Minnesota’s Ron Swanson: Former Minnesota Twin Glen Perkins talks life after baseball at his woodshop and brewery

We pull into a driveway of former Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins’ 100-acre Lakeville farmstead, Gala Farms, on a crisp December day. He jumps out of his blue Ford Raptor to greet us, sporting a gray, half-zip hunting sweatshirt, khaki-colored winter hat, and a scruffy beard. He looks less like a millionaire former pro athlete … [ Read more]

Make & Mingle: Friluftsliv

Welcome winter with art making, nature discoveries and more. Explore and embody Friluftsliv (free-loofts-liv), the Nordic concept of embracing the outdoors as a way of life. Try Kolrosing (the art of incising and staining wood), create tree ring prints, enjoy food, beer samples from BlackStack Brewing, outdoor activities, and warm fires. $15 21+ ONLY

Carpentry and Community at Women’s Woodshop

In a world that seems to be growing increasingly unstable, Jess Hirsch sees Women’s Woodshop as a much-needed escape for the community. “I think that people need a break, and need to come together over something that’s outside of themselves—and working with wood, it’s such a warm material, it has all these smells that are … [ Read more]

Do It Yourself, Together: How maker spaces & tool libraries are building community

A squat, unassuming building of beige-painted brick and exposed cinder block sits tucked behind some of the great restaurants of Northeast Minneapolis’ Central Avenue. A red, hexagonal sign reads “MPLS Make” in white letters. It’s 4pm on a Thursday. A sign on the back door reads: “KNOCK LOUD! We’re rocking music and power tools  in … [ Read more]

The DIY Guide To Living The Growler Life

The Growler Life is about getting your hands dirty and making things from scratch, whether that means practicing the art of fermentation, rolling fresh pasta, or sawing up boards in a woodshop. You cannot replicate the gratification and “do-it-yourself” pride that comes with making something by hand. With that in mind, we want to empower … [ Read more]

How To Build Your Own Wooden Toolbox and 12-Pack Carrier

Photos by Kevin Kramer, The Growler Skill level: Moderate Total time: 3 hours over a few days Materials One 1” x 6” x 8’ oak board Six 1¼” pocket screws Kreg Pocket-Hole System Wood glue 6” length of ½” black gas pipe (1) 4½” length of ½” black gas pipe (2) ½” black gas pipe … [ Read more]

DIY: How to build and play your own Kubb set

The game of Kubb (pronounced koob) is an increasingly popular lawn game said to have originated over 1,000 years ago in Scandinavia. Though the game is as simple as tossing wood dowels to knock over wood blocks, kubb—also known as Viking Chess—is the type of game that can change even the most mild-mannered person into … [ Read more]

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