From Scratch

December 2015

S1 Ep4 - Trainers

Expired 3.0 203 x
Trainers - When Tom discovers that one trainer has over 80 separate parts from all over the world he knows that he’s got a very difficult job ahead of him. Beginning in Scotland, Tom takes part in the annual culling in order to find a wild deer from which he can make leather for the uppers. He then heads to a secret location to find cannabis plants from which he can source hemp to make canvas. Finally he heads to Cornwall in order to extract rubber before he takes his finished trainers to a Hip...

S1 Ep3 - Toaster

Expired 3.0 103 x
Toaster - Tom’s toughest challenge yet sees him take on the toaster. While it makes the most basic food, Tom is in awe of the amount of technology each toaster has inside it. His journey takes him to Sussex to find some oil to help him begin the long and complex process of making plastic and to the most remote place in Scotland to find a source of Mica which was once used to make Spitfires. Once his toaster is complete, he tests his creation out at a cafe. (From the UK) (Documentary series) G CC
September 2015

S1 Ep2 - Light Bulb

Expired 4.0 168 x
Light Bulb - Tom Thwaites is an inventor and artist who's embarking on a journey of innovation and adventure as he tries to build everyday items that we can’t live without using only raw materials and his own two hands. This episode, Tom attempts to make a light bulb from scratch to illuminate the extraordinary technology that surrounds us. His journey takes him to the dark, wet depths of a mine in Wales and back to his mum’s bath where he uses electro-extraction to get the copper he needs. (Fr...

S1 Ep1 - Mower

Expired 3.3 229 x
Mower - In a world of mass global production, renaissance man Thomas Thwaites thinks we’ve forgotten where all our stuff really comes from. So to prove how brilliant and complex even the most basic mod cons are, he’s going to attempt to build them himself... from scratch. In this first episode, Tom tries to build a lawn mower using materials from across the UK. On a deserted beach he uses the historic technique of sand-casting to make the mower’s specialised fan, before he goes deep beneath th...