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Spring Exploring

Since my earliest memories, the transition seasons have always been my favorites and the source of major inspiration.  The layering of color and depth of texture seem to be strait from a well used, dried up painters pallet rather than from nature.  I am fortunate enough to have a very flexible schedule being self employed and had the opportunity in late winter/spring to have time at home 3 mornings a week with my two youngest kids, Oliver (4) and Asher (almost two).  These are our adventures.

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Opinel Knives

Simplicity is bliss.  I've always been a firm believer in this statement and try to apply it to every aspect of my life.  Shoes, boots, bicycles, the leather goods I build, and the tools I use all seem to work better, last longer, and generally age with grace the more simply they've been built.  Opinel knives are no exception. For more than 120 years Opinel has been hand building knives in France using high quality carbon steels and a simple wooden handle.  Incredibly well made and built for a lifetime of use.    

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Machine of Machines, The Puritan Sewing Machine

By far the best tool in the shop is our Puritan Sewing Machine.  Ours is #643 built in the year 1893. Yes that is 120 years old.  Seen as the work horse of any sewing operation, it is a USA built machine using genuine US steel, and is obviously built to last.  The crafts-people who use these machines develop relationships with them and we are no exeption. Here is a great video from Red Wing that expresses the passion that these machines inspire.   While Red Wing uses a three needle stitch we utilizes a single needle.  Both represent a chain stitch.  This is a unique stitch where the thread is is double looped with one loop being threaded through...

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