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- 03/23/16--13:00: _Watch A Damascus Sh...
- 03/24/16--07:00: _What's Good for Mar...
- 03/24/16--12:00: _Good Deal of the Da...
- 03/24/16--13:00: _April Showers Don't...
- 03/24/16--14:30: _How to: Make Your O...
- 03/25/16--07:00: _Why Aren't All Cock...
- 03/25/16--11:00: _How to Build a Bow ...
- 03/25/16--13:00: _Work Better: 5 DIY ...
- 03/28/16--10:45: _How to: DIY Sliding...
- 03/28/16--11:00: _Belt Driven - A New...
- 03/28/16--12:00: _6 Pairs of Shoes Ev...
- 03/29/16--10:00: _How to Glue Anythin...
- 03/29/16--11:30: _Shopping Guide: 7 S...
- 03/29/16--13:00: _How to: Make a Clas...
- 03/29/16--06:30: _The Most Amazing Ba...
- 03/30/16--10:00: _How to: Make Your O...
- 03/30/16--11:00: _10 Essential Gin Co...
- 03/30/16--12:00: _How to: Make a Cust...
- 03/31/16--07:00: _How to: Make a Guit...
- 03/31/16--09:00: _Now This Is a Whisk...
- 03/23/16--13:00: Watch A Damascus Short Sword Forged in Stunning 8K
- 03/24/16--14:30: How to: Make Your Own Marking Knife
- 03/25/16--07:00: Why Aren't All Cocktails Served in the Same Glass?
- 03/25/16--11:00: How to Build a Bow and Arrow from Materials Found in the Woods
- 03/25/16--13:00: Work Better: 5 DIY Standing Desk Projects You Can Make this Weekend
- 03/28/16--10:45: How to: DIY Sliding Door for Under $40
- 03/28/16--11:00: Belt Driven - A New Kind of Bicycle
- 03/28/16--12:00: 6 Pairs of Shoes Every Man Should Have in His Closet
- 03/29/16--10:00: How to Glue Anything to Anything
- 03/29/16--11:30: Shopping Guide: 7 Spring Style Essentials for the Modern Guy
- 03/29/16--13:00: How to: Make a Classic Wooden Lunchbox
- 03/29/16--06:30: The Most Amazing Bathtub You've Ever Seen
- 03/30/16--10:00: How to: Make Your Own Scotch Whisky Bacon
- 03/30/16--11:00: 10 Essential Gin Cocktails You Should Try This Spring
- 2 oz. London dry gin
- 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
- 3-4 cocktail onions, skewered
- 2 oz. London dry gin
- 1 oz. cucumber juice (peel cucumbers, puree, then sieve)
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 1 sugar cube
- 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 oz. dry gin
- 1 lemon zest/thin strip of peel
- 2 oz. Hendrick's gin
- 2 oz. Fever Tree Mediterranean-style tonic water
- 2 oz. club soda
- 2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
- Garnish: cucumber slice
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. gin
- 6-8 oz. club soda
- 1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. gin
- Club soda
- Garnish: orange slice or cocktail cherry (or both)
- 1 1/2 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. lemon juice
- 3/4 oz. grenadine
- 3 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- pinch of kosher salt
- 5 dashes angostura or orange bitters
- 2 oz. gin (Hendrick's recommended here)
- 1 oz. Aperol
- 1/2 oz. cucumber juice (peel cucumbers, puree, then sieve)
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1 (gin-based)
- 1 oz. dry gin
- 4 oz. ginger ale
- Garnish: lots of (clean) lemon slices and cucumber wheels
- 1 oz. dry gin
- 1 oz. Campari
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 03/30/16--12:00: How to: Make a Custom Leather Roll to Organize Your Hand Tools
- 03/31/16--07:00: How to: Make a Guitar...from a Shovel
- 03/31/16--09:00: Now This Is a Whiskey Glass
We're in the wild west of digital technology as engineers keep innovating, which is why this test shoot for the upcoming RED Weapon 8K camera decided to focus its lens on some stunning old techniques. Watch as accomplished bladesmith Tony Swatton forges his modern take on a Roman gladius using a 93 layer damascus technique, one of his last creations in his old workshop.
