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Jun 07, 2019

How To: Make a $2 Nautical Knotted Rope Bracelet

The sun is out, sleeves are getting short, and that means: it's time to update your look for the season.

We have created two easy DIY projects that will add a nautical touch to your wardrobe without breaking the bank or having to buy a boat. Learn how to make your own knotted bracelet and...come sail, uh, away?

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Jan 28, 2019

The Three Basic Knots You Actually Need to Know

Knot tying. It’s a thing. If you read any "men's lifestyle" content, you've no doubt seen an exhaustive list of "essential knots every man needs to know." You proceed to read their list of seven, or ten, or fourteen, and by the time you get to the bottom of the list, you can't even remember the name of the first one, let alone how to tie it. 

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Aug 16, 2018

How to Tie the Most Useful Knot in the World

The bowline knot is not just for sailors. Nor anglers, mountaineers, first responders, or anyone else who need to know a huge diversity of knots, their strengths and weaknesses, and what situation calls for each.

This is for the rest of us. Those of us who go through normal life and its adventures, and encounter rope, twine, string, line, paracord, and the like, and when we need to secure it, say "Should I tie this like my shoes, or in a square know that I know will be nearly impossible to get off when I'm done."

Bowline knot tutorial

The truth is, at this point in our lives, we're probably not going to learn how to tie a complex cavalcade of knots, and even if we did, would probably not have enough opportunity to practice them in real world situations in order to commit them to long term memory.

But, still, we should all know how to tie at least one pro-level option, and so we say to you — if you're only going to know how to tie one kind of knot, let it be the Bowline Knot  

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Jun 15, 2018

Weekend Aftenoon Project: How to Make a DIY Clothesline

This just in: there's a giant ball of fire up in the sky, and it's really hot. 

When it's 80 degrees and sunny, I have a hard time finding a good reason not to harness that free energy, instead of pulling in electricity from the burning fuel at my local power station (in my case, I think it's the nuclear plant just south of Raleigh) all to just dry some clothes.

A clothesline is a fantastic supplement to your laundry routine, so if you're like me and you've been putting off building one, here's a simple plan you can follow on a single Saturday—a shopping trip in the morning, a building session the afternoon.

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May 17, 2016

Roundup: 9 DIY Hammock Projects to Help You Enjoy Your Summer

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I've been overly influenced by those images of the dad in Calvin and Hobbes or Homer Simpson. Perhaps it's those memorable times I've spent in Latin America, where they really know how to use 'em. Or maybe - hopefully not, but maybe - it's all those completely and horribly generic Father's Day cards I have to pick through each June to find the right one for my dad.

But, I think a hammock is a damn fine way to spend a summer evening, and every man should have one.        

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Feb 17, 2016

7 Ways Carrying Ten Feet of Paracord Can Help Save Your Life

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Paracord: it's light, versatile, and in the right situation, might just be able to save your skin.   

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Jan 30, 2016

How to: Make an Easy DIY Rope Shelf

Check out this idea for a weekend project: simple wood shelves strung up with a bit of climbing rope for a rustic, functional piece of organizational decor.    

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Feb 26, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Bike Frame Carrying Handle

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Bicycles get around by pedals, chains, gears, and wheels. Except, all the times that they don't, and they get around by being carried by their rider. Anyone who spends significant time on a bicycle can attest— on nearly every ride, there's a time when your bike gets lifted off the ground.  

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Oct 16, 2013

How to: Make a Hammock from Scratch

Summer seems like the obvious hammock season, but I actually love to spend evenings outside during autumn. Sure, it gets dark early and it might be a bit chilly, but that's part of the fun. 

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May 20, 2013

How To: Make a $2 Nautical Knotted Rope Bracelet, Part II

Nautical Bracelet DIY

Today we'll show you another design that's just as easy and cool looking as our previous one. Grab a pair of scissors and some rope and follow along.

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Mar 02, 2012

Video: The World's Largest Rope Swing

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A bunch of brave souls went to Corona Arch in Moab, Utah and rigged up, presumably, the world's largest rope swing. The rope was anchored to the rock in five different places using some seriously heavy duty gear. The swing itself is 150 ft, and the intial free fall 130 ft. And the best part: they captured everything with stunning quality in this beautiful video.

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Click play to watch this amazing footage, and then be sure to check out the equally interesting making of below:  

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Jun 15, 2010

How to Tie a Bowline - A Good-to-Know Knot for All Occassions

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.   

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