The gift you gave last Christmas was all kinds of amazing and people still can’t stop talking about it. So how do you top yourself this year. To help you out I’ve come up with a list of gifts to inspire even the most uninspired gift givers. There’s a twist though, they all have a similar theme, with different ways to make your gift stand out from the rest. For the toque folk: Maybe they’re not professional chefs, but they know their souffles from meringues and manage to make even garnish taste fancy. Bialetti Aeternum Revolution 10-Piece Cookware set looks like something any self-respecting culinary student might have in their kitchen. A sleek white ceramic non-stick coating and a cool-looking induction bottom work in tandem to cook food more thoroughly and evenly. I loved cooking a small batch of soup and not having to hover to see if anything was burning or bubbling over. And there’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction watching everything boil, simmer or saute in matching glass topped dishes on your stove top. 99 for 10 pieces at bedbathandbeyond. The flip side of course is the slow cooker revolution, where the tiny details aren’t key, but rather producing something warm and delicious that takes hours to cook. The Crock-Pot Casserole Crock Slow Cooker is made to not only cook one dish dinners (even lasagna) but also to transport them in style. (On sale for $39. 99 at crock-pot. I’m extremely late to the national crock pot obsession, but I’m constantly amazed at how easy it is to create scrumptious dishes in my slow cooker. Even I’m impressed. For the guy who isn’t one size fits all : Women can find petite clothing, but what about the guys. While most clothing companies simply pull together shorter versions of their classic styles, Everett does one better. The clothing company, geared to men 5’9″ and under, measured men across the US and had samples created in every size – from XS to XL and measured details including armhole size, sleeve length, collar width and more. Check out the Dylan half zip (extra fine Australian) merino wool sweater which adds a little bit of dressy to jeans and a little bit of casual to a suit. (For current pricing, visit JaxEverett. A pocket square is an ideal gift for guys of any size or stature. Dalys 1895 creates limited edition silk patterns in Como, Italy (George. Source: parade.com
Carson Sio's signature handhammered copper works and are making their mark in the Philadelphia artworld and beyond. His love for metalwork began as he was earning an Industrial Design degree from the University of the Arts. "I have always had an interest in art and engineering, though it took me some time to fully realize my craft potential," he says. "I come from a long line of artists and craftsmen, and have actively pursued an art education for myself. Sio earned a BS in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts, and attended the Haystack Mountain Craft School for a summer program. While working on a degree at the University of the Arts, he was drawn to craft department and took multiple elective courses in metalsmithing and casting. After college and a summer course at Haystack, he made the decision to start building a studio and developing his skills and techniques. Although he is currently working at another job during the day, he sees the potential to transition to a full-time artist in the future. He began making Moscow Mule mugs, the signature craft cocktail served in a copper mug, at the request of a friend. "I had been doing a lot of raising work at the time and was asked if I made Moscow Mule mugs by an acquaintance," Sio recalls. "I hadn't done anything quite like that but figured I could probably handle it. I am always looking for projects that push my knowledge and skills into new territories, as well as requiring me to increase my inventory of tools. Once you have to buy or make a specific tool like a hammer or stake for a project, you are always going to have that tool and it increases your range of forms or techniques you are capable of. His process begins with a flat disc of copper sheet,... He then takes the sheet through a process called raising to make a volumetric form, repeatedly hammering the disk over a metal form called a stake, to create a sort of wrinkle. He then pushes this out to the edge, slowly forcing the metal at the edges to contract and thicken. "It is a very slow and laborious process but gives the smith almost total control over what is happening with the metal," he says. "I am mostly self-taught, and I have learned most of what I know by just diving in head first and trying to figure it. Source: www.copper.org
A lightweight stove should be capable of living in your rucksack for that backpacking trip or winter outing into the mountains when you might want to fire it up for a warming drink. We tested four lightweight stoves that fit the bill. Two follow similar design concepts: the all-in-one model that includes the cooking pot within the system and works by using a heat exchanger on the bottom of the pot. Another is a super-light compact little thing that would be great on that Alpine jaunt. The fourth is a basic, value stove that will appeal to those on a limited budget. With such differing models, it’s a little unfair to pick one as the star of the show. Which appeals most will depend on what you’re looking for in a lightweight stove. To test performance, we used each stove to heat 500ml of water at tap temperature until it just started boiling. That’s enough to make a cup of tea or coffee. The times reflect how long each model took to perform that task. Edelrid Kiro Ti. Price: £45. Weight: 78g including bag. Fuel: propane/butane. Boil time: 1min 50secs. Country of manufacture: not stated. This tiny stove easily fits in the palm of your hand, and comes in its own little pouch with a drawstring closure. Obviously, you need a gas canister too to power the stove, and a pan to cook with, but if you really need to keep things small and light, the Kiro Ti plus a 100g capacity canister will tip the scales at 276g. The Edelrid stove is a simple design,... The valve control handle springs out, then the stove is screwed on to your gas canister. The three titanium arms swivel into position and their pan support extensions fold out. There is no piezo ignition. you’ll have to light it with a match, lighter or fire steel. The burner was very efficient, and boiled water quickly in our test. Wind will affect. Source: www.grough.co.uk
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