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Cool Site Spotlight: ManMade

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08.21.12

 

If Ernest Hemingway had written a craft blog, what would it have looked like? We’re thinking a lot of projects involving leather, old books and cocktail recipes. Maybe some practical big game hunting advice for good measure.

ManMade may not include hunting strategy, but it covers pretty much everything else when it comes to male-oriented crafts and DIY projects.

Whether you want to build a bookshelf out of belts and wood or make a genuine Old Fashioned, ManMade is the perfect resource. Even the site’s design has an oaky aesthetic, so it feels like you’re reading it from the bench of a smoky hunting lodge instead of a window seat at Starbucks.So if you’ve been searching for a craft blog with a little bit of testosterone, search no more! ManMade is for you.

We had the chance to chat with Chris Gardner, the man behind ManMade, and get a few more details on what he’s up to.

How did you get into the DIY/craft scene?

I was always pretty crafty as a kid, but I didn’t seriously get into DIY stuff until my early 20’s when I was a grad student. I was looking for ways to improve my 70’s era apartment on the cheap, so I bought a drill and a circular saw, and started looking online for inspiration. Everything kind of started from there.   

ManMade has a distinctly masculine flavor. Why’d you choose that angle?

After spending a few years in the DIY world both personally and professionally (I also work for Curbly), I started to feel like I was eternally surrounded by women. I knew there were plenty of aspects of the craft and DIY space that men would also like, so I decided to take an approach that would appeal to that audience. It’s been a lot of fun to take a topic that generally leans a little feminine and explore it through a male lens.  

What are a few of your favorite ManMade posts?

One post that I really liked was a Valentine’s Day gift idea from a few years ago. I ended up making a custom fingerprint portrait of me and my sweetheart. I remember this one because it was inexpensive to make (about $6.00 total) but turned into a really unique, memorable gift. Another one of my favorites was a typographic gift-wrap DIY project. I had decided to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family that year, which included wrapping paper. Adding a custom label only took an extra ten minutes per gift, and really gave each one a personal touch!

Thanks, Chris! To continue your own craft and DIY adventure, visit ManMade!

Our five favorite ManMade posts:

1. How to: Make a Rustic Wood and Leather Hanging Shelf

2. Designer Turns Hoarding Obsession into Actual Art

3. Colorful Origami Graffiti on the Streets of Vietnam and Hong Kong

 

4. 15 Handmade Leather Goods for Every Kind of Guy

 

 

5. 10 Easy-to-Remember Classic Cocktail Recipes that Every Man Should Know

 

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