Ray Gascoigne has been around boats his whole life, as a shipwright, a merchant sailor, and now as a ship builder on the smallest dry dock there is: a bottle. This short film, by Smith Journal and Melbourne-based production studio Commoner, picks through the wood chips to tell the story of a craft honed over 60 years, and the man behind it. A step-by-step account of the process was featured in Smith Journal volume six. Find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/10eWkuF Learn more about Smith: http://bit.ly/sDgUHh Presented by Smith Journal, a quarterly Australian magazine for guys (smithjournal.com.au) A film by Commoner (vimeo.com/commonerfilms) Music by Ben Yardley+ More details
Smith joined forces with Victorian grower, gatherer, hunter and cook Rohan Anderson to build a pioneer-style cold smokehouse on his property just outside Ballarat. This short film by Melbourne-based production studio Commoner captures the vision of the smokehouse build and the story of Anderson’s motivation. A step-by-step account of the process was featured in Smith Journal volume four. Find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/NV2g9e Learn more about Smith: http://bit.ly/sDgUHh Presented by Smith Journal, a quarterly Australian magazine for guys (smithjournal.com.au) A film by Commoner (commonerfilms.com.au) Featuring Rohan Anderson (wholelarderlove.com) Directed and edited by Mark Welker Cameras by Aaron Cuthbert, George Husband, Mark & Monique Welker Music by Nathan Hollywood+ More details
Former weightlifter Nick Ciancio has been fixing sewing machines ever since he was knocked back from the police force for being too short. Filmed by Smith Journal, this short film tells the story of an old craft, and the man keeping it alive. We interviewed Nick – and other industrious fixers – in volume 13. Find out more about the project: http://bit.ly/1v9i8Ix Learn more about Smith: http://bit.ly/1tCtOhA+ More details
Smith Journal is a quarterly publication for discerning gents (and ladies who like reading about discerning gents). A friendly guide to all things creative, intriguing, genuine and funny — full of stories, people, adventures, interesting conversations and gentlemanly style. * Issue № 02 is out and available at BooksActually !+ More details
Browse through the new Smith Journal & Frankie, and buy your copy at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum: http://www.athenaeum.nl/shop/details/9771839767006 & http://www.athenaeum.nl/shop/details/frankie/9771449779017 ABOUT SMITH JOURNAL Volume 14 of Smith Journal is full of people with extraordinary trophy cabinets. One of them is Ray Brown, an Australian tailor who went from working in a Brisbane tailor shop to defining the look of ‘80s hair metal. He still has a couple of platinum records from the old days, but no one could say he’s living off past glories; his indestructible threads continue to make rock stars around the world fall to their knees. Ken Warby's got a couple of specky accolades, too. Back in the mid-‘70s, he set the world water speed record using a boat that he built in his backyard. Almost forty years on, he and his son are trying to make something that will go even faster. Foley artist John Simpson’s set of gongs takes up a whole shelf. He’s recorded sound effects for everyone from Peter Jackson to Steven Spielberg. That said, his studio doesn’t exactly scream Hollywood; it sits in the middle of a remote paddock four hours north of Adelaide. As far as unusual workplaces go, though, Simpson’s building doesn’t have anything on the one used by Dennis Wingo. He and a team of ‘technoarcheologists’ operate out of an old burger joint on the edge of a NASA research centre. Their mission: preserving the history of humanity’s adventures in space. If all that wasn’t enough, the mag also includes stuff about the U.S.S.R.’s only advertising agency, an Arizonan entomologist who’s been stung by nearly every creepy crawly under the sun and the secret mission to send Winston Churchill a platypus during World War II. ABOUT FRANKIE Back when it all began, Frankie magazine founders publisher Louise Bannister and creative director Lara Burke could think of nothing better than spending their days op-shopping and drinking cups of tea. (They still can’t – some things never change.) One day they put together a plan to start a magazine. They were uninspired with what was being offered on newsagency shelves and felt nothing could relate to them. Both firm friends with similar tastes, they wanted a magazine that spoke directly to the reader, contained great affordable fashion, sweet art, interesting reads, real people and pretty photography. With the support and encouragement of youth lifestyle publishing house Morrison Media, their dream became a reality. A few years later, Louise decided to go off overseas on a big adventure, so the duo called up their friend Jo Walker to take over as editor and assist in tea-making duties. Then, when Louise returned from her jaunt abroad and settled in to work as associate publisher, the three ladies set about welcoming a whole load of lovely people to fill out the frankie family tree and help bring their little mag to the world.+ More details
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