Friday Links

The New York Times Arts Beat blog has a great interview with Amelia Freeman-Lynde on the food for the Apply Family play cycle. These four plays by Richard Nelson have premiered once a year for the past four years, and this year, they are being presented in repertory at the Public Theater. Each play calls for a lot of food; entire meals are consumed by the cast through the course of the show. So coming up with cost-effective and healthy meals for the shows have been quite a challenge for Amelia, who has been the prop master on these shows since they have begun, even after moving out of New York City.

Here is a day in the life of Laura Johnson. Johnson is a freelance prop maker in the UK, but she also makes tiny figurines, which is what this article is about. They are quite fun.

Lost Art Press has another great blog post this week on the recommended tool list for a union carpenter in 1970. The list not only gives specific brand suggestions for each tool, but it tells you how often you should buy a new tool, and in what order they should be purchased.

This looks like it could be a fun project: make a hot-wire foam cutter from a model train transformer.

This seems to be the time of year when everyone is writing about suggested gifts. Here’s my suggested gift: buy my book. Boom, Christmas shopping done.