The bowline is one of the most useful knots you can know. Simple to tie, and easy to undo, the beauty of the bowline is that it creates a quick loop secured by a knot that tightens when under load. Sailors use the bowline to fasten halyards and other rigging which require a super-secure connection.  The post How to Tie a One-Handed Bowline Knot appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front - a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. For the next seven months he was starved and tortured in  The post Podcast #492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Editor‘s Note: This is a guest article byMichael Magnus. Whether putting on a few pounds at the holidays or getting fit and shedding inches with The Strenuous Life, it‘s handy to know how to add a new notch or two to your leather belt.In this article, you‘ll see several different methods for punching holes: some  The post How to Make a New Hole in a Leather Belt (Using Whatever Tools You‘ve Got) appeared first on The Art
There are over a hundred million books in existence. And the average person only has 8 decades in which to read them. So which books should you choose to read over others before you croak? It‘s a question that‘s launched scores of lists and many an argument, and my guest today has fired his own  The post Podcast #493: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Editor‘s note: This is a guest article from TJ Cosgrove. For most people, the humble pencil is a writing utensil that was once familiar, but is now largely absent from their everyday life. When you were a kid, you used a #2 pencil to fill out the answer sheet bubbles on standardized tests. Maybe you  The post A Beginner‘s Guide to the Underappreciated Pencil appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
There‘s no doubt that luck plays a role in how successful we are in life, but the more we believe in luck, the less motivated we feel to proactively go after our goals. How do we navigate this paradox around luck - acknowledging the influence of chance but not letting it demoralize us? My guest  The post Podcast #490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky? appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Drinking whiskey from a glass tumbler perhaps while sitting in a leather chair, reading a leather-bound book has been a classic male pastime for hundreds of years. In the modern age, companies have introduced what they claim are advancements in this age-old activity: glasses that supposedly enhance the drinking experience. As a semi-regular  The post Can Special Glasses Improve the Whiskey Drinking Experience? appeared first on The Art of Man
Around here, we‘re pretty bullish on the power of motivation. 90% of the time I do the things I do even those that seemingly require discipline like working out and just plain working because I feel like doing them. But every once in a while, my feelings fail me: I‘m tired and grumpy,  The post Sunday Firesides: Feelings Follow Action appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Passion is a word that‘s been thrown around a lot in the last few decades. People have a vague notion that passion is a very good thing, and that they want to find it in their work and lives. But beyond passion as a buzzword, its realities are actually very little discussed and seldom well  The post Podcast #491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
If you‘ve been trying to get a handle on youranger, you‘ve likely read tips for calming down like taking a deep breath and counting to ten. My guest today argues while those tactics might serve as band-aid in the short term, truly getting control of your anger has to begin long before you have a  The post Podcast #489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
If you have a dispute with your landlord, is the first thing you do to call Mom and Dad for advice? Whenever a question crosses your mind, do you immediately type it into Google? When your girlfriend does something to make you mad, do you deal with it by texting a friend? Psychologists would describe  The post Sunday Firesides: Don‘t Borrow an Ego appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
When you‘re making choices as a parent concerning your children and your family, it‘s easy to choose whatever is most comfortable and convenient in the moment. But a friend of mine once gave me a much better criterion for making these decisions asking yourself: ‘What pattern do I want to set for my  The post What Pattern Are You Setting in Your Family? appeared first on The Art of Manliness.
Made out of a few simple PVC fittings and lengths of pipe, potato cannons can launch spuds up to 300 yards. They‘re cheap and fun to make, and they‘re also a great way to get introduced to the basics of cutting, priming, and gluing PVC together. If you‘ve been hesitant about DIY plumbing, making a  The post How to Make a Potato Cannon appeared first on The Art of Manliness.