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Lord of the Whip

June 26, 2020

Giovanni Celeste, a whip enthusiast from Italy, has created this remarkable video on David Morgan and the Indy Whip.  We hope you enjoy it.

 

Sydney and Hampton Now on Sale

May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Akubra’s manufacturing in Australia. In order to ensure a successful path forward once this challenge has passed, Akubra is reducing the number of styles offered until further notice. Our lead time in obtaining Akubras is around five to six months, and these changes will affect our fall and winter hat selection.

Two of the styles we are unlikely to be able to stock fully for our fall and winter season are the Sydney and the Hampton. We are offering our remaining stock of these two styles at a great price.

The Sydney is the first Akubra city hat we offered. This open crown hat is made from a slightly softer felt than our other Akubras, and is easily shaped. The most common bash for this style is a Fedora bash. If you’ve been contemplating buying an open crown hat, now is an excellent opportunity to do so. We provide instructions on bashing your open crown hat in our hat manual (included with each Akubra) and online. For those who desire more help, we do offer a Custom Bash service.

 

 

Sydney Hat by Akubra, Fedora Bash

Sydney Hat by Akubra, Fedora Bash

 

The Hampton is another city hat, pre-creased with a center dent. This hat is the narrowest brim Akubra we offer, measuring just 1-3/4 inches, and is an easy choice for people who like to wear a hat in and out of a car. Both the Sydney and Hampton are fully lined.

 

Hampton Hat

Hampton Hat

 

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Sydney Hats

Hampton Hats

 

News About our Spring and Summer Catalog

May 5, 2020

Our Spring/Summer 2020 catalog is now available as a pdf. You can download or view the catalog here.

Normally, you’d be receiving a printed copy of the catalog in your mailbox about this time. The COVID-19 disruptions started just as we were finalizing our spring catalog. Without knowing how the disruptions would affect us, we chose not to print. At the same time, we chose to hold all pricing in our Fall and Winter 2019/2020 catalog through the summer. Although our retail store is temporarily closed, we are able to take orders online or by phone. Most items are in stock, although our spring shipment of Darwin Panamas and Panama Fedoras has been delayed and some sizes are back ordered. Other summer hats such as the Hemp Balmoral are in good supply.

 

Balmoral Hemp Hat by Akubra

 

Our catalog, which we publish just twice a year, also gives us the opportunity to alert our customers to changes. This spring brings a bittersweet change, with Judie Gumm retiring. We have carried Judie Gumm’s Alaskan jewelry for more than 30 years. We are sad to lose this collection but wish Judie and her husband Richard a wonderful retirement. Our remaining Judie Gumm lost wax castings, made in Alaska, are available here until sold out.

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Update

April 14, 2020

With the current COVID-19 disruptions, we are operating with minimal staffing but still able to process and ship most online, phone and mail orders within one to two business days.  We follow CDC and Washington state suggested best practices, and are fortunate to have a work environment that is easily cleaned with good social distancing. Our retail store in Bothell, Washington is closed until Washington state allows us to re-open.

The worldwide pandemic has affected our ability to keep some products in stock.  This past week we finally received a large shipment of Akubra hats, some of which were originally expected back in January.  Delayed by global shipping disruptions, we were very pleased to have these hats!  We still have a few outages, awaiting our next shipments, but most styles are well stocked, including the Kiandra.

Spring is here, and with it Panama hat season.  Unfortunately our spring order has been delayed by the COVID-19 closures and we are out of stock of some sizes, in particular of our Darwin Panama, a customer favorite.  We hope to receive these hats mid-May.  Orders can be placed now – we will keep you updated if further delays occur and won’t charge your credit card until we ship.  If you have immediate need of a Panama or straw hat, please consider our Gambler Panama, the Vented Panama and Featherweight Panama by Mayser, and Akubra’s Hemp Balmoral.

We thank our vendors, many like us small, family-owned businesses, for adapting to these unprecedented times. And we thank you, our customers, for your patience and understanding. We hope life gets back to normal soon.

 

 

The Mule Kick

March 6, 2020

One of our customers stopped by the store and posed for a picture. He’s wearing the Adventurer, but decided to have it bashed like the gunsmith Mike Brooks.

Mike Brooks was featured on the season of American Craftsman.

