Leather working, as we regard, is a delicate craft that can produce works of art that serve to be functional and everlasting as well. It takes a delicate yet seasoned hand to create a leather good and this post brings to light different techniques that yield different aesthetics and strengths to each stitch. Click HERE to read what Slightly Alabama has to say on leather stitching techniques.
Visit the Maker's Row website HERE for the full post.
There is constant refinement going on here at HomeGrown Goods which brings resent additions to the website. Not only have we added new companies and their products but we've also started on the process of effectively organizing all of this information. As you will see, there are more drop down menus in the top header navigation. Please browse these categories and if there is anything you would like to see different, please let us know. Anyhow, below are the few companies that we have added. Please enjoy:
Be sure to check back for more additions to the Home-GrownGoods.com website.
Bikes are much more than hunks of steel and this film illustrates it perfectly.
For more information about Horse Cycles visit their website: HorseCycles.com
Here is just a little something for those in a picture hanging bind: a straightforward instructional graphic to take the guess work out of hanging anything on any kind of wall.
Credit: Gillian Zimmer
Much anticipated, here is something new from Wild Rose Herbs: Artisan Bath Salts. Never made with GMO ingredients and always of the finest quality, these Bath Salts incorporate essential oils, different varietals of salts, and even a presence of clay in the Solstice Purifying Bath Salt.
Here it is folks, the 2014 Urban Tour and Urban Assault "production" bicycle from Horse Cycles. These handmade steel bicycles are available at a lower cost than a full custom lugged or brazed steel frame bike but still maintain a custom aspect. Thomas Callahan takes great care in constructing and tailoring the Urban Tour machines, certainly with versatility in mind - a weekend race machine and grocery go-getter all in one package.
Here is the official release information:
After the success of the 2013 Urban Tour, Horse Cycles is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Urban Tour Bicycle.
Horse Cycles is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn based custom bicycle manufacturer that produces bespoke,
handcrafted bicycles tailored to client’s precise specifications. It produces around 50 bicycles each
year for a passionate, bicycle loving clientele. All materials are sourced in the U.S.A.
The Urban Tour is a versatile and rugged do‐anything bicycle designed for mixed use. Ride it to your
local farmers market, load it up for a Cross Country tour, or Cyclocross the hell out of it.
Evolutionary upgrades for 2014
After a full year of testing and feedback, Horse has made some upgrades to the base model. An
upgraded oversized head tube makes the front end stiffer and more durable, additional mounting
options include an extra set of water bottle bosses, and a chain stay bridge has been added for
easier fender installation.
This year Horse is pleased to announce the addition of an optional ENVE Carbon Cyclocross fork. For
those who want a lighter more performance based ride, the additional Carbon fork tears it up on the
streets, or in the Mud. The ultra‐light carbon forks are color matched with Horse decals.
“As a custom bicycle manufacturer, we have significant experience in tailoring bicycles to our clients
needs.” Says Thomas Callahan, Horse Cycles owner and Master Builder.
“We aren’t expecting to compete with low cost foreign manufacturers.” Says Callahan “But we can
produce extremely high quality bikes at as at a price that gives more customers a way to support
Order your 2014 Urban Tour bicycle NOW! Click HERE for more information and solidify your spot in the production queue.
Some things of admiration: crisp, clean cinematography, craftsmanship, hardwork, and the beauty that can come from hands and minds that are genuinely passionate. If you want to view all of these things first hand, watch the video below. Filson, Made in the USA outdoor wear, is not only dedicated to the products they make but the lifestyle that their products play a part in perpetuating. With that, Filson brings the story of Kerry Burkheimer and his love of fly fishing.
Hearing the drive, calm and collected, in the voice of someone that loves what they do is always inspiring.
See more "Filson Life" and stories HERE.
NYC is home to an increasing number of bicycle frame builders, and rightfully so. Commuting by bicycle in the city has become part of the culture of city living and the bike has become much more than object - it has become an extension of one's self.
This past weekend, the Bike Cult Show celebrated the bicycle frame in all its functional and artistic beauty. Not only that, the show was dedicated to a reputable bicycle builder, one Ezra Caldwell. Even though Ezra was forced into way-to-early retirement, he still is making an impact on the bicycle industry and humanity as a whole. In short, cancer is the antagonist that forced him into retirement but it has not stopped his smile, wit, and daily productivity. The above short film FASST: A Tale Told In Three Bikes, was put together by Sam Newman specifically to be debuted at the Bike Cult Show closing party. It tells the story of Fast Boy Cycles, Ezra Caldwell, and Cancer through the narration of Ezra and footage from the construction of three different bikes.
This man is truly an inspiration, truly an artist, and truly human. The 14 minutes and 38 seconds is well worth it to view this short. I wish HomeGrown Goods could have made it to the Bike Cult Show to not only to view the beautiful works of East Coast frame builders but to meet Ezra and his work personally.
Thank you to the folks that put on the Bike Cult Show and those that attended, a portion of the entry fee will go to the charity of Ezra's choosing, as will the two bikes he is auctioning off on the www.FastBoyCycles.com website (ending today at 2:00pm eastern standard time). The charity is the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Hospice Program.
Follow Ezra's endevours on his blog and photography website:
Albeit a little late for online orders for Father's Day gifts, but I couldn't pass up sharing these great gift/jute bags that Wild Rose Herbs put together for some of their gift sets. These bags add professionalism, style, and craft to the already amazing product they are built to hold. Adding that simple, yet personal touch, the bags are rounded off with hand stamped gingko leaf tags. Perfect for any gift-giving occasion.
The internet is a truly wonderful thing. Virtually anything you want to share with the world, you can. A conduit to reaching the world audience is literally at your finger tips. Thanks to this tool, I stumbled across a new quarterly publication called Rustbelt Almanac during my daily internet excursion.
The collaboration between Noah Purdy and Michael Artman, Photographer and Graphic Designer respectively, created this magazine with an intention similar to HomeGrown Goods. Their focus is to highlight the passion, hard work, and drive of artisans, craftsman, and small businesses that reside in the Rustbelt region of the United States. The creators explain, "...the magazine was born out of a shared desire to document the stories of the people that are driving the region's growth - both economically and culturally." They sure have made use of their own passions and can be seen in the form of Rustbelt Almanac. You can see for yourself when you head over to their website and pick up a copy of your own. Available in a digital version, however Rustbelt Almanac, validly, pushes the print version.
In a recent feature on the GoMediaZine blog, Michael Artman states, "All we know is that we prefer holding something physical in our hands, and we aren’t the only ones. Here at Rustbelt Almanac, we value longevity. It’s not even about tradition in any romantic sense. It’s simply a fact – print lasts longer" (The Road to the Rustbelt Almanac, by GoMediaZine)
Lastly, just as any small business, Rustbelt Almanac cannot be made possible without the support of the general public and other small businesses. So, take a look at their Kickstarter video below, share with friends, then purchase a copy of Issue 1... in that order. My next stop is to do just that.