To celebrate the launch of their limited-edition Brixton Boot by Alden, Core77 friends Epaulet visited the Alden Shoe Company in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and shot a 12 minute video documenting the entire shoe crafting process. Founded in 1884, Alden is considered by many to be the best shoe manufacture in the US--and to this day--you can still send your shoes back to the factory for resoling.
One of their loyal customers includes Indiana Jones who wears Alden 405's, more commonly known as the "the Indy Boot." When Harrison Ford landed the role, he refused to wear anything else and wore his own personal pair of 405's from when he was a carpenter.
On Chinese social media website Weibo, a magician named A Gan has been creating a stir with his videos. Not because his tricks are so amazing, but because his poker-faced friend spoils them all in real time: There are tons more of these videos on A Gan's Weibo page, but
You haven't lived until you've seen a carved pumpkin puke out of its eyes
Here are two more Halloween tricks from the UK's Royal Institution. The first will look familiar to fans of Marvel's "Ghost Rider" character and uses gunpowder to good effect. The second uses a chemical concoction to simulate what happens when a Jack o' Lantern has had too much to drink:
Artists Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin literally spent years, and a boatload of pumpkins, to create the following animation. And if you're wondering how they could possibly carve such intricate patterns into something as inconsistent as the surface of a pumpkin, they show you at the end (as well as
New-Jersey-based woodworker and Popular Woodworking contributor Wilbur Pan is "the guy" when it comes to knowledge of Japanese hand tools. For those of you working in shops outfitted largely with Western tools, you may be curious about what the benefits are of integrating Japanese tools, and where you might want