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Aug 23, 2016

An Original History of the Baseball Bat

From Roy Hobbs' “Wonderboy” in The Natural to Tom Cruise’ thinking bat in A Few Good Men, baseball bats hold a special place in the American masculine consciousness. A versatile weapon on the field, the baseball bat embodies an element of the American dream wherever it goes. The lone batter, a man himself against an entire team, hoping to hit it big.   

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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.

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Jun 27, 2016

The Process: Crafting Handmade Wooden Eyeglass Frames from Scratch

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Indianapolis-based artist and maker Peter Boerger hand crafts these amazing wooden eyeglass frames from scratch using basic hand and woodworking tools - no laser cutters or CNC routers needed.   … read more

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Jun 22, 2016

The Realities of Male Friendship in 2016

created at: 06/22/2016 While we love a good scientific study, sometimes a simple narrative can help convey reality even better. And the truth is: it's hard to make new friends. Real friends. The kind that you don't just tolerate cause it's good to get out of the house, but feel at home when you're with them. And for men, making new male friends, especially after your mid-20s, is a seriously difficult endeavor.    … read more

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Jun 10, 2016

9 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Morning and Improving Productivity

I've never been a morning person. Or rather, I've never been a waking up person. I've recently been trying to work my schedule forward because I've discovered firsthand how immensely more productive I can be when I take advantage of those early hours.   … read more

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May 12, 2016

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

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Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season:  winter spring summer, and  fall .    Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    … read more

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Mar 29, 2016

Shopping Guide: 7 Spring Style Essentials for the Modern Guy

spring lookbook

Hibernation season is officially officially over and it's time to transition into the warmer months of the year. So, we've gathered a few essentials that will help you feel like yourself while staying cool. … read more

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Mar 03, 2016

The Essential Kitchen: The 15 Tools Every Man Needs to Cook Like a Pro

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Look - I'm not implying I only have fifteen things in my kitchen. I love to cook, to the point that I ask for new tools and gadgets for Christmas and birthday presents. But, I also cook three meals a day at home, and for 90% of them, it's with the same basic handful of utensils and cookware.   … read more

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Feb 29, 2016

7 Great Sports Movies...That Are Really About Something Else

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Jesus taught in parables, and Polonius advised his king "by indirections to find directions out." One of the best things about revisiting classic sports movies as an adult is suddenly realizing all the incredible themes and lessons that were way over your head as a boy, but you likely absorbed through osmosis. Whether you’ve never seen these films or can practically do them as a one-man show, here are seven classic movies about sports that are really about something else…   … read more

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Feb 03, 2016

How to: Dress for a Date...Like You Know What You're Doing

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With Valentine's Day next week, couples of all sorts will be headed out on the town to celebrate. Whether such plans are on your radar, or you're generally interested in looking snazzy without seeming like you just came from a sales meeting, we thought we'd share some basic ideas and tips to, well, nail it.  

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Jan 21, 2016

4 Life-Changing Things You Didn't Know You Needed

4 Life-Changing Things You Didn't Know You Needed.

There's nothing more satisfying than hearing the phrase "Where'd you get that!?" Ok, maybe it's just me, but I consider that phrase to be the apex of achievement when you've truly found a cool item. Here's a round up of 4 unique, life-improving things that I use everyday and you should too!

 

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Nov 20, 2015

50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men

50 stocking stuffers gift guide

Let's dispense with the formalities, shall we? You're here for stocking stuffer gift ideas, and we are here to give them to you. Here are all the things you should put in your stockings this year:

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Nov 03, 2015

Keeping Warm: 5 Masculine Blankets Worth the Investment

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I have no shame in saying it: I think blankets are great. If that's not manly, I don't care. Being cold is stupid, and being stupid definitely isn't manly either. I work from home, in a city that gets quite cold in the winter, and there's absolutely no reason to heat the whole house when it's only occupied by me, crunched up with my laptop. But you know what else I like? Picnics. And not freezing in case I have car trouble in the winter, or when I go camping. And snuggling up with my wife. (And pretending my urban townhome is a mountain cabin retreat...but, you know, personal preference). The common factor: blankets. So, I like 'em.   … read more

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Nov 03, 2015

Style How-to: DIY Elbow Patches to Class Up Any Jacket (or Sweater)

If you’re opting for a tweed or corduroy suit jacket, you don’t necessarily need to shell out the big bucks since you're going for the more worn-in, collegiate appearance. A thrift store jacket in your correct size can be tailored and DIY-ed into a nice alternate statement.

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Aug 25, 2015

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log cabin?)… read more

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Aug 13, 2015

Yes, You Can Shave with an Axe. Here's How to Do It.

You've seen it. Old movies, Looney Tunes cartoons, vintage black and white photos that at least look real. An axe is, after all, a sharp blade, and apparently, you can shave with it.    … read more

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Jun 22, 2015

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

In the winter of 1965, Gary Talese was flown out to Los Angeles with a assignment to profile the legendary Frank Sinatra. Sinatra at this point was aged and uncomfortable, with no intention of being interviewed. Rather than giving up, Talese decided to stick around and talk with Sinatra's assistants, valets, and even his personal toupee manager in the hopes that the Boss would come around. What resulted was a breakthrough piece of narrative nonfiction that spawned the birth of New Journalism and introduced America to the man behind the iconic voice and swagger.   … read more

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May 27, 2015

The ManMade Guide to Sunglasses: 5 Stylish Pairs Under $100

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In case your A/C bill hasn't told you yet, it's summer time. Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. And summer is the season of sunscreen and short sleeves and socks as little as possible, and...to wear sunglasses. Unfortunately, many men consider sunglasses to be more fashion accessories, and therefore optional, or even frivolous. But there are actually several health benefits to wearing sunglasses, particularly polarized lenses, when spending a day outside: they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, as well as protecting the skin around your eyes and preventing wrinkles and "crow's feet." Furthermore, they allow you to see better when outside, helping you to better operate a car, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, lawnmower, backhoe, grill, etc.

So, we at ManMade think they're an essential, and while we're advocates for stepping up from the $3.99 pair from the gas station, we don't think you've got to drop a whole week's worth of pay, either. So - five classic, masculine pairs of sunglasses, all under $100. Enjoy the sunshine!    … read more

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Apr 24, 2015

30 Reasons Your Thirties are Better than Your Twenties

They say a fine wine only gets better as it ages. Guess what? So do you. Being a young adult is awesome. It's all about setting yourself up for success, and forming yourself into the kind of man you want to be. 

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But, at some point, you actually get to live out those commitments and really embrace the kind of grown-up you want to be. Whoever said "never trust anybody over thirty" must have never gotten there, cause being in your thirties, if you do it right, is freaking awesome.

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Iron a Shirt in 90 Seconds

The debate: is this shirt on the hanger wrinkled enough that it's worth busting out the iron, or can I get away with it and just move a lot so the creases fall out.

The answer: you can iron that shirt in, literally, a minute and a half. Less time than it would take to let the iron heat up in the first place.    … read more

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