Its well into the new year and time for the first Film Craft of 2012. Here’s an eclectic mix, no theme, just fun.

Let’s kick it off with Randolph Engineering. My boy Eric put me on to this incredible Massachusetts-based eyewear company a few years ago. RE’s handbuilt sunglasses and shooting glasses have been worn by American aviators and outdoorsmen since 1972. Recently, they collaborated with Michael Bastian for their first fashion line, but don’t worry, Randolph Engineered eyewear is rugged, durable and affordable. I’ve got two different pairs of aviators and no plan to ever buy another brand, ever.



I was given a Makr keychain which is aging quite nicely. The leather has picked up a cool patina, and now I’ve got my eye on one of designer Jason Gregory’s rucksacks. Gregory started Makr Design Studio and goes from sketch to CAD to prototype to product from his home base in Florida. Spend a moment on his blog to see where he draws inspiration from.



Here’s a bonus video demonstrating how Makr embosses their packaging.



I’m dying to get my hands on one these Edisto Oyster Knives from the Williams Knife Company. Chris Williams was featured in Garden and Gun magazine recently. I can easily see an Edisto showing up on The Bureau of Trade in 50 years…



Field Notes, where to begin? I’m pretty sure the first words I ever wrote in pencil must have been in a pad like Field Notes. Here’s a look at the printing process for the always useful Steno.



A final film  reminds me that maker-culture is about making life better. What I admire about Kinfolk out of Portland, is that they honor and simplify the art of communion in the craft of the get-together. Here’s their manifesto. It’ll make you want to make a stew and invite some friends over for an impromptu gathering.


All deadbait Wants for Xmas…

Made it to Partners & Spade yesterday after wading through gobs of shoppers in Noho/Nolita/Soho while looking for a little something something for my wife. I’d tell you where I shop but since my wife reads the blog on occasion I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

Score! W.M. Brown red wine vinegar (splashing it over the broccoli tonight for an improptu get together over a couple of brined roasters). I also picked up Partners & Spade edition of “Air Conditioner Graffiti.” I collect books on graf, stickers, street art, stencils, from all over the world, must have well over a dozen books. My fav has got to be Supply and Demand (Shepard Fairy) and Tristan Manco’s Graffiti Brasil.

Exhausted. Stopped at PEELS for biscuit, sausage, cheddar-scrambled eggs and a Lagunitas.

Lots of blogs are doing the “what i want for xmas thing”…beats the sterility of the Wishlist I guess. What do I want?

PEACE …is that lame? Ok, then I’d settle for…

from right to left

  • Krocodile Spoon (works on Lake Trout, Brown Trout this time of year)
  • The New Brooklyn Cookbook
  • Filson Belt (black)
  • Orvis Helios Fly Fishing Kit (I’m terrified of becoming addicted to this expensive hobby)
  • Klein Tool bag (leather)
  • Bell & Ross Vintage Officers Watch
  • Field Notes
  • Kings County Distillery Bourbon (avail only at the distillery)

I just moved from “regular” to “contributing” member of the Sierra Club, Nice! remember, give yourself a gift that gives too!