We’ve got it all—booze, rockets, more booze, knife-throwing and 6 more ways you can have fun and develop skills at the same time
Put the Xbox controller down and earn a few more stamps on your man-card.
If you tackle a few of these hobbies, we guarantee you’ll become the newest Most Interesting Man in the World by the end of the summer.
Even better—you’ll have loads of fun.
Take the craftsmanship of woodworking, add a blazing furnace and an anvil, and you’ve got blacksmithing. It’s not easy, but nothing makes you feel like a man like hammering a lump of steel into a medieval killing machine—or a fence.
Take a look at the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America (abana.org) for a list of schools and resources.
“The why is the easy part—there aren’t too many hobbies out there where you can end up with something you can share with your friends,” said Gary Glass, president of the American Homebrewer’s Association (homebrewersassociation.org).
Home brewing also gives you the chance to make the perfect beer.
“You can create something that’s totally unique to your palate and make a beer that’s perfect for you,” Glass says. Check out the AHA’s website for tips and gear that’ll get you started.
You built model rockets as a kid. It’s time to step up your game.
These big model rockets weigh a minimum of 52 pounds, can be upwards of six feet in length, and they require FAA approval before launching!
This is the big-league. Visit the National Association of Rocketry (www.nar.org) to initiate your launch sequence.
Now that the fad has come and gone, it’s finally possible to get back to playing some real poker with some real players.
You can’t find a cash game online in the US, but you can hone your skills there for your next casino visit or neighborhood game.
Go to Pokerstars.com to set up a play-money account.
Show the ladies your artistic side and give your buddies a serious case of FOMO with your insanely awesome photos.
You don’t need a $7,000 DSLR to get started: Nikon’s D3300 (nikonusa.com) is the most user-friendly pro-level camera you’ll find, and it will only set you back $650.
Related: Exposed: “Fitness Pictures” Are Fake!
Want to step up your game? Head to lynda.com for a range of online courses in photography, or check out our own recent tutorial here.
Why become an expert on the most masculine drink in the world?
Because you can drink your whole life without tasting the same thing.
“There’s so much diversity,” said Gabrielle Shayne, of the Single Malt Whiskey Society of America (smwsa.com). “Region, age, cask type—there’s a unique Scotch Whisky for every palate.”
You’d better get started. Check out scotchwhisky.net for more information.
The Israeli martial art doesn’t receive the movie love that its Asian counterparts get, but it’s effective and brutal enough to be utilized by top government agencies like the Secret Service.
If it’s good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for you.
Check out The Krav Maga Federation (kravmagafederation.com) for an introduction to the technique and Krav Maga Worldwide (kravmaga.com) for a list of training facilities in the U.S.
Following the traditional simplicity of Japanese design, Tenkara fly fishing does away with the fishing reel, leaving you with just a rod, a line, a fly, and a ton of patience.
The simple, light design makes it a natural for backpacking trips, as well. Tenkarausa.com sells the kit and provides instructions that condense fishing down to the very basics.
You climbed everything when you were a kid. Go back to your roots by picking up rock climbing.
With short, tough routes that usually top out at 10 to 15 feet above the ground, bouldering is the best way to break in.
“Bouldering is probably the most accessible discipline in rock climbing due to the simplicity of it,” says professional rock climber Joe Kinder. All you need is a huge rock and a pair of climbing shoes—and even those are negotiable.
Face it, when civilization goes to hell, you’re not going to want to run out of bullets. Being able to accurately throw a knife will be a very useful skill.
For now, though, you can bring a few throwers to your next barbecue and be the baddest-ass there.