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Mr. Rafal

Mr. Rafal

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Poe
Mr. Rafal

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Esteemed gentlemen, it has been a while since I have allowed myself the privilege to write to you. The past two years have been a season of busyness, change, and growth for me. I moved across the country. I completed a masters degree in public health. For the first time in my life my worldview […]

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How to Create the Perfect Gentleman’s Study

Cooper Klein

Cooper Klein

Cooper Klein is a cool dad and an interior designer. He’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smooth Decorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.
Cooper Klein

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This week we have the distinct honor of hearing from Cooper Klein. He’s a blogger and designer that is currently writing for SmoothDecorator.com, and he’s graciously offered his words of wisdom for us this month. He brings a wealth of knowledge about how a Modern Day Gentleman is to prepare the spaces he inhabits so […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Caring for His Tools

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Founder at ToolsCritic.com
Mark Thompson is a professional woodworker with over 20 years experience in the industry. Having owned his own woodworking shop for a long time, he worked on almost all types of projects and perfected his craft. He is now sharing his passion and expertise as the founder of ToolsCritic.com and is always looking to learn something new.
Mark Thompson

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Today you have the great privilege of hearing from Mark Thompson of ToolsCritic.com. He’s got a wide range of expertise in woodworking, and craftsmanship of all kinds. His website is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to invest in any tool or looking to take on a new project! We’re thankful he was willing to […]

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Design. Build. Tinker. Contribute…Create.

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

We’ve stopped creating. When was the last time you built something…from scratch? Maybe Shop class in High School? Maybe an evening pottery course that you got off of Groupon? I’d wager that most of us would be hard-pressed to remember the last time that we undertook a project where we had to think of a […]

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“That” Guy: Understanding Roles in Our Relationships

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

Which “guy” are you? The “funny” guy? The “ambitious” guy? The “sports” guy? The “practical” guy? The “movie buff” guy? As you think about your circle of friends, inevitably everyone fits into some kind of unique “slot” within the group. It’s a natural tendency we have to place people into specific roles. I think that, […]

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Financial Stewardship: The Forgotten Virtue

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

Why, in a world so hyper-focused on gaining and spending wealth, do we so often shy away from the topic of financial management and planning? We love to use money, but it seems that we don’t want to (or perhaps don’t know how to) have the conversation about how that can be done wisely. As […]

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Redefining Expectations During Seasons of Transition

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

Think back to the last big transition you made in your life. Was it high school to college? Single-life to married-life? A move to a new city? My guess is that as you reminisce on those memories you are flooded with both positive and negative emotions. The thrill of a new adventure, the anxiety of […]

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How to Craft Your Own Pipe From Scratch

James Niehaus

James Niehaus

Founder at Perfect Cuts & Miters
James owns and operates a cabinet shop specializing in fine furniture, reproductions, and custom architectural fixtures. He is a master cabinet maker, writes for woodworking magazines and loves giving advice to new woodworkers. He also teaches woodworking throughout the country in colleges, woodworking clubs, schools and seminars.
James Niehaus

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Today we are honored with some gentlemanly insight from James Niehaus of Perfect Cuts & Miters. He has a wellspring of wisdom in woodworking and crafting projects built from raw materials. I have a great amount of respect for anyone with this kind of experience and passion, so when James contacted the Modern Day Gentlemen […]

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Why Every Father Must Balance Work with Outdoor Activities with Their Child

Oliver Walsh

Oliver Walsh

Founder at BestHomeGears.com
Oliver is your next door DIY enthusiast, you can check out his website BestHomeGears.com. He started working on this website with his wife Laurel to bring out their story, adventures, and misadventures to more people out there!
Oliver Walsh

Today, we have the distinct pleasure of hearing from a friend of The Modern Day Gentlemen blog, Mr. Oliver Walsh. He and his wife run BestHomeGears.com and when he reached out asking to contribute with some knowledge about fatherhood, I didn’t hesitate to take him up on it! He is a fine gentlemen, indeed. Thank […]

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As the Fire Refines…

Brandon Reed

Founding Member at The Distinguished Society of Fine Gentlemen
"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

There are chapters in any gentlemen’s life that can be looked back on as seasons of growth. Circumstances and situations that all seem to culminate together to form rich lessons that inevitably become the “stuff” that our world views are made out of. As many of you know all too well, those seasons are often […]

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