History in the Making is a documentary series that reveals the addictive and endlessly entertaining process of making historically significant item using the original, time-honored methods.
Across the nation and around the world, there are craftsmen who are creating unique items using the same methods from decades, centuries, even millennia in the past. This growing number of experts are producing handcrafted goods which are astonishingly beautiful, tough as nails and coveted the world over. The process of watching them work is not just fascinating: it also gives us a dynamic, living glimpse back in time to see how some of the most significant items in history were made.
In each 30-minute episode, History in the Making will vividly present the process – using the original techniques – in the recreation of three items: a tool, a weapon, a machine or a vehicle of historical importance. Combining the joy of discovering how things are made with the fascinating historical facts that surround them; this is the show that reveals History in the Making.
Crooked Horse Productions /Making History Productions Ltd.
Part 1: Garand/Barrel/Sports Balls
In the opening episode of the new series, Nick Kaikkonen returns the legendary M1 Garand rifle to its former glory. Plus, we also create wooden whiskey barrel using traditional methods and American leather sports balls from the 19th century.
Part 2: Armour/Engraving/Printing
Blacksmith Robb Martin forges a hoplite soldier's breastplate in the same way as ancient Greeks did. We also take a look at wood engraving, a traditional printing press, and see how Baird Scott handcrafts a beaver fur top hat.
Part 3: Viking Shield/Illuminated Manuscript/Cheese
Blacksmith Robb Martin manufactures a Viking plate of iron, leather and wood. We also see Randy Asplund hand-craft an illuminated manuscript using ancient techniques. Finally, Jonathan White makes one hundred percent handmade delicious traditional cottage cheese.
Part 4: Katana/Daguerreotype/Electric Guitar
Craftspeople Gabriel and Michael Bell make a traditional Japanese samurai's weapon of choice, the katana sword. Next, we see Mike Robinson taking a photograph using the daguerreotype method developed in the 1830s. Finally, Rick Kelly makes a hand-made electric guitar using wood from New York buildings.
Part 5: Bowie Knife/Windsor Chair/Chocolate
In this episode traditional methods are used by craftspeople to recreate historic items, first Doug Morlock handmakes a huge legendary American Bowie knife. We also see how Scott Gooch handcrafts a traditional Windsor chair. Finally, Roger Rodriguez makes early industrial-style small batch chocolate from his own cocoa beans using traditional methods.
Part 6: Viking Spear/Blown Glass/Beer
Artisan Darrell Markewitz makes an intimidating Viking spear in his workshop using ancient traditional methods. William Gudenrath shows how a glass dragon goblet is created by mouth-blowing, similar to medieval Venice. Finally, Ed Koren brews small batch Indian Pale Ale with a method developed by the British in the 1860s.
Part 7: Claymore Sword/Wool/Boomerang
Traditional crafts people use traditional methods to create legendary objects. The Claymore sword is a Scottish legend and in this episode craftsman Matthew Bujaki traditionally makes one by hand. We also see Jennifer Osborn making old-style wool with old tools from her farm. Finally, John Cryderman makes the throwing stick, a boomerang that people have used for millennia.
Part 8: Kukri Knife/Paper/Brooms
Artisans use time-honoured methods to create classic items, first blacksmith Ryu Lim makes the traditional Kukri knife of the Nepalese Gurkha warriors. Gibby Waitzkin makes paper from bamboo growing in her own farm. Finally, we see sisters Sarah and Mary Schweiger making handmade shaker-style brooms from natural materials.
Part 9: Longbow/Horseshoe/Corset
Jamie MacDonald makes English Longbows using wood that has been dried for five years. The horseshoe was invented about 1500 years ago. Now we see how farrier blacksmith Doug Buck makes horseshoes by hand. Finally, Melanie Talkington shows you how to make old-style corset by hand.
Part 10: Rondel Dagger/Clay Potter/Jeans
Artisans use traditional methods to create iconic historical artefacts. David Burress shows how a rondel dagger is forged by hand. Josh Copus makes ceramic pottery using ancient techniques and digs clay from his own property. Jeans were born in the 1870s when American workers needed durable workwear. At the end of the episode Anthony Lupesco makes old-style jeans with his own hands.
Part 11: Wildcat/Wheel/Diddley Bow
Second World War fanatics restore American Wildcat fighter plane, which enjoyed a high reputation during World War II. Greg Ward and his team are restoring Wildcat, which has been lying on the bottom of the lake for 70 years. We also see craftsman Hugh Shelton using century-old methods to build a spoked wheel. Finally, music lover Kevin Edwards makes an African-based diddley bow single-string instrument.
Video Codec: x264 CABAC HighL4
Video Bitrate: 3 940 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 126 kb/s VBR 44.1 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 21 min 8 s
Number Of Parts: 11
Part Size: 608 MB - 615 MB