Synopses & Reviews
The term “crafting” used to call to mind woven baskets topped with bows, braided friendship bracelets, and painted angelic-faced figurines. Thanks to Instructables.com, crafting has shed its wings—and its ribbons—and has become a pastime appreciated by both men and women.
In Manly Crafts, readers will learn the basics of whittling wood, melting vinyl, and creating optical illusions using simple, everyday items. They will find uses for old metal, leather, and hemp, constructing most of their crafts by hand with very few tools.
After reading Manly Crafts, readers will no longer panic when a coveted watchband breaks. Instead, they will coolly use a woven paracord to replace the band with little effort. When the living room needs a bit more life, crafters will rise to the occasion and deliver Dalí-inspired melting clocks, geometric cut-paper table lamps, and eco-friendly lights.
In addition to the accessories and decor mentioned above, Manly Crafts readers also learn how to complete the following projects:
• Mad scientist lights
• Sprocket and inner tube belts
• Cobra weave key fobs
• Viking-inspired wooden spoons
• Leather bracelets
• Five-cent wedding bands
• Wooden-faced wristwatches
• And many more!
Tooling, whittling, grinding, melting, and hammering? Welcome to the world of crafting, gentlemen!
Easily create unique and engaging do-it-yourself projects from everyday materials you find around and in your home.
Awesome Projects from Unexpected Places
features more than thirty projects designed by the users of instructables.com. These users have repurposed and reused everyday items they've found around their homes, in their backyards, or even in local junkyards to create unique furnishings and decorations for their homes and meaningful gifts for others. Equipped with the vision to not only see the latent potential and beauty in common items, but also the skills necessary to transform those objects into creative and new applications, these projects are at the core of the maker movement and can inspire us all.
Readers of Awesome Projects from Unexpected Places will learn how to construct:
- Bottle cap tables
- Concrete lamps
- 3D string art
- Sand fire gardens
- Screw-nut and wooden rings
- Paracord bracelets
- Cigar box guitars
- Wooden beer mugs
- Test tube spice racks
- Metal roses
- And more!
About the Author
is a bona fide Internet sensation, a web-based community of motivated do-it-yourselfers who contribute invaluable how-to guides to the site on a wide range of topics, from gardening and home repair to recipes to gadgets that defy categorization. The site hosts more than 100,000 projects. More than 15 million people visit the site each month, leaving comments and suggestions on the ever-growing list of do-it-yourself projects.Noah Weinstein is an editor at Instructables.com, co-founder of SF Media Labs and spends time making things both big and small at his shop in Oakland, CA. He has worked as a white water rafting guide, custom speaker builder, sheep shepherd, and tractor driver. He earned a BA from Brown University where he concentrated in environmental studies and visual art.