I got a tip from a co-worker about an estate sale to clean out of of three garages owned by a retired Lockheed electronics technician. The guy certainly had a lot of stuff. I was pretty happy to trade $15 for this haul. See the rest here.
I had the great pleasure of teaching my DIY Cocktail Bitters class again at Machine Project yesterday evening. Thanks to everyone for coming out and partaking of all the fun and dropping of knowledge. Here are some links to various resources of interest:
- Spices, herbs, roots, et cetera: Dandelion Botanical Company
- Bottles (I like the 50ml amber European dropper bottles) Specialty Bottle
- Jerry Thomas’ HOW TO MIX DRINKS or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion
- David Wondrich’s Imbibe!
- Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist
- Hon. Wm. T. Boothby’s World Drinks and how to Mix Them
I repurposed a scrap of 1939 4×4 beam from my house remodel to build a lamp base. I have a couple of these black metal gooseneck lamps in my garage with no bases — they broke years ago, some kind of cement in the base that crumbled, taking the threaded mount with it.
So, I drilled a hole in the 4×4, mounted the lamp post in there, and added bent nail to hold the cord. I love the result!
Make your own bitters to invigorate your beverages.
- 375ml of 151 proof grain alcohol
- 375ml of 100 proof bourbon
- zest of one lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler
- 1/4 tsp. quinine extract (from a health food store)
- 1/8 tsp. wormwood extract (from a health food store)
- 2 tsp. Tellicherry peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a 2″ piece of fresh ginger root
- 6 allspice berries
- 4 cloves
- 1/8 cu. dried cherries
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, with its seeds scraped and reserved to add to jar
- 1/4 cu. raw sugar
I bought a $4 bag of tools at the thrift shop yesterday and was really happy to find these 1950s era electricians pliers among them. They’re from the venerable Hollywood lighting equipment company Mole-Richardson.
I love the grip pattern:
These look like slip joint pliers with a bent head and a groove down the jaws, but Mole calls them “electrician’s” http://extranet.mole.com/public/index.cgi?cmd=view_item&parent=1434-1566-1111&id=8320
Just bought myself a sweet Italian road racing bike from Mister Jalopy!
I really enjoy Jack Conte‘s music, creative video editing, and now, his behind-the-scenes look at the making of his latest video, Pedals. Please check out the video itself, and then enjoy his enthusiastic making-of video. Jack has maker skills!