With all our modern on-demand distractions, it's good to set aside some time for old-school, slow-paced activities. The Talja Woodcarving Kit is a great way to get started. This all-in-one package includes two pieces of wood — juniper and birch — as well as a classic Swedish woodcarving knife from Mora Kniv, a knife case, two types of sandpaper for smoothing over the rough edges, 5ml of paraffin oil to protect your masterpiece, and instructions/stencils in case you've forgotten your childhood whittling lessons.
When it comes to a multi-purpose butane torch for the home, there's no reason to get something cheap that won't stand the test of time. The Versa Flame Torch from Dremel is probably the most versatile burner on the market today, with a self ignition button with safety lock and flame lock-on for continuous hands-free operation, providing up to a 75 minute run time. Ideal for small soldering jobs around the house, or to put the finishing touches on a well prepared meal.
When you need to measure something with the utmost accuracy, a simple ruler or tape measure won't do. What you need is a tool like the Mitutoyo Digital Micrometer. IP65 compliant, it has a range of 0-25mm (0-1"), with a resolution of 0.001mm (0.00005"), and accuracy of plus or minus 0.00005". An LCD screen makes it easy to see your readings in either unit, and the measuring faces are carbide-tipped for durability.