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How To: Use basic hammer strikes in blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is an ancient art of metalsmithing that has never gone away and is still done today! Knowing about heat and what sort of metals to use is good, but if you are just whacking at the metal wildly without any sort of form, you're doing it wrong. In this video you will learn the eight basic hammer strikes in blacksmithing that you will need to know to do any sort of blacksmithing.

How To: Play Mah Jong

Board game enthusiast Scott Nicholson reviews a new game each week showing you the pieces and rules of play, as well and demonstrating the game with friends. This weeks game, Mah Jong, is an ancient Chinese game about collecting sets. Don't confuse this with the tile picking game on your computer of the same name!

How To: Create a paper scroll in Illustrator

If you aren't familiar with Illustrator software it is very similar to the photo-editing software Photo Shop. This video is a guide on how you can make a paper scroll by using Illustrator. You can follow along with the video and make the basic shapes and then re-size the pieces to look almost exactly like an ancient paper scroll. This would be something really neat to make if you needed a background for an old-timey looking photo or if you needed to make up invitations for a church function.

How To: Fold an origami open box

Shanckthetank teaches you to make an “open box thing” using nothing but folded paper. Origami is an ancient Japanese craft using nothing but paper to make objects from the simple to the incredibly complex.

How To: Explore Shamanism through Ayahuasca

"Shamanism: Other Worlds" explores the ancient spiritual Amazonian enlightenment drug Ayahuasca. This documentary investigates Ayahuasca and its use largely as a religious sacrament. Those whose usage of ayahuasca is performed in non-traditional contexts often align themselves with the philosophies and cosmologies associated with ayahuasca shamanism, as practiced among indigenous peoples like the Urarina of Peruvian Amazonia. The religion Santo Daime uses it. While non-native users know of th...

How To: Make a grave rubbing

Grave rubbing is more than just an art. It's a record of the past, one that so many people would just rather forget. And graves are the one way to reconnect with that world. Discover the ancient art of gravestone rubbing to record beautiful headstone images or to enhance your genealogy studies. It only takes a few simple tools and you’re on your way.

How To: Milk a cow

Modern milking parlors use machines, but milking a cow by hand is an ancient art. Here’s the "udderly" perfect way to do it.

How To: Feng Shui your workspace

Lure luck your way at your workplace by arranging things according to the ancient Chinese design philosophy known as feng shui. De-clutter your desk and workspace, which is the most important thing you can do to balance the _chi_—or energy—in your office. Repair or get rid of anything that’s broken—like a pen that’s out of ink or a flickering desk lamp. They block your chi. The placement of your desk and chair should allow you to see who’s coming into the room. Business and opportunity symbol...

How To: Create a cuneiform clay tablet magazine from scratch

In this video tutorial, you'll learn the ancient art of clay tablet making. Back in the old, old, days, before paper and pencil, there were clay tablets. Sumerians used these clay tablets to communicate, record business expenses and more. In this video, you'll learn how to make your own cuneiform clay tablet magazine! Spread the word!

How To: Make Chinese calligraphy tracing sheets

Tracing sheets are an important part of Chinese calligraphy, especially if you plan on using calligraphy to write rather than as a purely artistic exercise, as they enable you to create characters more quickly. This video demonstrates one technique for creating the sheets using pencil, copying the characters from models available for free online here and here, among other places. Refine your calligraphy and increase your speed until you can write whole practical messages in this ancient and d...

How To: Fold an origami paper dinosaur

Looking to add a rare and ancient specimen to your paper menagerie? Make a paper dinosaur with origami, the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. This free origami video lesson presents complete instructions on how to make your own miniature brontosaurs from folded paper. For more information, and to get started making paper dinos yourself, take a look!

How To: Fold an origami samurai helmet

The kabuto, or Japanese samurai helmet, is a helmet worn by the ancient samurai to protect themselves in battle. It was also used to wordlessly display rank and title on the battlefield. Learn how to fold one of your own in this video tutorial

How To: Tune an ocarina

An ocarina is an ancient instrument similar to a flute. It has an oval-shaped body with four to twelve finger holes and a mouth tube projecting out from the body. This tutorial teaches you how to tune an ocarina. You will need a needle tool, a cutting tool or small sharp knife and a drill bit. With this how to video you will be able to tune your ocarina.

How To: Throw your voice for dummies

Watch this instructional voice video for dummies that breaks down the basics of throwing your voice. This humorous tutorial reveals the ancient secret techniques you will need to be able to throw your voice. Fool your friends into believing your hand can talk. This video is great for aspiring ventriloquists and puppet enthusiasts.

How To: Learn palm reading secrets

Do you want to learn what your hands can tell you about your personality with the ancient art of palmistry? Take a look inside palm reading with Per Hogseth the acclaimed psychic palm reader from Norway as he explains how to explore the universe residing within your own hands.

How To: Make an origami lotus flower from a napkin

With this how-to on the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, you'll learn how to make a strikingly beautiful water lily from a paper napkin. For complete, step-by-step instructions on assembling your own paper lotus flower, watch this origami how-to and, if you like, read along below.

How To: Know the differences in quinoa

In this tutorial, we learn to know the differences in quinoa. Quinoa is a complete protein that's very mineral rich. There is a tan and red variety, both are delicious. This is an ancient South American grain that is gluten free for the wheat intolerant. When prepping this, you will first need to rinse it off thoroughly. Cooked quinoa can be mixed with toasted sunflower seeds, lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil for a great taste that is full with nutrients. It's a great replacement for rice...