Professor Blastoff is a podcast hosted by comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger that explores issues of philosophy, science, religion, and other phenomenon requiring informed (and humorous) reflection.
On a recent episode, comedians Randy and Jason Sklar joined the team, and the discussion hilariously devolved into the topic of what we explore on ManMade: men and crafting.
Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."
The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it. With coffee.
I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPod.
I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible.
But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for
As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)
Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.
"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"
Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."
i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and over again.
Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.
I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.
He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a brown bag
Maker and artist Mike Warren has invented "the Gentleman's Ski Pole," a clever option to add a small, concealed flask inside the handles of his skiing stocks.
But what he's really done is show all of us how to secretly stash a DIY flask inside of anything you can imagine: a walking stick, a book, a portfolio or breifcase...
If it's got some solid material, you can put a flask in it. And, oh, should you put a flask in it.
Head to any thrift store or charity shop, and I guarantee you'll find an old worn out Scrabble game. Likely, it'll be complete with the board, but it's doubtful all the tiles will be present. Also likely? It'll be something like 91¢, which means you should totally get it and make something out of it!
No matter what you make, you've gotta have a place to do it. And while you're dining room table might work for light projects, I say any serious maker, crafter, or artist needs a proper workbench.
Perhaps you're staying in tonight, cooking dinner with your significant someone, and you're interested in making the table just-that-much-more special. Or maybe you'll be hosting a dinner party soon, and you really wanna impress your guests. Or, and most likely, you've looked at citrus peel and said, "This smells really good. I should make something with it."
Unless your seven years old, and presenting a gift to that classmate you have a crush on, you not gonna get away with a generic box o' candy this year. (If you are seven years old and giving candy to a crush, you're a total stud, and thanks for reading ManMade).
But playing with the classic treat and getting a personalized message with a handmade custom set of conversation hearts? It can get no better.
If you're going to send a Valentine this year, I say: make it a memorable one. Do something extra so that it actually engages its recipient, instead of being opened and placed atop the rest of the mail.
Like...say, make 'em do a little extra work to even get to see it? Cause admit it, even when junk mail has scratch-offs, you totally go looking for a quarter.