During WWI, the Navy had some big problems. German U Boats were sinking ships at an alarming rate, that is, until British Artist and naval officer Norman Wilkinson invented Razzle Dazzle Camouflage. This series of brightly colored and highly patterned ships made it difficult to judge the speed and direction the ships were travelling, making them much more difficult to sink. Must've taken forever to paint one of these babies, but as Naval jobs go, I'd take it. Read the whole fascinating story over at Twisted Sifter.
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Paul Overton is a prolific blogger, maker, writer, and ukulele player living in Hardwick, MA with three dogs, his closest co-conspirator, and a lawn that makes his octogenarian neighbors want to call the authorities. He delights in the unusual and can often be found in his tiny studio, whipping up some sort of self-indulgent nonsense for his own amusement.
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DudeCraft represents a different kind of tribe in the world of making things, intentionally blurring the lines between, art, craft, engineering, and the good old “Can Do” spirit. Makers of all stripes are welcome here and are encouraged to join the conversation, no matter what their enthusiasms. Guys who knit, girls who weld, it’s all the same on DudeCraft. We are people who make cool stuff, have an urge to share it, and don’t mind explaining how we did it, so that other folks can benefit from our experience.