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.

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God Save the Tsar

Friday November 25, 2011

Our friends in Moscow had their poster-printing chops down well before the Bolsheviks turned up.

Open for inspection

Thursday November 24, 2011

Ever gone over to a mate's and wished that you could leave with a few choice objects? Melbourne's 'Open House' gives free reign to this whim; objects include furniture by Smith Journal volume one alumnus, Greg Hatton.

Made By Hand

Thursday November 24, 2011

Handmade gifts beat store-bought, hands down. And handmade products beat factory-produced goods, nine times out of ten. Made By Hand is a Brooklyn-based website that documents and promotes the emerging move away from mechanised manufacturing to making things the old fashioned way.

Heer Heer

Wednesday November 23, 2011

How's this for niche: Daniel Heer's family have been in the hand-crafted horsehair mattress business since 1907. 

Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis

Wednesday November 23, 2011

Philosopher, artist, madman, genius - what's in a name anyway? Joe Davis is a man who thinks big, talks fast, and initiates some unusual projects combining science and philosophy to question reality, religion, and human nature.

Bee good

Tuesday November 22, 2011

Bees are busy. Not only are they one half of the most famous sex education program on the planet, but they're also makers of the sweetest kind.

The Movie Title Stills Collection

Tuesday November 22, 2011

Film nerds, rejoice — we may well have found your new favourite website.

Not so small time

Monday November 21, 2011

Rob Cordiner gave us a tour of his Melbourne studio, Parts & Crafts, for Smith Journal volume one. There was so much to cover that we couldn't talk in detail about his publishing house, Smalltime Books. This is the story.

View from the top

Monday November 21, 2011

The American Alpine Club is a non-for-profit advocacy group for rockclimbers, mountaineers and generally alpine-inclined outdoorsy types.

Old Faithful Shop

Sunday November 20, 2011

There's one thing we know about Canadians: they don't take kindly to bullshit. Maybe that's why Vancouver natives Savannah Olsen and Walter Manning opened Old Faithful Shop.