The Calming Art of Restoration

A pretty common phenomenon these days is going down a Youtube rabbit hole, where you continually watch videos that get suggested at the end of the previous video you just watched. Similar to a Wikipedia rabbit hole, the subject of the videos will progressively change from video to video until you are watching something completely different from where you started. This is how I found the super satisfying genre of “restoration” videos.

The restoration genre usually involves taking a completely rusted out old tool or machine and stripping it down to the bare parts, cleaning them thoroughly, then repainting/smoothing/straightening until they are put back together into their original form. I’ve seen things like World War 2 trench lighters, and old tin Tonka trucks restored to near perfect condition. The way many of these videos are shot makes the entire process seem super easy and satisfying as things get cleaned and restored to perfection (when in reality, it’s super difficult).

The other type in this genre that I tend to watch a lot of is restoration of very old and broken video game consoles (things like Gameboys, or Playstations). These types of restorations require a finer touch in a lot of cases because you are dealing with the fragile original electrical components that could break quite easily. Take a look below at two really cool examples from some of my favorite restoration Youtube channels.

Restoration of 1891 German Ratchet Screwdriver by Youtuber “my mechanics”
Restoration of the original Gameboy by Youtuber “Odd Tinkering”

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By Chris

Senior Front-end Developer