Wednesday, October 31

10E2075: Carhartt Dog Bed

Wonder why this took so long to happen... $50 via Carhartt

• 12oz, canvas duck cloth
• Brass zipper with flap
• Removable interior cushion with recycled nylon and polyester padding.
• 28"x36"x4"

Monday, October 29

10E2074: Whole Larder Love - A Day In The Life


Great video presented by Rohan Anderson, the writer behind the Grow|Gather|Hunt|Cook blog Whole Larder Love. "Meal is.....wild stinging nettle pasta" - an example of simple foraging that Rohan talks about in his new book. Not only is the video slick as a greased pig, but hopefully it gets readers fired up to meet the guy when he comes to the States next year - details to follow but any friends of the Somerville public library should watch this space...  Sidenote if you think your town/bookstore/library could sustain an author reading  give him a call; hell he might swing by. Further reading.

10E2073: Lee Denim Pr0n

Lee have a new small collection out called Alaska Workers - in reference to the blanket lining that is sometimes called Alaskan Blanket - not sure why specifically beyond warmth [need to look that up -ed]. Even the pants are lined. Out of sight...

Lee 101 has a tumblr w some serious denim pr0n; go look.

Wednesday, October 24

10E2072: SPL | Design Talk #2 | Christine Mitchell

A few weeks ago local illustrator and 10engines friend Christine Mitchell (N'East Style) gave a talk at the Somerville (MA) Public Library about her work, career path and the usefulness [necessity? -ed.] of social media. This is the second design talk organized by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library (for whom I volunteer), the first talk featured Aaron Draplin a few months ago. Sidenote, The Friends have a big book sale fundraiser happening this weekend - further reading.

The gents from Rough Water Films put together a glimpse at the short lecture and ensuing afternoon tea-social; featuring Kick*ss Cupcakes, deer-sausage rolls [yes! -ed] and pumpkin pie ice cream. Not messing around... Must add huge thanks to my sis for being KP.

Tuesday, October 23

10E2071: That Switchback Look

Really just an excuse to alert you that after 10 years in the business, Burlington (VT) brewer Switchback will finally bottle their beer (rather than only sell on draught locally or kegs).  Bottles will be available at "gas stations, grocery stores and beverage stores". Lot of happy people. Looking forward to winter and beergloves on the deck I guess...

Jacket: Burton Hellbrook - Dryride Nanoshell fabric, yarn-dyed twill, 3M thinsulation.
Shirt: CarharttWIP at UnionMade.
Helmet: Bern Baker - and refresh on the Bern site.
Goggles: my fave pair of Gordinis! Bday present a few years ago, epic colorscheme, thx Skye.
Vest: Ibex Scout - 21 micron boucle fabric.
Belt: Topo Designs webbing belt.
Pants: Filson x Burton; oilcloth.
Gloves: Kinco, still unbeatable for the price, would love to see your alternative? From the hardware store.
The zipline thing is a Riglet Reel, from Burton. It adheres (with NASA grade adhesive...) to the front of your child's board so you can pull them around the base area, or across a flat, then retracts back to the base. Great way to mess around with your young'uns.

Monday, October 22

10E2070: Lambchop - Mr. N (Mr. M remix)

Being released via record label City Slang, Lambchop asked their producer Mark Nevers to re-envision their 2012 album Mr. M. The resulting EP titled Mr. N is 22 minutes. Will be download only I believe, further reading. You can preview it on Amazon.

10E2069: A Day in Vermont at Powderjet

A little rainy day reminder from PowderJet (wooden backcountry snowboards, owner Jesse Loomis)  in Vermont to take her easy and potter around the woodshop. Looks like that boat is crashed into the house in the opening shot, love it. Video by Shem Roose.

No toxic soup... from the site "I build PowderJets in the cleanest way I can. I use US grown FSC certified maple and poplar, which I laminate together with a super clean bio resin from Entropy Resin. The whole thing is cooked in an industrial press that I designed here in my work shop. The boards are then hand sanded, then finished with a Vermont made, whey based polyurethane developed at UVM. It's got a rocker profile for speed and float, deep sidecut with a tight radius for quick turns, and a set back stance location for stability and nose float. We only make about 150 boards a year, and it's all done here in Vermont, by people who take powder days off." via PowderJet Snowboards.

Saturday, October 20

10E2068: 6th Top Shelf Flea this Sunday - Davis Sq.

Top Shelf Flea Market is a semi-annual gathering of shops and independent vendors selling all the things you didn't know you couldn't live without. Mens and ladies vintage clothing, housewares, books, music and everything else. We have it all.
My neighbor Guisepp has been corralling vintage vendors for 3 years, so this makes the 6th incarnation of The Top Shelf Flea. The roster includes; An Affordable Wardrobe, Artifaktori, Eddigan's (furniture), Glamourpuss Creations, Gypsy, Newton Street Vintage, Studebaker Hawk (records), The Red Velvet Shoe.

