Quite for some month I´ve been designing and redesigning this bucket bag in my head. Last week I finally hand sew the “Gloria” for my sister Gloria after we discussed her requirements. A magazine (about DIN A4) should definitely fit in and I extended the size even a bit to store a 13 inch Macbook inside. A bespoke leatherpatch with one of her favorite slogans “no guts no glory” makes the bag even more unique. The bag is still at my leather workshop but it will get handed over to her tomorrow. The bag was completely sewn by hand and saddle stitched with two needles so it´s really handmade (not “handmade” by operating a sewing machine with the hands). The Leather is probably the most eco friendly certified leather you can buy in Germany/Europe. The tannery is located in the south of Germany and the hides are from cows from the alpine region close by as well. For me it´s an important thing to support the local tanneries and craftsmen as i hope my clients do as well. The size of the bag is approx. 35 x 25 x 15 cm. Inquiries about the bucket bag via my website.
Natural Indigo Scarfs by Indigo People
Probably the first time I came saw the first natural indigo dyed scarf was at “The Low Show” in Amsterdam about half a year ago. Since then I regretted to not have been able to obtain one. By luck I found Kiat from Indigopeople and his natural indigo dyed scarfs. I contacted him and he was kind enough to sent me the Otobe and the Abira scarf be-cause i was not really sure which one I like more. Honestly I still don´t know. Both are really nice masterpieces with a “basic” traditional ikat pattern made by a master artisan. While the Otobe is a much bigger an thicker scarf, the Abira is of a thinner material. So actually both have a bit of their “advantages” regarding the style you plan to wear them or the season. I will probably have a bit of a hard time to decide which one will be my favorite one. Thanks Kiat for the great and quick service and I´m really looking forward how the scarf will look like, after it´s worn for a while to develop it´s unique look.
The idea to craft a dog collar for Tillmann with my mobile number on it was born be-cause he kept loosing the “id bombs” or making writings on the inside disappear caused by his rugged lifestyle. And the reason for an ID was also necessary by the fact that the call of nature and smells made him disappear from time to time. Once the “Jagdtrieb” / “hunting instincts” get hold of him it´s unlikely that he realize a command.
So within a very short period I was asked by friends to handmade at least half a dozen dog collars, with names on them and sometimes for the more active dogs with a phone number to call. Just make sure the dog collar does not outperform your own belt by quality and style.
Wood & Faulk – Website of the Day
Just recently I got the hint to have a look at the Wood & Faulk website. Not only does Matt crafts great objects, he also shares the process with his clients/visitors. Superb made images fitting well to the scenery and the great products. A fine example how to set up a business nowadays.
(c) image Wood&Faulk
Exceptional friends have exceptional friends too, so I was aware of meeting some very interesting people on a friends 65th birthday today. I had not even the chance to grab a beer, when I spotted this wonderful handcrafted Obsidian Knife which was one of the presents for the host.
I had the chance to grab the knife and take some images and had a short talk with the guy who crafted this knife. Obsidian is volcanic glass which was formed to a blade and sharpened razorsharp by Michael Hausberg. Since Michael is a avid stone collector, he used a special river stone for it´s handle. If you are interested in his knifes, have a closer look at some other works he did and drop me a mail which I will forward to him.
Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob pipe:
Grabbed this pipe on a recent trip to Italy. Not knowing that it is actually the famous Popeye pipe. But not only Popeye was one of it´s famous users, Norman Rockwell (Saturday Evening Post), Mark Twain and Frosty the Snowman and now me.
I was a bit puzzled when I read the “Meerschaum” reference on the bottom of the pipe but it is part of the name. The pipe (head) is made of a corn cob and wood.
Grown in Missouri soil and handcrafted for over 143 years in the same Washington, Missouri, building, Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipes are an American Legend – making Missouri Meerschaum the world’s oldest, largest, and leading manufacturer of corn cob pipes. Since 1869, six generations of Missouri Meerschaum skilled craftsmen have believed there is no substitute for quality and excellence.
Mast Brothers chocolate – Brooklyn:
They do not ship overseas but I guess I will definitely have a look at their shop if I will be around – sometime. Great video and great guys / Brothers, I guess that the Chocolate Mast have picked up some positive spirit by all this dedication.
Last Saturday I had an appointment with Thomas Fressle owner of the Seil Marschall company in Ravensburg – Germany. A true gentleman who continues the company tradition in its 4th generation, which was founded 1896.
This is just an overview of the shop / warehouse and part 1 of several posts. The following ones will go more into details about their own products like the backpacks, shoes and jackets.
Apart from the Seil Marshall products which are crafted not to far from Ravensburg, you can find other items in the shop which complete the range of products very well. Shoes from Alden or boots from Red Wing, jeans from the Pike Bothers, and lots of other exclusive menswear brands.
Find below the statement from the Seil Marschall website, which really describes the company philosophy very well and it’s quality standards.
“We still make the quality worn by our grandfathers”
We are making the finest quality since 1896.
In the most companies the quality has changed into quantity. We are still a small company in the modern sense and haven’t changed to much.
Our quality is not possible to produce in big quantities.”Our best machines are still our hand”. We take the finest natural materials and accessories available and take us enough time to manufacture long lasting products. In all our goods we put in many time and functional details to protect you in the extremest conditions – “we still make the quality worn by our grandfathers”.
More than 100 years we are still a family business ( in the 4th generation).