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Sans Surf: Guglielmo Wood Works

December 13, 2012

When I first met Stevie G, he was a cook at Chez Gaudy. He was a scrawny sonofabitch, with dreads and a deep seated hatred for beluga whales. Around 2008, Stevie and I shared the greatest high-five ever experienced by two almost grown men. You most likely heard it. We broke the sound barrier. Stevie and I have shared more than a few interesting experiences. There was the time he narrowly escaped death at La Push, a confrontation with a disgruntled SUPer, and a tequila filled night at the Ballard Elks. The list goes on. I’m not going to make any Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid comparisons… Neither of us own a gun. We do however, own wooden knuckles.

That’s right. Wooden knuckles. Stevie G handcrafts wooden knuckles. Choose your weapon…walnut, jatoba, reclaimed fence post? Guglielmo has a passion for wood. hehe. Outside the war-room… Stephen builds cribbage boards, key holders, time-machines, and lamps. The time-machine is impressive, but the lamps are really where Stevie’s talents shine.

Stephen’s newest project involves driftwood, and Edison bulbs. Somehow… Stevie has found a way to take salvaged Puget Sound driftwood, and transform it into Danish modernism. If marine debris isn’t your cup of tea, he’s got some pretty nice pieces built from cherry burl, mahogany, oak…

All of Stephen’s work is built by hand, in his Wallingford workshop. Each piece is one of a kind. There’s a noticeable attention to detail, that you certainly won’t find in any furniture bought from IKEA.

We are working on making some of Stephen’s work available through Stoke Harvester. In the mean time, you can check out his goods on Etsy. If you see something you like, BUY IT! It’s Stephen’s turn to pay for drinks.


Connect:

Guglielmo Wood Works

Kindergarten Cop – Trailer

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Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide

December 6, 2012

I know the holidays haven’t been the same since Sears stopped production of their Christmas Catalog. You’ve been longing for dog eared pages, filled with perfectly curated collections of your favorite toys. Fear not! I’m here to help. Behold the Stoke Harvester Holiday Guide. I mixed things up a bit, to ensure holiday cheer regardless of budget. There’s items for the wall-street wallet, broke-brah wallet, and every billfold in-between. There’s some inside stuff, outside stuff, and sideways stuff.

In no specific order… let’s begin.

 



Invasion From Planet C – Special Edition DVD
Mike Black’s masterpiece, brings GnarGnar and Casanova to Earth in search of waves. Planet C has run dry, and Galaxy 5723’s governing forces suspect Santa Barbara has stoke to be mined. Don’t buy this movie if you want thrusters, Slater, or Pipeline. You won’t find any of those. What you will find is the best damn sci-fi surf movie ever made… with logs, chest-high peelers, and a van that runs on farts. Trailer here.

 

Patagonia R3 Hooded Wetsuit
I know I’m going to catch some flack for picking the R3 over the R4, but this is my list… so deal with it. I’ve worn my fair share of suits. When I was working at Cheka-Looka, I was rocking one of the rental Hyper-flex suits. When I finally saved up enough cash, I bought an Xcel Drylock. A few years later when Stoke Harvester became a Patagonia dealer, I tried out one of their suits. I’ve never been so friggin warm.

You can find pros and cons in pretty much every suit on the market. Here are the most common ones when it comes to Patagonia.

1.) They are pricey. Patagonia’s hooded R3 suit is $575. That’s a nice chunk of change, but in my opinion worth every dollar. I don’t want to get out of the water because I’m cold. I want to get out because I’m tired, and I’ve met my quota for the day. The R3 keeps me warm, it’s flexible, and it comes with Patagonia’s warranty & customer service. Sold.?

2.) They are a pain in the ass to get out of. ?This is 100% true. My suit is a total pain in the ass to get out of. I deal with it. If a suit keeps be warm for 3 1/2 hours in 50 degree water, I am fine with it being a pain in the ass for 5 minutes. Would you trade your glass board in for a tuff-lite, just because it’s easier to carry from your car to the beach?

3.) They are too warm.?Yes, I’ve actually heard this complaint. In fact, a bunch of the guys who bought the R4 right when it launched, came back later and bought the R3 because they wanted something cooler. Note, they didn’t come back and buy a different company’s suit. They bought a thinner suit, by the same company! I wear the the R3 as a winter suit. I feel the R4 is overkill. I also have some extra meat on my bones. If you’re lean, you might be happier with the R4. Either way, Patagonia suits are the best on the market.


Almond 9.75″ Dee Fin

Before Greenough transitioned everyone to the dolphin, the D-fin was the standard. Here is your modified 60’s throwback fin. The Almond Dee is great for
Surf Thumps, and other swine shaped lumber.

