Whether you’re into restoring old vinyl records, working on classic cars or repairing vintage speakers – all of us craftsmen have one thing in common: The journey is more important than the destination.
A throwback to the classic gentlemen who came before us, the following products are must-haves for today’s taste-making, do-it-yourself kind of guys - and true craftsmen.
1. A Home Brewed Beer Kit
The craft beer movement is being tapped all over the U.S. – and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s also sparked a national interest in home beer making. In fact, it’s now easier than ever before to become your own brewmaster. Investing in a homebrewing kit is the obvious place to start. If you’re just getting your feet wet in the art of beer making it might be a good idea to buy a small-batch kit while you master the skill.
Just keep in mind that most beer brewing kits don’t come with a brewing pot, strainer or funnel, which are accessories you’re going to need.
2. A Badass Home Theater System
Who says all home theater systems are the same? On the contrary, building your own system from the ground up is half the fun for most audiophiles. If you’re serious about your home audio setup, tailoring your system just right can transform your living room. Plus, it’s a pretty cool project.
So what do you need to step-up your audio game? A center channel speaker along with floorstanding speakers, surround speakers and a subwoofer are essential pieces. If it’s a vintage look you’re after, check out the Klipsch Heritage Series speakers, or use our Reference Speaker Selector to find your ideal system.
3. Basic Beard Essentials
For today’s craftsman, a solid beard goes hand in hand with old-school masculinity. But nothing ruins the look more than scraggly, unkempt whiskers. That’s why stocking up on basic beard products is a must. Whether you’re rocking a close-cut, clean beard or something more along the lines of Gandalf - keeping up with your beard is the ultimate DIY project for many men.
Making your own beard oil is an easy task that’ll bring moisture and life back into your facial hair. Similarly, you can also whip up your own shaving soap in no time. The same goes for aftershave, which can actually be substituted with rosemary oil. (This essential oil has a masculine smell that’ll also nourish your skin.)
4. An All-Around Good Toolset
Whether you’re building a deck, a bar or a bachelor pad – every man needs a decent set of tools. When stocking up on your supplies, you’ll find that some are more essential than others. The key is to start off with the bare bones, then build on depending on your individual needs.
No matter what, every basic tool collection should include:
• A snap-on socket set
• Needle nose pliers
• Allen wrenches
• Tape measure
• Power drill
5. A Decent Grill
It goes without saying that, for many manly men, grilling is close to a religious experience. Regardless of whether you’re grilling a rib eye or roasting vegetables, the right grill can make all the difference.
First, consider what’s best for you: Gas, charcoal, electric or wood pellet. This involves pinpointing how you’ll be using your grill. For example, if you’d like to get into roasting your own coffee, you’ll need a gas grill (as well as green coffee beans). But if you live in an apartment, an electric grill is probably a better bet.
Do you own any of these craftsmen-centric products? What else would you add to the list that every craftsmen should have?
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