Looking for a new hobby, suggestions?

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  1. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    I thought the bolded part was something ALL guys naturally do with anything associated with the garage?
  2. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Always admired the patience and attention to detail that it takes to do all that.

    Then the first time I saw stuff like this, it blew me away...
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  3. jlauffer

    jlauffer Tempt not the Blade Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Now it all makes sense!

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  4. never.truly.lost


    Dec 13, 2015
    Bushcrafty type skills are excellent to learn and can play around with them while still at home
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  5. Ta2ude


    Apr 7, 2012
    working out
    dog training
    fixing bicycles
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  6. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Another thing that goes with garages and beer: darts
  7. KP


    Oct 24, 2011
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  8. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Ti anodizing, and mods Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    I love playing darts! I need to rehang the board in the garage...

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  9. Daverous

    Daverous StabosauROUS Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 31, 2018
    Sounds very familiar. I switch hobbies pretty frequently. Something about keeping a fresh set of goals to attain I suppose. They say the build up is more rewarding than the attainment, chemically, especially when it comes to collecting.

    I started home brewing and built a few kegorators to take care of the first requirement. Very satisfied with the projects and the savings while I work on new stuff. If you haven't tried leather work yet I'd suggest it. Kydex was fun, but pretty simple stuff. Leather gives me more freedom to get crazy.
    Wish I could offer you an end all be all hobby, but I'm not sure they exist for some people. I've built motorcycles, furniture, houses, bikes, sound studios, cars, off road rigs, and a million other things in my short time on earth and none of it holds my attention indefinitely. May be a personal problem, but I think we all need something fresh to grab our attention.
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  10. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    From the op's name, would guess reloading is already a hobby. If not, it should be. Anyway, most already mentioned, but here's some of mine for ideas.

    Some of my current hobbies....
    Knives, of course: buying, tinkering, anodizing, sharpening, etc.
    Guns: shooting, reloading.
    General, putter about tinkering.
    Motorcycles (street & dirt, but more conservative).
    Silversmithing: small bullion pours and some jewelry (also some copper).
    Minimal woodworking.

    Some that I'd like to try...
    Lathe work: bowls, pens, etc.
    Welding and other metalwork.
    Engraving (laser and contact).
    3D Printing.

    Some Past Hobbies:
    Flying (private).
    Skydiving (actually more "events" than hobby as I never certified).
    Motorcycles (bit more aggressive styles).
    Rock climbing.
    Embroidery (the hardcore kind....no really :D).
    Gold plating.

    Obviously my current life is a bit more sedentary. I was a little hard on my body in years past. Now paying the price.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2020
  11. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    One of the possible solutions is to cycle hobbies, i.e. when that maximum enthusiasm for a) dwindles, focus on b), then c), etc.

    Months/years later, you realize it's been some time since you messed with a), and you enjoyed it quite a bit, so you revisit a).
  12. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    I'll remember to pack my set if we're ever headed to a CPK/blade enthusiasts meet.

    I'm still down for the proposed CPK/blade enthusiasts camp out when the K18s are done :D
  13. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    That sounds cool. I should set up a dart board
  14. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I'm surprised that no one is into my favorite pass time: make $, spend that $ and then lo$e some! Remember the age ol' maxim kiddos, "you gotta spend some to make some" ;)
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  15. Welshie12


    Jan 15, 2020
    Whittling, wood/spoon carving that sort of thing. You get to use a lot, or at least some depending on what you have, of the knives you already have and can get a whole new set of knives in different shapes and styles for making different cuts. And your sharpening hobby will be useful too.
    I really need to find time to do some more of it.
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  16. ol_sc


    Sep 12, 2011
    Another vote for Homebrewing. It's very rewarding and there's no limit to how deep you can get into it.
  17. Freespoolin


    Nov 20, 2017
    If I missed it my bad but if you are looking to burn tie and money take up fishing. From salt to fresh, fly to conventional there is always something to learn and something to spend money on. Not to mention you get something good to eat. If you live in the panhandle of FL that is my area of expertise. I have spent 1000s of hours on the piers there catching cobia, king mackerel, pompano, etc. not to mention more sharks than I ever want to see again.
  18. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    What better hobby to spend time on, while drinking a few beers, than sampling the previous batch, while making tweaks to the next batch lol
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  19. Big DJ

    Big DJ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    Even great craft beer is pretty cheep so I just buy it.
    Mountain biking is a great way to get some exercise, build a new skill set and pass time.
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  20. G-Rob-D

    G-Rob-D Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2016
    As you get on later in life I find things that keep my fingers dexterous helpful. I second or third guitar. I haven’t been able to play as much as I would like but I always know I have a fat tele that will always be glad to see me. Also, flipping as in balisongs. I have always known about them but recently tried to actually learn some moves and some of the better brands out there right now. Pretty amasing what you can do with bushings and chunks of titanium.
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