Itchy sweater memories

Every year about this time I go on a Frank Lloyd Wright kick. I’m sure this is some sort of Pavlovian response connected to the holidays. When I was a kid we used to drive by a home designed by the controversial genius en route to my grandparent’s home. The owners of that particular Wright house would pull out all the stops in their impersonation of Clark Griswold if he had any sense of style or class. We’d ohh and ahh while we sweltered in the back seat wearing our itchy Sunday best clothes.

Every holiday season those muck-sweat stained memories resurface and prompt me to go surfing around the series of tubes looking for FLW homes. This year I found this article about the restoration of both the Muirhead House and the Westcott House (featured in the video link). I really shouldn’t watch this sort of thing because it makes me think A) I can learn carpentry and B) I should buy an old house an restore it.

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Cookbook for 1000mph

So if you have any soul at all you are probably just a little bit curious about the Bloodhound SSC and their rocket car. Well now they have a book out detailing the build process. Written by top flight automotive journalist and land speed nutter David Tremayne and the Bloudhound gang. If there’s a gear head in your life who needs a gift, definitely consider the Bloodhound SSC “Secrets of Speed”

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How to turn a shovel into an AK-47

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Time to shovel some bitches.

Some people are worried that you might be able to one day 3D print a gun. I wonder how they feel about this.

Because fo’ sho’, this dude turned a shovel into a rifle. This rifle:

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Vodka necessary for making rails look straight.

Now I have a couple of qualms, like it doesn’t have a real handguard and that’s gonna be a problem, and he didn’t heat-treat the shovelreceiver after he stamped it.

But seeing how he pretty much did it with an angle grinder and a hammer, I gotta cut slack where it’s due.

You can read the whole log here, it’s entertaining.

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Rebuilding Belle

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“Nothing like how violent it looks”

Shinya Kimura sums up the feeling of both creating and pushing the limits of speed. The serenity of being totally present is the reward.

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Totally need a belt sander

Made by Hand / No 2 The Knife Maker from Made by Hand on Vimeo.

Made By Hand films did a series of short films profiling craftsmen and women and trying to shed light on the value of creating. You’re not going to become a master knife maker from watching this video, but it is cool to see the steps that go into making a really nice piece.

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