A 2000-Year-Old Brass Computer

In a 2000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera, scientists discovered the oldest known example of a computer—a complex, computational device that predicted astrological events along a calendar year. This ancient hybrid clock/calculator, known as the Antikythera mechanism, featured brass gears and dials built from mathematical ratios. While discovered 115 years ago, it wasn’t until 1959 that Princeton science historian Derek J. …

Personal Body Unit Index Poster

Essentially a cheat sheet for measuring things, this print is incredibly handy

Whether you’re a professional designer or one of the many of us who attempts to measure things with your hands, the new Personal Body Unit Index poster from Brooklyn-based design studio CW&T will prove to be a very useful tool. The poster has been created to improve users’ sense of physical scale, and essentially means you will no longer have to carry a tape measure …

Everyman Porter Key Knife

A sleek, unobtrusive blade plus bottle-opener that weighs under an ounce

While we appreciate a good crafted knife here at CH, those beauties are often reserved for wilderness adventures—and stay tucked in their leather sheaths most weeks. But even for desk-locked souls, a blade is necessary for routine tasks like opening packages and letters. Andrew Capener and Asher Seevinck (who also sings in the band Loud Harp) have started the brand Everyman, designing products “to solve …

Studio Visit: Sculptor Matt Kinney

From his live/work space in Beacon, NY, the carpenter and artist creates wooden pieces that brilliantly trick the eye

by Janine M. Stankus In the sun-splayed parlor of his partially renovated 1850s home, Matt Kinney’s artwork mingles with tools of his craft. Paint buckets, sliced and with wood medallions at their mouths, lean beneath a bench strewn with chisels, rasps and mallets. In the corner, a burled axe gleams, nearly swallowed against the swirling camouflage of a matching maple stump. Kinney, a carpenter, creates …

Leatherman Jam + Style Skate Tool

Sport-specific functionality meets all-out versatility

What the Jam + Style from Leatherman lacks in outward aesthetic appeal, it more than makes up for in utility. The combination tool from the Portland, Oregon-based manufacturer consists of two separate tools that are cleverly designed to fit snugly and compactly together. The Jam is a purpose-built skate and snowboard tool designed with input from such professional skateboarders as Arto Saari and built in …