The twist grip of the sword's handle is quite a creation as well.
Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to (and where you can share with us too!). We're going to be doing this series once a month throughout 2016, and I'm really excited about it! No more vacantly staring at Netflix wondering what to press play on; we'll all have a bunch of good recommendations to pick from...
Here we go!
I just finished "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. It's a (sorta) Oregon novel by a Portland-based author, and I finally decided to settle down with it this winter. I was into it for the first 60%, but admit to rushing through the final chapters. Glad I spent time with it, but struggled to keep my interest toward the end.
Now, I'm reading the latest edition of Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" as research for an upcoming series on ManMade. It's a reference book, sure, but I have no problem going at it from cover to cover. It's the best.
It’s 784 pages, and I only understand about a third of what I read, but somehow I keep wanting to pick it up. Clearly brilliant, even if a lot of it goes over my head. Do I recommend it? Yes! In the same way that I recommend a really tough workout; it's hard, and painful, but kind of awesome too.
I'm deep diving into some short stories actually. Working my way through Hemingway's Complete Short Stories, and I just finished Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It and Other Stories. Lots of nature and white doors.
I'm reading The Organized Mind. It’s a technical read on how we think, store memories, and what that means for the way our brains actually work. Reading about how my mind works is both fascinating and overwhelming.
I’m also reading A Path Between Two Seas. It’s a story about the Panama Canal and the incredible people that it took to make it happen. There’s a big dose of Teddy Roosevelt in there which also helps make it an incredible story.
All the big year-end releases are now hitting our favorite second-run arthouse theater, so we've been catching up on the awards-buzzy films. Carol, Room, and Spotlight were good enough, but I found Hail, Caesar frustratingly disappointing.
I just signed up for a free trial of HBO Now, so I finally have access to that catalog for the first time. We've been binging on standup specials (Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, etc.) and the first seasons of Silicon Valley, Togetherness, and Girls.
Nothing at the moment! I'm shooting a new movie for the month in Charleston and I'm purposely using my downtime for other recreations. I'm watching the neighbors sit in rocking chairs on their porch mostly. [Ed. - If you didn't catch it last year, check out Justin in the critically-acclaimed Dear White People]
House of Cards Season 4! This series gives a sordid, twisted, but equally strategic and candid look at the rise of a cunning politician from the lower echelons to the President. It’s the sweeping strategy that feels real enough to be believable that really makes it a fun watch.
The last record I bought was Chris Staples' "American Soft" which came out a year and a half ago, but I just got around to. Whenever I buy something on vinyl, I tend to play it for several weeks straight, mostly because I want to familiarize myself with it before it gets lost on the record shelf. I think it's lovely, and really nice for this time of year.
While working on projects, I've been delving into the archives of Fine Woodworking's podcast "Shop Talk Live" I worried an hour's worth of audio-only woodworking content would be too much, but it's turned into a good friend as we've been setting and fixing up our new house. I eventually just went back to episode one and started the whole way through.
This was stuck on repeat as we drove through the snowy north woods of Minnesota. Puts me in a mood I can’t quite describe; like when I wake up from a perfect nap.
I did this one for a karaoke night with friends a few weeks back. Adele and Miley Cyrus were tough acts to follow, but I think I held my own.
I'm currently listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman on audiobook and loving it. The version I have is read by a full cast and includes 12,000 extra words as the author's preferred edition. It's being turned into a show for Starz and you should definitely check it out if you haven't.
That's What's Good this month on ManMade! Let us know what you think of this new series, what you're digging on, or what we totally got wrong.
We're huge fans of workwear, gear, and tool purveyors Hand-Eye Supply, and we regularly cruise their online shop whenever we're in the market for some new goodies. (And if you're ever in Portland, OR, their brick-and-mortar shop is full of inspiration. Also, if you're ever in Portland, OR, come say hi to me!)
From now until the end of March (or while supplies last), Hand-Eye Supply is offering a great bundle deal on their signature shop aprons and classic safety glasses combo.
