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Monday
Sep102012

how it's made: defy bags bowery tote

With characteristic fatigue—recalling anecdotes from a defining chapter in our nation’s history—authentic military tent canvas is expertly upcycled by Chicago based Defy Bags® for more action.

First and last used in World War II, the material is given an organic bath to remove decades of old must and dust. Pieces are then laid out for pattern cutting—all under the watchful eyes of expert craftspeople.

From the 100 year-old Horween Leather Company, Latigo leather pieces—supple, sturdy cattle hide which is a staple of saddlery and military gear—are used to make the straps and front pocket of the bag. The leather is tanned using centuries old techniques then pattern-cut and stitched to the
bowery tote—all by hand.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—this hand-crafted bag of repurposed material has a release of 100.

Friday
Sep092011

september 2011

photo by: Ron Cogswell In the ten years since September 11th, the towers that fell have became a symbol of strength, and remembrance.

So it’s no surprise that the tons of steel salvaged from Ground Zero are being re-used for these same inspirational ends.

In 2009 for example, 7.5 tons went into building the mighty USS New York.

And since 2001, the Port Authority of NY stored and allocated the balance—approximately 1200 pieces—to various locations across the nation to help create some 225 memorials.

To see a few, visit inhabit NYC—devoted to green living and forward-thinking urban designs, planning and environmental policy.

Thursday
Mar102011

ready for some spring cleaning?

What began as a necessary chore—since most homes were heated by the burning of coal which coated everything with soot—spring cleaning is a right of passage. That we survived another winter.

The goal is clean and minimal—even if you have hundreds of books and a large but curated and alphabetized collection of LPs.

Step one: sort. What can be donated or tossed?

Step two: once you know what’s staying and needs to be stored properly, research options.

Step three: color code. Red, hot. Carbon grey or white, definitely cooler and a lower priority.

hint: two words…multi, functional. Think outside the box and get creative with credenzas, boxes and bins. A high-dining table can be great as a work surface, a mini-bar can work great in an entryway, and a side table can definitely move into a bedroom as a nightstand.

Thursday
Oct142010

how to: save a tree

Repurpose a tall ladder—and save a tree!

Supplies:
1. wood ladder
2. light strands
3. ornaments

Directions:
1. It’s going to create drama, so position the ladder where it can be the center of attention.

2. Test light strands then weave them around and through the ladder’s steps and sides.

3. Hang ornaments and top as desired—careful not to overweight any one strand of lights or throw off the ladder’s balance.

hint: for safety reasons, think twice about your roommates—cats, small children—before installing.

Tuesday
Sep072010

the making of: darjeeling

Since a picture speaks a thousand words in any language, and a “handmade” description doesn’t tell the whole story, the following detail the making of a darjeeling dining table—completely by hand.

The Indian Railways, or IR, is one of the largest networks in the world. Its nearly 1.6 million employees transport 20 million passengers over almost 40,000 miles of tracks through nearly 7,000 stations—everyday.

Railroad ties, or “sleepers”, are approximately 40-50 years old and are being replaced with newer concrete versions.

To make a tabletop, reclaimed ties are planed down to the inner core and joined together in a puzzle fashion. Exposed damage and loose wood is marked, chiseled out, and replaced with smaller pieces.

Tabletops are then re-sanded and the process repeated where gaps appear. Fine gaps are filled with a mixture of blackened glue and sawdust.

Steel T-bar and square tubes are welded together to create the leg assembly and tabletop support. The final finishing stages include grinding the welding for a smoother finish.