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Jul 15, 2016

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the spring foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight trek.   … read more

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Jul 15, 2016

Make This: Build A DIY Hammock Stand This Weekend

Hammock StandAh, the hammock. My best summer naps happen swinging gracefully in its embrace. But what happens when the trees are too far apart or no where to be found? You build this stand and start napping as soon as it's complete.

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Jul 13, 2016

You Need A Solid Kitchen Knife: How To Choose The Right One

KnifeA dull knife makes everything a bit harder, and when it comes to mastering that meal a sharp edge really makes all the difference. Here's how to pick a knife that will up your culinary chops immediately.   … read more

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Jul 13, 2016

How to Travel Like a Pro: Tips from Anthony Bourdain

created at: 09/24/2014

The author, host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reckons he's been away from home for about 250 days a year, for the past decade. If you're familiar with his adventure food and travel properties like The Getaway and No Reservations, you can see how it happens.   … read more

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Jul 13, 2016

15 Things My Father Taught Me

My youngest brother recently flew across the country to visit me for a couple days and I found myself faced with that periodic question of what values or cool things I wanted to impart to him. The reality is that it's unbelievably easy to just go through life without putting intention into the relationships around us, particularly those who look up to us in ways we don't even realize. So I'm always fascinated when I come across articles where men talk about the things that older mentor figures in their lives taught them, whether that figure was a father, friend, or Uncle John...    … read more

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Jul 12, 2016

How to Turn Any Alcoholic Beverage into Summer's Tastiest Popsicles

No one's gonna argue against either the sheer joy or the benefits of a cooling, delicious popsicle during these blazing summer months. But though tasty, the straightforward punch of frozen juice and, most likely, lots and lots of sugar, can be a little one note, certainly to the adult palette. So this summer, up the flavor and complexity (and age of consumption) by making your own boozy popsicles, with any alcohol or spirit you like. 

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Jul 12, 2016

10 Survivalist Movies Every Guy Should See

Man against Nature is considered one of the oldest three stories in human history, and there's a good reason why it's stayed around so long. As story fodder it's perfect since we get to see characters pushed to the fringe of their wits and capabilities as they fight to survive. This story carries over to some truly great movies, and here are the Top 10 from Cool Material.   … read more

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Jul 11, 2016

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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Jul 11, 2016

8 Under-The-Radar National Parks to Visit This Summer (and How)

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next month so here are 8 of its lesser known, but no less breathtaking national parks to visit this summer. Complete with family friendly ideas and helpful tips, this guide is perfect for families that want to log some quality time in nature or for the more adventurous bachelor just looking some good wilderness away from pesky glampers.    … read more

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Jul 11, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Make a Floating Wood Slab Bedside Table

Nothing beats a big old chunk of wood. Fine joinery and glue-ups are great, but I'll take a solid slab any day. Sometimes, it's nice to be in awe of craftsmanship. But sometimes, it's nice to just be in awe of nature.   … read more

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Jul 07, 2016

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This Summer

created at: 07/22/2014

Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table ordered.… read more

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Jul 07, 2016

Coffee Science: How to Make the Best Pourover Coffee at Home

It's always a special day when a guy moves on from Folgers Crystals and a drip pot and steps up the homemade coffee game. And the truest of brew fans know that the way to get the most… read more

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Jul 07, 2016

How to: Build This Modern Chair... Primarily From 2x4's

I'm super stoked by this design. It's simple, looks good, and can be built by someone (unfortunately like me at the moment) who doesn't have access to a full woodshop but still has a hankering to design some of the furniture around me....   

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Jul 06, 2016

How to: Bike the Entire East Coast—All 3,000 Miles of It

Summer's a great to bust out that bike for everyday travel like going to work, or for longer travel... like the entire East Coast. The East Coast Greenway (ECG) is a one of a kind bike trail that will eventually cover the entire East Coast—all 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. And you can get started now...   … read more

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Jul 06, 2016

How to: Make a Simple, Rustic Wooden Bench (In Under an Hour)

Artist and designer Josh Rhodes came up with this quick and easy project: a warm and rustic piece of furniture, made in a single afternoon for less than $30 in easy-to-find materials. Done, done, and done!   … read more

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Jul 06, 2016

Adventure: What Is it?

AdventureMissing the outdoors right now? Here's a bit of eye candy to get you fired up for your next trip outside.   … read more

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Jul 05, 2016

How to: Make a Gigantic Solvent Transfer

created at: 10/24/2011

I've been on a "big art" kick lately. And when I say "big", I mean gigantic (check out The World's Largest Wood Type for further clarification). There's something about a traditional art or craft done at a mind-blowingly large scale that just tickles my magic beans. So I'm going to file this 15' x 10' solvent transfer sign + tutorial in my enormous folder for all things awesome.

The creative folks at The Mandate Press applied this Beatrice Warde quote to a big ol' sheet of canvas that is, hands down, the largest solvent transfer I have ever seen. If you're not familiar with solvent transfers, the process is actually quite simple: … read more

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Jul 05, 2016

Make This: DIY Saw Blade Storage Box

Saw Blade HolderHere’s a quick shop project that will give you a simple and dedicated way to protect your blades in the workshop. So keep them close but out of the way for a cleaner, more organized place to work with this multi-use storage box.… read more

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Jul 05, 2016

7 Flowing Scribbles by Frank Gehry and the Buildings They Inspired

There's nothing like taking a tour inside the mind of an artistic genius (especially if your tour guide is himself an acclaimed artist) and that's exactly what Sidney Lumet did with his 2006 documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry about one of the most well respected architects of our time. You should absolutely see it if you haven't, but in the meantime, check out the craziness that is Gehry's initial sketches of some of his most famous buildings...   … read more

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Jul 01, 2016

How to Drink Tequila Like a You Know What You're Doing: Unless You Live In Mexico, You're Probably Drinking It Wrong

created at: 06/27/2016

We're wrapping up our series on tequila with a post that, arguably, should've been the first to go up: a discussion of the basics. This spring we teamed up (deliciously) with Olmeca Altos Tequila to talk about all things tequila: a spring cocktail + popcorn snacks, Cinco de Mayo (a Moscow Burro, we called it), a margarita smackdown (hint: make 'em right we'll come find you!), rules for a weekend getaway, and salsa-party hosting tips.

But what is tequila exactly? And where does it come from (Mexico, obviously, but, like, where ... in history)? Today I'll try to answer those questions. And since nothing goes better with newfound knowledge than newfound drink recipes, we threw in a few of those too.     … read more

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