"Glues can also be very, very, very frustrating."

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<p>From Tim Hunkin, co-creator of the TV series <em>The Secret Life of Machines, </em>a charming series of videos called "The Secret Life of Components."</p>

Even if you don't really make things (we don't), the videos are full of interesting information on how simple things work, like springs or glue, or chains.

In the past, when people asked me how to learn practical skills, I’ve told them they just have to make things badly to start with but to keep going and they will improve. I made things badly for the first half of my life. However, I now learn a lot from watching practical YouTube videos and realise that they can teach the sort of informal tips that used to be part of traditional apprenticeships. So I’m delighted to be contributing to this wonderful new learning resource!

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