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Mar 26, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Handmade Backpack from Reclaimed Materials

Truce is a handmade design company that creates all-weather backpacks and duffels from recycled sailcloth and drysuit nylon (used for cold water SCUBA diving). Each bag is created upon order from the reclaimed sailing and sporting materials, giving each piece a unique look and overall color scheme. 

created at: 03/26/2015 Truce's founder, Luke Mathers, "learned to sew industrial-grade fabrics while repairing sails and making boat covers at North Sails Oregon. He took a shining to experimenting with the loft’s scrap bin, which became his first source of materials for after-hours projects: making messenger bags, tote bags and accessories for friends and family."   

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Mar 17, 2015

The Process: The Intricacies and Craft of the Watchmaker

There are few things more zen than watching a master craftsmen perform nuanced work with delicate grace. This soothing video from Watchfinder & Co. features Watchfinder head Tony Williams taking apart and demonstrating the intricacies of the Rolex calibre 3135. 

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Mar 12, 2015

A Love Letter to Plywood

Two years ago, Tom Sachs offered his video "Love Letter to Plywood," and we're kicking ourselves for not catching it then. Thankfully, Tom has updated his piece, and this beauty is getting some fresh attention. If you haven't seen it yet, click play to watch below. 

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Feb 04, 2015

How They Made It: The French Connection's Infamous Car Chase Was "Dangerous," "Life-Threatening," and Filmed Entirely Without Permits

The French Connection The classic scene is a cinematic tour de force as hardened detective Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) manically steers his 1971 Pontiac LeMans through crowded New York City streets in pursuit of a bad guy on the run in an elevated train above him. Unlike today's filming methods, much was left to chance as pedestrians were poorly controlled (though thankfully unhurt) and the scene even features at least one unplanned car crash (2:41 in the video below).   

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Jan 29, 2015

Manly Skills: Archery Like You've Never Seen

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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.   

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Jan 20, 2015

Taking Tree Forts to a New Level

Blue Forest The majority of the injuries I sustained as a boy (and they were many) came from jumping (or falling) out of trees and poorly-constructed tree forts. If you were ever a tree fort lover, this post is for you.   

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Jan 14, 2015

Perspective: An Alternative Look at the Things You Think You Understand

 Tj Cosgrove, a friend of ManMade and maker of the $15.00 photo light project,  has started a new video series called Perspective*. 

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Jan 07, 2015

Behold: The Stuffmaker

Mac PremoMeet Mac Premo, an award-winning artist and self-proclaimed "stuffmaker." A visual artist with an obsession about our relationship with death, his somewhat off-kilter yet entirely sincere artwork is made out wood, resin, pipes, knicknacks, glue, paper, photographs, and anything he finds laying around.  

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Dec 15, 2014

How Bourbon Is Made

Ever wonder how America's great bourbon is made? Like, from what it's made, and how does it become liquid, and if it's distilled, why is it brown?Bourbon - Gear PatrolThese guys went on a five-day blitz through twelve distilleries and cut together this video as a visual guide through the entire process.   

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Dec 10, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: December 10, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 12/10/2014This close-up photo of the grooves of a vinyl record, showing how it actually works. The needle makes

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Dec 08, 2014

How to: Make a Simple + Clever iPhone Tripod Mount

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Looking to do some marathon gift opening hyperlapses or Christmas light display stop-motions this holiday season? Check out this easy and affordable way to mount your smartphone to a basic tripod. 

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Nov 05, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: November 5, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Matternhorn climb, the Mammut team headed to the top of the legendary Alpine summit equipped with bright red lights.

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Sep 30, 2014

Spinning a Mountain

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Yesterday, I took the day away from the computer to hang out with some family who stopped by on their way back home from vacation. We headed away from the city to enjoy some of

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Sep 10, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 10, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Inside a dry lakebed in Death Valley National Park a set of rocks seem to move themselves "across the flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth." Many of the rocks are over 600 pounds, but leave trails as if they've snaked themselves across the dry lake bed.   

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Sep 08, 2014

Woodworker Creates Awesome Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture Making Itself

Woodworker and film maker Frank Horvath maintains an excellent YouTube channel discussing some of the details, tools, and design aspects that goes into his craft. 

Over the last year, he's released two of these stunning stop-motion animated videos telling the story of furniture being milled, cut, shaped, and assembled, without dialogue...or human hands.   

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Aug 28, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Wooden Bucket from Scratch

Two summers ago, for my birthday, we took a trip to Bourbon country in Kentucky.

One of the highlights - among the distillery tours and great Louisville restaurants and sites - was a cooperage tour: viewing the factory that makes the barrels in which the bourbon is aged. 

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Aug 20, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: August 20, 2014

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 


Apparently, there's a highly beneficial time to enjoy your morning coffee... and it's not as soon as you wake up. Fast Company

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Aug 18, 2014

Rigsketball: A Short Film about Rock Bands Playing Hoops Attached to a Tour Van

Rigsketball - noun - ˈ[rigːs.kɪt.bɔːl] - "a band basketball tournament played on a regulation basketball hoop that's bolted to [a tour] van."

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Jul 24, 2014

Creamlapse: A Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Video of Melting Frozen Treats

 

A perfect - and curiously engaging - video to watch on a summer afternoon.    

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Jul 01, 2014

Video: The Craft of Creating Handmade Scissors

Scissors are a simple tool. When the work, they work beautifully, doing exactly what you ask, as they've done since you learn how to work a pair in Kindergarten. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, England is one of the last remaining hand-manufacturer of scissors - high-quality shears crafted from the best materials and designed for a lifetime of use.    

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