I'm Aaron Blaise, Animator and Illustrator, and This Is How I Work

You may not know his name, but you've seen his work—for over twenty years Aaron Blaise worked as an animator with Disney to help create some of their most memorable characters. From Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, The Lion King, and more, Aaron's pencil has overflowed with life. » 12/17/14 4:18pm Wednesday 4:18pm

How to cut a goose feather into a lovely quill pen

I'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!). » 10/22/14 11:04pm 10/22/14 11:04pm

Make Meals from Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet's a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the… » 9/16/14 1:27pm 9/16/14 1:27pm

A 130 MPH Leaf Blower Can Blast Yard Debris Into the Next Neighborhood

What Dyson's vacuums are to sucking up dirt in your home, Troy-Bilt's new TB2MB Jet Leaf Blower is to blasting debris—and possibly toddlers—off your driveway. Using a specially-engineered mixed-flow fan, it's able to generate wind speeds up to 130 miles per hour, which will send leaves, dirt, and other crap you don't… » 9/03/14 1:35pm 9/03/14 1:35pm

Finally, a Drill You Can Charge From a USB Port

It only requires assembling a single piece of Ikea furniture to realize why an electric screwdriver is a worthwhile investment. So if you're in the market for one, Black+Decker's new 4V MAX Lithium Pivot Screwdriver could be a great choice for the sole reason that you can charge it from the same USB adapters you use… » 9/02/14 5:25pm 9/02/14 5:25pm

Scented Duct Tape For Half-Assed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now… » 8/27/14 5:43pm 8/27/14 5:43pm

You'll Never Need a Second Person To Use This Tiny Laser Measure

Despite being small enough to fit in your pocket, a tape measure is one of those tools that is almost impossible to use by yourself. Laser measuring devices are far easier to wrangle if you don't have an assistant—even with just one hand—but it's taken decades for a company like Bosch to finally create a version » 8/26/14 11:00am 8/26/14 11:00am

A Simple Accessory Turns Your Shopvac Into an Extra Set of Hands

Even if you're working with a team of carpenters, Festool's new CT Wings accessory seems like it could be the next must-have tool for every workshop or jobsite. It's designed to attach to the end of the hose on of one of Festool's shop vacuums and then securely suction itself to a wall so that it can be used as a… » 8/12/14 5:40pm 8/12/14 5:40pm

This Algorithm Can Change the Season and Weather In Your Photos

One time I drove five hours out of my way on a road trip to Monument Valley, only to be devastated when I arrived. Instead of the bright red buttes I'd envisioned against a clear blue sky, a gray haze had settled into the valley, rendering the landscape flat and lifeless. My photographs could have been saved by a new… » 8/08/14 12:25pm 8/08/14 12:25pm

A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair

A Leatherman multi-tool hanging off your belt is a great way to stay prepared for emergencies, but it means you look like someone with a Leatherman hanging off their belt—and that part's not so great. This innocuous hair clip is a better alternative. It manages to replicate the functionality of quite a few tools, but… » 7/25/14 2:42pm 7/25/14 2:42pm

You No Longer Have to Go to Japan to Buy These Beautiful Blue Toolboxes

Trusco toolboxes have long been an elusive item, something only seen by tasteful travelers who spotted them in Japan. They lusted after them enough to fill a few pages on Instagram. But now Hand-Eye Supply is selling a whole line of these beautiful blue boxes, and they're surprisingly affordable. » 7/17/14 5:00pm 7/17/14 5:00pm

These Inductive Batteries Keep Your Power Tools Perpetually Charged

It's almost impossible to think of a time when you had to wrangle a long cord while working with power tools. But as convenient as cordless tools are, they're useless if their batteries are dead. So this fall, Bosch will be introducing batteries with inductive charging that simply need to be placed on a base station… » 6/17/14 4:40pm 6/17/14 4:40pm

A Pop-Up Toolbox On Wheels Puts All Your Tools In Easy Reach

When you're working in the garage and find yourself elbows deep in grease, you don't want to have to paw through everything in your toolbox to find the exact one you need, getting everything dirty in the process. That's why Hazet's rolling tool trolley expands vertically, turning into a mobile shelf where all of your… » 6/13/14 5:20pm 6/13/14 5:20pm