From the last american shoelace manufacturer, This allows you to make a statement about your beliefs by giving $5. Hopefully we’ll have some color options after their success selling blue shoelaces. (Blue’s not my usual color choice.)
By the way, have you looked at the cost of shoelaces produced outside the US recently? I checked a few months ago (just for fun… yeah, I know, weird.); They cost around $3-4 for a good pair of laces. I’m quite sure they wouldn’t pull a truck, though.
Here’s the link:
The Bluelace Project
I love that they lay this out up front too:
For this particular project though, per $5 contribution…
- $1 goes to Processing fees (10% of all money received is paid directly to New York City-based Kickstarter and Amazon for processing the transaction)
- $2 goes directly to our shoelace factory in Portsmouth Ohio for manufacturing the laces using American materials and shipping them to our warehouse.
- $1 covers shipping, this includes the stamps purchased from USPS and the envelope bought in bulk from our Texas-based manufacturer.
- $1 is paid to our Henderson, Nevada warehouse for packing each individual order (likely a set of BLUELACES plus whatever additional goodies we decide to throw in the pouch).
I had a chance to plant my butt in a number of these chairs at a recent workshop. They can hold some serious weight and they are mighty comfortable to lean back in. The seat slides out and nests within the back for compact storage. Normally when I’ve ran across these they were called civil war camp chairs.
There were a couple downsides, The back legs stuck out a bit far and people tended to kick them when in tight spaces. The angle of the chair, that made it so comfortable to lean back in, made it a bit difficult to get out of.
Despite those things, I’d regularly seek one out when I needed a place to sit. Especially in the evenings when I would have some time to get in an hour or two of reading.
They are well worth the $100($69+shipping) price tag; I’m considering getting a couple for use on my back patio.
Handmade Life Workshop Chairs - Hand made in Missoula Montana.
Not sure I’ve posted anything about my boots before.
Well. This will be the post.
Back in 2011, I purchased some Red Wings Heritage 8114 “Iron Ranger” boots. Never before have I spent so much on a pair of shoes. I was freaked out about laying that amount of cash out for some shoes; but I put the order in with my local Red Wings shoe store.
Let me tell you, these are not just some shoes. When I saw the boots for the first time, I could tell there was something special about them. The craftsmanship put into them. The leather was thick and rigid, the soles are stitched to the leather uppers and heels nailed right into the sole.
I had considered putting some textured soles on them, my store said they could add them for about $75. But they recommended I try them as they come. Somehow the cork sole avoids being slippery in the winter or wet. They work just as well as most of my sneakers on the snow and wet. And they perform about like anything I’ve ever worn on Ice… except for ice-skates or golf cleats. After wearing them through a few winters, I feel any traction modification is unnecessary.
The leather uppers have broken in well. After about 2 weeks of wearing them the leather moves with my ankle perfectly and give some support when needed. I don’t recall getting any blisters, but they do have a break in period and it’s worth it once they do. My boots are the most comfortable shoe I own and they don’t have any fancy inserts (as my other shoes don). A leather insole is to thank for this. It conforms to your foot in a natural way.
Laces are one thing I normally replace on all of my boots. A good 550 paracord is my usual choice.** However, I’ve not had to replace these laces, Not sure what they are made from, but it’s holding up very well.
These boots have been hiking with me around Missouri, on impromptu trip through the woods. Working in the mountains of Montana. Uncountable hours of standing and walking around all day for my work. I’d estimate (i.e. wild-ass guess) that these boots have way more mileage on them than my hiking boots that I’ve had for about 5 years. One thing I look at when buying shoes is the number of times worn vs. dollars. At this point, these boots are well under the 50cent per wear mark.
We’re at almost 2 years later. The boots are still with me and I’m looking forward to being buried in them; hopefully in no less than 4 or 5 decades, ha. I’m heading back to Montana in the next couple weeks and I plan to have them properly shined at an airport. I haven’t taken the time to do that lately. I’ll pop a new picture up once they are all tidy.
**If you do use 550 paracord for your laces. You will need a special knot. I like to use the double slipknot. http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/secureknot.htm
1888 mills makes some of their towels in the US.
There is a 56″ x 30″ Bath Towel, a 30″ x 16″ hand towel, 13″ x13″ washcloth, and of course the comically huge 68″ x 34″ Bath Sheet; roughly the size of a twin bed…
Bath Towels made in the USA Amazon Link
“I would rather be President of Missouri.” – Abraham Lincoln
Missouri is awesome on kickstarter
I’m a big fan of growing one’s own food. This is a great way for anyone to do it. Mulching, water conservation, smart simple germination (with seed balls), and planning. All in one package.
The Nourishmat is pure genius; planning, watering and/or water retention, and mulching weed barrier, all in one.
I’m a huge fan of seed balls (I’d recently written an article about how to make seed balls on my farm website). To the point, it’s a tried and tested germination method, and it’s been in use for thousands, yes thousands, of years.
This is a great setup for anyone with little time and interest. Starting at about $100 you can have a full Nourishmat system with 19 varaties of plants. If you chip in a bit more you can get a full setup and one for a school of your choice. How awesome is that?
Nourishmat on Kickstarter
1) Springbar is a US manufacturer of tents in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have a line that is excellent for car camping or a base camp shelter. The Scout 140 is a good example that will sleep 6-8 adults. It’s made of canvas, vinyl floor, steel and aluminum poles for uprights, tension, and ridge poles. The Scout 140 weighs in at 65lbs.
2) TarpTent manufactures their tents in Seattle, Washington. For ultralight shelters they have a great selection. The Double Rainbow 2 person tent clocks in at 41 ounces… It has two “beaks” or vestibules that give you a little extra protection when entering and exiting the tent, along with a neat design popping these doors out and up to allow for extra airflow while still protecting from rain. (This is very similar to my current tent setup… mine weighs in at a few more lbs)
Catoma makes their tents in Montgomery Alabama. These are some heroic tents, used by heroic people. They make the consumer versions of US military and wilderness firefighters. I’ve been informed that by a recent customer of Catoma that their tents are no longer made in the US. When I wrote the article they were listed as made in the USA. I don’t see that mentioned on their site any longer. (Thanks for the update Mike)
4)Zpacks based in Palm Bay Florida. They do tents, backpacks, and Sleeping bags. They have a line of tents called Hexamid, mostly single occupant tents and some bivis but they do have one Twin tent. These are some serious ultralight tents. The tent I’d likely go with (Solo-Plus) weigs in at just over 1lb with all of the necessary items to set it up.
5)Light Heart Gear in Asheville, North Carolina. Most of their tents were manufactured in China. However their SoLong 6 Standard tent is made in America and there are plans to bring production back to the US once all remaining stock is sold.
I wanted to add Wiggy’s to the list, but they don’t make their tents in the US (only their Bivi’s, sleeping bags and some other items).
A french press for your Mason jar, manufactured in Oregon using raw materials from the USA, and backed with a lifetime warranty. ($50-100)
Portland press via Uncrate