I've written about the past shows here and here.

This is a perfect counterpoint to the Amercian Field show going on across the river. Def stop at The Flea on Sunday after 12noon - in the VFW near Rosebud diner (Davis T).

Sunday, 21st October 2012, Noon till 5 PM
George Dilboy VFW Post 529, 371 Summer Street, Somerville, MA

Friday, October 19

10E2067: Giveaway - New West Knifeworks

For over 10 years, New West KnifeWorks and owner Corey Milligan have created these distinctive knives. I have to be honest I have seen them in magazines previously but just sort of whipped by them... need to get out more maybe. My loss. Need to get some color in my life. These Fusionwood handles are created from hardwood logged in Vermont.

The blades are made of US Steel and cut ground and finished by the Lamson and Goodnow Company, America's oldest cutlery manufacturer, in nearby Shelburne Falls, MA. That 1800s  factory is now run completely on hydro power generated on site,  making this a very "green" knife.

The example above is a Mini Chopper; 3.4" blade with an 8" overall length, aka the cheese cleaver. New West KnifeWorks is giving one of these away to a 10e reader [update - or a pairing knife if you prefer -J]  simply visit their site then leave a first impression comment here on 10e or via twitter. Winner pulled at 5pm EST. UPDATE KC - you won. Email me your mailing address. Congrats.

They are also running a competition via facebook to win a 4 piece knife set - link. Not bad. Thanks guys.

Thursday, October 18

10E2066: Owly Shadow Puppets

Andrea Everman makes these shadow puppets from lasercut matboard. We just bought a few and they are pretty damn sturdy. The Owl is great, flapping his wing as you pull the attached. See more at

"The puppets are all designed with moving parts, so the mermaid "swims", the T-rex "roars" and the Toothfairy "can fly". I now use a pop-fastener for the puppet joints which is made from recycled plastic-- this fastener is safer for children because it cannot come undone once the puppet is assembled.  
Also, I have found that the multi-jointed puppets (Mermaid, seamonster, T-rex, and diplo) are the most satisfying for young performers. These designs are the most intuitive to operate with a stick in each hand."  -Andrea

Wednesday, October 17

10E2065: American Field - US-Made Pop Up in Boston

This Saturday and Sunday is the American Field pop-up market here in Boston (basically next to SOWA), on the same lines as the well known Pop-Up Flea and NorthernGrade. Not only a chance to see many of these products in the wild but a good chance to meet-the-makers and socialize. This has been organized by Ball and Buck with a big crop of vendors, music, food trucks, etc. Here's wishing everyone a productive day.  10am-5pm both days. 540 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA. Free to the public.

10E2064: Soft Boiled Eggs

I can't find any well sized egg-cup-attached-to-saucer beyond Beatrix Potter or Bunnykins... but they make complete sense. This is the weather for soft boiled eggs; shorter days so chickens laying less, and cool mornings promote standing around the stove for a few minutes watching the water boil...

Monday, October 15

10E2063: Carhartt Shooting Jacket

Got sniped over this on eBay. #gotaway Hope this gets worn. So many great items from the hunting line they used to have... wouldn't it be turn-key to crank it up again? #blaze

Wednesday, October 10

10E2062: The Harris Tweed Ride | 2

The second annual Harris Tweed Ride [Like the new daddy of tweed rides. And a v nice selection of stops along the way] was held on Sunday 23rd September 2012 in the fair city of Glasgow. All profits donated to The Linda Norgrove Foundation . Music: 'PCR Piano' by Small Colin. Cinematography: Jamie McPhee & Thenna Nicholas. Directed and Produced by Jamie Vincent Gillespie & Brian Sweeney.

The ladies always seem to carry these events a little better than the men. Some nice images, and love the ever-so-slight creep of a housey choon coming in then fading away...

10E2061: Carrie Wicks at The Royal Room (Seattle, WA) | Friday

Seattle jazz singer (and my sis-in-law) Carrie Wicks having a release party to celebrate her second cd Barely There at The Royal Room in Columbia City (Seattle) this coming Friday night. No cover. Love the shot below - was used for the back of her album - taken through the window her old junky [hey! -ed] pickup that stayed on Bainbridge Island for the most part.

Details: Friday, October 12th. Carrie Wicks CD Release Show 8:30pm.
Origin (OA2) Records recording artist Carrie Wicks celebrates the fall release of her second CD, Barely There. With Bill Anschell on piano, Jeff Johnson on bass, and Byron Vannoy on drums. Barely There showcases eight original songs cowritten by Ken Nottingham & Carrie Wicks as well as an eclectic mix of covers.

