Thanks to a government program and the good people at Yale, we have an immensely important archive of Americana imagery that’s easy to sift, search and skip though.
I was only introduced to Stance Works recently and these videos are, admittedly, a bit old but they hit a lot of nice notes and really resonate with me. Something about the music, cinematography and, of course, the subject matter makes for perfect little daydream departures.
Could Motor City become Pedal City? If Detroit Bikes has their way, yes.
The startup bicycle manufacturer is betting that there’s a market for basic, well-made bikes manufactured in Detroit. And they’re not the only ones. Shinola is also making bikes (and watches, and a lot of other things) in Detroit.
Motor City is of course set up for a manufacturing revival and while it may be a bit ironic that a city once known for making cars could eventually be known for bikes, it’s an irony that should be worn proudly. Bikes are the past, present and future and I’m rooting for Detroit Bikes and Shinola on this.
DemerBox is a super durable boombox/carry case that’s designed in Maine. Having seen the damage rain does to a Jambox, this seems like a really nice design.
DemerBox is doing a Kickstarter right now to raise $60,000. $200 get’s you the the Bang, while 5,000 gets you a Grain surfboard with built in DemerBox speakers. Woah. I hope I like the same music as whoever wins that one.
Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler are known for curating two of the most well-known street food events in the country and probably the world, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. And soon they’re opening the doors of their latest venture, a much-anticipated food and beer hall in Crown Heights called Berg’n.
The turn is a key part of the boat building process. It’s a tricky move, especially for a boat this big but the crew at Brooklin Boat Yard execute it perfectly. I’ve written a little about the work Brooklin Boat Yard has done in the past and this Frers 74 is one of their latest projects. Follow them on Facebook for regular updates. It will be amazing to see this one when she’s finished.
For the last 20 years owner Dane Owen has been scouring Japan for all sorts of tansu (the traditional Japanese storage chest) tools, textiles and homeware. There’s more history in Shibui than many museums, and all that has to move soon…very soon.
“All of this is 1820's to 1850's technology so this press would not have been foreign to someone printing Harper’s Weekly in 1861.”
Meet the Kluge letterpress: A 2,000 pound, cast iron, electric powered monstrosity of vacillating rods, giant spinning wheels and pneumatic hoses.
Summer is not over yet. There’s still time to crack a book on the beach and get a few chapters in. Or, just save these five recommendations for whenever the time is right.