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A Box of Bandaids

9/11/2018
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• Mia Sable A saddlery maker who has branched out into making watch straps in recent years • Shell Cordovan Leather A durable leather made from horse hides • Moose Leather • Horween An American firm with a strong reputation for making quality leather • Apple Watch Link Bracelet • Crabyon Antibacterial fabric made from crab shells • Mycoworks Mushroom leather • Royal Doak An example of one of Alex Doak's hand drawn watches • Gerald Genta The designer behind Audemars Piguet’s Royal...

Duration:00:40:02

Renaissance Version of a Twitter Troll

8/28/2018
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Jon and Chris discuss follow up books to read, tricks for beating the Vatican hoards, letter press documentaries, and canes that aren't quite what they appear to be. • The Perfectionists A new book by Simon Winchester we discussed last episode, which traces the impact that ever increasing levels of accuracy have had on our world • Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling A book by Ross King • Brunelleschi's Dome Another book by Ross King about a literal Renaissance Man who reinvented...

Duration:00:35:36

The Lord Chancellor

8/14/2018
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Precision, accuracy, and a smattering of etymology. Chris and Jon discuss Simon Winchester's latest book, The Perfectionists. • The Perfectionists A new book that traces the impact that ever increasing levels of accuracy have had on our world, from the industrial revolution, through to the digital age • Ned Ludd An English weaver, from whom the term "luddite" was derived • Bokeh The blur that occurs when an object within a photograph does not fall inside the bounds of the lens's depth...

Duration:00:41:12

The Memory Thief

7/31/2018
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Jon and Chris talk about buying art, stone carving, and managing notifications without a wearable. • Adam Young A Canadian artist that Jon & his wife recently acquired a painting from • Steven Strang Local artist & friend of the show whose work Chris has been a longstanding patron of • The Memory Thief' Chris' most recent acquisition from Steven Strang • Printrbot Ceases Operations We spoke a little about Printrbot back in Episode 15, they recently & suddenly shut down • Monoprice...

Duration:00:48:19

I Keep Buying Lathes

7/17/2018
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Turns out there’s more than one way to thread a screw. Chris talks to Jon about the upsides and challenges of crafting multi lead threads for his pens, and why you should use metric—not imperial—measures. • Jessica Edwards The Producer of the documentary film, Design Canada & founder of Film First Co. • Timely Tees Jon recently released a co-axial version of the Escape Tee • Multi Lead Threading One of Chris’ most popular blog posts • The Machinery's Handbook A quintessential reference...

Duration:01:09:11

Design Canada

7/3/2018
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It was Canada Day this past weekend. This may get a little patriotic. Sorry. Full visual show notes available at http://offhours.show/ep20 • Helvetica A documentary detailing the origin & ubiquity of the typeface Helvetica • Design Canada A documentary on Canadian design • Canadian Flag A visual history of the Canadian flag, courtesy of Wikipedia • Canada Wordmark Official guidelines for the Canada wordmark • Massimo Vignelli "If you can design one thing, you can design...

Duration:00:46:49

A Digital Loupe

6/19/2018
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Jon and Chris chat a little more about the Santa Fe speakers' trip, the closure of OSU's watchmaking program, and the potential upsides of augmenting reality. Full visual show notes available at http://offhours.show/ep19 • ABQ Jewellery Exhibit Chris got a sneak preview of the new jewellery exhibit at ABQ • Closure of OSU Oklahoma State University's Watchmaking Program is slated to close • Wit Jarochowski Wit Jarochowski’s 1991 patent for a mechanically driven electromagnetic...

Duration:01:05:06

Fringe Element

6/5/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep • 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...

Duration:00:58:17

Kicked Out by Royalty

5/22/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep17 • 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...

Duration:01:21:39

Free-sprung

5/8/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep16 • 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,...

Duration:00:46:29

3D Printing

4/24/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep15 • 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...

Duration:00:47:11

Baselworld 2018

4/10/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep14 • 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...

Duration:01:11:15

Cloisonné Enamel

3/27/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep13 • @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,...

Duration:00:54:11

Everything is a Trade-off

3/13/2018
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Chris and Jon discuss the Apple Pencil, design trade-offs, and building things to last. Full visual show notes available at http://offhours.show/ep12 • 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...

Duration:01:06:35

Ink of Choice

2/27/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep11 • 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,...

Duration:00:46:40

Podium Pieces

2/13/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep10 • 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 •...

Duration:00:36:15

Finite Resources

1/30/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep9 • 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...

Duration:00:55:22

What Makes Them Tick

1/16/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep8 • 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 &...

Duration:00:44:35

Mixed Metals

1/2/2018
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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 http://offhours.show/ep7 • 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...

Duration:00:41:45

Kicking Around Your Watchmaking Lair

12/19/2017
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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 http://offhours.show/ep6/ • 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...

Duration:01:02:56