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Feb 25, 2014

A Mesmerizing Wooden Automation of a Drop of Water

Inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin, a sculptor known for his mechanically-driven kinetic sculptures of wave-forms, artist and model maker Dean O'Callaghan created "Water Experiment No. 33."

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Jan 30, 2014

The Gap: A Typographic Interpretation of the Creative Process

You're likely to see this all over the craft and design blogosphere over the next few days, but I loved it too much not to share.   

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Jan 08, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: January 8, 2014

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


Steve Vistaunet's Pinterest page is full of collections dedicated to the art of the mixtape... not the craft of creating a great mix, but, you know, the actual handmade artwork that accompanies a custom tape.   

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Nov 20, 2013

The Process: Crafting a High End Kitchen Knife from Scratch

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.

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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.    

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Nov 06, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: November 6, 2013

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


So get this: apparently, thousands of unrelated people dream about the same guy, and nearly all of them refer to him exclusively as "this man." The dreamers even created uninfluenced artwork

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Oct 15, 2013

Paint Bouncing on an Audio Speaker in Super Slow Motion

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I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by 

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Oct 08, 2013

Breakfast Interrupted

Nothing like enjoying a delicious meal just before it all goes crazy. On purpose.

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Sep 26, 2013

A Very Manly Day in the Life of Nick Offerman

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Actor, author, and all around masculine archetype Nick Offerman pokes a little fun at his cult status as the epitome of manliness. In this dialog-free video, Nick awakes in the woods and walks through his everyday routine of eating raw onions and drinking motor oil, 

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Aug 28, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: August 28, 2013

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


So, "baguetting." Wherein one takes a photograph, substituting baguettes....oh, you get it. 

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Aug 20, 2013

Video: Take a Quick and Fascinating Tour of the Leatherman Multitool Factory

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:   

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Aug 15, 2013

Video: Turning a Fallen Tree into a Handcrafted Skateboard

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.  

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The wood appears to be a a trunk of spalted

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Aug 08, 2013

Video: Crafting Handmade Leather and Wood Bicycle Accessories from Scratch

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. 

created at: 08/08/2013 It's two minutes very well-spent. Watch it below:

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Jun 26, 2013

Skeletons that Walk in the Wind: Strandbeests by Theo Jansen

Strandbeests by Theo Jansen [http://www.strandbeest.com/photos.php]

These "prehistoric beasts" are one of the coolest things we've seen. Craftsmanship, creativity, and passion, all come together in this epic, interactive work of art.

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May 28, 2013

The Gear: How Reggie Watts Creates His Unique One-Man Music Experience

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.created at: 05/28/2013

Gizmodo visited with Reggie during a soundcheck last year

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May 21, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Swiss Army Key Ring

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The clever hackers at Makezine came up with the cool, yet surprisingly easy, method for creating a Swiss Army Knife-style key ring as a much more efficient way to stash your keys in your pocket.    

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May 07, 2013

Video: A Bow Tie Teaches You How to Tie, Um, Itself

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The Hill-side, a Brooklyn-based necktie and pocket square company, created this sweet animated video where a bow tie teaches you how to tie itself. It's got a great old school Sesame Street-style vibe, and actually manages to be quite informative, cause there aren't any hands to get in the way.

Trust me, you want to watch this:    

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May 06, 2013

A Stop-Motion History of Typography

created at: 05/06/2013Graphic designer and media-maker Ben Barrett-Forest made this excellent animated video detailing the history of typography. It's plenty educational, and all kinds of fun to watch:    

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May 02, 2013

The World's Smallest Movie: A Stop-Motion Animation of Individual Atoms

Animation is nothing more than arranging relatively stable things, taking a picture, and then moving and doing it again, frame by frame. Some artists use pen and ink, some clay, some real world objects. This creative team of IBM researchers decided to use atoms. Atoms!? A. toms.   

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May 01, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: May 1, 2013

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

Russian blogger and photographer Lusika33 ventured inside an active volcano complex to capture these amazing lava flows and otherwise terrifying, fiery goodness.  

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Apr 17, 2013

Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Google Street Video Hyperlapse

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This hyper-lapse Google Street video is one serious ride. Before you press play, make sure to put away any sharps objects near you (just in case you pass out).

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