Thursday, September 29, 2011

Young Man: Waskerd Wallets

Waskerd is a new company that makes handcrafted wallets, cardholders, key rings, and notecard holders. They have some really cool looking stuff.

Derek (the creator of Waskerd) e-mailed me a little while ago letting me know about his company and asked me to take a look at it. The products are great, but what caught my attention most was the level of craftsmanship and detail behind every product. Here's an excerpt from the website about just how meticulous Derek is.


Each item is ENTIRELY handcrafted from start to finish—the way skilled leather craftsmen have been doing for thousands of years.*
  • All of the leather is carefully measured by hand.
  • The leather is intricately cut by hand.
  • Every thread hole is individually punched by hand.
  • All of the tailoring and constructing is meticulously done by hand.
  • The Waskerd logo is embroidered by hand.
  • All of the stitching is sewn completely by hand with a needle and thread.
  • The edges are finished with a light hand sanding.
That asterisk up there corresponds to this sentence: "No electricity or power tools are used to make Waskerd products." Pretty impressive.

I know that I appreciate when companies really take pride in what they make. Especially for something like a wallet, when it gets used everyday. Even if you don't pull it out all the time, you're sitting on it (well, maybe) the whole day, and it needs to hold up to that level of abuse. From the website and what Derek and I have been talking about, it really seems like Waskerd falls into this category.

I'm very impressed what I've seen and read so far. Derek was nice enough to offer me a wallet to test out and review here. I gladly accepted.

Check out Derek's site Waskerd, and look for a review of the wallet here, after I get it and get a chance to test it out. My current wallet is a Summit Creek Dry Goods (aka Zissou), and I love it, so the Waskerd one has some big shoes to fill. But something tells me it won't have any trouble.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Old Man: Tommy Makem's Four Green Fields

From Wikipedia:

Long time ago, said the fine old woman
Long time ago, this proud old woman did say
There was war and death, plundering and pillage
My children starved, by mountain, valley and sea
And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens
My four green fields ran red with their blood, said she.

What have I now, said the fine old woman
What have I now, this proud old woman did say
I have four green fields, one of them's in bondage
In stranger's hands, that tried to take it from me
But my sons had sons, as brave as were their fathers
My fourth green field will bloom once again said she.

This kid's performance is one of the most powerful I've ever seen or heard. Read the Wiki page first.

Bail รณ Dhia ort, Tommy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Old Man: Sunday Style

Go (Clemson) Tigers! Finally. Handed the Auburn Tigers their first lost in the state of South Carolina since the sixties. I had to work (which was bonkers, natch), but got to see most of the game.

The bow is Cordial Churchman. They just came out with a great lineup of fall bowties. You should definitely check them out. Keep an eye on that website next weekend.

Enjoy the weekend.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Young Man: DIY

Handmade in the USA.

Out of an old wire hanger. Who needs expensive DE stands?

Probably me, but this is good for now.

Should I start selling these too?


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Old Man: Sunday Style

AKA, hopefully a sign of things to come.

Brooks sack and shirt
TCC bow
Epaulet pants

AE shoes. Still look good (I think).


Friday, September 9, 2011

Old Man: Winter

Top left to right to bottom

LL Bean Sig boots
LL Bean chamois shirt
Hanna Hat
RRL Officer's chinos
Hill-Side bandana
Pointer denim chore coat

Can't wait.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Young Man: In My Queue

I don't know if you all do the Netflix thing, but we do and it's pretty sweet. I thought this might be a fun series to do every once in a while.

Rescue Me: A pretty good FDNY show. All except the latest two seasons are on Instant too, which is pretty sweet. Now I just have to wait until they put Season 6 on there.

Louie: Absolutely hilarious. I just started watching this. Not for everyone. Pretty crude and dark, but I love it. FX has the best shows. Season 1 is on instant.

Danu: One Night Stand: If you like ITM, this is a must. Danu is one of the most talented bands out there. Some great tunes, songs (in English and Irish Gaelic), and just a good time. It's over three hours long (!), so I've only scratched the surface. Instant.

Come West Along the Road: Another good ITM choice. This is an RTE production, which has a bunch of clips from all around Ireland of songs, tunes, and sean-nos stepdancing. I haven't seen in yet since it isn't on instant, but it's supposed to be awesome. Should be getting it next week.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Young Man: Big Weekend

That's black, camo (ya they make camo paracord), blue, and orange. Olive green still to come. Also, tea, water, music, and a super fun torch lighter.

Also, details to come.

Enjoy your weekend.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Young Man: Blog of Note

Just found out about Handlebar Magazine. It has lots of things that I can get down with: style, sports, nice pictures, very professional appearance (where do I get one of those?), and at least one picture of a handlebar mustache. Highly recommended.

Really nicely done guys. Keep up the good work.