CUTMAPS

USA_Grey_Wall_1024x1024Artist and mechanical engineer Dan Linden has taken an industrial laser cutter and is creating works of art out of the everyday map.  While working at a roller coaster company, Dan had an idea to make use of the laser cutter in this office to create a three dimensional replication of his Columbus neighborhood on a beverage coaster to be sold at the monthly art fair.

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THE BARISIEUR

We here at NCG are always about being efficient and using tools that allow us to get the most out of our day.  The Barisieur, designed by Joshua Renouf does just that.  It’s an alarm clock that also brews a cup of coffee!

The water is boiled by the movement of stainless steal ballbearings through induction heating.  The bearings also act as the alarm and wakes the sleeper up vs. the loud buzzing or morning zoo keeper on the radio we have all come accustomed too. The wake up is subtle, accompanied with the scent of fresh brewed coffee.

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BELLERBY & CO. GLOBEMAKERS

peter-bellerby1Not able to find the perfect globe for his father on his 80th birthday, Peter Bellerby took matters into his own hands.  He designed one himself and in 2008, due to the large popularity of his globes, Bellerby & Co Globemakers was founded.

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He and his team create the sphere out of plaster and then glue the triangular strips, or ‘gore’ to the sphere, without any ripping or ripples.  His technique took 18+ months to perfect and over 100 globes were tossed into the scrap pile along the way.  To quote Peter, ‘…any mistake on the sphere is then multiplied by Pi…so its extremely important to get the sphere 100% correct, its the base of the entire project.’

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DOVO SCISSORS

 

 
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I am always in the market for nice things and stumbled across these Dovo scissors on Kaufmann Mercantile while doing some research for another project.  Made of high carbon stainless, these scissors are strong and will carry an edge much longer than your basic household scissors.

Dovo takes so much pride in these scissors, they ensured their product was allowed to carry the wording ‘Solingen’, which is the city where they are made, but more importantly, the city only allows goods to use that name if they live up to the high standards of materials and manufacturing.

Well balanced and smooth cutting these scissors are a thing of beauty.  KM offers them in a 7″ household and a 6″ paper version.

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AUDUBON FIELD GUIDE SERIES

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My teacher in 9th grade Earth Science had a version of the National Audubon Society Field Guide we were to use as a reference for our papers and projects.  Leather bound and the size of a small child, I always questioned how it could be used in the actual field.  It seemed impossible to lug those massive volumes out into the wilderness and still find time to enjoy nature vs. the actual process of carrying the books.

When I found this pocket or actual field size collection at Best Made Company, it made me think of Mr. Morrison and his boxes of rocks.  This 16 volume edition covers all of your nature needs.  Birds, rocks & minerals, fish and the nights sky are addressed and no man would have any unanswered questions if he possesses this set.

Bound in colorful vinyl and containing full color photos for easy ID’ing of your subject matter, this set is a must-have for any outdoorsmen.

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