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Gangolf Ulbricht is one of the last papermakers in Europe that is still making his craft by hand. He uses wood-free fibers like cotton, flax, hemp, rags, and Manila hemp as the foundation for his creations. In this short film by Kings & Kongs, watch the process unfold as he works in his studio in the Kreuzberg borough of Berlin. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Follow Kings & Kongs: http://www.kingsandkongs.de/ http://www.vimeo.com/kingsandkongs/ About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. See How Paper Is Still Being Made by Hand Today | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/k122JM-Nwjs National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (3 months ago)
The process of making paper is quite intricate, especially when done by hand. What intrigues you the most about Gangolf Ulbricht's skill?
m s (3 months ago)
National Geographic Ulbricht's absolute love and devotion to his craft is fascinating.
Lisa Rosenkoetter (1 month ago)
A lost art that this gentleman is keeping alive, so beautiful to see such lovely craftsmanship and how much he enjoys doing it.
tonggie siregar (2 months ago)
Einfach Klasse!
Revenov (2 months ago)
I have never seen anyone talk so passionately about their skill and occupation before. Truly an emotional, intimate thing.
21whichiswhich (2 months ago)
He's passion really shines through. ❤️
Mark Harris (2 months ago)
There’s no doubt Germany is a world leader as a quality paper maker, but this is a whole new (or very old) level.
KarMarth Quintela (2 months ago)
Some NGO in Philippines also make these kind of paper
Ebenezer Rangel (2 months ago)
Is it just me, or is he French? Anyone know, please tell me! This is driving me insane!!!
nelavc21 (3 months ago)
I want to learn...
XSportSeeker (3 months ago)
Really hard to dissociate the word spoken in German from what it was once used for.... Anyways, great craftsmanship
TheGreen Jarret (3 months ago)
Gutenberg
Mono Azúl (3 months ago)
His passion and love... I feel like making paper... Lol ... Very beautiful
Dark Soul (3 months ago)
Paper 😊❤
Gabriel Paolo Perez (3 months ago)
It’s really inspiring to hear people talk about the things they’re very passionate about. This is a nice video!
Dr painkiller (3 months ago)
Still machines used
Darth Bacon (3 months ago)
why is the german papersymbol a hand, hailing?.. rise again he said
GAMER KING (3 months ago)
Plz put videos in Hindi dubbed also
TheRoland19111 (3 months ago)
Its also very common in Brazil for pickers to use these kinds of technique.
pascoal nadador (3 months ago)
INSTRUTIVO ESSE VÍDEO MESMO JÁ SABENDO SOBRE A HISTÓRIA DA CRIAÇÃO DO PAPEL E HOJE SENDO AINDA FEITO A MÃO É DEMAIS,FAZ BEM A MENTE ESTE CONHECIMENTO....GRATO!
ted kaczynski (3 months ago)
love
Arpit christy (3 months ago)
watched the whole video and didn't learn a thing about the process
sukruoosten (3 months ago)
cool
007Chakochi (3 months ago)
Nice video but i was expecting also to learn the process of making paper via hand. Without it, it just had 2 min content.
FNMasterChannel (3 months ago)
I know this short film is not about cost, but I was curious about how much his paper cost compared to mass-produced paper
everton zp (3 months ago)
Interesting that paper is made with water, but once you finished it you should avoid to expose it to moist
Abdul Moiz (3 months ago)
It's satisfying!
DaiHiep Duong (3 months ago)
Regraded as a designer, IT's hella awesome!
Prashant Kanaujia (3 months ago)
The emotions and love that you put during the formation of these papers can't be added by the machines made papers .....You are great
Al- Hind (3 months ago)
We use it to wipe our...
Gk Zeus (3 months ago)
Respect
Joseph Gomes (3 months ago)
Wonderful film !!
STV beats (3 months ago)
Amazing 🙏..beautiful 👌👌👌✔✔✔✔✔
Poo Songs (3 months ago)
WOULD LOVE TO LEARN THE SKILL......
desanjose Kristina (3 months ago)
I remember , when we were young, we used to tear down slices of banana leaves to write down memo, when we play house ;groceries, like that.
ItchyKneeSon (3 months ago)
I wonder what it smells like in his shop.
The Reckless Recluse (3 months ago)
ItchyKneeSon you name is awesome
King A.D (3 months ago)
He need some milk
Crystal McKinney (3 months ago)
This would be so fun to do!
nitpoon (3 months ago)
Stop cutting trees down and use hemp
Joseph Gomes (3 months ago)
nitpoon ahh okay sorry if I confused your comment. I totally agree. Hemp is like a wonder plant, you can use it for almost everything. There is a company in Germany, I believe, making pre-fab houses using hemp. Amazing stuff, paper, cloth, medicines. Is there really nothing you cannot do with it??
nitpoon (3 months ago)
Joseph Gomes yes I think it's fantastic my comment was just in general we can make all paper from hemp alone there's a lot of things we could make with hemp much stronger than cotton but in no way was I trying to say anything bad about the video
Joseph Gomes (3 months ago)
nitpoon maybe you did'nt see it but he makes all his paper with wood free elements.
Gianni Rivera (3 months ago)
You can see the happiness in his eyes, hopefully I'll have that someday.
Force EV (3 months ago)
i feel bad for him making Him those papers alone with the machine behind him but it makes him happy
SOS Save Our Seas (3 months ago)
That's so cool and looks really fun! Thanks for sharing!
sennsir_ (3 months ago)
He can make himself enough money to not go broke with that profession 😎👌
Niccolò Baccega (3 months ago)
Wonderful
JanetFunkYeah (3 months ago)
I like that his logo is an open-palm hand. _...Rock, _*_Paper,_*_ Scissors._
JAMES PURKS (3 months ago)
This was extremely interesting and I would love to see a longer and more in-depth coverage of the topic.
