Kitchen knives, pocket knives, craft knives....a creative guy who likes to make stuff simply has to cut things up on the regular. Here's the ManMade list of the nine knives every man should own, but if you're interested in crafting your own from raw materials, it's actual relatively straightforward and requires fewer tools than you might think.
I recently saw Spectre and was struck by how many amazing suits James Bond had (naturally), and that he somehow managed to fit them all into a single leather duffle bag (unnaturally). Now I'm a big sucker for quality duffle or weekend bags, even if they don't possess Mary Poppins magic. After scoping around the internet a bit for some cheap ones to purchase it occurred to me making one would be way cooler...
In case you haven't seen the signs, it's fall. That's great news for many reasons, but most importantly it means we now have more reasons to get together and eat great food. Here are five apple-packed desserts to bring those nights of good food to a satisfying close.
For the past few weeks, The New Yorker magazine's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, has between tweeting the names of (seemingly) random-but-awesome song names and images, all tagged #perfectrecordings. Then, this week, he shared links to a series of free
Summer weekends are the perfect time to test out a new cocktail. Stop by the store on the way home from work, grab a new bottle and some citrus, and spend the rest of the weekend gathering with friends and nailing it down, just right.
This weekend, I'll be trying out an update on my number one, very favorite, easy-to-order-cause-its-hard-to-mess-up-unless-they-shake-it cocktail, the Negroni, by cocktail blogger Emily Arden Wells.
Spring isn't the time for making complicated drinks...infusing spirits and boiling special syrups. It's the season for getting outside as much as possible, enjoying the ever-later evenings, and embracing simplicity.
As a kid, nothing felt more like a fall weekend than a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. The combo of having just come in from outside with a cold, sniffly nose and the crispy/gooey/chewy sandwich with requisite tomato soup
You know how there's those weekends when it's Sunday night, and you look up, and you're like, "Man, what did I do with my time?" This was definitely not one of them.
Some weekends are for resting, and some weekends are for doing awesome stuff and making all kinds of things. This was (as I'm sure you're guessing) the latter.
Friday was one of the first nights of 2012 that it actually felt like winter...which, seeing as it was February, I kinda like. I like it when my spine aches from shaking cause it's cold.
I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.
Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up.
It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more projects soon.
So, you know those days when it's late Sunday night, and you realize that you totally wasted your free time over the weekend? Like, no projects, no friends, no special meals, no resting, no reading...just cataloged hours down the internet rabbit hole, maybe some laundry, and justa buncha driving?
Then, you know those other weekends, when it's Monday morning, and you're like, "Wow. What a full and awesome couple of days that was."
I had one of those this week.
Okay, well, to be fair, this was an "extended" four-day weekend for me. (No posts on Thursday and Friday. Did you notice?) For my birthday gift, my mom organized a trip to Columbus, IN, which is a small town of 40,000 people that has, like, sixty major examples of modern architecture. All the churches, elementary schools, public buildings, even the jail are contemporarily designed works of art. Six of the buildings are national historic landmarks. The library was designed by I.M. Pei, the church across the street by Eliel Saarinen, and the local bank branch by Eero Saarinen.
It was a productive weekend at my house. We had our first thaw since mid-December, so I emptied all the dead potted herbs that were too frozen to come out, cleaned out the garage, got my bike and Vespa back in order, vacuumed out my car, and had a make-your-own pizza party with my niece and nephew.
And, seeing as it's citrus season, I wanted to have another go at homemade limoncello. I had a half bottle of grain alcohol left from the vanilla extracting I did for Christmas presents, and filled it with the zest of 12 lemons (there's about 1000ml of spirits in the bottle). I'm amazed by how yellow it is, even after only a few minutes. Next step: wait 45 days, then dilute and sweeten it up!
I also installed a new bandsaw blade, and to test it, I decided I needed some wooded arrows. Not the kind you shoot, but the ones that point out stuff. (Which, of course, recalls a favorite Mitch Hedberg joke... "Imagine being killed by a bow and arrow. That would suck, an arrow killed you? They would never solve the crime. "Look at that dead guy. Let's go that way." Get it?)