Adam gives a tour of his Apollo A7L spacesuit replica, made by industrious suit builder Ryan Nagata. The attention to detail and fabrication techniques make this suit one of Adam's favorites in his collection. You may have seen Adam wear this spacesuit in the final season of Mythbusters!
Adam Savage meets with combustion engineers at GE to find out how they tackled the idiom "Fighting Fire with Fire" in their Unimpossible Missions series, and gets to set some stuff on fire himself (and on high-speed, too) in the process! Watch more here!
We check out the Muse, Full Spectrum's hobby-class laser cutter priced at $5000. It's a 45 watt CO2 laser that aims to compete with other emerging hobby cutters made to run in the home garage or workshop. We learn about the features, interface, and expected usage lifespan of this laser cutter that's shipping today.
Welcome the return of the Tested mystery mailbag! We start 2017 off with a package from artist Rob Loukotka, aka FringeFocus, who launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for his beautiful NASA-themed poster. We love it!
Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop's collectibles department to check out beautiful prototype figures for Giant Killer Robots, an upcoming tabletop board game.
In Weta Workshop's sculpting department, Adam meets artist Javier Murcia, who in his spare time has been working on a beautiful personal project. These "Oxidations" are castings of hand-sculpted skulls, chemically treated to produce unique patinas and finishes. They're stunning!
At Weta Workshop, we stop by the mold and cast department, where artists make the prosthetic makeup applications that transform actors into elves, dwarves, and orcs. We meet Kim Docherty, senior prosthetics artist, who explains how a silicone prosthetic like a dwarf's nose is made from start to finish at the shop.
Adam Savage geeks out over model painting at Weta Workshop's paint department! Chatting with senior painter Jules German, Adam learns how the Weta Workshop artist creates the paint master for a scaled diorama from The Hobbit, as well as discussing tips and techniques for model makers of any skill level.
Weta Workshop is composed of many different departments that produce its world-class fabrication and special effects work for films, but there are also departments that produce products for fans. We visit the collectibles workshop at Weta to learn what goes into designing and making a Lord of the Rings collectible.
On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions to their work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson's Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room!
On our trip to New Zealand and Weta Workshop, Adam Savage visits the miniatures stage for Thunderbirds are Go, a television series featuring incredible handcrafted "bigature" sets. We get up close to the intricate and detailed models to learn how these scaled environments were designed, fabricated, and then used for filming.
And finally, here are Adam Savage's favorite things from 2016! Adam shares his new love for swordmaking, using tools and techniques he learned from our trip to New Zealand and Weta Workshop! Happy new year!
Simone shares her favorite things from 2016, including new tools, electronics, and the potato parcel! Hope you've have a fun and safe new year's eve, and we'll see you in 2017!
Our senior video producer Joey Fameli shares some of his favorite things from 2016, including a few books, a piece of video grading software, and his still-favorite PC game!
South by South Lawn was a gathering of artists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and makers at The White House to share ideas, art, and action. And at the event, Adam Savage meets Sara Hendren, an artist and design researcher studying the adaptive and assistive engineering. Here, she shares with Adam a few examples of inclusive design.