Chris Gardner is the founder and editor of ManMadeDIY, a creative lifestyle site for men (and women!) who like to make stuff. ManMade seeks to cover the independent craft movement from a masculine point of view, as well as add a DIY spin to the usual men's lifestyle topics. He lives and makes messes in Portland, OR.
Experience the best of Alaska's unique landscape from a get-your-hands-dirty point of view. You'll build, hike, and eat & drink your way through Anchorage, Seward, and Denali while completing DIY projects along the way with your host, Chris Gardner of ManMadeDIY.com
Anchorage: In Anchorage, you'll get the perfect marriage of wildlife, the outdoors and city luxuries (great craft beer too)! Join us while we put our hands to work building and taking breaks to visit local breweries, i.e. Midnight Sun Brewing.
Seward: Surrounded by mountains on one side and touching Resurrection Bay on the other, Seward is a destination like no other. You can hike, climb, kayak, fish, whale-watch and even get into some glaciers if you’re feeling adventurous. Enjoy the incredible sea life and all that Seward has to offer during your stay.
Denali: You can’t travel this far without visiting Denali. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the “big five” - grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep. Are you a climber? Visit the continent’s highest peak at Mount McKinley.
The list of useful implements that can be crafted from wood is infinite and amazing. But so is the the amount of information and people telling you all the tools you need to buy to start making wood projects. We'll take inspiration from the unique geography and landscape of Alaska to explore what it takes to craft items from wood without a huge investment in oversized power tools or hours spent learning to hand cut joinery.
DIY leather projects tend to go one of two directions: the well-built and long-lasting items that require a steep learning curve and hard to work materials; or cheap, chemical-laden "soft crafts" of the kind you can find at the craft store. We'll take a look at how to get the most out of leather as a practical material, without needing to learn hand stitching or complex construction methods. After exploring how it works, we'll create two simple, classic leather products you can use every day.
Pay a deposit of $299 today to reserve your spot!
We'll charge the remaining trip balance 45 days before trip start.
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We'll meet as a group in Anchorage on day 1 of the trip and kick off the trip with a welcome happy hour.
The trip ends in Anchorage! If you are not participating in the Denali add-on, your trip will end on Aug. 30 (day 7). If you are joining the Denali add-on, your trip will end on Sep. 2 (day 10).