Wednesday, June 29

10E2559: LLBean Bookbag Fabrics

Attn parents; summer means LLBean revamps the kids backpacks/bookbags. Couple of neat prints for 2016 including one reminiscent of a certain mining videogame, and a retro camping fabric. The pencil case would make an inexpensive dopp kid for your young campers.


Saturday, June 25

10E2558: From Harris (tweed) to Paris


File under desktop vacation. BTW EU grants played a part in the recent resurrection of the Harris Tweed industry...




Following the journey of the tweed from Harris [the isle of Harris - ed.] to Paris, it is a story about people, craftsmanship and how an traditional island industry remains relevant and connects to a global fashion industry that changes, literally with every season.

Friday, June 17

10E2557: Fathers Day Too Late Next Time

Pretty much anything on 10e would work as a Father's Day gift, though have to mention - how did Father's Day become such a thing?? Feel like we get a pretty good deal generally... now gifts and a slap-up ribs lunch too! Just for towing the line?

Anyhow, the picks should probably be made of either leather, cast iron, slate, wood, booze or a combination of the above...



1. Ames Tru-Temper steel-barrow. 6 cubic feet. Not easy to get made in USA 'barrows; usually the wheel is imported, sometimes the handles, these come close I believe. Plus, stealing idea from the NYT, fill this thing w/ ice and tonic for later...

2. Slate stakes/row markers. There are a lot of these around.

3. LLBean rubber moccasins. Great for gardening. Same price or less than Muck boots and you can wear them out and about afterwards; just hose them off. What, you were gonna buy crocs?
[sidenote: these run big imho, def order a 1/2 size down.]

4. Sipsmith Gin. Distilled in London. Sis is in the drinks biz, says this one cooler than the other side of the pillow... Cue the G&Ts.



Cast iron cricket bootjack. Classic. $20.




The original face-saver from Ursa Major; cedar/mint/lime. Essential kit for bearded types as it also sloughs (right word?) and stops you getting itchy. $28 and lasts several months.


I am late to the party on this beef jerky company Krave. I like saddle leather jerky too but this is like dry slices of steak. Soft. No chemical aftertaste. I ate a bag today for breakfast... And their smaller line available at whole foods also looks pretty snazzy.




Slate coasters. Possibly made of rescued roof slates from a lumbercamp's chapel in the Green Mountains... Sub$30.






R. Murphy clam knife in Island Creek Oyster orange. $15. No brainer.




Wednesday, June 8

10E2556: Middle Mountain | Boxing


I am fortunate to have New England creatives send material... this time from John Nolan previously of Flightless Buttress a 10e fave, in a new work creating instrumental works verging on oral soundscapes.
"It is a combination of music, guitars, loops, string quartet, synths and audio samples from various boxing matches and old recordings. There's not really a narrative, but I hope folks can find a story in there somewhere."
Full Middle Mountain out now.




John sent this to me the day before Muhammad Ali passed away. One of the first books I ever loaned from my grade school library was a bio on Ali. I sure did think he was the greatest - and his early stories of segregated Kentucky (and conscientious objection to Vietnam) were eye opening to a 6 year old kid in 1970s Vermont. Next I read the bios of Arthur Ashe, OJ and Dr J. This was still the time of ABC Friday Night Fights on tv. Was tough to see your hero get bloodied and beaten when he tried to come back against Holmes. Looking for that kids bio version of Ali to share w our boys. #thegreatest


Wait - you want to see stuff like this live??  Nolan & co. are playing next Wednesday night June 15th at Lilypad (Cambridge MA) at 10pm, and Saturday June 18th at Radio Bean outside Burlington (Winooski) VT at 6pm. THAT is a show I can do... [artwork by www.fionnmccabe.com ]


 


Friday, June 3

10E2555: Topo Designs - Women's Collection


The freewheeling mountain time nerds, mad scientists, hikers, climbers and ramblers from Topo Designs have released a women's line as of today. Ripstop-everything. In their sig blue/red/yellow color scheme, or olive-drab-neon, or black - and some other off-piste makeups if you visit one of their 4 (!) physical stores in CO and CA.  All but 1 of these is sub-$100. Made in USA (mostly in Colorado at their LEED certified shop).  Full details at the end. Fantastic.



Mountain Fleece (W)
Camp Shorts (W)
Shoulder Bag
Cinch Tote
Flannel (W)
Topo x Chaco Sandal (W)
Mountain Pant (W)
Topo x Westerlind felt hat
Topo/dinex Mug


Tuesday, May 31

10E2554: The Latest Portrait of the Rural Northeast by Sumner McKane

The latest project from 10e fave Sumner McKane is The Northeast by Eastern. Sumner gave us loggers In The Blood, travelling photographers through The Maine Frontier, and rumrunners Only Smuggling.  This latest expolers the archive of Eastern Illustrating, a postcard company which inadvertently now serves as a record of rural life in the early 20thC of upstate New England. 
The Northeast by Eastern combines Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s comprehensive collection of early 20th century photographs of rural New England and Upstate New York, with archival film footage, interviews, and oral histories.


These 'docu-exhibits' by McKane are performed with live music in townhalls/galleries/libraries in Maine and farther afield as history lessons as much as entertainment. Have him visit your school or support the latest project here.

"When Spring would arrive in the Northeast, the traveling photographer/salesmen from the Belfast, Maine-based, Eastern illustrating and Publishing Company would pack up their cameras, catalogues, and order books, and head out on the road, seeking buyers and markets for their unique “real photo” postcards.

Between 1909-1940, Eastern’s photographers captured roughly 100,000 views on glass plate negatives. These views captured towns that are no longer on maps, towns that we never knew existed, our home towns, and they captured, thoroughly, a way of life in the rural northeast in the early 20th century."