Bee (3 months ago)
you could use that method to fake historic artifacts
Aus penang (3 months ago)
He have something that people did'nt have.......the forgotten skill
How many subscribers can I get with no videos? (3 months ago)
we make paper in minecraft 😂
How many subscribers can I get with no videos? (3 months ago)
hope no one will forget it
Adam Alfath (3 months ago)
he is drowning with tons of paperwork's
jerrodkilla23 (3 months ago)
I could watch this all day.
Gold Wolf (3 months ago)
I made recycled paper in elementary school. It was fun and educational.
Cherish Ireland (3 months ago)
Just beautiful.
bubble king (3 months ago)
Awesome
JahJah (3 months ago)
never thought that paper can be so interesting
utubedano (3 months ago)
Good vid. But this didn't teach my anything much about the actual process.
Hothead (3 months ago)
Does anyone else find it ironic that so much liquid is used in the making of paper despite water being paper’s worst enemy?
Bellajustbella1 (2 months ago)
It giveth and it taketh away
FNMasterChannel (3 months ago)
Its like paper is made from removing the water, and when water is added it reverts back as he uses recycled paper
Jeffrey Koelewijn (3 months ago)
This was interesting to watch, good video
effarro (3 months ago)
I felt like this could have been an hour long documentary
Sergi Al-Kabir (3 months ago)
I'd rather use old paper like these instead of modern papers, I like medieval stuff
VibeCafe (3 months ago)
Also handmade paper is soooo much stronger, it could last hundreds of years.
Gnetic Savage (3 months ago)
Sergi Al-Kabir same i love the designs and texture
Maddi The Misfit (3 months ago)
I made paper in an art class in junior high, it was not even close to the beautiful paper he makes
National Geographic (3 months ago)
We're so glad you were able to experience making paper, Maddi! Making something yourself tends to help you appreciate the item more.
Riyanna Williams (3 months ago)
Same! My group in my Environmental science class attempted to make paper from recycled paper, and it was a disaster😂
Mr Pump (3 months ago)
Maddi The Misfit thats cool so did i yea we used papairus like the Egyptians
الحسون المقنين (3 months ago)
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Rune King Thor (3 months ago)
Cost??
محبي الطيور المغردة (3 months ago)
Ok thanks
raulmmusik (3 months ago)
I admire his passion
dankdreamz (3 months ago)
National Geographic knows how to YouTube
Anand Varun Achari (3 months ago)
amazing
Ziad Abou-Nasr (3 months ago)
This is absolutely beautiful
Pop junior (3 months ago)
COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!
Confused Wolf (3 months ago)
noble trade...
New Message (3 months ago)
Yes, several trees died in the making of this video, but they were all bad, bad trees. One of them did nothing all day but turn oxygen into carbon dioxide.. he was just THAT evil.
Joseph Gomes (3 months ago)
Had you read the info on this film you would have learned that he uses only wood free elements. So no tree's were "killed" making this video besides...(see other comment)
Sophie Gomes (3 months ago)
New Message Just for your information...the paper he was making (or which they made in those days) was not made from trees. Paper made from trees is actually the shittiest you can get.
Hardcore Panda (3 months ago)
This is nothing compared to what kind of jobs the robots will take over.
Marlucia Ferrari (3 months ago)
Coloque legenda em português por favor.
YÜNG SPJENKINS (3 months ago)
This is cool and I can tell he enjoys doing it but it just seems like a waste of time from the outside looking in
ismu wakhidah (3 months ago)
"People love what other people are passionate about" -lala land- And I think that quote is true. Idk that handmade papers would be this amazing😍
Ichigo TRILLONATOR (3 months ago)
Hand made 😍😍 always always better
National Geographic (3 months ago)
There truly is something special and unique about handmade items, isn't there? We're glad that people like Gangolf are keeping the practice of making things this way alive.
Carlieto' Way (3 months ago)
Awesome educational!!!!
Deena (3 months ago)
so interesting
Adiel Villalpando (3 months ago)
I've always wondered how paper is made
K. C. Paddington. (3 months ago)
Adiel Villalpando yeah me too. I imagine the modern paper making process would be very different though.
Azliana Lyana (3 months ago)
This is one of those forgotten skills. Not sure if it will make a comeback, but still, this is a really interesting skill to have and he seems to have a very deep passion towards paper making. Well, hope his demand grows. Thanks for sharing National Geographic.
Aron Estabillo (3 months ago)
People love mass produced stuff - cheap and in bulk. But there is passion in love in a handcrafted item and there are people who are into that (me) and willing to pay good money for anything "tailor-made".
Fernanda Thaysa Lima (3 months ago)
It would be great if everyone could learn to recycle their own used paper
Karmic Wheel (3 months ago)
Greetings to all you fabulous Earthlings! 👋👽 Also Happy Friday. 😀 I bring a fat cheese burger with super size fries for everyone. Enjoy! 🍔 🍟
Princess FK (3 months ago)
Cool 🤔🤔
Andrew Liang (3 months ago)
very cool
harini reddy (3 months ago)
Thanks for making videos on inventions all over the world and can you please make videos on unexplainable phenomenons
retita vines jabii (3 months ago)
first to comment. that is fantastic
Lightning Origami (3 months ago)
That paper must be great for ORIGAMI!
#Abhishek SAHA (3 months ago)
Nice