 


Parafina – El Capitan T-shirt

My friend Carlos has a killer tumblr.?Stoke Harvester re-posts his stuff on?Pinterest?often. He recently used the images from his blog, as inspiration for a line of t-shirts. I like them. So does Thalia. Go buy one.

 

Dewey Weber – 9’0″ Performer
Dewey’s Performer is the most popular longboard of all time. He designed the board to meet the needs of every surfer, in all surf conditions. Its easy to paddle, impossible not to catch waves on, and it turns on a dime. Although it wasn’t originally designed to be a nose-rider, it does a pretty damn good job at it. The Performer comes standard with a Dewey Weber Hatchet fin.


The Surfer’s Journal
Twenty years in publication. Six times a year, for six bucks a piece. It’s the best surf publication out there. You won’t find endless board-short advertisements, in TSJ. You will find amazing stories, and beautiful photographs. Yvon Chouinard said “Let’s put it this way…my house is on fire, my wife runs in and grabs all the photo albums…I grab my collection of Surfer’s Journals.”


Stoke Harvester – PNW Blend Cold Water Wax
Here’s your stocking stuffer. Six bars of extra sticky goodness, to keep your booties glued to your board. Made in collaboration with The Peanut Butter Coast. 6 bars. 85 grams. 1 Stoke Harvester sticker with each order. If you’re a Seattle local you can save on shipping, and just swing by to pick up your sticky.

Topo Designs – Duffel Bag
You’re gonna need a bag to put all your new goodies in. Go Topo. Made in Colorado. Great quality. Good color options. It’s lined with nylon cloth to keep everything dry, and if you happen to be in Washington, it comes with inside pockets to store your I-502 snack packs. The duffel was recently reviewed by Justin Coffey, on PBC.


Shwood – Haystack Select Sunglasses
Alright… you’re not going to get much use out of these in the Pacific Northwest for a little while. That being said, when the sun does shine again, you’re going to look badass wearing these sun-goggles. Shwood is handcrafting wooden sunglasses out of Portland, Oregon . The Haystack Select ships with a wool pouch and a walnut / maple hard case.


Stoke Harvester – Gift Certificate
Not sure what to give your friend/family for Christmas ?Give them the gift of choice. Stoke Harvester gift certificates never expire, can be used with other discounts, and are way cooler than a one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club. Both digital and snail-mail versions available.

Cheers,
– Shawn

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Shwood Sunglasses – Made in Oregon

December 2, 2012

 

It’s just the beginning of the month, and exciting things are already happening. The first in a line of new products to be sold on Stoke Harvester, is Shwood sunglasses. Shwood is an Oregon based business… “born from the limb of a Madrone tree, a rusty pair of cabinet hinges, and lenses from the corner store.”

Each pair of shades is manufactured in Shwood’s Portland workshop, using a variety of different tree trunks. The Canby comes in zebrawood, cherry, and East Indian rosewood. The Florence is crafted from santos mahogany, with maple inlays. The Haystack is available in rosewood / walnut burl.

Hardwoods, to go with your cold coffee.

 

A few weeks ago, we posted Shwood’s video; Scrap Surf.  The 3:45 reel is a collaboration with Joe Blecha and Kahana Kalama of Aloha Sunday. Shwood’s other videos include the Makers Series… which pays homage to Portland’s community of experimental creators.

Check out our line of Shwood sunglasses here.

Connect:
Shwood – Facebook
Shwood – Twitter
Shwood – Blog

Film

Shwood: Experiment No. 3 – Scrap Surf

November 8, 2012

Shwood founder Eric Singer teams up with friends to create a unique wooden surfboard. Watch how Singer and company process and shape this functional one-of-a-kind board using reclaimed wood found on the Oregon coast.

The construction process was guided by the expertise of Joe Blecha, a bona fide virtuoso of custom surf and snowboard construction. blechaboardshop.com

Kahana Kalama, professional surfer turned shop-owner (alohasunday.com), was there to test the limits of the handmade board upon its completion.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Shwood creates handcrafted wooden eyewear using fine exotic hardwoods. Shwood’s in-house manufacturing process merges precision technology with classic skilled craftsmanship to create a timeless art form. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing is conducted in our own Portland-based workshop to promise an entirely handcrafted eyewear piece. View the collection at shwoodshop.com

Video:
 Joe Stevens
Additional filming:
 Wes Scheler
Music: 
Sonny & The Sunsets – “Too Young To Burn (Instrumental)”
The Black Tambourines – “27-25 Blues”

discovered via INDOEK