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Feb 4, 2014

How to Wrap up an Extension Cord Like a Professional

Growing up my grandfather (Granddaddy) owned a small construction business primarily building garages. During the summer I would help out and this is one of the many things I learned that really stuck with me. You can find some fancy ways to wrap up an extension cord like this one 

Jan 15, 2014

Fireside Topic: How are you preparing for hard times (natural disaster, terrorist attack, financial collapse)?

While we may enjoy an unprecedented level of comfort and ease, we shouldn’t fool ourselves into believing that situations which require preparedness to survive (natural disaster, terrorist attack, financial collapse) is a thing of the past. Consider how you are preparing for hard times with this week's Fireside Topic.

Dec 16, 2013

How to Tie Down a Christmas Tree (Or Anything Else) to the Roof of Your Car

Whether it’s a Christmas tree or kayaks or anything else the principles are the same. No hauling problem is too big for a man who knows a bit of rope work. If you are wondering how to tie down a Christmas tree (or anything else) to the roof of your car, this is the tutorial for you.

Nov 18, 2013

Captains of Industry: Bladesmith Steve Watkins of Ironman Forge

Blacksmithing is notably one of the manliest trades still around. I happened across Steve Watkins in a local magazine, QC Exclusive, and was excited to hear that a skilled bladesmith was so nearby. I contacted Steve to see if I and a few others could come by his shop and see how ...

Nov 5, 2013

How to Make a Traveler’s Candle (Swedish Log Candle)

A good Scandinavian friend of mine (and their older cousins who were visiting and added to this story) brought over a gift for me called a Traveler’s Candle. Essentially, when lit, it burns from the inside producing a long lasting radiating heat, with a sturdy base and a convenient cook top. Here's how to make one.

Sep 19, 2013

The Importance of Hunting

It’s mid-September and in North Carolina, like many states, that means that deer season either has started (for bow hunters) or will start soon (for rifles). I hope this article will help you see the importance of hunting and how it can impact a man’s heart and even help unite his family.

Sep 4, 2013

Knot Tying Fundamentals

Knot tying is a skillset that every man should possess but fewer and fewer of us do. In a day and age of bungees and tie down straps, ropework is less common. This week we discuss the fundamentals of knot tying by breaking it down.

Sep 1, 2013

5 Steps Towards Manliness: Step 5 – Mentor Others

Becoming a man does not have a final step. It’s an on-going journey with milestones of character and achievements. Likewise, mentoring doesn’t have to wait until a certain level of manliness has been achieved. In fact, it is a vital step on the road to manliness.

Aug 22, 2013

Adapting Ben Franklin’s Daily Schedule to Your Life

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin Using Time Wisely Let me first be clear: I hate scheduling. Abhor it. I like the results of a scheduled day and use a planning system for my work ...

Aug 6, 2013

Books for Boys

I did not read very much at all when I was a boy. Until I became an adult I could count the number of books I had completed on one hand. So, many books I am discovering for the first time with my boys. Here is a compilation of books that inspire and feed the spirit of a growing young man.

Jul 1, 2013

How to Celebrate Your Independence Day

I believe we should have the goal, on occasions such as the 4th of July, of bringing that feeling of awe and pride to our the way we celebrate. Here are a few ways you can keep to the meaning of Independence Day while still enjoying the festive activities you and your family enjoy.
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