The Artful Wooden Spoon

By Tom Ran

Published: November 8, 2015 under Publishing

The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen from Chronicle Books

Photo: Staff

Joshua Vogel, the Kingston, NY woodworker has substantially grown his body of work through the years – beginning with his hand-turned art vessels up to his meticulously constructed furniture. Along the way, his workshop (Blackcreek Mercantile) began producing everyday objects and tools for the kitchen that included cutting boards and his wildly popular wooden spoons.

In celebration of these dining tools, Vogel is releasing his first book, The Artful Wooden Spoon. It documents his approach to making this everyday utensil. From the methodology to the actualization of the spoon. Through historical methods and traditional forms he guides us through the steps to creating our very own keepsake.

The Artful Wooden Spoon by Chronicle Books goes on sale tomorrow.

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Evel Comes to Cooperville

By Tom Ran

Published: April 28, 2014 under Publishing

Evel Knievel walks towards his famed Harley Davidson XR 750

Photo: Evel Comes to Cooperville

The lore that surrounds Evel Knievel might have diminished through the years but the name still sticks out whenever it is mentioned. There has never been a stuntman that has achieved the level of fame and recognition that Knievel had achieved. His stunts captivated the nation as he attempted his ramp-to-ramp jumps across a canyon, double decker busses, and Ford Mustangs while setting a record for the “most bones broken in a lifetime.” He had many high profile jumps that were nationally recognized and many more that were forgotten in towns across the US. One in particular was in June of 1972 at the Oklahoma Fair Grounds. It may have been forgotten forever had it not been for Garrett Colton. The grandson of Jack Cooper, he was a car dealer who orchestrated Knievel’s presence that summer weekend. Colton discovered a dusty box of negatives from the festivities in his grandfather’s attic. Knievel being driven around in a pace car, Knievel’s semi-trailer truck operation, and the excitement surrounding the event. Over four decades later a book has been published in conjunction with Done To Death Projects. “Evel Comes to Cooperville” serves as a time capsule in American pop culture of the events that unfolded that weekend. It was a time when dirt bikes were king and how a lone daredevil could captivate a town with his presence.

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Snacks Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: April 25, 2014 under Publishing

Erik Marinovich's contribution to the first issue of Snacks Quarterly

Photo: Erik Marinovich

Though we take our snacking seriously who would have thought that an art and design publication can be developed on such a topic? Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon, that’s who. Snacks Quarterly is a digital publication that brings together a stellar line up of creatives for its inaugural issue. Friends of The Scout Erik Marinovich and Matthew Foster have both created original artwork along with a quick Q&A concerning what else? Snacking. There’s also short features, flash fiction, poems all on the same theme. In short, they’re short spurts of content that is equivalent to a snack. Breeze right through the first issue of Snack Quarterly right now.

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Billykirk Book

By Tom Ran

Published: April 14, 2014 under Publishing

A well-worn Billykirk belt

Photo: Tatsuro Nishimura for Billykirk

It’s been five years since we first met Chris and Kirk Bray from Billykirk and embarked on our short film series. The brothers were already ten years in to their small business of making hand crafted leather goods. This year they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary by putting together a book featuring well-wormed items from past customers. Belts, wallets, bags, everything under the Billykirk sun will be included. They’re currently taking submissions. Just send a photo of your item to If chosen, your item will be photographed and published in the book along with your name and story. All participants will get a signed copy of the book from Chris and Kirk.

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Collective Quarterly at Modern Anthology

By Tom Ran

Published: April 8, 2014 under Publishing

The Collective Quarterly launch at Modern Anthology.

Photo: Collective Quarterly

Nearly a year after we mentioned the Collective Quarterly on The Scout, we’re finally going to see the fruits of their labor. On the heels of their Chicago launch, they’re bringing the celebration to Brooklyn. Modern Anthology in Dumbo, will be hosting an event this Thursday evening to commemorate the release. They will be giving away a copy of issue 0, a Faribault Woolen Mills travel blanket in collaborating with Collective Quarterly, a framed print from the issue, and much more. Meet the team behind the publication and see many of the photographs up close. The event will be from 6-9 in their Dumbo storefront at 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. RSVP at

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Stay Wild

By Tom Ran

Published: March 31, 2014 under Publishing

Stay Wild issue 1

Photo: Stay Wild

There will always be a forum for niche markets and sub-sub-genres on the web no matter how defined your interests are. However, it’s not always the case in the tactile world. The marketplace can be limited in print and media to your interest and a newsstand can only hold so many magazines. But change is on the horizon. Day after day we’re seeing launches of new magazine that are becoming more niche. Coming out of Portland, Oregon is Stay Wild, a new quarterly that combines “the wonder of travel, the excitement of action sports, and the beauty of outdoor lifestyle.” It’s the first of its kind and most impressive of all, it’s free. The first issue features and interview with Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes of Land, wild boar hunting in the jungles of Oahu, American hiking boots made in China, and profiles on motorcycle riding, moped loving, and surfing adventurists. The first printed issue is out now in selected shops, but for those who can’t find a copy, there’s always the web. The entirety of issue one is published on Issuu. via Cool Hunting

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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