Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About Everything

Making Stuff and Doing Things A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About Everything Kyle Bravo has assembled a comprehensive book along with dozens of other instructional articles that tell you how to do just about everything Topics include getting active direct action gardening h

Kyle Bravo has assembled a comprehensive book along with dozens of other instructional articles that tell you how to do just about everything Topics include getting active, direct action, gardening, how to make wine, homeschooling, fixing a toilet, audio phone patch, how to make envelopes, shoe repair, making rubber stamps, how to juggle, composting, DIY toothpaste, gettiKyle Bravo has assembled a comprehensive book along with dozens of other instructional articles that tell you how to do just about everything Topics include getting active, direct action, gardening, how to make wine, homeschooling, fixing a toilet, audio phone patch, how to make envelopes, shoe repair, making rubber stamps, how to juggle, composting, DIY toothpaste, getting rid of fruit flies, greywater systems, composting toliets, making hanging and floating tents, saving money at the post office, making posters and stencils, fixing a harmonica, DIY flowerpots, avoiding dangerous household chemicals, preventing ear infections, how women can pee standing up, menstrual massages, and a few pieces for inspiration I m sure you can see by now why this is essential.

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Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About Everything

  1. Kyle Bravo is a zinester and musician from New Orleans, LA With his wife, Jenny, Bravo runs Hot Iron Press a letterpress and silkscreen printshop, distributor of artists books, zines, comics, etcetera, and organizer of various DIY projects He also contributes to zines, including Zine World A Reader s Guide to the Underground Press and Factory Direct.Bravo edited a collection of DIY articles into a book called Making Stuff and Doing Things, which was published by Microcosm Publishing It was the book form of a zine that spanned 2 issues that he published in the early 2000 s called How2 Zine Kyle also ran a zine distro called How2 Distro at that time He has also released the album Digging Myself Deeper on Valiant Death Records.

318 Reply to “Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Just About Everything”

  1. The compiler of this book which is a collection of zine articles and most of the individual writers are well meaning However as a book that tells you how to make stuff and do things it has failed for me I don t think I will use a single thing that I read in the book The authors would no doubt think that I am falling into the capitalist trap when I say this, but why would you ever need to make your own rope Even if civilisation collapses, rope, string, yarn etc would surely be easier to collect a [...]


  2. A pretty decent compilation of DIY guides compiled from a multitude of zines It s pretty hit and miss Some of the things in there are so stripped down and basic, it s of a jumping off point than an actual guide Others are just bizarre Why anyone would go through the process of making their own dildo and strap on harness is something so far beyond my ken as to be mind boggling Others have flaws, errors or omissions in them that cause some major headaches or sickness, and yet others are so bound [...]


  3. An underground DIY book and the title should tell you that These are useful little tools if you are the type of person ready to throw yourself into something and figure it out on your own These type of DIY resource intsrtuctions are often just good starting points for the introduction of an idea, the rudiments of making say, a bicycle powered washing machine, and inspiration The instructions to build something or do a task in this book aren t enough if you are the type of person who needs to be [...]


  4. I ve read the whole book, but I m currently revisiting Matte Resist s articles on gardening The book is really inspiring, makes you feel like you can DIY too Great cut paste zine aesthetic as most if not all the articles were culled from zines , and a wide variety of stuff Make your own sex toys Grow your own food Ways to catch flies, bind books, play guitar chords, and lots, lots, LOTS .


  5. I really liked how the book was compiled from various zines, and there is a lot of actionable stuff here Microcosm publishes a lot of excellent writing that might not otherwise see the light of day.


  6. While this book had a lot of good information in it, I wasn t impressed with the way it was presented A majority of the content was previously published articles in magazines, newspapers, etc and then COPIED and pasted into book layout Which means many of the pages are in such tiny print I needed a magnifying glass to read them Personally, nothing is worth reading through a magnifying glass for any length of time I would have thought the content would have been retyped and presented in normal fo [...]


  7. Kyle Bravo didn t really write this book or even edit it like he compiled it Masking Stuff and Doing Things looks like a scrapbook of pages torn out of various photocopied fanzines It s a nice scrapbook that encourages and guides the reader through everything from how to play the guitar to how to fix your bike to how to compost your own fecal matter That the book is an unedited collection of how to s is a strength in its collective voice, but also a weakness in who this information can reach Pa [...]


  8. this book really annoyed me some of the sections were good and useful which is why it gets two stars but a lot of them exemplified the anarcho DIY tendency to not even consider that non punx might have useful skills to share I don t think radical DIY politics should be about completely ignoring existing resources the sewing embroidery section in particular was really fucking half arsed, which struck me as highly disrespectful to a skill set that s already devalued by mainstream culture what, you [...]


  9. This book brings together lots of Misc information from word of mouth, friends, and even random articles on the internet It s great for anyone into D.I.Y The book itself includes doodles and illustrations by the author and much of it is written by hand or in an old fashioned typewriter font It contains information on everything from mulching, creating your own soy milk, and growing sprouts to making your own butt plug Seriously, the range of information in this book is vast and ecclectic.The aut [...]


  10. Awesome A book with handy, excessive, necessary and foolish DIY tips and guides It can be a little too punk rock for me at times, though For example, I would never ever make a human waste compost toilet But I would make a duct tape wallet, key chain super tool knife, fork, spoon, swiss army thingy with screwdriver file scissors etc, led light, nail clippers, lockpick, and oh yeah, keys and a dozen others This is a great book, and anyone looking into DIY that isn t of the Bob Villa variety, shoul [...]


  11. I thought this was a good introduction to DIY Best article was on how to patch clothing It is time consuming but VERY durable I also really dug the bit on making a bathing suit out of bandannas but I mean it s probably easier to wear your undies The bottom of the suit was I could not make it fit properly The top was easy and really sturdy though I m not sure how often I have three bandannas on me at any given moment.


  12. This is worth a peek at the least Pretty bizarre book for the Hipster Grandoldperson in us all Contents of this DIY guide include how to set up your avg sewing machine,fixing a broken toilet, how to make dandelion wine, make your own toothpaste, etclots of ideas on how to make life less dependent on others.


  13. A compilation of different How To articles from a variety of zines I almost want to keep this at the Reference Desk It s like a reference material for the indie zine DIY punk set I want to try homemade rootbeer most of all.


  14. this book is a scatterbrained compendium of zine articles, all DIY how to awesome i learned how to, yeah, make my own soy juice matt d actually liked it and engage in other horrifyingly hippie activities.


  15. It won t make you a master of self reliance, however it does offer some great suggestions The fact that some of the articles seemed like they were written by 2nd graders didn t give credibility to some of the information, but it still makes for a quick, fun read.





  16. A collection of zines which tell you how to do pretty much anything from repairing a washing machine to recycling your own fecal matter Not always the most legibly typeset book in the world.


  17. i love this book every time i come back to it there is something new that i ve re discovered that newly interests me.


  18. There s a ton of useful info in this book In fact, it was my guide to building my own composter this weekend Easy to read, decipher and apply Good stuff


  19. Though several of the zines republished in this book border on illegible, it s generally filled with a lot of really great to know, well described things.



  20. AWESOME DIY BOOK Everything from making your own wine to gardening to building a cart bike, which I want to do as soon as I get my hands on a cart I love this book.




  21. a great guide to actually doing something with your mind your hands try doing something for by yourself for once the world makes a lot sense afterwards trust me.





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