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Chris just returned home from the Santa Fe Symposium where he delivered a talk on modern niello. He and Jon talk about this year's talks and some of the things Chris got up to while in New Mexico. Full visual show notes available at • Bricolage Podcast Official Twitter account of the Bricolage Podcast • Santa Fe Symposium An annual gathering of leading experts in the jewelry industry • An Introduction to Niello Chris' first paper on niello, presented at the...


Kicked Out by Royalty

Chris recently returned from Makers Central in the United Kingdom. He and Jon chat about what he got up to there—and elsewhere—with friend of the show, Rich Loen. Full visual show notes available at • Rich Loen Entrepreneur & maker, Rich Loen, with his CNC puck carving mill • Makers Central Chris & Rich were in Birmingham for Makers Central 2018 • The Goldsmiths Company Chris & Rich paid a visit to the Goldsmiths Hall in London • Dave Merry Dave Merry...



The simplest solution is often the best solution. Jon and Chris touch on the history of timekeeping and then dive into a discuss about the variables that play into precision, mechanical timekeeping. Full visual show notes available at • Samrat Yantra A massive equinoctial sundial in Jaipur, India • Dolphin Dial Jon’s favourite example of a sundial, located in Greenwich, England • Wadokei A wadokei wristwatch created by Japanese watchmaker, Masahiro Kikuno,...


3D Printing

Chris shares a bit about the first 3D printed prototype for the watch he is creating, the printer he bought and why, mixed with some discussion about other additive manufacturing technologies. Full visual show notes available at • Prototype Watch Chris' first 3D printed watch case • MakerJuice SF Resin The resin that Chris used to 3D print his watch case • A. Lange & Söhne Design Design & prototyping at A. Lange & Söhne • Makex M-Jewelry The 3D printer Chris...


Baselworld 2018

Jon and Chris reflect back on some of the new timepieces released at Baselworld 2018, with a few old gems thrown in for good measure. Full visual show notes available at • Seiko Shippo Dial The Seiko Presage SPB075 features a guilloché patterned dial overlayed with vitreous enamel • Slim Seiko Movement A limited edition, Seiko Presage SJE073J1 with the new 6L35 caliber • Black Bay Fifty-Eight The most vintage looking Tudor Black Bay yet • Longines Military...


Cloisonné Enamel

Jon introduces Chris to an unusual, Japanese eraser. Chris recounts the incredible work of a cloisonné enamelist he came across on a trip to Japan last spring and discusses his own processes as an enamel artist at Silverhand Studios. Full visual show notes available at • @the_watchnerd The Watchnerd on Twitter • Johan ten Hoeve Upcycled Apple Watch by Johan ten Hoeve • Antiques of the Future A book by Lisa S. Roberts • Kadokeshi Eraser A multi-faceted eraser,...


Everything is a Trade-off

Chris and Jon discuss the Apple Pencil, design trade-offs, and building things to last. Full visual show notes available at • Ackerman Ink Chris' red ink of choice, with an interesting bottle design • Michael Masuyama The bespoke nib grinder that Chris goes to for his fountain pens • Apple Pencil Designed by Apple in California • Silicone Sleeve for Apple Pencil The silicone sleeve that Chris uses with his Apple Pencil • Procreate The third-party app Jon...


Ink of Choice

A friend gives Jon a fountain pen and some ink, Chris distills what makes for a great writing experience. Full visual show notes available at • Duke Pen The pen Jon’s friend recently gave him • Ottoman Azure The ink Jon got with his pen • Silverhand Studios Official website for Chris’ handcrafted pens • JinHao Pen An inexpensive pen, made in China • Jowo Nibs A German maker of nibs, that supplies brands like TWSBI • Bock Nibs A German nib manufacturer,...


Podium Pieces

From $350 to $350,000, reflecting back on the first horologically focused trade show of 2018, Chris and Jon chat about the science and artistry of watchmaking. Full visual show notes available at • Cortex Myke & CGP Grey talk about their yearly themes for 2018 • Eterna The price of Eterna's calibers varies according to the configuration, finish, & quantity ordered • SIHH The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie is an annual trade show in Geneva •...


