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Jul 21, 2016

Five Poems Every Man Should Know...and Reference

For the last couple years, I've had a framed tattered page I tore out from an old book of poetry (pictured below) that I picked up at a garage sale in Minnesota when I was a boy. I've taken it with me wherever I've moved, usually displaying it on my desk, although occasionally on a shelf or bedside table. The poem is titled SEA-FEVER and came from a poetry collection called Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield, first published in 1902.  created at: 12/14/2014 The poem expresses the yearning for the grey seas from the perspective of a presumably landlocked rover, and was one of my initial inspirations for rafting the Mississippi River.

I must… read more
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Jun 28, 2016

What's Good for June 2016: What We're Reading Watching and Listening To This Month

Guys. The Fourth of July's just around the corner. The solstice has come and gone. You may not know it yet, but we are sliding inexorably downhill toward bleakest winter. In these moments of utmost despair, I find comfort in a good book, song, or bleary-eyed binge Netflix binge session. 

created at: 06/28/2016

Here, without further melodrama, is What's Good on ManMade this month:… read more

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Jun 23, 2016

Two of the Biggest Cookbooks of the Year: Should You Buy Them?

Franklin BBQ and The Food Lab

I was talking to my brother yesterday (he's 24), and he said something that struck me: "I don't like cooking." Why cook, he said, when you can go out and buy something better for $10? 

Oh brother. If you are a 24-year-old male without an older brother, let me fill in for a moment, as your older, wiser, sibling, with three supremely important words of advice: learn to cook. 

love cooking. It's the perfect combination of right and left-brainedness (that's a word, right?). When you cook, you have to follow directions carefully, measure things meticulously, and then throw it all out the window and problem-solve creatively when… read more

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May 27, 2016

What's Good for May 2016: What We're Reading Watching and Listening To This Month

created at: 05/27/2016

Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to. 

Here's what's good this month ...


Reading

Chris:

I mostly recently finished Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. If you're wondering if you really can fill two hundred pages on the subject of firewood, the answer is an absolute yes. The felling and chopping aspects are definitely interesting, but what most compelled me was the exploration of what building and stacking of these wood piles each year means for these cultures. It's a fascinating look… read more

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May 13, 2016

The Ultimate Cycling Library: The 8 Essential Bicycle Books Every Man Should Read

created at: 05/02/2016

If you search for a list of best books about bicycles, you'll find several... and among them, you'll notice a definite trend. They're all about "cycling" - the competitive racing of road bikes - rather than "bicycles" - the thing with two wheels and a chain and handlebars.

Not that we have anything against competitive cycling (we love it), but only true dedicated fans of the sport need a list of biographies and recaps of historic Tour de Frances, and the like.   

So instead, we set out to create our own cycling library that encompasses all aspects of the simple, brilliant machinery that is the bicycle, and all the fun that comes with it.… read more

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Apr 21, 2016

What's Good for April 2016: What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening To

What's Good April 2016

Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to. 

Here's what's good this month ...

 

Reading

Chris:

I recently finished "King Dork" by Frank Portman. It's a "young adult" book, meaning it's about and appropriate for teenagers, but I loved it. Portman, to me, will always be Dr. Frank, the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the Mr. T Experience, my very favorite band from the 80s/90s Bay Area/Gilman Street/Lookout Records punk rock scene.

The book is about growing up, and rock and roll, and literature, and relationships, and all the good things coming-of-age… 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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Mar 24, 2016

What's Good for March 2016: What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening To

Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to (and where you can share with us too!). We're going to be doing this series once a month throughout 2016, and I'm really excited about it! No more vacantly staring at Netflix wondering what to press play on; we'll all have a bunch of good recommendations to pick from... 

Here we go!

Reading

Chris:

I just finished "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. It's a (sorta) Oregon novel by a Portland-based author, and I finally decided to settle down with it this winter. I was into it for the first 60%, but admit to rushing… read more

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Mar 07, 2016

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   … read more

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Feb 29, 2016

The Library that Kept Shackleton Sane while Stranded in Antarctica

If you've ever entertained the question of which books you'd take to keep you sane on a deserted island, you'll want to check this out.   … read more

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Feb 26, 2016

Good Books and Where I Read Them

Good books and where I read them
Every book you read leaves two stories with you; the story told in the book, and the story of its reading. Here are some of my favorites:… read more

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

[Image Credit] ManMade DIY

Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    … read more

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Jan 20, 2016

How to: Make A Leather-Bound Book Entirely From Scratch [INCREDIBLE VIDEO]

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 01/17/2016This video blew me away. It's a two minute super-wrap-up showing you everything that goes into making a book from scratch, and then there are longer videos guiding you through each step in the whole process. Now when we say "from scratch" we mean entirely from scratch. If this guy needs a brush to use when binding his pages, he chops off some horse hairs and shapes a twig to tie with sinew from a deer he shot in order to make a brush. It's nuts.   … read more

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Jan 11, 2016

4 Classic Books Every DIYer Should Have on Hand

created at: 01/19/2015

I want to give props to the internet for almost single-handedly fueling the DIY movement across America. If you need to know how to do anything, a search engine will lead you to the answer. Heck, it might even bring you here!   … read more

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Nov 25, 2015

Give This, Not That: 11 Holiday Gift Upgrades Every Man will Love

created at: 11/25/2015

The holiday season is upon us and it's time to stray from the usual gift-giving fare. So here are 11 truly unique gift ideas that are worth some serious consideration.   … read more

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Sep 21, 2015

The Beautiful Lost Art of Bookmaking, Revitalized [with Anthony Bourdain]

created at: 09/21/2015"There was 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing," so says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. While the truth of the matter is a little more nuanced, but as the world begins to flood itself with content, the quality of its delivery is becoming increasingly important. … read more

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Jul 24, 2015

Check Out this Interactive Map of America's Most Epic Literary Road Trips

Whether you're planning your own adventure or just looking for a little literary escape to combat cabin fever, it's always great to learn the tales of those who have gone before you.    … read more

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Jul 21, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: 7 Must-Have Books Every Woodworker Should Own

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands-on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

 

created at: 07/21/2015 

Here's the great thing about woodworking... it really hasn't changed much over the last few decades, even centuries. Sure, there are new tools and technologies that make things come together faster, light-weight power tools that cause less fatigue, and safety improvement measures like that table saw that stops if you put your tongue on it.    … read more

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Jun 29, 2015

How "Back to the Future II" Got 2015 Surprisingly Right

created at: 06/29/2015

Around here, it started in January. All of sudden, several repertory  and arthouse theaters had Back to Future II on their marquees. This kind of stuff is normal in the summer, when it's super hot and folks are seeking a little respite in the AC, or the "Movies in the _____" take over parks and swimming pools and gardens. But Back to Future II  popping up all over on Martin Luther King Day weekend?    … read more

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Jun 01, 2015

Take a Photo Tour of Hemingway's Cuban Getaway Home

Looking to get away from the limelight of his success in 1940, Ernest Hemingway sought out this private home in Havana and purchased it for $12,500. The quiet he experienced there helped serve as the inspiration for this Pulitzer-Prize winning novel The Old Man and The Sea and is worth taking a tour through by photo.   … read more

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