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How to Build the Confidence to Photograph People

Portraiture, lifestyle, street, and travel photography – these are some of the genres that feature people as main subject. For some, these are …

Street Photography

Add a Marking Knife to Your Woodworking Arsenal

For precision hand-woodworking, a marking knife is essential. This flat-on-one-side, beveled-on-the-other blade has a variety of uses that will make your wood cuts easier and more accurate.<p>Marking<p>How thick is your pencil lead? Whatever your answer, I guarantee that the blade of your marking knife …

“Southern Winds” Is a Feel-Good Song with a Crafty Music Video

Jane Lui is a Singer-Songwriter known for her offbeat vibe, quirky mashups, and her penchant for sampling found objects to incorporate into her music. Most of her YouTube videos feature her recording process, allowing viewers to see that the accordion, guitar, or piano they’re hearing is mixed in …

Music Videos

7 Ways to Upcycle Your Stockpile of Plastic Bags

Whether you like them, hate them, or are fairly indifferent, plastic bags are a huge part of may people’s lives. Though they may ultimately contribute to landfills they don’t have to be “single use.” Check out these ideas for using your plastic bags more than once!<p>Plastic Bag Toy Parachute<p>Through a …

How to Sharpen a Knife

Whether it’s used for cooking or precision woodworking, a knife is one tool you’ll want to keep sharp. Some tips:<p><b>1.</b> Begin with a sharpening stone — a 1,000/6,000-grit combination is a good starter stone. One side works to “set” the edge, the other to refine it.<p><b>2.</b> Sharpen the blade at a 10°–15° …

Makers to Redefine Fashion at Maker Faire Paris

What happens when you showcase the insanely creative, tech-infused genius of makers in the world-renowned fashion mecca of Paris? We’re not sure yet, but we suspect it will be delightfully unexpected. This weekend, fashion makers will have a strong and stunning presence at the third annual Maker …

This Machete Gets a New Life with Updated Handle

This mystery machete was spotted emerging from the winter’s snow, so woodworker Luke decided to “adopt” it. His guess is that a landscaper dropped it at some point. The machete had a a plastic handle that wobbled, so he set about to improve the design.<p>The result of his redesign was a …

Turn Beef Ribs into Traditional Rhythm Bones

Bones may have been the earliest manmade musical instruments, and the skills have rattled down the ages through Egypt, Rome, England, and Ireland to 19th-century American vaudeville and minstrel shows. Rhythm bones still chatter away like country castanets in several genres, including ragtime, …

Measure Sunlight with a DIY Solar Radiometer

No batteries, no switches — this analog meter is powered by the sunshine it’s measuring<p>Sunlight plays huge roles in life as we know it. The red and blue wavelengths of sunlight trigger the photosynthesis that is essential for the growth of plants. The tilt of Earth’s axis causes the seasons: It’s …

Use Bluetooth to Control Your Light Switch from Your Smartphone

Learn to use Bluetooth wireless to control all kinds of AC devices from your smartphone<p>One big problem with smart light bulbs is that the smarts are in the bulb. They don’t play nice with the light switch on the wall. In fact, you can make most smart light bulb systems unresponsive just by using …

Arduino

How to Install Simple Floating Shelves

This light-duty floating shelf hangs mysteriously with no visible support<p>My cats love to climb, so I decided to build some elevated shelves for them in our living room. Since a cat weighs much less than a stack of books, there was no need for a heavy-duty installation, so I devised a simple, …

Build a Behemoth Cold Brew Coffee Drip Tower

I love cold brew coffee. Its rich and delicious flavor, and low acidity, means it tastes great over ice. Traditional hot-brewed coffee methods simply can’t compare; when chilled and served on ice they tend to taste diluted and acidic. I have a small commercial drip tower that works very well, …

Coffee

Making Your Own Coffee Can Forge

Soup can, paint can, coffee can forge. Lots of people seem to think that casting and forging is out of their grasp, technically, financially, and in terms of the risks involved. Certainly getting deeply into smithing can mean all of that, but it’s really not that hard to create your own micro force …

Collect Rainwater with a DIY 275-Gallon Rain Cube

Obtaining water to drink and use has been one of society’s greatest challenges throughout the ages. Ironically, water literally falls out of the sky in the form of rain. If you can find a way to collect it, this can help solve one of your most essential needs. Ben Nelson, who lives in southeastern …

Snorkeling

Six More “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Tips

One of our most popular posts over the past few months has been Six “Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Shop Tips. I love tracking down these little “ah-ha” tips that just make so much resonant sense when you first encounter them. So, I’ve been collecting such tips every time I come across them, …

Hey Makers, Show Us Your Halloween Gear!

