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Master Your Craft: Artisan Videos Proving Practice Makes Perfect [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Dave Parrack 11-01-2015

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Keep this in mind as you delve into the following list of videos showing people who have truly mastered their craft The Best Online Photography Courses for Beginners Are you searching for online photography classes to join? Then take your pick from these excellent lessons. Read More . These are the people who have gone beyond simply learning how to do something to an acceptable standard. These are the best of the best.

All of these videos were sourced from Reddit on the sub called /r/ArtisanVideos. While not all of the people or skills featured can accurately be described as “artisans” according to the dictionary definition of the word, they all deserve recognition for being on top of their game.

Making Candy Canes

This video is fascinating not only because it shows how candy canes are made by hand, but also because it shows a skilled person at work. It’s very easy to forget the amount of effort that has gone into crafting something 4 Awesome Family Fun Crafts You Can Make With Online Printables Are you trying to come up with things to do with your family? Spending hundreds on toys is an idea, but so is spending an afternoon with your kids making fun paper crafts. You may... Read More as simple as a candy cane.

Sculpting A Hand

Sculptors are obviously artists, the best of whom can craft something from nothing. Or, more accurately, a sculpture from a lump of clay. Sculpting a hand must surely be difficult, thanks to the long digits and fine detail required, but this sculptor makes it look simple.

Herding Sheep

Sheep may be one of the most docile creatures on Earth, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a flock of them will go where you want them to go. Which is where sheepdogs come in. Using whistles to command the dog, a shepherd can drive a flock of sheep wherever he wants.


Slicing A Cucumber

I’m sure everybody reading this has sliced a cucumber at some point in their life, but I’m guessing few will have sliced it quite like the guy in this video. This is how you turn a simple foodstuff into something desirable, and a simple preparation into an art-form.

Scoring A Snooker Maximum

If you have ever played snooker on a full-sized table you’ll know how hard it is to even pot a ball, let alone achieve the maximum score of 147. Ronnie O’Sullivan makes it all look rather easy, even potting one ball using his left hand rather than his usual right hand.

Painting The Roads

It doesn’t matter what job you have got, there will always be people who do the bare minimum and people who go above and beyond. This guy, whose job it is to paint white lines on the road, goes above and beyond, achieving an unrivaled combination of accuracy and speed.


Digging A Well

Digging a well isn’t for the faint-hearted. It means digging down deep into the earth until you hit water, at which point the whole structure needs to be strengthened. This video shows how a team of committed individuals not afraid of hard work can achieve all of this in one day.

Drawing On iPad

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Peeling An Apple

This is the very essence of an artisan video, showing how the simple act of peeling an apple can be turned into something quite mesmerizing. I personally eat apples with the skin left on, but I would gladly change that habit if this person offers to peel my apple for me every day.

Carving Wooden Tools

It isn’t so very long ago that you wouldn’t have survived long without some real-life skills. Skills such as knowing how to fashion tools out of wood. This video shows how to make a pair of working pliers out of a single piece of wood and a simple series of cuts. Mind blown.


Mixing & Scratching

Being a DJ isn’t the most challenging of careers, but being a DJ capable of mixing and scratching records so that the results don’t sound like a cacophonous mess is extremely tough. This guy makes it look easy, but true turntablism is something few of us could ever truly master.

Creating Action Comedy

We end with a slightly leftfield choice, with a video examining how Jackie Chan creates his unique blend of action comedy. Fans of Chan will marvel at his skillset, while everybody else should immediately head out and buy some of the better films mentioned in the video.

Have You Ever Mastered A Craft?

While we would be absolutely astonished if anyone reading this could claim to be as skilled as the people in these videos, there may be one or two of you out there who have legitimately mastered a craft. If that describes you then please let us know in the comments section below.

Alternatively, tell us what you think of any of videos featured in the list above. Do you wish you were a master in any of the skills featured? Have you found another example on /r/ArtisanVideos you think deserves highlighting here? As always, please let us know below.


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  1. Saikat
    January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

    The Jackie Chan video -- his stardom is truly well-deserved. We can only imagine his creativity. And he continues to do it at 50 plus!

  2. Jessica C
    January 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Oh man, so many comments to make:
    - The hand-sculptor video: I feel like you actually internalize/appreciate a little something about anatomy watching someone sculpt a hand.
    - Slicing a cucumber was more impressive than the one of slicing an apple, but that's just my opinion.
    - Ronnie O'Sullivan's cocky little tongue-waggle at 7:30 just before he sinks the final black ball. That is all.
    - The guy painting the white lines? Great little moment of civic work - the little things people take for granted.
    - The Morgan Freeman 'finger-paint'? Scary photorealistic. Loved seeing it get to the details around the eyes.
    - Making wooden pliers - seriously epic & terrifying. I didn't think I'd like it, but I think it's my favourite of this bunch.

    Otherwise: Thanks for this unique and unusual collection of 'artisans' - lots of gems I'd have never seen otherwise.