Simon had a sewing machine. A well-built, vintage Brother - built, as he says, "to survive an atomic attack. Everything is shiny stainless steel or molded aluminum."
But Simon didn't really need a sewing machine. He needed a scroll saw. Guess where this is going...
Murray Carter is the 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. He was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but and traveled to Japan when he was eighteen, inspired by a karate competition. There, he encountered the Japanese bladesmith tradition, and he stayed in Japan for half his life and apprenticed under a Japanese bladesmith for six years.
Murray now works at his own shop just outside Portland, Oregon, and the Tristan Stoch and the Cineastas film crew visited his workspace to create this fascinating portrait of what actually goes into forging and shaping this precision tools by hand.
Eric Singer of Schwood snagged a worn out, leaking fiberglass canoe for $50, and managed to salvage it to become a fully functional (and leak free) vessel with just a few basic supplies from the hardware store.
After an initial smoothing of the problematic areas,
Fun fact of the day: the Leatherman multitool company is actually named for its founder, Tim Leatherman. I'd always imagined it being a vision of some hardcore Platonic ideal of a rugged tinkerer with everything at the ready. Kat Bauman and Outlier Solutions took this totally engaging look at the Leatherman factory in Portland, Oregon, and the production and design process of its eponymous tools.
Check out the video below for some history and a look at how these tools are conceived and manufactured:
ManMade readers and filmaker Josh Brine created this cool video featuring Jacob and Luke Cowdin, two brothers who turned a tree that fell in their backyard into something they could skate.
The wood appears to be a a trunk of spalted
Tristan Stoch, a filmmaker from Portland, OR, created this look at Geoff Franklin, a PDX-based craftsman who makes leather and wood goods and accessories at Walnut Studiolo.
It's two minutes very well-spent. Watch it below:
Anyone familiar with comedian, musician, and performance artist Reggie Watts knows that his act depends on his absurdist, postmodern sense of humor, amazing musical chops, and a unique microphone and gadget set up that allow him to create full arrangements using just his voice.
Gizmodo visited with Reggie during a soundcheck last year
I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master craftsman of ships in bottles.
He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like this:
My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,
and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:
Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.
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 of prints,
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 barrels.
If you have averagely functioning ears and/or eyes, you're well aware that the iPhone 5 was announced late last week. I was on vacation, retreating from technology and staying as far away from the internet as I could, yet still managed to catch the news (thanks, overzealous guy at the Japanese Garden).
Over the next few weeks,
John Cho Moore creates men's bags and briefcases from sturdy canvas, leather, and shaped bamboo. Really. As Michael of Those Who Make says, "After working for companies that embraced a disposable state of mind, John aimed to create a product that would get better with age. Follow along as John utilizes durable, quality materials – waxed canvas, leather and bamboo – to craft a timeless bag."
Last week, I sat down (well, you know, on the internet) with Bread and Badger, a husband and wife team from Portland, Oregon, who make excellent etched pint glasses, coffee mugs, and other drinkware, all with graphic, manly imagery.
Tell us the story of Bread and Badger. What do you make? We etch glass and ceramic cups with my original artwork, focusing on designs that appeal to men. We mostly sell barware like pint glasses and scotch glasses, but our new line of ceramic coffee and travel mugs has really taken off.
From where did the idea for etched glasses
Recently, Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and Self Edge fame paid a visit to the Tanner Goods shop, a design and craftsman team who produce heritage leather goods.
His photos of their workshop are fascinating, and it's quite engaging to see how a small team turn full leather hides into handmade belts, wallets, boots, dog collars/leashes, and other leather goods.