New Hobby Box is a subscription that sends you everything you need to take up a new hobby every month! I love learning how to do new things, so I was really excited to try this!
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The Subscription: New Hobby Box
The Cost: $30 + $7.26 shipping = $37.26 per month with discounts for longer commitments
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The Products: Everything you need to try out a new hobby every month
Ships to: US
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These are the supplies I was sent this month. My new hobby for May was scrimshaw! What is scrimshaw? I had no idea either, but it is etching and inking on whale bone! It's an old whaler's craft, but now it is done on all types of bones and other materials.
New Hobby Box does not send printed instructions, so the tutorials are all online. You can print them out, but so far I have found the videos they post even more helpful.
Y'all, scrimshaw is really hard. I know this picture is a little blurry, but it's not as blurry as you think, and it wouldn't matter if it was crystal clear. You get the idea. This is my effort at scrimshaw on plastic. They did send some little pieces of faux bone, and I may give it a shot at some point, but this was pretty discouraging.
Verdict: Despite the fact that scrimshaw is really hard, and I don't have a natural talent for it, I'm glad I tried it. It also seems that everyone finds it very difficult, so maybe if I keep at it I might be okay at it. I love that New Hobby Box gave me the opportunity to try it. I have seen lots of comments about how the value of the items sent are not worth the price on this and other crafting / skill boxes, and I have to say that I don't think it's fair to appraise these boxes just by the value of the materials. The project selection, material sourcing, and instruction all has a lot of value to me, personally. It's definitely one of those boxes that you just have to decide for yourself if it's worth it. I'm a huge fan of New Hobby Box!
Spoiler Alert: July's hobby is how to pick locks! It sounds kind of salacious, but it will probably be one of those skills I'm glad I have!
What do you think of New Hobby Box?