I, Pencil is a classic essay which instructs not only on the manufacturing process of even a “simple” product like a pencil but also on the free-market and capitalist system that alone allows such a complicated process to run efficiently.

A young Brit, Thomas Thwaites, decided to see if it really is impossible for a 21st-century man, alone, to make even a simple, cheap, product such as a toaster. An entrepreneur I know is always advising people to keep a record of what they do and to create an instructional video or website, possibly a business, out of it. Thwaites kept a record of his attempts to build his own toaster, from scratch.

Check it out. (H/T Mises.org)