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DIY Stitch And Glue Kayak Although I had never actually kayaked before, one day I decided to make a stitch and glue kayak. For a non-kayaker I'm not sure why, but it had to do with a rowing class I had taken once, and I wanted to get out on the water on my own boat. Also, building a rowing shell seemed difficult, better to start with a kayak. For those of you who don't know, stitch and glue is a well established method of building all kinds of boats. It involves cutting plywood into the right shapes, stitching the shapes together with wire, and then permanently gluing the whole thing up. A quick web search will yield loads of info about it. There are some really nice kayak building kits out there, and you will definitely get better results than I did with a kit, but I'm pretty happy with how my kayak turned out. There's a few free kayak plans on the internet. Another option for the true DIY'er is to design your own kayak using FreeShip, DelftShip, or your favorite 3D CAD software.

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The Museum Of Old Techniques For almost every electronic device or oil driven machine there used to be a low-tech alternative that was powered by human muscles, water or wind. The Museum of Old Techniques aims to collect and study these historical alternatives to modern day machinery. Why, you may ask? To quote the Museum: "Evolution doesn't necessarily mean progress, what we consider to be primitive solutions are often not primitive at all". A somewhat related publication is Edward H. Knight's book contains not only early electric equipment and steam driven machinery, but also human and animal powered machines.

Learn How to Shave Like Your Grandpa | The Art of Manliness - Nightly Proper shaving has become a lost art. Today’s average male has no clue about the fine art of the traditional wet shave that their grandfathers and some of their fathers used to take part in. Instead, they’re only accustomed to the cheap and disposable shaving products that companies market. I’m not sure when or why it happened, but the tradition of passing down the secrets of a clean shave abruptly stopped. Thankfully, this glorious male ritual is making a comeback. Benefits of the Classic Wet Shave Reduce costs. Reduce environmental impact. Better, more consistent shaves. You’ll feel like a bad ass. The Tools Safety Razor Switching from a cheap disposable razor to a double-edged safety razor is like upgrading from a Pinto to a Mercedes. You can find safety razors in a variety of places. Suggested RazorsMerkur Classic Safety Razor, Straight-#178- Made in Germany Merkur Futur Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor with Satin Finish- #700- Made in Germany Blades Shaving Brush Soaps and Creams

Straight Razor Shaving For Beginners | The Art of Manliness - Nightly Our very first post on the Art of Manliness was a introductory guide to shaving like your grandpa with a double-edged safety razor. Since then, we’ve received requests to do a similar article on straight razor shaving. Well, after months of experimenting with straight razor shaving myself and researching the subject in old books on barbering, I present this beginner’s guide to shaving like your great-grandpa. I couldn’t possibly put everything there is to know about straight razor shaving in a single article, but the following presents the essentials of this old-time shaving ritual. Benefits of Straight Razor Shaving Better shaves. Reduced costs. Environmentally friendly. Meditative. You’ll feel like more of a bad ass. The Tools The Razor. You can purchase straight razors either new or used. If you’d like a new razor, check out or When shopping for razors, consider the following factors: Check the steel’s quality. Suggested Razors The Hone. 1.