Finite Resources

There are no refunds on time spent. Jon and Chris talk about choosing projects worth pursuing, saying no, and what's in store for the year ahead. Full visual show notes available at • Phil Poirier Phil is an adept engine turner • James Binnion Jim specializes in mokume-gane • Chris Ploof Chris specializes in working with Damascus • Rich Loen Entrepeneur, maker, & friend of the show, Rich Loen, has helped Chris hash out many problems over the years • Kevin...


What Makes Them Tick

Chris is planning to make a watch. He and Jon talk movements, makers, and the calibers others have built off of. Full visual show notes available at • PTS Resources An Asian manufacturer known for their tourbillon calibers • ETA Switzerland's most dominant supplier of mechanical watch movements • Sellita A maker of ETA clone movements • Soprod A manufacturer of mechanical, as well as advanced quartz, movements • Miyota A Japanese manufacturer of quartz &...


Mixed Metals

Jon and Chris explore the world of mixed metals and the often wood-like grain patterns these materials exhibit. Full visual show notes available at • Vacuum Table Vacuum table Chris uses to remove air while preparing flasks • Gang Tool CNC Video showing the setup of a gang tool Tormach lathe • Chris' Gang Tool Setup A picture of Chris' gang tool lathe setup • Cobalt Drill Bits Chris uses cobalt drill bits when working with nickel silver • Chris Ploof Jeweller...


Kicking Around Your Watchmaking Lair

Chris and Jon sit down to talk about the tools, gadgets, and accessories they find particularly handy to have around the shop, then round things out with some entertaining reading recommendations for the holidays. Full visual show notes available at • Overcast An excellent podcast player for iOS, by Marco Arment • Forecast A powerful podcasting tool & blazing fast MP3 encoder created by Marco Arment • Bose QC35 Chris' favourite pair of headphones • iMars...


Beyond Top Notch

First impressions of the iPhone X. Chris flies an ultralight over New Mexico and shares some tales from his travels. He and Jon discuss the iPhone X they each acquired and the potential future the device hints at. Full visual show notes available at • Bonny Doon Bonny Doon hydraulic presses and tooling • Rio Grande Official website of jewellery supplier & manufacturer, Rio Grande • Santa Fe Symposium An annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico • Phil...


Watchmaking Schools

What exactly is a watchmaker? Chris poisons himself and Jon ponders a career as a whitesmith, before the two dive into a discussion about watchmaking schools. Oh, and they both encounter a dragon roaming the streets. Full visual show notes available at • Gold alloys Optimizing gold alloys for casting • Metallurgy of Precious Metals A primer on the metallurgy of precious metals • Watchmaker Definition of a watchmaker • Watchmaking The book Watchmaking, by...


Any Sufficiently Ancient Technology

Silversmith, Chris Manning, and watchmaker, Jon Edwards, discuss the ancient art of lost wax casting and its application in Chris' work making pens today. Full visual show notes available at • “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Quote by Arthur C. Clarke, from an essary in Profiles Of The Future • Lost Wax Casting • Jeweller’s Wax Chris uses Matt Wax for the waxes he casts • Carbide Cutters Bits and Bits carbide cutters...


Prototyping a Career

Silversmith, Chris Manning, and watchmaker, Jon Edwards, delve into Jon's backstory, his path to becoming a watchmaker and how he came to develop apps for iOS. Full visual show notes available at • Joseph-Armand Bombardier The founder of Bombardier enjoyed repurposing pocket watches to create other novelties in his childhood • Star Caliber 2000 A pocket watch, crafted by Patek Philippe, that stoked Jon's interest in watchmaking • Glen Keane • Rescuers Down...


A True Polymath & Autodidact

Silversmith, Chris Manning, and watchmaker, Jon Edwards, reflect on how they first met, then dive into Chris' backstory and how he came to make the highly valued pens he creates. Full visual show notes available at • Maker Faire Ottawa Where Chris & Jon first met in person • Debug Episode 62 Jon talks watches with John Gruber alongside Debug hosts, Rene Ritchie & Guy English • Image of a Plant 14" straight line engine • Image of a Plant rose engine • Fabergé...