Smith Journal · A quarterly, Australia-based publication that takes unexpected, interesting, funny and sometimes complicated stories and tells them the way you would to a bunch of friends at the pub.

The Art of (Fake) Facial Hair

Thursday February 02, 2017

Can’t grow a beard? No worries; this decorative wooden one from Russian craftsman Alexander Kanygin is all the manly you need.

The Most Colourful Job in Afghanistan

Wednesday February 01, 2017

Meet the artisans charged with keeping the Great Mosque of Afghanistan this eye-wateringly colourful.

Paper Engines

Tuesday January 31, 2017

Wipe the oil off your hands: these working origami engines are things of tiny, impractical beauty.

Forget that luthier’s apprenticeship you've been eying off: these tinkerers will show you how to make a guitar out of nearly anything.

Rewilding Australia

Sunday January 29, 2017

Would you like to see Tassie devils return to the Australian mainland? That’s just one of the crazy things that could happen if the “rewilding” movement gets its way.

These retro caravan brochures are so fantastically gaudy, you’ll never want to camp without a shagpile rug again.

David Bowie's Stamp of Approval

Friday January 27, 2017

The Royal Mail pays tribute to the Thin White Duke with a range of oddly shaped postage stamps.

Aboriginal astronomy fuses 60,000 years of Indigenous knowledge with theoretical physics – and modern street maps. 

The Makeshift Homes of Spanish Nomads

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Living off the grid usually means forking out for an expensive modular house and a dozen solar panels. But for this nomadic community in the Spanish mountains, the concept is a lot more basic. Photographer Ben Murphy investigates.

Beautiful Shipwrecks

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Running your ship ashore is a dangerous, costly and – if you’re the captain of a commercial vessel – career-limiting thing to do. But we’ll be damned if it doesn’t look pretty.