How to Make Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000

In this video, I tackle my very first prop replica project, recreating Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000 (before it got whomped by a willow) from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As a source, I used pictures of the replica that a company called CineReplica used to distribute.

My broom is made from red oak (it’s about a third of the cost of mahogany), and is scaled to 5′ (152cm), based on some stills from the first Harry Potter film. My build omits the foot pegs that are shown in the films, since they aren’t mentioned in the books, and I think that the broom looks better without them.

Fluid Acrylic Painting with Science!

My buddy Cam runs a unique company called Tinker Truck that hosts maker events for kids and adults. He showed me this technique for making really interesting paintings with some very low cost materials.

While there are loads of other videos about this technique, none of them explain why it works the way that it does. In this video, you’ll learn about the effects of mixing oil, water, and heat; the correct viscosity for the paint; and a little bit of colour theory.

If you’re in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, check out Tinker Truck at tinkertruck.ca