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Flat Polished Blued Screw
Apr 9 • 48 min
Blued screws, blued indices, blued hands. Steel isn’t the only thing that’s blue in this episode. Chris and Jon chat about tempering steel, Baselworld 2019, and Swiss customs. This episode of Off Hours was made possible in partthanks to the Santa Fe…
You Don’t Have Anywhere to Hide
Mar 26 • 63 min
Chris and Jon discuss some of the interesting dials Chris is using for inspiration in his own watches. Ball Screws Chris upgraded his TAIG mill with ball screws TAIG Mill Rich Loen Chris & Rich recently gave another presentation on building your own CNC…
USB C Unicorn
Mar 12 • 61 min
USB C is serving up a mixed bag of terror and delight, Chris is preparing to bring his niello knowledge to the UK, and smartglasses don’t look smart on Jon. “Less is more.” – Peter Behrens (also attributed to Mies van der Rohe) “Less is a bore.” – Robert…
A Post-Apocalyptic Thing
Feb 26 • 54 min
Chris and Jon are joined by Rich Loen to discuss Gary Hustwit’s latest design documentary, Rams. Rams The latest design documentary by Gary Hustwit, focused on the life & work of Dieter Rams, is now out 10 Principles of Design Rams’ Ten Principles of…
Hot Glue Gun for Steel
Feb 12 • 53 min
Jon’s got a movie credit, Chris is moving clutter, and Omega’s cluttering up the SIHH signal. Design Canada The documentary Design Canada is now out Off Hours Episode 20 We first talked about Design Canada back in Episode 20 Off Hours Episode 21…
SIHH 2019
Jan 29 • 70 min
Chris and Jon discuss a resurrected watch caliber, the watches of SIHH, and a secret way to displace metal. Omega 321 Omega announced they would be putting their chronograph caliber 321 back into production days before the start of SIHH 2019 Omega 861 /…
My Chaos is Self-imposed
Jan 15
Chris and Jon look back on 2018 and set course for the year ahead. Off Hours Episode 23 The Perfectionists Joseph Whitworth British Standard Whitworth Hexagonal Cannon Smarter Every Day on How to Measure to a millionth of an Inch U.S. Space & Rocket…
No Tree is the Same
Jan 1
Jon‘s brother Josh joins us to discuss his career as a fine wood worker. Robb Report Ultimate Home 2016 Josh worked on a number of the interior architectural components in the house that won Robb Report’s Ultimate Home of 2016 Star Caliber 2000 The watch…
A Puddle in Your Pocket
Dec 18, 2018
Jon and Chris follow a thread that weaves horology, magic, and movies together. Rexhep’s Chronomètre Contemporain Episode 14 Jon & Chris first discussed Rexhep Rexhepi’s Chronomètre Contemporain in Episode 14 of Off Hours Voutilainen Observatoire The…
Inherently Honest
Dec 4, 2018
Chris and Jon talk about the late Ricky Jay, sleight of hand, and graveyards full of secrets. Ricky Jay Obituary Deadwood Ricky Jay played the character, Eddie Sawyer, in the first season of HBO’s Deadwood Ricky Jay on IMDB Cards as Weapons A book by…
Hazy Blue Halo
Nov 20, 2018
Le Grande K is out of a job. Chris has lathe problems, Jon has lens problems, and the iPad Pro still has a pro app problem. This episode of Off Hours was made possible in partthanks to the Santa Fe Symposium Learn more at www.santafesymposium.org CanUX A…
Industrial Vending Machine
Nov 6, 2018
While Chris was away traveling the world, Jon got a tour behind the scenes at Veritas, a tool making company based in Canada’s Capital. From the first all metal lathe ever made to building CNC machines at home, this episode is all about tools. This…
Travel with Your Pens Full
Oct 23, 2018
Backpacks—an unsolvable problem. Chris has an unexpected run-in with some surrealist art, followed by a discussion of dealing with the realities of travel. Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking An additional book highlighting the work of independent…
Smoking Bellows
Oct 9, 2018
Chris has just returned from a conference on ornamental turning. He and Jon discuss the difference between ornamental turning and engine turning, along with some of the other things Chris got up to while out on the West Coast. OTI Symposium Chris just got…
No Longer Mangling Watches
Sep 25, 2018
Chris is back from the British Horological Institute, where he spent a week working on watch movements. He and Jon chat about his time in the UK, the unique things he saw, and the incredible people he met along the way. BHI Short Courses Short watch &…
A Box of Bandaids
Sep 11, 2018
Chris’ first watch is taking shape. He and Jon chat through some of the process so far and where things may go from here. Mia Sable A saddlery maker who has branched out into making watch straps in recent years Shell Cordovan Leather A durable leather…
