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Dec 23, 2014

How to: Build A Simple and Elegant Toboggan

DIY TobogganI grew up in a house on a hill that was so steep that the city eventually took out the road behind it because of the number of car accidents. As a result, it became the prime sledding route of the neighborhood. The best part of course was the that this ferocious hill ended in a perpendicular road, so that you were forced to bail out of your sled at full speed before flying into oncoming traffic. So you can imagine the number of hours I spent careening down the hill as an adventurous young boy who enjoyed flirting with disaster.

Growing up, we generally used cheap, plastic sleds from Costco or the like, but I'd always been interested in the

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Dec 10, 2014

5 Seasonal Drinks to Make for Your Next Holiday Get-Together

Pumpkin Buttered Rum

I'm always looking for a great seasonal drink to match the theme of our get-together. This winter weather calls for a few creamy, spiced, and even buttery drinks to help brighten up the season. Here are 5 drinks guaranteed to usher in some holiday cheer.  

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Nov 20, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic and Stylish Coat Rack

created at: 11/20/2014

My current home has no closets. No coat closet, no linen closet, no bathroom storage...not even a kitchen pantry. Which, once you find a place for the towels and the sheets and the food processor, is okay in the summer, but since fall and winter have set, we're starting to have a serious pileup of coats, boots, hats, sweaters, and other cold weather armor. 

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Nov 06, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Making Saucy Asian Noodles

For some people, fall comfort food is a warm pot of chili. Others love an ooey gooey mac and cheese, and many dig on a Sunday dinner-style roast chicken with all the fixings. And, me too. But my ideal version of what to eat on a chilly fall evening or a rainy Saturday looks a whole lot like the photo above.    

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Oct 15, 2014

Warm Up with Wool Gloves

Upstate Stock Fingerless Wool Gloves

With fall blowing her cool breath along our neck, it's time to fend off the frost with some warm layers. Grabbing that frosty door handle can be both shocking and unpleasant without a toasty set of gloves. With so many types of gloves available, it's hard to figure out what fits well into the daily grind of autumn life; and we're here to solve that dilemma - go wool. Always go wool. 

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Jul 01, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Custom Wooden Snowboard from Scratch

Where I live, it's working on its way towards 100° today. It doesn't tend to get or stay that hot, so hardly anyone, including me, has air conditioning, and folks just tough it out on these rare days when the temps really crank.   

        

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Mar 10, 2014

Style Roundup: 5 Transitional Winter-to-Spring Basics

Spring-to-winter basics

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While this crazy weather makes up its mind, here's a few solid options to help you stay stylish during this transitional season. 

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Mar 03, 2014

How to: Make a Winter BLT Worth Eating

I'm sure I'm not alone in proclaiming: the BLT is a perfect sandwich. Not because it has bacon; many sandwiches have bacon. Rather, it's what it does with the bacon, playing it off of the other requisite parts: crunchy lettuce, a spread of tangy mayo, toasted but-not-too-crunchy bread, and the bright, acidic summer tomatoes.   

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Mar 03, 2014

5 Ways to Transition Your Style from Winter to Spring

"Soon," says Tanner Guzy, "winter will be waning, and with it we’ll shed our cold weather uniform." The thaw is coming...some of us had a taste last week, until Titan came along and dumped plenty of fresh ice and snow. But, spring will happen, cause it happens every year

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Feb 20, 2014

Things We Love: The National Park Blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton Woolen Mills is family-owned operation that have been making high-quality virgin wool goods since 1909 in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Since their early days, the company has been producing a series of blankets to honor some of the National Parks in the Western United States.    

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Feb 18, 2014

The Cocktail Every Man Should Be Drinking This Winter

created at: 02/18/2014

Some guys have their go-to libation: no matter the time, no matter the place, they want this beer or that drink, and the matter really isn't up for discussion. Others are constantly switching up their poisons, perusing the menu for familiar flavors, taking the advice of the bartender, or simply having what everyone else at the table ordered.

Then, there's the rest of us; those that I

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Feb 13, 2014

How to: Make Your Own Wool Fisherman's Hat

Depending on where you live, these are are known by different names. I'd just call it a "knit cap" or "stocking cap"...some call them tuques, wool hat, toboggan. My hat-loving friend from the Southwest U.S. even calls every non-brimmed hat a "beanie"...whereas in my mind, a beanie is made of rainbow panels, and definitely has a propeller on top. Language is neat.

Whatever you call them, they're a staple item this time of year, and can be worn in a variety of ways to evoke different traditions.     

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Jan 22, 2014

Winterize Your Whiskey Cocktail: Make a Chai Honey Old Fashioned

ManMade team member Gabriel  has been experimenting with some serious cocktail mixing, and sought out to give that non-season-specific classic, the Old Fashioned, a winter-y update. 

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Jan 06, 2014

How to: Make Frozen Bubbles

created at: 01/06/2014It's cold today. Like, extra special cold. Where I live, it's the coldest it's been in twenty years, and the same records are being broken all over the United States and Canada. 

Cold enough that most of us could try out this project from Washington-based photographer Andrea Kelly: frozen bubbles. 

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Jan 06, 2014

Rustic Decor Idea: Tiny Trees in Boxes for Winter

created at: 12/17/2013

It is currently -9° where I live. It's wonderfully sunny, and all I want to do is go outside...but the weather says no.

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Dec 02, 2013

Winter Style: Five Ways to Wear a V-Neck Sweater this Season

The holiday season always brings a bit of extra style uncertainty: our gathering and get together potential goes way up, and we're never quite sure how dressy an event might be. We bounce around from work to drinks with friends to Christmas light watching to office party to holiday shopping... all with a variety of co-soireers. Plus, your inside and outside and hot and cold and everywhere in between. 

The solution: a sweater. In this case, a V-neck that can go from a casual cold weather day

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Nov 20, 2013

Guy Creates Homemade Camera Rig to Capture These Amazing DIY Macro Snowflake Photos

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov created a surprisingly simple homemade macro photography rig, with which he was able to shoot these incredible images of intricate snowflakes. The setup involves a basic point and shoot camera, a piece of scrap wood, some black tape,

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Oct 15, 2013

How to Step Up Your Whiskey Sour: Make a Bourbon Renewal

A sour is one of the original families of cocktails, and, done properly, is pretty straight forward: base spirit, an acid to create complexity and brightness, and a little sweetener to tame the sourness and round things out. Which means: a whiskey sour is a perfect cocktail to make at home, without any need to buy an overly sweet commercial sour mix.

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Oct 15, 2013

Helpful Graphic: Four Essential Scarf Knots Every Man Should Know

created at: 10/15/2013

Over the last few winters, I've tried to become a scarf guy. I've bought a few versatile ones, and store them on the coat rack so I remember to wear them...but honestly, I'm a little lost. I haven't worn a scarf since the snow days of elementary school, and I can't seem to find

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Oct 09, 2013

Winter is Coming: Installing Attic Insulation

created at: 10/08/2013This ManMade post was written by Al Daniel

My wife Meghan and I moved into our first home about 2 months back. A nice little 1940’s cottage on a sleepy street. While stowing away extra boxes after a long weekend of moving, I noticed the insulation seemed a bit thin. It was there, just not much of it. I made a mental note to do something before winter hits. Meghan likes a warm house and I like saving money.   

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