A few favorites

Grain & Gram: Jason Gregory, Designer from Grain & Gram on Vimeo.

As I've gotten older, the world has gotten smaller in many respects. I find that once I meet someone interesting, they inevitable have interesting friends and circles start to collide into complicated Venn diagrams*. There's lots of overlap in the world of makers, publishers, designers, photographers, and folks that "make life beautiful."

This afternoon, I was catching up with one of my favorite men's sites, Grain & Gram, and discovered a gem of a feature on Jason Gregory of Makr Carry Goods. The interview by Aaron Martin and Danny Jones is extremely thoughtful and well written, providing a lot of insight into the start of Makr and how they have evolved. Personally, Jason Gregory has been a huge inspiration for my line, Canoe, so to get a peek inside their studio may have elicited a few whispered "wowzas" while reading.

JonPaul Douglass shot the photographs and video for this great feature.

*One day I am going to sit down and draw out my personal Venn diagram for every creative person I am lucky enough to know. In the case of Grain & Gram, I first discovered them based on a brief mention on Rifle Paper's blog, where Anna Bond shared that her printer, Nick Sambrato, was featured on G&G. I read the article, immediately fell in love with G&G, shared it with with all my guy friends, and several months later hired Nick to print a project for me.

I've learned that when something strikes a chord with you, it's a good idea to let folks know, so I emailed G&G to gush about how great I thought they are. After a few emails back and forth, they very kindly came out to Austin to interview my husband, Ben, of Salt & Time. The world is very small, indeed.

Tool & Tack Holiday Gift Box

Following on the success of our pop-up event, we're excited to introduce our limited edition curated gift boxes featuring a unique selection of hand made items, now available for pre-order!

Our first gift box features a Canoe hand tooled walnut leather keychain with 1" swivel snap closure and no.6 wood-burned Opinel pocket knife, paired with Salt & Time's ¼ lb Toscano Salame and 4oz container of Death To False Mustard, made with Jester King Brewery’s Black Metal Stout.

Salt & Time's Toscano Salame is made using local Texan pork, toasted fennel, black pepper, and red wine. They start with whole pigs, butcher them by hand then cure, ferment and dry the meat using traditional techniques.

The set comes packaged in a 11" x 7" x 3" wood crate with a vintage USGS topographical map measuring 22" x 27" (various Western states), jute ribbon, and a tooled leather gift tag. If you’re looking for a gift for that discerning special someone, look no further.

The Tool & Tack Gift Boxes are now available for pre-order in the shop, and will ship out on December 5th via USPS priority mail, arriving safely to your door by December 8th. We have a very limited quantity of these, so don't delay in ordering yours!