Renaissance Version of a Twitter Troll
Aug 28, 2018 • 35 min
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…
The Lord Chancellor
Aug 14, 2018 • 41 min
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…
The Memory Thief
Jul 31, 2018 • 48 min
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…
I Keep Buying Lathes
Jul 17, 2018 • 69 min
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…
Design Canada
Jul 3, 2018 • 46 min
It was Canada Day this past weekend. This may get a little patriotic. Sorry. Helvetica A documentary detailing the origin & ubiquity of the typeface Helveticaamazon.com Design Canada A documentary on Canadian design that Jon was able to catch an early…
A Digital Loupe
Jun 19, 2018 • 65 min
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. ABQ Jewellery Exhibit Chris got a sneak preview of the new jewellery exhibit at ABQcabq.gov…
Fringe Element
Jun 5, 2018 • 58 min
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. Bricolage Podcast Official Twitter account of the…
Kicked Out by Royalty
May 22, 2018 • 81 min
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. Rich Loen Entrepreneur & maker, Rich Loen, with his CNC puck carving millloen.design Makers…
Free-sprung
May 8, 2018 • 46 min
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. Samrat Yantra A massive equinoctial sundial in Jaipur,…
3D Printing
Apr 24, 2018 • 47 min
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. Prototype Watch Chris’ first 3D printed watch…
Baselworld 2018
Apr 10, 2018 • 70 min
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. Seiko Shippo Dial The Seiko Presage SPB075 features a guilloché patterned dial overlayed with vitreous…
Cloisonné Enamel
Mar 27, 2018 • 54 min
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. @the_watchnerd The…
Everything is a Trade-off
Mar 13, 2018 • 1 min
Chris and Jon discuss the Apple Pencil, design trade-offs, and building things to last. Ackerman Ink Chris’ red ink of choice, with an interesting bottle designvanness1938.com Michael Masuyama The bespoke nib grinder that Chris goes to for his fountain…
Ink of Choice
Feb 27, 2018 • 46 min
A friend gives Jon a fountain pen and some ink, Chris distills what makes for a great writing experience. Duke Pen The pen Jon’s friend recently gave himamazon.com Ottoman Azure The ink Jon got with his penamazon.com Silverhand Studios Official website…
Podium Pieces
Feb 13, 2018 • 0 min
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. Cortex Myke & CGP Grey talk about their yearly themes for 2018relay.fm Eterna The price of…
Finite Resources
Jan 30, 2018 • 55 min
What to do when you don’t have infinite time. Jon and Chris talk about choosing projects worth pursuing, saying no, and what’s in store for year ahead. Phil Poirier Phil is an adept engine turnergphilpoirier.com James Binnion Jim specializes in…
What Makes Them Tick
Jan 16, 2018
Chris is planning to make a watch. He and Jon talk movements, makers, and the calibers others have built off of. PTS Resources An Asian manufacturer known for their tourbillon calibersptsresources.com ETA Switzerland’s most dominant supplier of mechanical…
Mixed Metals
Jan 2, 2018
Jon and Chris explore the world of mixed metals and the often wood-like grain patterns these materials exhibit. Vacuum Table The vacuum table Chris uses to remove air while preparing flasksriogrande.com Gang Tool CNC Video showing the setup of a gang tool…
Kicking Around Your Watchmaking Lair
Dec 19, 2017
Chris and Jon sit down to talk about some of 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. Overcast An excellent podcast…
Beyond Top Notch
Dec 5, 2017
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. Bonny Doon Bonny Doon hydraulic presses…
Watchmaking Schools
Nov 21, 2017
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. Gold alloys Optimizing gold alloys for…
Any Sufficiently Ancient Technology
Nov 7, 2017
Silversmith, Chris Manning, and watchmaker, Jon Edwards, discuss the ancient art of lost wax casting and its application in Chris’ work making pens today. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” – Arthur C. Clarke Lost Wax…
Prototyping a Career
Oct 24, 2017
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. Joseph-Armand Bombardier The founder of Bombardier enjoyed repurposing pocket watches in his…
A True Polymath & Autodidact
Oct 10, 2017
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. Maker Faire Ottawa Where Chris & Jon first met in personmakerfaireottawa.com…