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Mar 06, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: March 6, 2013

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

Just the way I like it. … read more

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Mar 05, 2013

Life Advice from Ron Swanson: "People Who Buy Things Are Suckers"

created at: 03/05/2013

Ron Swanson - TV's favorite craftsman - offers some tongue-in-cheek inspiration for makers of all sorts. 

Click play to watch the video below:   … read more

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Mar 05, 2013

How to: Make a Reusable Leather "Paper" Bag

Leather opens up all kinds of creativity, but it can be an intimidating material to for beginners. It requires a different sort of tool kit than regular sewing projects, and many guys don't even know how to use a sewing machine in the first place...though ManMade does its best to remedy that.

The solution? Don't sew anything!   … read more

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Mar 04, 2013

On Paying Too Little: Why Saving Money Isn't Always Better

created at: 03/04/2013

I mentioned last week that I'd traveled to my hometown for my grandmother's funeral, and to help begin the process of cleaning and organizing her home where she'd lived for the last fifty-two years. I found all sorts of interesting stuff (more to come soon), most of which was still as functional as when my grandparents bought it decades ago, with only a bit of dust or rust to show.

So, when I stumbled across this old booklet in a filing cabinet, I was particularly drawn to the quote on the back, which begins, "It's unwise to pay too much...but it it's worse to pay too little."   … read more

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Mar 04, 2013

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Concrete Pendant Lamp

I'm always a sucker for unlikely materials used in surprising places, so I'm all kinds of inspired by this concrete pendant lamp project by Ben Uyeda.… read more

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Feb 26, 2013

A ManMade Interview on the Pinterest Blog

Hello, ManMakers! This week has taken a bit of a surprising turn - I've traveled back to my home town for some unfortunate family business. My grandmother passed away, and we're currently planning the funeral, services, as well as beginning the work of dealing with her affairs, the estate, and her home, where she lived with my grandfather and her family since 1960. 

So, regular updates will be sparse for a bit, but I wanted to share this fun collaboration I worked on with the cool folks at Pinterest. … read more

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Feb 20, 2013

Video: Crafting a Handmade Chair from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,

and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:   … read more

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Feb 20, 2013

The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors

In 1981, outdoor clothier L.L. Bean published The L.L. Bean Guide to the Outdoors. … read more

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Feb 17, 2013

Daily Dishonesty: Typographic Illustrations of the Lies We Tell Every Day

"Daily Dishonesty" is a fun illustration series by artist Lauren Nicole Hom. Each features a typographic take on one of those little mistruths that we tell ourselves to make sure we enjoy our day. 

Sometimes they… read more

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Feb 16, 2013

The Great Lake States Project

For those of us in the middle of the country, we don't always know what to call ourselves. Sure, there's the Midwest - but living in Ohio is pretty different than Kansas, and the landscapes of Nebraska and Michigan look nothing alike.

So, I like the designation "The Great Lakes States," and I love this new Great Lake States Project by artist and designer Meng Yang.   … read more

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