The Collective Quarterly

I just received the first edition of The Collective Quarterly, and it is stunning.

I was immediately attracted to this first edition, given its geographic focus: Absaroka.  These are the lands of my Wyoming childhood, magnificently captured by photographers and storytellers. Give it a look. Oh, and if you find yourself around some Wyoming locals, be sure to pronounce it “Ab-zor-kah”.  I’m looking at you, Longmire.

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Issue 1: Absaroka from Collective Quarterly on Vimeo.

21CSC

Here’s to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for efforts to revive a Civilian Conservation Corps for the 21st century.  In fact, the concept is called the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and will bring an extremely valuable and successful American institution back for future generations.  With the political winds the way they are, the program will rely on private investments rather than full federal support, with American Eagle stepping up to support the program with $1 million. Read more about the program here.

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Worn Wear – Patagonia

Worn Wear from Patagonia is unique among businesses.  This is what I love about Patagonia.  As a private company, they don’t need to grow indefinitely to appease shareholders who are interested in profit only.  They can support causes, and business strategies, that embrace principles beyond the bottom line.

Below is a new film about people and their Patagonia gear, as part of the Worn Wear campaign. It is almost 1/2 hour long, but definitely worth watching.  Not to get too preachy, but in the middle of the Holiday season, it is more important than ever to consider the impact of our buying choices and try to reduce our individual and collective impact on the environment.

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Commonplace

Ecotrust, the Portland-based non-profit who have advanced several innovative conservation tools and methodologies over the years, have released a new online magazine, Commonplace.  Commonplace is described as, “a new online and mobile magazine focused on stories from home.”  Particularly if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you will likely find Commonplace worth a look.  The first issue focuses on the sensitive Skeena River basin of British Columbia, currently the focus of the Northern Gateway Project, which would convey tar-sands oil by tanker through the region to the Pacific.

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Forest Glen Axe

Forest Glen Axe isn’t a real thing.  I don’t intend to sell axes, build a brand, or necessarily even keep working with axes long term.  But between work and school, and the hours I devote in front of a computer screen to those ends, I have been eager to work with my hands more.

I have been restoring axe bits as I find them and (usually) hanging them on new helves.  Inspired by Best Made Co, I have also been painting the helves…admittedly a total rip-off, but I really do like the addition of paint and the unique quality it brings to a simple, elegant tool.

The cultural resurgence of the axe is both evident and telling, represented by Best Made Co, Trust Co, Northwest Axe Company, Cooper Hill Axe Works, Meriwether of Montana, and Victor Axe, among a growing list of others.

I am not doing anything new here, of course.  But it is fulfilling none the less.  My friends will hopefully enjoy their Christmas presents this year…

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