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Sep 17, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Cast Iron Skillet from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Search the ManMade archives, and you'll find no shortage of love for cast iron cookware. 

created at: 09/17/2014You'll also note lots of warnings about some of the pitfalls of buying new cast iron, and our recommendation to buy used or unseasoned pieces so you can indeed build that heirloom-quality non-stick surface that makes cast iron such a great investment and pleasure to use. 

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Sep 17, 2014

How to: Tie a Fly

With summer days going away, the season for serious fall activities has begun. For many, that means cool water fly fishing.

Note, I did not say "for me, that means cool water fly fishing." Because, I have never been fly fishing.    

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Sep 17, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 17, 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.



Burger King has launched a "black burger" in their Japanese markets.

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Sep 16, 2014

How to: Turn a Vintage TV into a Modern Media Center

created at: 09/16/2014

I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. We've all seen that old television from the post-atomic, retro-future design era with an awesome case, but less than stellar image quality by today's HD standards. 

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Sep 16, 2014

Guy Tries Simple Living Experiment By Building a Home in a Dumpster

Dr. Jeff Wilson, professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a 36-square-foot dumpster. It's part research, part social experiment, and part to learn how to "to gradually transform the dumpster into 'the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.' "   

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Sep 15, 2014

How to: Build a DIY No-Weld Food Smoker from a 55-Gallon Drum

Made from an affordable 55-gallon steel drum and some easy-to-find parts from the home improvement store, this DIY smoker can produce excellent results, and unlike many DIY grilling projects you'll find online, doesn't require a welder or advanced metal working skills.   

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Sep 15, 2014

The 99%: Rotten Tomatoes' Highest Rated Movies Every Guy Should See

Movies every guy should see

Cool Material recently used a clever rubric to assemble a collection of films, and created a new take of "must-see" movies guys will enjoy. Rather than opting for the same ten films that have been postered on college dorm room walls with each new freshman class, they looked at 

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Sep 12, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Perfect the Perfect Burger

Burgers. They're a little bit art, a little bit science, and 100% iconic. There are plenty of styles, and most conversations on the topic talk about proper cooking technique, choosing a balanced collection of toppings, texture, etc.    

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Sep 11, 2014

Restoring a Vintage "Eames" Lounge Chair and Ottoman

created at: 09/11/2014

An authentic Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, the most iconic piece of furniture, ever. And, vintage models and new issues are - while amazing - super duper expensive. There have been a few companies who have produced copies - namely Plycraft and Frank Doerner from Canada - and they can be a bit easier to find. Though, due to their knockoff status, they haven't always been as well cared for.    

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Sep 11, 2014

Fresh Cuts: A Look at Barbershops Around the World

Conde Nast Traveler teamed up with Project Bly, "a travel and design website built on the philosophy that to know a city you must wander its streets" to create a new photo essay called "Fresh Cuts." There, they've shared candid shots of a cross-culture social hub: the barbershop. After all, basically everyone has hair, and most people need it cut.    

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