Friday, October 5

10E2060: Pizza/Raffle Benefit Night for Friends of the Somerville Public Library | Oct 9

For the local (Boston area) readers... Please join me at a Benefit Night for the Friends of the Somerville Public Library at Flatbread Pizza (45 Day St., Somerville) on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 starting at 5 p.m.
A portion of the money from each pizza sold during the benefit will go directly to support programming and events at the three Somerville Library branches. Eat-in or take out. There will also be a small curated book sale and a wicked raffle. Prizes include;
  • 2013 Burton snowboard
  • $100 in LLBean gift certificates
  • Framed print from Union Press
  • One-year membership to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library and our 24oz canvas book bag (huge and indestructible, made in Charlestown, MA - you want this...).
  • Pounds of coffee from Entimos and Magpie Coffee Roasters
  • Skate deck from RAW 
  • Helmet from Ace Wheelworks
  • Plus gift certificates to local favorites; Somerville Theatre, Posto, The Painted Burro, Picture Renewal, Ball Square Fine Wines, Tags Hardware, Somerville Grooves, Redbones, Porter Square Books, and even Flatbread itself! 

Please come along and speak to current Friends of the Library board members (like me), and I could use your help as a volunteer for our upcoming book sale (Oct 26-28)?? Or simply enjoy some killer  pizza, books and raffle prizes while supporting your library.
Huge thank you to our volunteers and the businesses and individuals that have donated to the raffle.
The Friends of the Somerville Public Library is a not-for-profit organization that helps the library and its branches to provide programs, services and materials not covered by the library's normal operating budget. Learn more about the Friends through our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter (@Friends_SPL). 
If you would like to become a member of the Friends, or volunteer to help with a book sale or other events, please contact the Friends by email at:

Thursday, October 4

10E2059: Universal Works - exclusive London stockist of 10engines

As well as creating a love letter to chambray, rag socks and elbow patched sweaters [noice! -ed.], the  London home of Universal Works (37 Lambs Conduit St WC1N 3NG, Holborn tube) is the exclusive UK stockist of 10engines. I say that a bit jokingly, but honestly pretty chuffed. Thanks to David - longtime supporter. Only a few in stock though so don't sleep...

Wednesday, October 3

10E2058: Peru Fair Pig Roast Lunch

The Peru (VT) Fire Department oversees the roast pork lunch for the Peru Fair each year. These lunchtime shots from neighbor John N. #crackling

10E2057: Top Man Does Harris Tweed Again

For the second year Top Man (UK) have created jackets of Harris Tweed (£150). This time there are waistcoats and a rucksack as well. Full line. Some inventive pocket placement choices, and mostly brown colors used. Making HT available (and not forgotten) must be one key to its survival. 

The Made In England line has a bit more color. Smarten up the high street! Michael Munro-Dunn should approve. Have to admit have never bought anything from TopMan myself.

Tuesday, October 2

10E2056: Sponsored Review | LLBean Signature "Double-Knee Carpenter Pants"

Marc Desrosiers, L.L.Bean Signature Men’s Designer was good enough to shoot over a bit of backstory here; “For decades the guys at Bath Iron Works have depended on us for the rugged dependable clothes they need while building our nation’s navy. Our Signature carpenter pant is definitely inspired by them. Double knee panels and rivets at every stress point imaginable, and washed like crazy so they’re super comfortable right out the gate. Welder or weekend warrior, these pants are no joke.”
If you read 10e you'll know I have a bit of a thing for work pants like this... LLBean gifted these to review - here are my thoughts. Stylistically the work pants echo various double-kneed pants of turn-to-mid 20th century with the pockets flowing into the panels, and the wash process gives them an almost tin cloth appearance, though they are dry cotton. Straight fit through the waist and true to size. Double-Knee Carpenter Pant, Destroyed, $99.

Usually I don't care for pre-washes and yes, would love to see an unwashed version of these too but the only fault I can really find is that they are $100 and imported. This is completely inline with the rest of LLBean Signature but have to think that those spending $100 here might be tempted to spend a bit more and get heritage DNA actual Filson tin cloth pants. Or perhaps price them lower and go against Carhartt's attempt at a woodsy recreation of their double-knees which are $70 (and imported)? Those arguments are over my pay-grade but important to many consumers... I can tell you that they fit and feel great (32x32 on 5'10" - that is long enough to cuff) and imho look pretty damn good. Intern! - Run the slideshow!

They must have had fun raking around for new imagery to use, " label at back was designed using L.L.Bean's 70's logo and inspired by a plaque that once hung in our flagship store."

10E2055: Pointer Brand x Buckshot Sonny's Barn Coat

Can practically feel the textures here, corduroy, canvas and blanket lining. $160. I don't wear the longer barn coat shape really but great image above.

"Though it may have you starting out the season like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, after one tough-weather winter and plenty of hard washes in your trusty ol' Maytag, you'll find this thing's worn in quite well.  
Made in Pointer Brand's 100-year-old factory in Bristol, Tennessee exclusively for Buckshot Sonny's."