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« on: August 11, 2006 08:45:14 AM »

My hubby finally is getting some good ol leisure time away from work. He'd like to get into a hobby but preferably not much equipment/space needed. I already suggested wood-burning and he nixed that. What kinds of things are you guys or your husbands into?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2006 09:00:02 AM »

My father was "into" 2 hobbies as I can recall as a child. The first involved the creation of stained glass. He was quite skilled at it. I think that might require a considerable monetary investment, though. The second involved framing. His framing phase didn't last too long. He sure had a lot of materials, though. LOL!

How about take the hubby on a virtual "tour" through some sites like Craftster, and see what catches his eye. Maybe some sort of hobby like woodburning would be neat for him. Some men enjoy pottery. If you choose to frame "beading" as becoming a "JEWELER", it might have more masculine appeal.

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006 09:42:09 AM »

Some non-fluffy crafts:
- chain mail (a guy on this forum makes awesome stuff)
- resin casting
- tile mosaic
- any jewelry that involves soldering
  One poster has a husband who made the most fantastic needle felted dragon first time out the gate, it made the "this rocks" list, it was so incredibly good...his first time Shocked (shakes head in wonder)
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2006 08:42:59 AM »

I would second the mosaic suggestion, because the initial outlay is fairly modest - some tiles, nippers, glue and don't forget those manly dangerous-looking goggles (which are VITAL to protect your eyes) and off you go.  MASSES of info and design ideas available on the Net too.  He could cast some big butch concrete paving slabs with mosaic tops.

Stephen - who does stonemasonry and embroidery with equal joy!
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2006 08:53:46 AM »

My boyfriend loves to customize shoes. It really doesn't take much cash or space. He normally just gets boots (you can get military issued boots for like 10$ at many flea markets) and then he uses a drill to add screws, nuts, bolts, chains, or whatever else suits his fancy at the moment. They've all turned out looking really great (that is, if you're into that sort of thing).
Mosaic is really cool, too. We did a little of that in highschool and he always liked it.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2006 07:03:10 AM »

If I have learned anything about the men in my life, it's that they want something functional as opposed to trinkety (like my sewn Mario star...he likes running about singing the song and pretending he is invincible, but he wouldn't want to make it). And they like to eat. My fiance is interested in stencilling shirts, glass etching (with the cream), and candy making. As a note, I wonder if he would be into making toiletries/cosmetics for himself. Something like Tiger Balm or soaps or shaving cream?
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2006 09:15:44 AM »

thanks! these are some good ideas....

If I have learned anything about the men in my life, it's that they want something functional as opposed to trinkety (like my sewn Mario star...he likes running about singing the song and pretending he is invincible, but he wouldn't want to make it). And they like to eat. My fiance is interested in stencilling shirts, glass etching (with the cream), and candy making. As a note, I wonder if he would be into making toiletries/cosmetics for himself. Something like Tiger Balm or soaps or shaving cream?
you're definitely right about the functionality thing. whenever i make a purse or something, his first reaction is "that's cute. but do you need another purse?" umm, no, but that's not the point! i bought a pattern for mens clothes (he's tall so really hard to find clothes) maybe if I make that he'll be inspired too. the glass etching thing and toiletries are great ideas! he's not afraid of being a metrosexual  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2006 09:23:42 AM »

Here is a whole thread on crafts for teenaged boys.  Although your hubby is (probably  Wink) not a teenager, this is a good list of manly crafts and might be helpful.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111915.0
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2006 09:36:07 AM »

carving?
I know my huisband said he wishes he could carve..but his spatial perception  and ability to visualize in 3D isn't good enough he thinks. Also perhaps painting or drawing? One CAN learn to draw.
I am expecting my husband to want to learn to kniot any minute now...he is facinated watching me. Loves the idea of taking a string and two sticks and making a wearable or usable object from them.
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2006 10:02:12 AM »

Your brief mention of him being tall gave me an idea - get him a book on Pattern Cutting - I recommend Winifred Aldrich's book on menswear - he will enjoy the technical drawing side of the skill AND he will learn to draft patterns for you to make him.  Win, win!

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