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Apr 14, 2016

How to: Build a 50-Ton, Hand-Placed Stone Wall

In the 1990's Craig Bernhardt came across a pamphlet for Rockwater Ltd., a company that specialized in building gorgeous stone walls and benches. He didn't have a need for either of those things, but for some reason he held onto the brochure, and the idea never left his mind. When his back patio and outdoor shower needed a complete overhaul, he decided to start a journey that would take over two years and a half years and 50 tons of hand-placed stone to complete.   … read more

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Apr 13, 2016

10 TED Talks Every Guy Should See

If you're a consistent reader of ManMade, you're probably someone who's investigated a fair number of TED talks. From classics like Do Schools Kill Creativity? and The Psychology of Evil, I'm guessing you've been around the proverbial TED Talk block. So now, here are 10 great ones on to add to your list, and 8 of them are one's I'd never heard of before.   … read more

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Apr 13, 2016

Make This: Simple Countertop Bookshelf

Finished ShelfIf you're like me, there is a small stack of books close by. They're piled up on many flat surfaces in my house and slide off with no warning. Here's a simple countertop bookcase to spiff up that well-loved set of books.   … read more

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Apr 13, 2016

"The 501 Jeans: Stories of an Original" Documentary

created at: 04/04/2016 The brand name Levi Strauss is so well known it's practically interchangeable with "jeans." And I'm a huge a fan of jeans in general. They're perhaps the most iconic form of American apparel. They can be classy and dressed up, or rugged and practical. And here's a one of a kind documentary from Levi tracing the brand's history, examining manufacturing techniques, and discussing the relevance of the cut on society. With gorgeous retro cinematography, it's inspirational to watch, and it's narrated by Ramblin' Jack Elliot to boot.    … read more

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Apr 06, 2016

How to: Start a Campfire with One Match

created at: 05/07/2014

Starting a fire is an essential life skill, for sure, and most of us have our preferred technique: the lean-to, the tepee, the log cabin. But, even though most fires aren't started in emergency, or even in one-match situations, that's part of the fun. Once you've learned how to do it without turning a gas knob or lighting one of those Duralast logs, lighting a fire with one match (or spark from a starter) becomes part of the game, even if you have a whole box at your side.    … read more

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Apr 05, 2016

How to: Make Your Own Fresh Pork Lard...and Instantly Make All Your Food Taste Better

created at: 04/05/2016

In the last few decades, lard has gotten a bad wrap in the U.S. From playground name-calling to the low-fat (and high chemical) diet of the 90s, we became scared of pig fat. We imagined it as a heart attack in a tub, a spoonful of which will immediately clog every artery in your body and you might as well just give up right then and there.

But here's the thing - first off, fresh, naturally rendered pork fat is a completely different product than the whipped, hydrogenated stuff you find in the supermarket. And lard actually contains about half the cholesterol and one-third of the saturated fat of butter. Really. 

So, cooking with it once in while will not kill you. What it will do is make all your food taste a lot, a lot better. And… read more

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Apr 05, 2016

The Process: Denim Jeans From Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Here's a great look at how those denim jeans look so just worn enough before you even pull them on. From material cutting all the way to hand pressing the buttons on.Sewing MachineMan, I love these process videos.  

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Apr 05, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Beach/Camp Lounge Chair

created at: 07/09/2014

There's no such thing as "too many camping chairs" or outdoor seating. Seriously, the more the merrier, particularly if they fold flat for storage and especially in the summer.

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Apr 04, 2016

10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never Forget

created at: 04/04/2016

Chris Lyons is the master craftsman behind Clyons Creations, where he specializes in handcrafted guitars and other DIY woodworking projects. He's also a "technology education instructor" at a local junior high, but he prefers the old school title of "shop teacher." And as such, here are his 10 Tips From Shop Class You Should Never, Ever Forget...   … read more

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Apr 04, 2016

How to: Make the Pabst Blue Reuben

What started as a series of drunken emails between two food blogs birthed a sandwich that sounds almost too good to be true. As a non-ironic fan of both PBR and Reuben sandwiches, I've gotta say, I'm very interested.   … read more

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