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Perpetually Curious
Inherently Honest
Dec 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 • 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 • 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 • 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…