Here's the deal:
This work apron features cross-back straps, big pockets, tough stitching, and thicker than normal fabric. Pair that (like we have) with specs that boast a strong, comfortable frame, a just-in-case wire cage, and sleek style, and you're in business. All good work takes a combination of things, and well, we took it upon ourselves to simplify a few for you.
If you're more the waist apron type, we got you covered (but not on your upper body, you know).
Choose one apron style to pair with your specs. Offer is specific to the Herringbone work and waist apron and the clear safety spectacles.
Get your combo in their online shop:
Even as spring starts to bloom, there's still a bit of rain left in the sky. Grab a jacket that can hold up to the weather without letting you down. Here are a few things to look for in your spring shell. One of my favorite smells is the distintive scent after a rain. It's known as Petrichor and it's amazing. I have been places where that smell is overwhelming and memorable, but missed it thanks to a soaked shirt and soggy spirit. After braving a particularly fierce spring thunderstorm a few years back and coming out fully saturated I vowed to get a jacket that would hold up to the elements without slowing me down. After some research, here are the options when looking for a good shell that's easy to pack and holds up well to the world at it's worst:
1. Go for lightweight
It's no good for you if the jacket is fully waterproof but too bulky to take along on the adventure. Opt for a waterproof breathable coating with taped seams which will keep the weight down and make it small enough to take wherever the day may go. The most common coating is DWR, and it's durable enough to stay waterproof for plenty of adventures. The coating gets broken down by washing it, so try to keep it clean and never ever toss it in the dryer.
2. Quality goes a long way
When grabbing something that will hold up against that spring burst, I've never regretted a bit more quality (price). Brands like Patagonia, REI, The North Face or Arc'Teryx ($$) make excellent jackets that will be around for years and look great along the way.
3. Learn to layer
Light jackets are just that. Simple shells that fend off the elements but don't provide much in the way of insulation. Plan ahead and wear some nice layers that can be used to hold in warmth during the squall.
4. Take care of your gear
Just like only having to brush the teeth you want to keep, take care of your gear and it will treat you right for years to come. Always dry it out before storing, hand wash, and use as little soap as necessary. Re-seal seams every spring, and keep it out of the sun whenever possible.
With a bit of planning, you'll be facing the next storm like a champ, and enjoying the sweet smell of petrichor high and dry.
These aren't the cheapest jackets out there, but they're a good value for the solid materials and quality construction. I've had most of them over the years, and drooled over the rest as my friends and I hunkered down during spring thunder cells.
When it comes to serious woodworking, a marking knife beats a pencil for most layout tasks. And here's why: 1) The knife's edge is finer and flat on one side, allowing you to truly scribe a line along a straight edge, not just next to it. 2) The knife cuts the wood grain on the surface, so that when you go back to make a through cut with a chisel, saw, router bit, etc, the fibers will stay clean and crisp along the surface. 3) The knife's indentation gives you a place to register your tools, ensuring accurate and gap-free cuts.
Don't own one yet? Don't like yours and want to improve it? Want to multiply your arsenal so you can keep one in every corner of your shop? Well then... it's time to roll your own. Lee Valley, makers of awesome, modern woodworking tools recently shared this tutorial in their March newsletter. The cutter is sourced from a Swann-Morton® scalpel, which includes the handle and fifty (!) blades for about $20. The author uses some advanced hand tools, like a router plane, but you could easy create this which whatever cutting tools you have and a bit of sandpaper.
Of course, if you're going to do the setup, you might as well make a whole handful at once. What do to with the whole batch? Author Charles Mak asks, "Did you just make a batch of fine layout tools or a bunch of box cutters? It depends, of course, on whether you are giving the knife to a woodworker or someone who knows little about precision tools!"
Indeed, Charles. Get his full how-to from Lee Valley: Make Your Own Marking Knife
As any quality chef will tell you, presentation is of vital importance. And it's no less true when it comes to the pairing of cocktails and glassware. Each glass has its own connotations of class and style, completely aside from its own functionality, and so here's a little history behind it all.
Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel visits with an old friend and Brooklyn bar owner as they talk through the glassware options facing bartenders, how they make them, and what each glass has come to mean in modern culture. Check out the video below:
What would it look like to create a bow and arrow from scratch? Not from seasoned, dried wood from the lumberyard and woven string and a shop full of tools, but really from scratch - from only what you can find in the woods?
Primitive Technology, a YouTube channel from Northern Australia, sought to find out.
Here's a truncated description in the author's own words:
I made a bow and arrows in the wild using only natural materials and primitive tools I’d made previously from scratch (as usual). The tools used were a celt stone hatchet, a stone chisel, various stone blades and fire sticks. The stave began as a small tree about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter which I cut to a length of 1.25 m (50 inches) using a celt hatchet...I then split the stave in two using a stone chisel and mallet. Selecting one stave, I began shaping the bow.... I made the string for the bow using the bark from a fast growing tree that grows in disturbed rain-forest clearings... The next day I twisted the thin strips of fiber into cordage...For the arrows I used small saplings between 6 and 8 mm in diameter and cut to a length of 60 cm....The tip of the arrow was charred in a fire and sharpened against a rock. The fire hardens the wood and makes it easier to sharpen as charred wood scrapes off with ease. The fletching was made from the feathers of a bush turkey picked up from the ground (no turkeys were harmed in the making of this video).
No fooling around, right? Check out the full process in the video below, and read the narrative description at their site: PrimitiveTechnology.wordpress.com
Do you spend much time behind a desk during the day? Here's a healthier way to clock the hours with a few standing desk projects you can do this weekend.
When I'm not working out in the shop, I spend most of my time sitting behind a screen. After a long day, my back gets sore, and I'm tired enough to feel like the day has won. To fend off the pain, I started standing more often. And, buddy, what a change.
A standing desk is essentially just a normal work-surface, but it's raised to allow for working height while standing. The desk top can be made from a cheap wood like pine, to which you could add a writing pad, self-healing mat, or desktop blotter.
Wanna make one? Here are five ideas.
1. DIY Black Pipe Standing Desk - This project is a pretty simple setup made with black pipe and a flat wooden top. Simply figure out the lengths and screw together the pieces. It's a bit simple in looks, and I would likely put a front on to feel a bit more enclosed.
2. Wall-Mounted Standing Desk - While this is still a simple project, the approach is a bit different. A few shelf mounts and a flat top is all it takes. You can mount this desk on just about any wall at exactly the height you need to work right.
3. Metal Adjustable Cranking Standing Desk - Probably the most complex project, this metal frame has bike parts, welding, plenty of measurements, but a pretty amazing final result. Take a look.
4. Sawhorses Standing Desk - I've made plenty of impromptu tables in the shop with sawhorses, but this one is a bit more stable, and a lot better looking. Set the height by measuring the leg length properly, and be sure to account for the angles on the legs when measuring.
5. 5 Second Standing Desk - This is the solution Chris uses in MM office. It's a simple box lift that he places on his normal desk for working from his feet. When the day is done, the box goes back on the shelf.
Looking for a bit of privacy in a large open space, Sarah went to the hardware store to purchase a sliding door. When she found nothing but funny looks from the employees, she knew it was time to whip up a customized DIY version.
So, she built a basic frame from 2x2s, added some masonite to the structure to create a door, attached casters on the bottom to help it slide, and created a galvanized pipe runner to register the motion and keep the door vertical.
If you've a space that needs a bit of separation, get the technique a try! If you have one, you could use the same hardware setup to mount an existing door.
Find the full build process at Apartment Therapy - DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40
One of the worst parts of a bike is the chain. It's loud, greasy and has ruined quite a few pairs of my jeans. If you're looking for a better way, try a belt driven bike. I found a great new Kickstarter a few days ago from a great company called priority coast bikes. Their new Beach cruiser is built for the sand and punishment of the coast, and it's already about 3x over the funding goal. That's likely because it's priced below $400, and if you live in an area where cruisers play then there are plenty of reasons to get in on the campaign. But the thing that I really noticed was the belt driven system. The belt looks a lot like what you see under the hood of your car, and it's a lot quieter than the average bike. Here's a look:
If you want to upgrade your current ride to the belt driven side of the world, I've heard great things about Gates - Carbon Drive Systems, take a look and see if they carry a system for you. They're not too cheap, but if you love your current bike, it could really be worth the upgrade.
