Sometimes I come across YouTube with a specific video or topic in mind. Other times, I leave things to chance by clicking on tons of random videos and seeing everything YouTube has to offer me. The method isn̵
Based in Switzerland, the channel consists of no-comment videos showing the unnamed host restoring old antique tools and machines and occasionally building new items. The host has been a professional mechanic since they were 18, but that’s all we know about them as we can only see a pair of hands on the screen. In the description of each video, the presenter writes a few paragraphs about where they found the item, how much it cost, how much the restoration supplies cost, and all the preparations they had to do before starting filming. They also include timestamps for each step, which is nice.
The videos all follow a fairly similar formula: the host shows us the item that will be recovered in the video from a few angles. Then they tinker with it to determine how much work to do and identify any small parts that need to be replaced. And from there the restoration starts.
Depending on the particular video, we will see a combination of tools used such as lathes, files, sandblasters and even chemical treatments to restore the item to its former glory. The videos have also been nicely edited, so while we don’t see the full raw version of each restoration, we still get to see a few moments of each step in the process. There are also plenty of nice close-up shots for smaller parts, making the videos even more immersive. In addition, the host places a small note on the screen for every thing that needs to be replaced or adjusted.
New videos are uploaded quite regularly, so you can expect about one per month, although sometimes it is more. So far we’ve seen quite a variety of great restorations. Some of my favorites are the Antique Swiss Blowtorch, the 1891 German “Weltrekord” Ratchet Screwdriver, the Rusty Old Coffee Grinder, the Forgotten Rusty Oil Lamp, the Ox-Tongue Iron, and the Barn Find Oil Lamp.
I don’t know about working in a store or any of these tools, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying these videos. It is simply a delightful experience to watch these tools and gadgets of yesteryear be restored to their former glory in 15-20 minutes. It’s also just downright nice to see vintage tools being used alongside the modern ones to rejuvenate them. And once everything is done, we see these beautiful antique tools work like new, and they are always just as effective (if not more) than their modern counterparts. The channel is also an ASMR treasure trove if you’re into that sort of thing.
I’m not sure this channel would have clicked with me as much as I found it in early 2019, before COVID hit. Part of me thinks I was just so bored staying home all day every day that literally anything would have caught my eye and entertained me. But the real reason these videos are so cathartic to watch is because they show us that while something hasn’t been able to fulfill its potential for decades and has just accumulated layers of dirt and rust there, only go through it a few times. . the sandblaster has ceased to be a beautiful and useful gem.