"Made by Hand" Video Series

By Jaime Gillin / Published by Dwell
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Recently I've been on a kick of watching behind-the-scenes videos. I've always been fascinated to learn how things are made, and how independently owned companies come to be, and in the past couple weeks I've discovered a slew of web videos that show just that, tracing the making of everything from furniture to ceramics to jewelry to food products.

Among my favorite finds is the website for This is Made by Hand, a Brooklyn-based project that documents and promotes "that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft," as their site states. They've posted one video so far, called "The Distiller," which visits the Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition, and founder Brad Estabrooke. Estabrooke's recipe for gin—with botanicals of juniper, rosemary, lemon, ginger, and grapefruit—sounds divine. For their next film they'll feature writer-turned-knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn.


Made by Hand / No 1 The Distiller from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Check it out! And if you have any favorite behind-the-scenes or making-of videos, please post links in the comments section. I'm looking for inspiration—and ideas about the different forms these stories can take.

Jaime Gillin


When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.

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