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Month: August 2013

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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Slow is Fast

Yet another Patagonia (Malloy) project I am excited to have a look at, this time a book, Slow is Fast.  Book trailer below…

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Slow is Fast Book Tour with Dan Malloy from Patagonia on Vimeo.

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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