For those who appreciate well-crafted spirits, a bottle of something new (or old, as the case may be) always makes a great gift. It gives the recipient a chance to try something else, an opportunity to entertain, and if your timing's right, an instant way to thank you by uncorking that guy and sharing a pour. Whether it's your boss, your new in-laws you want
With temperatures cooling down, it's time to put the sandals and sneakers away an opt for something better suited for the season: boots. A quality pair of boots should be a staple in anyone's closet. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn inside and outside, keep your feet warm, provide ankle and insole support, and most importanly, help you look sharp and manly at the same time.
On ManMade, we've always made the argument to buy high-quality goods made with reliable materials, even if it means you ultimately end up being able to afford less. This applies to men's clothing and style items, which will last longer and be more versatile, and all kinds of quality goods created by skilled workers and artists.
But beyond the ethical and aesthetic reasons, spending a little mre also makes financial sense as well, and will most often end up saving you money in
Whenever I'm at a cocktail party, get together, or other small talk-conducive occassion and I tell people what I do, the first question I always get asked is, "Okay...so how do you make money from that?" But the second question I always get asked is for a recommendation of what are my top ten essential tools that everyone should have/buy for their niece who's getting their first place/try to get their husband to use.
The answer, of course, is "well, depends on what you're trying to do with them." I usually come up with some combo of measuring devices, handsaws, clamps, and fasteners, but I always think..."maybe I should come up with a list of essentials for the average homeowner or artist/maker at some point."
If you're looking for a unique bike, might I suggest skipping metal and opting for a wooden bike? I mean, seriously, how cool would it be to ride around on a handcrafted wooden bicycle? I imagine it doesn't have the strength of its metal siblings, but dang it's cool looking.
Spring is here and that means ones thing: time to take your bicycle out of storage and start riding again. Bicycles, like cars, can serve as an extension of who we are, so it's only fitting that we accessorize our bikes appropriately. This post highlights 5 designy bike accessories to give your ride a little extra flair and style.
Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture.
Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.
In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any maker. Check it out:
Okay, I know. "Chris," you're thinking, "It's nearly the middle of march. Winter's over, man! Spring has sprung."
Precisely. The stores are full of spring clothing now, meaning that all the winter stuff is on a significant discount. So now's the time to stock up on some high-end winter essentials that were (likely) previously out of your budget, but are now much more affordable.
Designer David Stark has recently collaborated with Haus Interior to produce, "Wood Shop," a temporary collection of all-wood art, accessories, and...you know, basically everything you want made our of hardwood.
High-end, underlit, swanky joints and well-worn, leathery pubs alike have it in common: a lot of bottles of spirits. On first glance, even the smallest restaurant with a liquor license will seem to have just a few selections, but start counting, and you'll realize that most bartended spots have, on average, around 35-40 bottles, with many going up to into the hundreds.
For the home mixmaster, that can be intimidating. You're interested in creating classic and contemporary cocktails alike, but have neither the budget, the space, nor the use for even an average restaurant-style selection.
With all the lists, calendars, articles and games that live on my iPhone, I sometimes long for the days of paper. There's just something so enjoyable about a tactile piece of paper that you can stash in your pocket or stick to the refrigerator. Well the Little Printer from BERG is going to fill that niche very soon.
The Little Printer is, as you might guess, a little printer…but it connects wirelessly to your iPhone and allows you to print out variety of different types of content. Everything from news articles to your to-do lists to Foursquare updates.
Graffiti is fun and all, but spray paint can get messy. For those of you that have done long exposure light painting and have similar misgivings about the logistics of aerosol paints, then I've got just the thing for you: the Light Paint Can.
Over the holiday season, economists guessed that among folks who did any online shopping, more than 85% of them ordered at least one shipment from Amazon.com. In fact, the company hired 15,000 temporary employees, just to help with increased orders in November and December. Seeing as they employ around 31,200 folks during the rest of the year, that's a whole buncha jobs. And orders.
Sometimes, it only takes a single hand gesture to effectively convey what we want to say. So those of you that are more inclined to use non-verbal communication might want to buy (or better yet, make!) one of these hand gesture pop-up greeting cards.
At this point, if you haven't got your big, juicy gifts figured out, you're likely a little behind. Because now? Now is the time for the really fun stuff - the little, fun, often silly and preferably candy-based gifts you use to flesh out your giving...the stocking stuffers!
And if you're looking to break out of the M&M candy cane and new toothbrush tradition,
Designer Brendan Ravenhill's last creation, The Wall Clamp, is one of those brilliantly-obvious ideas that I wish I would have come up with: A C-clamp that screws onto the wall, turning any flat object into a shelf.
Design überblog Core77 are sharing their holiday shopping recommendations, featuring, not what else?, seventy-seven creative tools and design gifts for makers and artists.