One time, in an interview, I was asked, "What's the connection between all the styles of crafts and projects you feature on ManMade? What makes them of a kind?" After thinking for a second, it occurred to me that most of the things I'm interested in involve a similar process: take some materials, cut them up into different shapes and sizes, and then put them together in a more interesting way. Sometimes we do that with joinery, or hardware, or a sauce, but often, that work involves the magical power of.... adhesives.
When you're working with a single medium, the decision (more or less) made for you. Working wood? Use wood glue. Attaching leather? Opt for contact cement designed for just that task. But what happens when you start to mix your media?
Our friends at Makezine have come up with this exhaustive and super handy chart that will help you adhere almost anything to anything. James Burke says,
For years I wondered why all my beautiful small-scale models kept falling apart. I underestimated the most important factor: adhesive. You can glue almost everything with super glue — but some materials just won’t stay together. Is it possible to glue rubber to glass? Will plastic stick to wood? Once you mix several different materials, it can get really confusing. For those moments it’s convenient to have a handy table that gives a quick overview.
Handy and quick, indeed. Print it out and hang it over your bench and get back to making.
Get the full resolution version at Makezine. And don't forget this DIY classic, which I'm happy to see is still up and totally unchanged since I first discovered it more than ten years ago: ThistoThat.com
Hibernation season is officially officially over and it's time to transition into the warmer months of the year. So, we've gathered a few essentials that will help you feel like yourself while staying cool. After all, spring is all about renewal of life..and looks! Oh, and allergies...but at least your look sharp.
1. A stepped-up t-shirt: For those times when you need to keep cool, but when the three-to-a-shrink-pack options won't do, even in solid. Look for something simple and cotton, with a finer knit. Neutrals work well as layers, and appear dressier than your standard crayon-colored shirt. This one's the Field Knit Tee from J.Crew.
2. Neutral Fitted Pants: by "fitting" we don't mean skinny and tight, we mean that should be YOUR SIZE. Lots of guys tend to buy pants that are a size or two larger (for some odd reason) thinking they'll be more comfy they end up looking puffy and it's actually super uncomfortable considering they'd be falling down all the time. Find a nice pair of neutral cotton pants, which you can wear casually with a t-shirt OR a bit more formal with a jacket or light sweater. This pair is from Bonobos.
3. A Smart Looking Sweater/Jersey: time to put away the parka! Get a slim-shape sweater for cooler mornings and nights. By keeping the color and pattern classic you can mix and match with different pieces without clashing styles. This one is from Mr. Porter
4. Versatile Shoes: get a pair of shoes that can be worn in different situations. This pair of Vans are the perfect example; you can wear them to the beach, to work, and with dressy pants you can wear them for dinner. Different looks, one pair. You can find them at Zappos.
5. A hat with a brim: If you're a hat guy, now's the time. it might not be 1000 degrees outside yet, the sun can get a bit intense during the day. Baseball cap, broad brim, whatever works for your head. Get a grown up cap that you can carry around to wear whenever needed. Just avoid any shiny/bedazzled stuff, fedoras, and anything with a flat brim. Unless you're a fifteen year old kid with a skateboard, in which case, welcome to ManMade, youngster! Hat by Clay and Bros
6. Appropriate Fitness Wear: While it may be OK to lounge around in your PJs, it's definitely not OK to work out or run about wearing heavy fabric pants that will make you sweat like a pig. Get a pair of loose cotton shorts that can be worn in the house and also for running errands. Make sure to choose something without pattern so you can mix and match with all your t-shirts. This shorts are found here
7. Windbreaker or Lightweight Rain Coat: April showers don't stop on May 1. Whether you're heading to the bookstore or the hiking trail, get a windbreaker.. They're light and will work as a great shell to protect you from chilly wind and rain. This one is from Obey
Don't be afraid to try something new! 'Tis the season for new things, dude.