 

 

 

Valentine Gift Ideas

January 24, 2020

If you are grasping for an idea this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. We have plenty of beautiful jewelry that you can find on our website.

Below are three of our most popular items. Pick one, or all three!

 

Heathergems Heart Pendant and Earring Set. Made in Scotland.

 

 

Lovebirds Necklet, by Odin Lonning, made in USA

 

Lovebirds Earrings in Sterling Silver. Designed by Tlingit Odin Lonning, made in USA.

 

 

 

What’s your glove size?

January 10, 2020

With the cold winter weather, many of you might be thinking of protecting your hands. You may need gloves for outdoor activities or just a pair for the car until it warms up.

Many gloves come in small, medium, large and extra large. It can be a shock when someone asks you what your fitted glove size is.

It’s easy to figure out. Be sure to use a cloth tape measure or a string that does not stretch. Wrap the tape around the widest part of your palm. The tape will be just above the connecting point between the thumb and the palm and to the widest part of the other side of the palm. Wrap it fully around your hand and tug it gently. Do not pull it tight. It should just fit as you would like your gloves to fit.

 

Where to measure your glove size

Where to measure your glove size.

 

You will get a measurement in inches. The most common range is from about 7 inches to 10 or 11 inches. Go up to the nearest half size.

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Geier Gloves

 

 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

November 15, 2019

One of our favorite places to advertise our Cavin Richie Wildlife in Bronze jewelry is Living Bird. It is produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Autumn 2019 caught our attention with an article entitled, “3 Billion Birds Lost.”

According to research published online in September by the journal Science, wild bird populations in the continental U.S. and Canada have declined by almost 30% since 1970. While all six major biomes in the US saw a bird population decline, the largest percentage occurred in the grasslands, where there was a 53% decrease.

Click here for the article:

If you are interested in learning more, or making a donation, please visit Cornell’s Bird Lab homepage.

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Cavin Richie

 

 

Stagecoach Whips

October 18, 2019

Working at David Morgan is really fun when we can put people together to solve problems and preserve history.

Because of my father’s work in the field of whips — which included writing the book Whips and Whipmaking — I occasionally field general queries regarding whips.

A few weeks ago I took a call from a Mr. Patt Patterson of Missouri who asked me if I knew anything about stage coach whips. He was writing a book on them.  I told him no, nothing past what was in my father’s book. I offered to check David’s list of whips, I checked and found Dad had a couple of stage coach whips in his collection so I said I’d clean them up for him and send him photographs.

A few days later I took a call from Jimmy Wilson in Texas who was looking for someone to clean up and put new falls on his wife’s whips. His wife had been a Wild West arts performer in the fifties and sixties. Jimmy mentioned that, by the way, he ran a business building stagecoaches, see J Wilson Stage Coaches.

I introduced Patt and Jimmy by email and Patt is now busy fixing up the whips and has gained a friend in the world of stage coaches.

After receiving the performer whips, Patt mentioned that some of the whips were made by the J.M. Bucheimer Co.  I found a Bucheimer catalog or three in David’s files that dated from the mid-sixties, when they were in Frederick Maryland. Included with the catalogs was correspondence from David where he mentioned that he was interested in buying the Drovers and Performers whips.  He then bought a couple and responded they were advertised as 12 plait but arrived as 10 plait.  Later Bucheimer catalogs described the whips as 10 plait.  In 1967 the performer whips cost from $10.60 to $31.00 depending on their length, with extra long lengths available on special request.

The stage coach whips in David’s collection were labeled and measure as follows:

 

 

No. 94 Stagecoach Whip, Bert Hill, 1960s.  He had made coach whips for Cobb & Co.  11′ thong 6 plait dropped to 4. 12 plait. Covered handle is about 54″.

( see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobb_%26_Co  )

No. 95 Stagecoach Whip Bert Hill, 1960s.  9′ thong 6 plait dropped to 4. 12 plait covered handle is about 53″. (No photo.)

 

No. 98

Useless Thong by DWM on a Lungewhip handle by Millowick. Thong lacks weight in the belly. Handle is a bit under 50 inches.

It appears David had made an attempt at copying the stagecoach whip thong and failed.  Thankfully David kept on trying his hand making hundreds of functional whips albeit not for stagecoaches.

Our best wishes to Patt and Jimmy’s respective and collective endeavors!

Will Morgan

Enjoy a few more photos below: