditional stucco in home building?

Just curious to expand my knowledge. Sometime later in the future i would like to build a traditional mediterranean house, and i would sorta like to know what is used to make stucco? Thank ya. -m

Asked by northcoastnomad 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

your holiday tradition nobody else has

I have recently become curious about holiday traditions that people have that no one else has. This curiosity began when I contacted a holiday historian about a tradition passed down in my own family. The historian felt this originated within my family, though it has elements similar to England's plum Pudding ( my gm was half English) . My best guess is that my grandmother came up this ( a gift filled Christmas Pie) out of a desire to make a meager Christmas special early in her marriage. We have a second tradition that I started. It is a house elf, who writes letters year around and visits for two weeks at Christmas. I called on him because of my daughter's terror of Santa, whom she called the Claws. Both these traditions were likely born of need, and because they served their purpose well, were embraced and stayed. Now I am curious about others. Do you have a tradition you will share?

Posted by acorniv 12 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Chain Mail Items Needed - Non-Traditional

Greetings all,     I'm in need of a few chain mail items that would be considered non-traditional, either fabrication or instruction for such would be my goal. Item One : A traditional Islamic-Muslim Kufi-style skull cap, is it possible to do this item in chain mail ? Item Two : Looking to line a long coat-great coat with chain mail panels, more a removable liner-style vest-shirt is what I have in mind. Any parties with suggestions or referrals to suppliers-artisans would be much appreciated, thanks !

Posted by patron_zero 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Home remedies, traditional remedies, quack medicine

I've been noticing a growing number of home and traditional remedies appearing. I don't doubt that some of them might have some slight benefit. But on the other hand, some are utterly worthless and a waste of time and money. I have a concern that less knowledgeable people may assume that because a remedy is listed here that it is, in fact, a reliable means of alleviating whatever ill they possess. I would like to see a flag/banner for all such instructables noting that the medical claims made in the instructable are entirely anecdotal and have mostly likely never been examined by any medical researchers. I'm not against the use of traditional remedies. I simply don't want someone to forego treatment by a physician on the basis of what they've just read here.

Posted by ringai 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

how can i make a Hanbok (traditional korean clothing)?


Asked by honey! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Six Diamond or Regular Mesh or Traditional?

 Do you guys prefer six diamond mesh, or regular ten diamond, or traditional? If one why?

Posted by Da Miches 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I hang a heavy bag from a traditional plastered ceiling?

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How can i be more proficient in traditional karate?

Do you know of any training methods that can help me increase flexibility speed and power? Any scientifically more efficient ways to train?

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Does anyone know how to make traditional Korean floor heating systems? They are called ondol.

I am going to build a house next year and I need information on how to build ondol, a traditional floor heating system.

Asked by SupramanIV 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Is it possible to mod a traditional sofa into a sofa bed?

I have a traditional couch and a pull out couch (sofa bed). Both are great, but the traditional couch is more comfortable. Can I take the internal part that is the sofa bed and put it into the frame of the other couch? Anyone have any suggestions on how I can do it if that's possible?

Asked by abcommendatore 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Anyone know how to prepare traditional Dutch RAW HERRING? Answered

Anyone know how to prepare traditional Dutch RAW HERRING? the kind that is just eaten raw with or without onions as a snack. i was recently in amsterdam and loved it! i live in new york city tho, and haven't found it here yet.  i know there is brining involved, and i think something about enzyme preserving... but haven't found any 'recipes' online... Advice?? 

Asked by rpowling 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

print pdf not working

Https:// no pdf and the error 0 PageResult values not setResin Professional 3.0.23 (built Mon, 22 Jan 2007 02:25:17 PST)

Posted by Microbe 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

What cultural traditions do you have for celebrating a new year? Answered

I'm planning on doing a multi-cultural new year's eve this year, and I need some help. If you all would be so kind as to supply me with some traditions your country/family/friends use to celebrate new year's eve. I would prefer simple crafts or traditions like eating twelve grapes and casting wishes or making party crackers (both of which I've already planned.) but a few larger plans would be acceptable. And do remember, I'm short on time and money, and I have to keep this secret, so keep the loud projects quiet. Please remember to supply plenty of details.

Asked by MrMystery96 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how do i make a sword?

A traditional japanese sword like the one on kill bill

Asked by sojconsotmhg 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Getting Teenage Cash

I am 14 and currently living in South Africa. The problem with South Africa is it's major security issues. I could only do the "traditional" (Mowing lawns, babysitting) with family friends, but the problem is in South Africa all families earning above a certain amount are required to hire a maid and a gardener, so that removes all of the "traditional" methods of earning money.

Posted by BOOM5601 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

I couldn't resist posting this, what do you think about this description?

Description: High quality, high effective and high stability. Display the error code by the result of TQST, then you could soon determine the error in error code table. Monitoring whether the card itself is fault or not permanently. And it will also inform users with the codes when there is something wrong with the cards itself so that avoid misleading users because of the fault of card itself. CPU did not work leading to inability of traditional diagnostic card, the diagnostic card can help you find the reason the traditional diagnostic card doesn't work, you can continue to test the motherboard with traditional diagnostic card after troubleshooting. The diagnostic card do not need new version information of BIOS, meaning of codes is clear, accurate and complete. It can monitor characteristics of post code of BIOS the whole process and reduce the misleading to users caused by traditional diagnostic cards. Completely break the limitations of function of traditional diagnostic cards, not only the standard interface of PCD, but also innovate various auxiliary security parts of improving the accuracy and reliability. Stability test card can tell you whether your computer is stable or not, no matter your computer works stable or unstable. And it also can help find the factors, not matter are invariable factors or variable factor as occasional and invisible potential factors.  

Asked by Vyger 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Protector Circuit?

How can I make a circuit that will protect an LED when I plug it into a traditional light bulb plug?  hint- homemade LED light bulbs.  

Posted by Buzzsushi 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can I make a laptop ( or any computer, really) hard drive out of several linked thumb drives? Answered

I saw this in Make a while ago, I believe it was in the steampunk issue. It was a bunch of thumb drives linked by a usb hub into one, and then packed into a traditional hard drive case to make one big usb thumb drive that looked like a traditional hard drive. I was wondering if this was possible to do seriously, as the internal hard drive of a computer or laptop, because it is rugged and resistent to shock, etc. ( perfect for a laptop). I would get several large- capacity ( 16-32 GB and larger) thumb drives and link them together. My main problem is how to connect this to a traditional hard drive cable. Answers are appreciated. Thanks!

Asked by mad magoo 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I felt a pair of boots?

Here are some pictures:

Asked by coldsnap 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Why does kiteman Have old Pictures in his Avatar?

Continuing my tradition of asking stupid questions and making topics for no apparent reason.

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Science and Spirituality -- not necessarily in opposition

There's a cute little article (blog entry) in New Scientist, about a collaboration between a Buddhist monastery in India and San Francisco's Exploratorium. Buddhism, especially under the 14th Panchen Dalai Lama, has had a very favorable and welcoming attitude toward science. Traditional Buddhist practice toward enlightment stresses observation, experiment, and reproducibility (all classic hallmarks of "scientific" investigation), and elevates personal questioning above outside authority (unlike traditional Judeo-Christian-Islamist "revelation").

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Merry ... uh....

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practi[c|s]ed within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, col[o|ou]r, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

Posted by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

What should i do with this kids' telescope?

Out of a free box, it works fine but i'm no longer interested in the traditional use. I was wondering if anyone had turned one into something wicked clever or had some ideas.

Asked by SpaceFace 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

I REALLY want to make a pair of somewhat simple, lace up, leather, thigh high boots. Ideas?

Lace up, easy, thigh high boots. little heel, or no heel. Traditional.

Asked by KTH 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how to hydroponics cheapest?

I live in dry country. And we need new technology to harvest more that traditional planting like hydroponics. But in other country, The equipments of it cost very expensive to us. So how could I and our team solve it.

Asked by Oyunbileg 9 years ago

Is there a way to connect a bluetooth adapter to a bluetooth headset?

Usually, when you have a portable bluetooth adapter (containing a battery) you must turn it on & pair it with a smart device such as a phone or PC. Unfortunately, if your music output device is "dumb" such as a traditional MP3 player or even a turntable, there is no apparent method to get this device to pair with, say, a set of Bluetooth speakers or headphones. This is because neither of them have a display to enter a pairing code or to select which device to pair with. I'm assuming it's impossible to get two of these devices to communicate, but if anybody's figured anything out such as a wireless audio transmitter that uses traditional RF instead of Bluetooth, let me know! Thanks.

Asked by noapparentfunction 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Hi - making avocado easter eggs (minus the egg). Answered

The traditional use of food colouring will probably not work with an avocado's dark skin. Any suggestions other than non-toxic paints? Cheers.

Asked by wbridges 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to finish osb boards?

Hello,I want to make a furniture with osb boards to store clothes. In order for the osb boards to be smooth, I wanted to know if the osb boards can be sanded in the same way as the traditional wood and the best finish that can be used for osb.Thanks!

Asked by Andre_Medeiros 7 months ago

what fillings can i put in a simple pasty?

I am using shortcrust pastry like the outside of a cornish pasty but i want to make a traditional pasty with a twist ,what can i fill it with

Asked by endeavourkid 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Curved katana illegal in the UK? Answered

I am a bit confused about this, some websites say that all swords that are curved are illegal in the uk, but other sites say that if they are forged using "traditional methods" (ie. not mass produced) they are legal. is this correct?

Asked by Neovenetar 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Do I need an instructable for the Instructable-making?

I made a draft, even tho it made me add photos I did not have, and one would not display, so I replaced that one, but the thing put that photo in another "step" that I was not making, and it made 2 steps in the wrong order, because it wanted me to have a title or introduction step with photo, so I did that but it put step 1 on the end of step 2, with photos.   Now, it won't let me publish the draft and call it an instructable.  What should I do to right this thing into published state?   AfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CroatianCzechDanishDetect languageDutchEnglishEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKoreanLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish⇄AfrikaansAlbanianArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CroatianCzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIcelandicIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseKoreanLatinLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalteseNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSerbianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwahiliSwedishThaiTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWelshYiddish Detect language » Hungarian  

Asked by MariL1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Melting Steel with the Sun

Now I'd like to see an 'ible on that! A very neat contraption indeed! The only thing that was weird, was when he described a hot-dog. "Traditional, American, lunch-time, hot-dog, snack."  Very strange.      Link via Boing Boing

Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

added value of raised beds?

My main hobby is gardening. I eat from my garden, 450 m^2, year round, and even have lots of extra space to play around, grow flowers or experiment. I see many new (US) instructables with raised beds, inspired by a popular book (Batholomeuw). It claims to have higher yields, and lower requirements of water, and work. In Europe, we are unfamiliar with this method (unless for elderly or handicapped people). It raises a few questions, but only to be answered by folks having experience in BOTH traditional methods AND the raised bed garden: In normal circumstances, do the claims of this method uphold? Adding the soil mix: 1/3 vermiculite (=clay), 1/3 peat and 1/3 compost. What kind of compost? Where does it come from? About the yearly renewing of the soil|:- again, where does the compost come from? For compost making: Is the household excess sufficient, or does extra material has to be added?? Why are these questions important? Gardening in the traditional way is nearly carbon neutral, unless all physical work is mechanized. But (the concept of) soil ecology is very precious; just covering it and putting this mix over it almost alarms me!

Asked by BobS 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Odd wedding ring materials?

I was thinking about getting a wedding ring in the future and i am not the kind of person who likes to be traditional. My girlfriend is worth everything to me so a ring that would be worth almost as much as her would be a diamond ring made out of osmium, iridium, osmiridium, or platinum. i know that these are all in the platinum family (group) but would any of these make good materials for a ring? i would like an unusual material that possibly has some cool properties (like osmium has a cool blue tint). P.S. i know that osmium when oxidized has a smell and is toxic (and will cause the skin to turn black) i also know that platinum is a "traditional" wedding ring material and therefore can be made into a ring but the others i am unsure about.

Asked by pmk222 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Is it possible to attach an LED to an SMB?

I have a QI charger with a PCB and it has 2 surface mounted LEDs, one red and one green. Is it possible to attach some wire and then a traditional LED to this point, rather than using the SMB?  I tried to simply put the LED pins onto the SMB solder but to no avail.

Asked by K20Evo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Opinions on drop riffle sluice boxes?

So I am going to make a drop riffle sluice box but before I do I thought I would see what people think of them... Are they as good as traditional sluices or should I save the wood and just keep panning?? Thanks

Asked by camping crazy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

I didn't know I had a swimming pool?

The first thing anybody does on Google Maps is find their own house.  I realised that I had failed in this tradition, and discovered that I have a swimming pool! Actually, it's a blue tarpaulin I was using to suppress weeds when I was turning a jungle into a lawn...

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Why does Everyone have the same thing in their avatar?

Kiteman, Had it, Now everyone had it, Continuing my tradition of asking stupid questions and making topics for no apparent reason. Let it begin >:)

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Steampunk Taxidermy

Lisa Black has finally updated the animals around us with some much-needed upgrades. Mechanical eyes, gears in torsos, and a few bolts for good measure. Instead of just doing the traditional taxidermy, she recreates creatures in a fantastic new way. linkalso: Mouse Taxidermy Duck Mousevia Make

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Sedge Hat

I would love to see some instructables on making traditional Asian headwear such as sugegasa (sedge hats) and booshi from properly gathering and preparing the materials to actually constructing the hat.  I am particularly interested in seeing how a sugegasa is constructed with an appropriate interior (the straw/bamboo is not supposed to rest directly on the head). 

Posted by Anianna 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How do i keep my pretty polished pennies pristine from precipitation?

Heya, experts! Short version: freshly polished pennies need to be able to remain bright and shiny after being left out in the rain for one night. Explanation:  We celebrate virtually every holiday in our family, and tomorrow is St Patricks's Day.  It's become a tradition for the kids to "discover" a trail of brightly shined pennies that lead out to some freshly planted shamrocks and other new plants, with a few brightly polished gold dollars underneath.  It's nothing grand, but it's fun to sneak out to plant a little evidence in the garden. This year will see heavy rain and general unpleasantness (SF Bay Area), and every year the pennies that get some water exposure will have dark spots where the water sat.  Lately it seems that i've made some bad calls on impromptu fixes, so i'm putting my question out to the more knowledgeable community here.  Would a little WD40 likely keep tonight's heavy rains from spotting the coins?  Does anyone have any suggestions that would probably work better? Any thoughts our ideas would be appreciated, if just to keep silly little traditions going.  ;-) Cheers!  - A Dad Who's About To Get His Yearly Thumb Blister From Polishing Pennies With A Jewelry Cloth

Posted by Spunk-Monkey 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago