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The Time-Honored Art of Carving a Dugout Canoe

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Long before canoes were constructed from plastic, fiberglass, or aluminum, they were made from wood. In the video below, you can follow craftsman Rihards Vidzickis, who belongs to a Northern European artisan guild called Northmen, as he fashions a seaworthy vessel from a single log.

The process is long and arduous: First, Vidzickis scrapes off the bark and marks where the boat's hollow will go. Then, he scrapes, chops, and burns the wood, using mostly traditional methods and tools.

Watch the time-honored process below:

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Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11
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Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, on its way to the moon. In the video below, Mark Gray shows slow-motion footage of the launch (a Saturn V rocket) and explains in glorious detail what's going on from a technical perspective—the launch is very complex, and lots of stuff has to happen just right in order to get a safe launch. The video is mesmerizing, the narration is informative. Prepare to geek out about rockets! (Did you know the hold-down arms actually catch on fire after the rocket lifts off?)

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Spacecraft Films on Vimeo.

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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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