With the holidays nigh upon us, now is the perfect time to take advantage of your hard-earned vacation days and learn those simple DIY skills you’ve been meaning to master. Go ahead and perform some household maintenance like fixing basic plumbing problems or tending to your heating and cooling system, or opt for more exciting prospects like using a soldering iron or learning to sew.
I've worked on and off for the past decade as a theatrical fight director and stunt coordinator and so I've spent a lot of time investigating historical uses of weaponry. Lars Andersen has spent years investigating and perfecting his period archery skills to attain an unparalleled level of greatness.
If you're planning to do any traveling soon, be sure to add another essential item to your packing list: a watch. Cause - heads up, Boy Scouts - you can use an analog watch to find your way around, whether in the middle of a new city or in the depths of the backcountry.
Two years ago, I posted a basic recipe for making classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, during ManMade's inaugural Cocktail Month festivities.
And two years ago, I was wrong. Quite wrong, in fact. I was just learning about cocktails, and was operating with the notion of the Old Fashioned I'd had in bars and restaurants,
Esquire magazine has assembled its ultra-list of "25 Skills Every Man Should Know." We appreciate the diversity of the list: sure, it includes stereotypically "manly" things like "Skin a moose" and "fell a tree," but also plenty of ManMade-y stuff, like
Can't believe I never thought of this myself. I spent years buzzing my own hair (and asking for help on the neckline) before I finally consented to going to a barber like a grown-up. But that's for another post...
A ManMade man is a resourceful man, and while we don't buy into the lone-ranger-ish, solely self-reliant masculine stereotypes, we do believe that classic skills always belong in one's repertoire.
One such skill is tying effiecient knots, those that effectively and safely attach one thing to another, hold it still while you want it there, and then are easily released when you don't.
The quick-tie bowline knot seems to be a perfect one to learn.