1. Secret used bookstore

When real estate prices got out of hand, bookseller Michael Seidenberg did something unprecedented: He opened a secret used bookshop. It's illegal to run a business from a residential space in New York, so he doesn't advertise, and you won't find a store sign out front, which makes Seidenberg's collection of thousands of used books a true hidden gem.

There's No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books from Etsy on Vimeo.

2. Handmade tools

Orien MacDonald makes everything from guitars and lutes to knives and bows by hand, and he prides himself on using recycled and reclaimed materials.

Handmade Portraits: Old School Tools from Etsy on Vimeo.

3. Homemade local cheese

In the heart of Portland, Claudia Lucero is making her own cheese with milk from local farmers. She's even creating DIY cheese kits that prove the concept that anyone can make delicious cheese at home in less than an hour.

Urban Cheesecraft from Etsy on Vimeo.

4. Nature's instruments

Catherine Thompson's life and work are intimately connected to nature. The musician and artist makes primitive instruments from natural materials, including wood and animal bones.

Process: Bone Flutes with Catherine Thompson from Etsy on Vimeo.

5. Reclaimed wooden art

Artist Jason Tennant hunts for the remains of American chestnut trees and turns his finds into elegant, wild sculptures and carvings.

Handmade Portraits: Jason Tennant from Etsy on Vimeo.

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

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