How many of us pack a lunch for work? Most of my friends with office jobs have some sort of Tupperware / plastic bag combination, which if you consider that you carry that stuff everyday, likely isn't in keeping with your general lifestyle goals. So here's a simple and classic lunchbox design that keeps everything contained and is the perfect weekend project.
It's classic, masculine, and a humble way to show off your more rugged and practical woodworking skills should anyone ask.
If you're going to take a soak, it might as well be in an amazing tub. Check out these amazing veneered wooden tubs that would gold plate just about any bathroom. When I remodeled my bathroom a few years ago, I remember being really disappointed with the boring, standard fiberglass offerings. We settled on a mix between tile and glass, but I wish this would have been something I knew about back then.
Alegna makes amazing wood veneered tubs and sinks that are so eye-catching they would be at home as an art gallery centerpiece. The company started off building pieces for custom yacht installations, so their comfort with wood and water make for a perfect combination when designing and building these custom pieces. You can even add in jets for an even more amazing experience. So, now wander into your bathroom and take a moment to dream about installing one of these in there.
A few years ago, the bacon craze hit the cocktail scene, and we saw everything from bacon fat washes to candied bacon garnishes on sticks to all sorts of meat-y infusions and even full-on strips of protein floating in glasses.
We're okay with that trend dying down a bit, though we can't deny the fact that the smoky sweetness of bacon really does happen to complement the flavors of certain spirits, particularly whisky, quite well. So, instead of taking the bacon flavor to the whisky, let's take the whisky... to... the bacon.
Scotch Trooper, the blog of "a Star Wars loving Whisky Enthusiast living dangerously close to where they film The Walking Dead south of Atlanta. When I am not sitting behind the computer as a Web Developer I am sipping whisky, taking photos and building/selling lamps. Not at the same time, of course," recently published a recipe for "Laphroaig Bacon." He figured out how to match the smoky peat flavors of Islay scotch with the richness of cured pork belly in a way that, while we haven't yet tried it, seems hard to mess up.
He says "One word of caution, it’s addictive. The combination of smoke, sweetness and salt is a perfect breakfast treat. It has become one of the most requested breakfast item by the whole family. So be careful. It may dip into your whisky shelf. But it’s so worth it."
Get the full technique at ScotchTrooper-Blog.com: Laphroaig Bacon
Any time of year, gin is a favorite spirit. It mixes well while retaining its character, and its aromatics complement a great range of flavors. But there's something so special, so obvious, about gin and springtime. If flavors had colors, gin's would be green, and it's a perfect chance to start putting ice back in our cocktails because the external temperatures are finally bearable.
Martinis are good. Gin and tonics? Great. But this guy can do much more than those standards. So, here are ten essential gin drinks and cocktails for springtime that any guy will enjoy...provided that you like gin. Which you do, right?
1. The Gibson: For the classier side of things (it's Mad Men's Roger Sterling's go-to), give this simple twist on the Martini a shot -
Shake gin and vermouth with plenty of ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cocktail onions.
2. Cucumber Rosemary Gimlet: Everything I love about spring (and summer) in a glass. Also, if you've a lady to impress, make her this one.
Add one sprig rosemary to mixing glass and muddle with the simple syrup. Add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake. Pour into an iced rocks glass and garnish with additional rosemary.
3. The Fancy Gin Cocktail: You might know this better with whiskey as an Old Fashioned, but the simple sugar and Angostura bitters combo works wonderfully with the brightness of gin.
Rub lemon peel around rim of glass, and drop in. Place sugar cube in glass and saturate with bitters. Add gin and 2-3 ice cubes, and allow to come together for a minute or two. Stir and enjoy.
