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Nov 13, 2014

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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Nov 12, 2014

How to: Make a Leather Mason Jar Mug

Here's a clever use for leather: Josh used some nice thick 12-14 oz leather to create a thermal sleeve for a mason jar to prevent warm drinks from burning your hand, and then he added a swell leather handle for functionality and some serious… read more

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Nov 12, 2014

From the Desk Of... : A Peek at the Workspaces of Designers, Artists, and Makers

Hand-Eye Supply, purveyors of fine work inspired goods, tools, and gear, recently released their new collection of awesome workplace photos, and the people that create there.  … read more

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Nov 12, 2014

How to: Grill Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner

Grilled TurkeyWe've still got a couple weeks yet, but why not check out these recipes now and prepare yourself for the manliest Thanksgiving yet? The dinner menu features "a turkey smoked over sweet applewood and corncobs, ember-cooked potato packets..., a grilled fig and dried fruit chutney; and grilled green beans with shallots and hazelnuts."   

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Nov 11, 2014

How to: Repair Worn-Out Cutting Boards with a Few Simple Steps

created at: 11/09/2014

Have you ever pulled out your cutting board just before dinner to find a rather large crack running up the middle of it? When you pay a fortune for a good board, problems like this can make you hesitant to want to throw them out for another one. Frank Howarth recently posted an inspirational process video for a repair job he did on some rather large sushi cutting boards for a local restaurant.… read more

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Nov 11, 2014

A Convenient Guide to Choosing a Safety Razor

Safety RazorsAlright men: the votes have been cast, and the safety razor is the way to go. I got my first one as a gift from a buddy and have used it ever since. They're significantly cheaper, easier on the environment, better for travel, and generally make you feel like a badass...   

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Nov 11, 2014

DIY Project: Love Honey? Build Your Own Bee Hive

Bee Hive Assembled

My family loves honey. The natural sweetener is either on or in just about everything we eat, so it was just a matter of time before we started looking into "making" it ourselves. This basic bee hive is the perfect start to getting natural honey right from the… read more

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Nov 10, 2014

How to: Make Simple Wooden Triangle Shelves

Executing a well-designed project doesn't always have to involve high-end materials, elegant shapes, and complicated techniques. Sometimes, the most affordable wood will do, and to bring it together: just a little… read more

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Nov 10, 2014

DIY Inspiration: Living Large In a Tiny House

Tiny House Loft SleepingI've been dreaming about a home in the woods for years. There's something incredible about unplugging and getting back to a more simple life. My dreams really got pushed into overdrive when I stumbled across the tiny house movement, and I'm sure yours will too.… read more

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Nov 10, 2014

Make a Facebook "Like" Light for Your Office

Make your own Facebook Like Light

When you own a new, small business, checking your Facebook page for Likes has a drug-like draw to it. Checking your phone every 10 minutes for an update is a quick way to kill your battery, and perhaps your nerves. Enter this brilliant invention from RedPepper, a lamp that lights up every time someone likes your page!… read more

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Nov 07, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Growler Tote from an Upcycled Pair of Jeans

created at: 11/07/2014

The growler is a great way to transport beer to a buddy's house to to a party, and allow you to share and enjoy a greater variety of brews than what you can find in six pack. But, what about transporting the actual growler itself? The handles are small and slippery, and the whole thing is made of fragile glass. So, awesome if you're got someone to hold in their laps on the passenger seat, but what if you're walking, cycling, taking transit, or driving… read more

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Nov 07, 2014

How to: Simplify Your Wallet

8 Apps To Slim Down Your WalletIf you've ever been mugged (or accidentally lost your wallet in a river like I've actually done,  TWICE), you know the insane pain it can be to replace everything. While there's a good case to be made for why you should immediately photocopy the contents of your wallet, there are lots of other great ways to reduce the fat wad in your pocket and streamline your life with redundancies to spare.   

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Nov 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Making Saucy Asian Noodles

For some people, fall comfort food is a warm pot of chili. Others love an ooey gooey mac and cheese, and many dig on a Sunday dinner-style roast chicken with all the fixings. And, me too. But my ideal version of what to eat on a chilly fall evening or a rainy Saturday looks a whole lot like the photo above.… read more

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Nov 06, 2014

The Gentleman's Organization, Part II: DIY Shoe Shine Box and Phone Charging Station

Charging System In Process

Part one of the Gentleman's Organization series put together storage solutions for watches and sunglasses with some interesting projects. This time, we'll be looking at taming cell phone charging cords and all the little pieces of your shoe shine… read more

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Nov 06, 2014

How To: Make Your Car Feel Like The Future

Transportation Technology Incorporated People MoverMany of us would love to live in the future. And with the exception of the fact that we're still waiting for Jarvis to arrive and put Siri to shame, there's so much incredible technology out there that it isn't hard to feel like we already do.   

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Nov 05, 2014

ManMade Recommended: The Kreg Multi-Mark - A Super Useful Tool for Under $15

created at: 11/02/2014

I recently picked up this neat little tool after some raving reviews from fellow DIYers. It's quickly become a tool that I cannot live without and after you see what all it does, it'll become  an essential to your projects.… read more

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Nov 05, 2014

How to: Faux Aged Metal Bookends

Faux Zinc Bookends

No matter how great a raw project turns out, we can all agree that adding finish is the when it finally pops. This tutorial is a fast and easy way to finish up letters (or any other decorative project) with a clean zinc finish.   Faux finishes are typically a pretty mixed bag. Rather than looking like the material or patina you're going for, they can often just look like... a painted faux… read more

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Nov 05, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: November 5, 2014

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. 


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Matternhorn climb, the Mammut team headed to the top of the legendary Alpine summit equipped with bright red… read more

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Nov 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Personalized Tie Clip

They say true style is all in the details, and this is super simple way to add a little custom flair to your… read more

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Nov 04, 2014

Eat This: 5 Authentic Cowboy Recipes to Make in a Cast Iron Skillet

Cowboy StewThere is nothing like a long day of hiking or horseback riding to get you in the mood for some good, hearty eating. And so the American West's roving cattlemen and cross-country venturers created a long tradition of fantastic, simple meals meant to fill you up on the trail. So bust out that cast iron skillet and prepare yourself for some authentic cowboy eating.   

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