July 04, 2012
"The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker"
Janet Groth's memoir of her 21 years — from 1957 to 1978 — as the New Yorker's 18th-floor receptionist boasts one of the best book covers of the year.
Steven Kurtz's June 27 New York Times story/interview with Ms. Groth is chock full of choice morsels from the just-published tome.
Carbon Steel Utility Knives
From a website:
Strong and tough high carbon steel is easy to sharpen and can take a very keen edge. Double bevel.
Why This Product:
These blades are made of high carbon steel, one of the hardest metals used to make tools. Because of its exceptionally fine grain, high carbon steel can be given a much sharper edge than other alloys. The blades are extra thick to provide better stability and precise handling and adjustment.
Use and Care:
The knives can be used for precision cutting, trimming, carving, and work in wood, paper, and other materials. Because of the double bevel, the blades are suitable for right- or left-handed use.
No handle means you can customize your own: wrap the shaft with tape, leather, string — and make a loop through the perforation at the base to hang from a nail or your belt (though in that case, you may want to keep the blade in a sheath).
High carbon steel is extremely hard and therefore brittle, so the blade must be stored carefully to keep the edge free of chips or nicks and to prevent it from going dull (loose in a drawer is not recommended). High carbon steel is not corrosion resistant — that's the price of having the sharpest edge — and the best way to keep it from rusting is constant use. As an additional precaution, you may want to coat the blade with WD-40 or camellia or mineral oil. Keep dry. For best performance and depending on frequency of use, you should sharpen and hone your blade regularly; the duller it gets, the more work will be required to bring the edge back.
These blades were inspired and designed by a renowned luthier.
Shaping, beveling, and slotting of the blades are done by hand-grinding and precision machining.
Hock Tools, the company that makes these knives, is located in the center of northern California’s woodworking community and has been producing tools for craftsmen for over 30 years.
• ¾-inch knife: 3/32 inch x ¾ inch x 7 inches, tip: 25°, bevel: 25°
• ½-inch knife: 1/16 inch x ½ inch x 7 inches, tip: 25°, bevel: 20°
• ¼-inch knife: 1/16 inch x ¼ inch x 7 inches, tip: 10°, bevel: 35°
[via Alexis Shubin]
National Tourist Route Rv 889 in Havoysund, Norway
June 22 marked the official opening of the Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter-designed National Tourist Route Project (above and below) in Norway's far north.
From Buro 24/7:
"Петляющая бетонная дорога в Норвегии по проекту Reiulf Ramstad Architects создана для того, чтобы облегчить спуск с обочины дороги к берегу моря в городе Хавёйсунн.
Она расположена на самом севере Норвегии, где пейзаж суров, скуден и одновременно так величественно красив.
Проходя по "бетонной тропе", можно сполна полюбоваться красотой фьордов — она спроектирована так, чтобы максимально удлинить путь.
Сделано это не только из соображений эстетики: изгибы дороги делают спуск по крутому склону безопасным и комфортным.
На обоих концах сооружения устроены места для отдыха, где можно перевести дух и насладиться пустынным нордическим пейзажем."
[via Kay (Leah)]
From CSYCB: "Mr. Button buttons are some of the best buttons I have seen in a long while! And I see a lot of buttons."
From a website: "Ideal for adding a little character to clothes and crafts."
Designed by John Caswell.
Pack of 10 buttons contains 5@ 15mmØ and 20mmØ.
Easter Island Statue Walks
From Weird Things: "This fall a collaboration between NOVA and National Geographic will show how scientists think a primitive culture may have moved the five-ton, ten-foot-tall Moai statues on Easter Island."
[via Richard Kashdan]
Designed by Olivier Grégoire.
19.7"L x 16.9"W x 18.9"H.
July 4, 1776 — Thomas Jefferson's notes on the weather in Philadelphia
Above, "Observations on the weather" noted by Jefferson in his Weather Memorandum Book, begun on July 1, 1776.
The original manuscript is in the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
[via The Monticello Classroom]
Limbo x Calvin and Hobbes T-Shirt