The Great Pacific Iron Works

Original shed where Yvon Chouinard hand forged climbing pitons in the early 50's-located behind GPIW/Patagonia HQ in Ventura.

PCC Tomorrow

PCC tomorrow, I've missed the last two. Hans Olsen highback chair, teak, cane leather. Re- caned at Cane & Baket Co, leather upholstery by Classic Design. Back to lucky sunday and the lucky Saturdays & Sundays of Tokyo.


Thread Heads

In house 'shared' library of Japanese indigo/vegetable dyed scarfs.



His Regalness-photo by BCR.



Insides of two in house Aubock dinner bells, brass, walnut, cane-mid 60's. Relatives.



Handplane Goodness

Handplane Goodness-a whole new wormhole. Beautiful crafting, photography and timely rants on the continuous burns of a man at sea with only fins and small pieces of wood for the slide. The inner most limits of prone...can we get the president one of these before his next family vacation to Hawaii?


On Paper

Steve Wolfe at The Whitney, thanks Matty.



Engine Takes To The Water

A bunch of photographs from my fathers album I rediscovered on this trip, all from the mid 60's to 1970. From top to bottom...

1. Dad behind the wheel of the Marie Glen Valena, his favorite among the few boats he owned, he took over as skipper following the death of his father George.
2. Dad and his brother Maitland on their rides, his mother is standing in the cabin of a converted VW van, out of which she used to sell vintage clothing door to door. Vehicle Envy.
3. Pop-George in the engine room of the Mercury.
4. George on deck (bow) of the Mercury- looking back at dad.
5. Traditional cane Crayfish pots stacked on the Mercury deck, dad climbed the mast to take this shot.
6. Champagne!-the blessing of the fleet, Victoria Dock 1969.
7. Dad and Pop dancing in identical step with the ladies of the lighthouse, Tasmania.

More here and here.


The Architects of Beach Clown, their influence is pervasive down here, occasionally vandalized by the Seagull tagging salty folk. Pre Palermo/Connors. Background here.



Perm Press

In house stamp, v-gouged Jelutong, ink.


Skeg Porn

Kelp cutter?/2 Spoon Variations/Jailbreak-hollow wooden board 40's?/MR early 80's Twin. All from the Islantis in house collection and hanging high, look up!

New England


G10 Saves

Martha's magic home-knit fish bag/sonic patriotism/JS 1970's twin/ramp(age) boro


Back in my hometown zip this weekend, details from Dads. His Father George posing between cray pots with two of the days finest, late 50's (awesome home knit shawl collar). Smiths Astral-wheelhouse clock, UK made. The Cutty Sark, hand made, sewn and micro rigged in Mauritius. Henry Browne and Son-wheelhouse Barometer, UK made, both the dials came of George's first boast The Mercury, and were later given to my father. Related post.

*Dad claims that George's fingerprints always reappear on the brass between cleaning, 40 years after his death!