Hey Makers,<p>Ah, spring! A most special time of the year… the daisies are growing on graves, the skies are clear enough for UFO spotting, the werewolves are shedding, and those of us with allergies will be spared the worst effects of the mind control spores. It’s all got us a little antsy for our …

The Art of Matchsticks in Pictures

Golden Gate Park

Make-Ahead, Take-Along Breakfasts

Jumpstart your day with nutrients and flavor.<p>Smoked Salmon Blini<p>Rye is rich in fiber, and smoked salmon delivers heart-healthy omega-3 fats.<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>¾ cup milk<br>2 large eggs<br>1 cup rye flour<br>½ tsp. baking soda<br>½ tsp. baking powder<br>Pinch of salt<br>4 oz. cream cheese<br>1 Tbsp. honey<br>2 tsp. grated lemon …

A Rallying Cry for Ugly Vegetables

In New York City and Washington, D.C., massive festivals are celebrating weird-looking produce—and fighting the problem of food waste.<p>BRONX, NEW YORK—At 9:00 a.m. on a chilly April morning, it already feels like the middle of the workday at the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx. The sprawling parking …

Agriculture

The Invictus Games in Pictures

United Kingdom

How to Stock a Japanese Pantry: 13 Indispensable Ingredients

Perhaps you can remember the scene in the cult classic <i>The Breakfast Club</i> when Bender and Claire have a little back-and-forth over some tuna sushi rolls. "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat <i>that</i>?" he asks incredulously. Well, America, we've come a long way since 1985. …

The Hidden Stories of Arab Women

Tasneem Alsultan was browsing in a Dubai bookstore a few years ago when she found “She Who Tells a Story,” a collection of photo essays by members of Rawiya, a collective of Arab women. Ms. Alsultan then had a thriving wedding photography business in Saudi Arabia and the gulf states, but she had no …

The Joy of Home Distilling

• <b>Author:</b> Rick Morris<p><b>Make your own brew at home!</b><p><i>The Joy of Home Distilling</i> is a complete guide for beginner and intermediate distillers. Readers will learn about every facet of distilling, from yeast styles and nutritional requirements to the different methods of distillation and equipment, and …

Healthy Meals for Less

• <b>Author:</b> Jonni McCoy<p>In this easy-to-use, make-it-from-scratch cookbook, Jonni McCoy, the original Miserly Mom, demonstrates that inexpensive meals can be both nutritious and mouth-watering. She offers proof that living well without spending is doable. Originally published as Miserly Meals, every …

My Life in France

• <b>Author:</b> Julia Child & Alex Prud'homme<p>The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France—and the basis for <i>Julie & Julia</i>, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams—in her own words.<br>Although she would later singlehandedly create a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook <i>Mastering the Art of French</i> …

Better Than Vegan

• <b>Author:</b> Del Sroufe<p>Eating healthy just got a whole lot easier.<p>The science is very clear. A whole-foods, plant-based diet is the healthiest possible way to eat—but veganism itself doesn’t mean health, as Chef Del Sroufe, author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook</i>, knows …

Pressure Cooker Cookbook

• <b>Author:</b> Mendocino Press<p>#1 BEST SELLER<p>Save time and energy in the kitchen with <i>The Pressure Cooker Cookbook</i>.<p>The pressure cooker is the perfect tool for cooking fast and flavorful meals on a busy schedule. Your pressure cooker will preserve the nutritional value of tender meats, robust vegetables, and …

Orange, Lavender & Figs

• <b>Author:</b> Fanny Slater<p>From the winner of The Rachael Ray Show’s Great American Cookbook Competition, a compilation of sophisticated yet approachable recipes along with the heartwarming—and often humorous—tales that inspired them.<p>Fanny Slater has been at home in the kitchen since before she could …

Slow Cooking for Two

• <b>Author:</b> Mendocino Press<p><b>Create easy and delicious meals for two with this #1 Amazon Bestseller in Cookbooks, Food & Wine.</b><br>If you're short on time, few in numbers, and craving the comfort of a home-cooked meal, <i>Slow Cooking for Two</i> is here to save the day. <i>Slow Cooking for Two</i> offers 101 easy recipes …