May 30, 2017

Watch How L.L. Bean's Signature Boots are Made

The team over at Gear Patrol captured a great inside look at the Legendary L.L. Bean factory in Brunswick, Maine and their process for making their iconic Bean Boots.

created at: 07/23/2015

If you don't already own a pair of Bean Boots, I cannot recommend them enough. Their simple design and rugged craftsmanship have lasted me many years and many more into the future. 

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Jan 12, 2016

How to: Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and Shoes for Winter

created at: 04/16/2013

This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under-prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in  road salt. 

How to care for your leather boots in winter.

The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season: leather.   

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Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, 

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Jun 25, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Desk Fan & Heater

created at: 06/25/2012

Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful that I get to work from home. Not needing to drive anywhere, the opportunities to eat healthfully when I need to, and the ability to keep up with small household tasks throughout the day are simply awesome. There's only one drawback (well, other than the ability to get away with napping anytime I please): heating and cooling all day. Whereas most folks can simply set the thermostat to catch up with them when they get home from work, since I live in a very temperate climate I'm at mercy of the blazing hot summer days and the numbing chills of winter.  

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Jul 30, 2010

The Dualbrella

The DualbrellaFor the type of folks who buy matching camping gear or tandem bikes, introducing the Dualbrella. There's no longer a need to figure out who has to hold the umbrella, or where each of you should stand to get maximum coverage...

Unless, of course, there's three of you.

"Dualbrella is traditional umbrella which serves enough to cover two and can be held with one hand.  The best thing about Dualbrella does not require to jockey for position under the canopy. This measure of six feet (1.83m) wide and three feet (0.91m) deep. Despite its size, only one hand is necessary to hold it, so its oversized canopy can also cover one person taking an armful of packages.  

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Apr 28, 2010

Handmade Haiku: Even My Shiniest Scissors Seem Dull in Sun Like This

created at: 01/13/2010

28 April 2010: Even My Shiniest Scissors Seem Dull in Sun Like This

created at: 04/28/2010

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