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Jan 07, 2013

How to: Make DIY Barbershop Hot Towel At Home

created at: 01/07/2013

A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at… read more

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Dec 18, 2012

Video: A Delightful History of the Animated GIF, in 2 Minutes

The Atlantic blog offers this tribute to the animated GIF - the once maligned but now embraced moving "still" photo. Last week, there was an entire festival dedicated to the GIF as "high art." 

This two-minute video was produced in conjunction with the festival. It "chronicles the graphic interchange format’s journey from the late 1980s through the dot com bubble up to today’s multi-platform media world -- in claymation. Not only did the GIF pave the way for future digital art memes, but even the savviest of media creators cannot decide whether to pronounce it with a hard or soft ‘g’."

The answer? "Inventor Steve Whilhite… read more

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Dec 17, 2012

Video: Wakeboarding Through a Cranberry Bog

Along with egg nog and fruitcake, cranberries are amoung the most divisive holiday foodstuffs. Those who like 'em like 'em, and those who don't will likely not change their mind.

But nobody not nobody won't dig on this mesmerizing video of professional wakeboarders Ben Horan and Brian Grubb being pulled through the flooded bogs of Wisconsin, filmed in all its high-speed, colorful wavemaking, undulating goodness.   

A crew from RedBull visited "[traveled] to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing wakeskating sessions you will ever see. Watch what happens when some of the world's best… read more

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Dec 04, 2012

The Process: Crafting Handmade Wooden Eyeglass Frames

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 12/04/2012

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… read more

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Nov 29, 2012

How Bryan Nash Gill Makes His Amazing Prints from Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees

created at: 05/28/2013

If you've been around the design and craft blogosphere in the last five years, you've probably seen Bryan Nash Gill's "Woodcut" series, where the artist makes large-scale relief prints from crosscut sections of actual tree trunks and limbs.

Gill is about to release his first book… read more

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Nov 28, 2012

How To: The Trick to Perfect Stovetop Popcorn [Video]

Hands down, stovetop popcorn is my favorite make-at-home snack. It's relatively healthy (whole grains, right?!), can be diverse and customizable, and I simply never don't want some. I've become a proponent of the pop-in-a-stainless-steel bowl method, but after discovering this tips from our buddies at America's Test Kitchen, I might be… read more

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Nov 26, 2012

Makers: A New Video Series Featuring Artists Making Awesome Stuff

created at: 05/28/2013

Makers is a new series of short films by Shwood, themselves makers of super stylish wooden sunglasses.    

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Oct 30, 2012

PUMPKTRIS: A DIY Playable Game of Tetris Inside a Pumpkin

Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."

Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the… read more

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Oct 29, 2012

Crafting the 1608: An Electric Guitar Designer by Bon Iver and Built from Whiskey Barrels

created at: 05/28/2013

Irish whiskey producers Bushmills teamed up with musician Justin Verson of Bon Iver and luthier Gordy Bischoff to create the 1608 - an electric guitar made from spent charred white oak Bushmill's… read more

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Oct 25, 2012

How to Grow a Mustache with Nick Offerman

 

In honor of Movember, a mustache-growing event to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, "classically-trained actor and fine woodworker Nick Offerman," offers his tips for properly growing his best known feature: a serious… read more

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Oct 22, 2012

The Making of a Mural: What Really Goes into Creating Large-Scale Art

One of my favorite design and illustration studios, Invisible Creature, recently took on their biggest project to date...literally: a 100'x30' mural on a new wall at the Amazon.com headquarters in… read more

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Oct 12, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Rustic Farm Table

created at: 05/28/2013

Dave Ellison is a Rhode Island based furniture maker that builds classic New England farm tables from local and reclaimed woods, giving each piece loads of character and handmade… read more

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Oct 11, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

"Apparently," says FoodBeast, "we've been eating cupcakes all wrong."

In turn, they offer a "proper" technique that avoids all the jaw-unhinging and head-tilting awkwardness, and manages to establish a consistent frosting-to-cake… read more

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Oct 10, 2012

How to: A Guide Not to Sucking So Bad on Instagram

created at: 10/10/2012

"Instagram," says Casey Neistat. "You're doing it… read more

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Oct 04, 2012

Crafting a DIY Surfboard from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 10/04/2012

Schwood, makers of wood sunglasses and other especially cool bits, created a one-of-a-kind surfboard using reclaimed wood found of the beaches of the Oregon… read more

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