4. The gin and tonic: Nothing wrong with this classic, provided you build it right. From the ManMade guide to the ultimate gin and tonic: "A gin and tonic is a really basic drink with two distinctive and bold components, So, don't skimp on the tonic, which makes up more than half the highball. You don't have to go for the pricier, artisanal brands exclusively, but make sure you're using a tonic you love. A great tonic can turn an affordable $17.50 bottle like Beefeater or Boodles into something pretty special."
For the complete how-to, check out: How to: The Simple, Easy Trick to Improve Your Gin and Tonic
5. Gin Rickey: Simple, perfect. You can start at 9:00a and drink all day, and still not be bored by 9:00p.
Stir lime juice, simple syrup, and gin together in a tall glass. Top with lots of ice, and fill with soda water. This makes a good cocktail to test out various flavors of bitters and tinctures, particularly citrus and fruit-based ones.
6. The Tom Collins: the ideal drink for patio sipping. Ignore those mixes and customize your own balance of flavors with real ingredients. That said, this is basically a sparkling lemonade spiked with gin, so have at it.
Shake lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin with ice, then pour into an iced tall glass. Top with club soda and garnish.
7. Salt and Pepper Martini: Here, the spicy flavors of bitters balance the strong pomegranate and salt for an almost savory drink. A great before-dinner drink to enjoy with small bites.
Shake the ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. You can rim half with salt (like a margarita) if you really want to amp the savory flavors
8. St. Christopher - To guide you on all your travels or adventures.
Shake all ingredients with ice, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon or orange twist.
9. Extra Special Pimm's Cup: The Pimm's Cup is a U.K. classic, and the official drink of Wimbledon. I add a bit of gin to make it worthwhile.
Muddle 1 slice cucumber and lemon in a highball glass, and then stir in Pimm's and gin. Add lots of ice, and top with ginger ale, and additional lemon and cucumber.
10. Negroni - For me, no list of gin cocktails is complete without a Negroni. It is, by far, my favorite way to enjoy gin. And Campari. And Vermouth. I've never claimed a favorite classic cocktail, but if I did, this might be it.
Stir ingredients with ice (don't shake), and strain into either a cocktail or rocks glass, your preference.
There's no better way to introduce this blog post than to say: I think it's a really, really good idea. The look is classic, and it helps protect your tools edges and handles by encasing them in soft, sturdy material, and it helps protect your hands by keeping the business ends covered. And, since you're making it from scratch, you can create custom slots and pockets to hold exactly what you want, and keep things where they need to be. And did we mention it looks great? Yes? Okay, great. Let's make one. This project comes from Elmars, a maker in Latvia who is getting into leather crafting. This project emerged as a great way to practice his skills, and get his growing tool collection organized.
He began by laying things out to get the ideal placement, then just used additional tabs and some Scotch tape to determine the pockets and brackets. I love the "making things to fit" way of thinking, rather than "this tab should be 1/2" and this one X measurement," etc... This leather was soft enough to use a standard sewing machine, which made quick work of the stitches, though you could easily hand sew the seams if you'd like.
The whole thing rolls up into a tight bundle, nestling a surprising amount of tools in a neat little package. Can't beat that.
Watch the full process unfold at Instructables.com: Leather Tool Roll
There's a good deal of crossover in the DIY and rock n roll aesthetic, and it's never been more apparent than in this guide and process video turning a shovel into an electric guitar. I first noticed this DIY level of janky guitar-making in the trailer for the 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud in which Jack White plays a homemade slide guitar that he constructed from an old board, nails, a string, and a Coke bottle. The instructional process video below from I Like to Make Stuffshows you how to construct a killer musical instrument, and then his buddy shows you how good it can sound.
Just when I thought the wonderful world of whiskey couldn't get any better, I found this amazing glass to drink it out of. Complete with a real bullet. This killer piece (ha) is handmade with a real, unused bullet imbedded in the side of the cup. The bullet (either a 0.308 rifle or 0.45 acp handgun lead-free round) locked in well enough to survive the dishwasher and maybe even a few rowdy drinking buddies. The collection also has a matching shot glass so all your drinks can be kicked up a notch.
Now that you've seen the best, there really is no excuse to drink out of anything else. So head over there and pick up a set for your home bar.