Our New Favorite YouTube Channel: How to Make Everything from Scratch

Here at ANDesign, we all have a passion for creating and engineering all sorts of things. Our everyday arsenal includes 3D Printers to create prototypes, custom-built computers to handle photo-realistic renderings and even basic hand tools to take things apart. We’ve always been excited to see work done behind the scenes – all the ideation and brainstorming done before a product even gets to the market. For a while, our designers and engineers would binge on “How It’s Made” on the Discovery Channel. It’s undoubtedly sparked some creative minds and inspired those who want to get into mass production. On “How It’s Made” they’ll show the process in creating items from batteries, to pretzels and even fur coats.

But even our hand tools are the result of thousands of years of development and evolution. We now have hammers that are made of composite steels and plastics – engineered to be infinitely more usable than the primal stone-age tools of our ancestors. In the first collection of “How to Make Everything from Scratch,” the host, Andy George, decides to learn how to create his own tools.

To be clear, he learns how to make tools the cavemen had. Using crude stone tools, he set out to learn how to make an iron hammer.

The first episode finds Andy learning how to make a fire using nothing more than sticks and tinder. Of course he had to learn from one of the most knowledgeable fire-starters, a boy scout. fire

He then learned “flintknapping,” which is the process of shaping a stone to create an edged tool such as a hand axe or arrowhead. Using a bone, he was able to shave off bits of rock to get a sharpened edge.


From there, he traveled to an iron mine in Minnesota to find iron ore. In its raw state, the iron ore contains many other elements and minerals that could make the ore brittle.


To strengthen the ore, he visited a blacksmith to learn how to forge iron ore into a hammer head.

After learning the crucial steps, he sought out to create an iron hammer all on his own in the great outdoors. He built a bloomery – almost like a crude kiln to heat the iron ore and make it malleable.


After applying all the techniques he learned and using the flint axe he created, the end result was this magnificent hammer:



Videos like this make me truly appreciate the development process and marvel at how far we’ve come as a civilization – from building crude stone tools, to forging iron, and now using 3D printers to create models on a whim. You can check out the first video of this installment here. 

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