With their catchy slogan, “Made to Do Hard Time,” Prison Blues boldly claims that their clothing can withstand the toughest workouts. We’ve been carrying several of their products for a few years now and our customers have been extremely pleased.
Prison Blues is located in Pendleton, Oregon. All of their Prison Blues brand clothing are made by inmates currently serving time at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute.
In 1989, the Prison Blues garment factory began carrying high-quality shirts, work jackets, jeans and other denim work apparel. Their main goal was to significantly reduce the burden of incarceration costs on taxpayers. Prison Blues gives inmates the ability to earn a prevailing industry wage while paying for their own incarceration costs and other payments. Never forgetting their roots, the denim jeans and denim apparel sold by Prison Blues is still worn by inmates throughout Oregon.
When you are getting a Prison Blues item, not only are you getting a high-quality item, but you are also helping inmates.
If you need an apron for any outdoor work, Ruf Duck’s will suit all your needs. It’s unique design places the straps on your shoulders rather than on the back of your neck. This way you can avoid “neck fatigue.”
There are no pockets to catch water or chemicals. Cleans and dries easily.
With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, you might be in a bind on getting that perfect gift.
David Morgan’s Everlasting Love earrings and necklace are a reasonably-priced idea. Among the Celts, the triskele is used to represent the tripartite nature of life and people. In these earrings two triskeles are linked together to form the circle of eternity, denoting two people, in body, mind and spirit, joined together in everlasting love. The earrings are made of sterling silver.
A Haida custom is to place watchmen on the top of totem poles. These iconic figures can be seen throughout the Haida lands and represent sentinels who keep guard over the Haida people.
Since the 1980s, however, Haida Watchmen are real people who keep a lookout over old Haida villages and protect them from vandalism.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve’s cultural resource manager Barb Wilson says the Skidegate Band Council started the Watchmen program in the early 1980s because they wanted more people out on the land.
People had always been out on their territory, but around this time a lot of “pot hunting” was going on—people digging for artifacts and taking them without permission, she says. Some even cut pieces off monumental poles that had fallen. In fact, the Haida Gwaii Museum has a pole fragment on display that was recovered from a tourist’s yacht after a Haida noticed them at the dock in Prince Rupert.
The full story can be read here. The watchmen are beautiful works of art. We’re happy to have them as one of our chess pieces and as a keychain.
Fall is nearly here, and with it comes the rain (at least for the Pacific Northwest.) And there’s nothing more important than serious rain gear. Ruf Duck was designed by a retired logger. They’ve become a hit for those who need protection in the toughest outdoor environments. Over the past 20 years, Ruf Duck has developed a following with dairymen, commercial fishermen and others who need practical rain gear.
The fabric is made on the East Coast to Ruf Duck’s specifications. Flame-resistant oxford nylon, 200 denier, was chosen because it is stronger than conventional weaves and lightweight. The nylon fabric is coated with a proprietary polyurethane waterproof film. The waterproofing is on the inside, protected from wear. The seams are double-stitched and reinforced in the back with extra vinyl to prevent leakage through the seams. The design of the garment acts like a bellow, circulating out perspiration laden air as you walk and work. The Ruf Duck Rain Gear is 100% waterproof.
This summer you’ll need protection from the sun but also to keep your head cool. The Tilley Airflo Hat, made from Nylamtium® fabric, a strong water-and-mildew resistant nylon, will provide lightweight protection from the sun while blocking UV rays and will also repel rain. The polyester mesh incorporated in the crown is a distinctive feature and allows air circulation on the hottest days.
After many years, David Morgan has returned to selling kangaroo wallets. Kangaroo leather is well-known for its durability and suppleness. Although it is very thin, it is one of the toughest leathers available. It is perfectly suited for wallets.
We are also selling emu-leather wallets. Emu leather is also a thin leather that is supple and durable. The raised quills of the bird give the leather a distinctive pattern. The skin of the emu legs has a remarkable, reptile-like look that provides a stylish accent.
Our supplier is Adori, well-known in Australia for their high-quality craftsmanship. The company has a long tradition of designing unique and unusual Australian leather and travel goods.
Our Ivy Cap from Tilley is a popular hat for fall and winter. Soft and snug, it nestles just right on the top of the head. Now it’s even better: Tilley makes it with c-change technology.
C-change Technology uses a bionic membrane that is bonded to the fabric. Imitating nature, the waterproof and windproof polymer membrane reacts in the same way fir cones react to changing weather. The polymer expands when moisture is present or the temperature is high, permitting water vapor to escape. When the temperature drops, the polymer contracts and does not allow moisture or heat to escape. Hats and caps which incorporate this technology provide constant comfort in changing conditions.
Independence Day reminds us that we live in a country that gives us a chance to work hard and make a difference. Many of our products are made by people with that philosophy. For them, made in the USA is a mark of pride.
The Welch Company Inc. has been manufacturing suspenders in Portland, Oregon since 1967. Their suspenders are recognized for quality and reliability. We sell both X-back and Y-back suspenders with either clip ends or leather ends that fasten to buttons.
Geier Glove Company is from Centralia, Washington. They’ve been around for over seventy years. They’re known throughout the West for high-quality gloves and moccasins. We provide gloves in deer, goat, kangaroo, bison and elk skin.
Cavin’s designs are a reflection of his surroundings. His line includes birds, mammals and amphibians. Each item is accurately detailed. For the past thirty years he has carved using shed elk antler and woolly mammoth ivory. These carvings became the basis for his lost wax casting jewelry.
“Carving,” says Cavin “is like touching antiquity. I feel a kinship with a long lineage of carvers dating back to the Pleistocene.”
Kickin’ up the back brim of your hat can add an additional flare to your Akubra. Your hat will have more of a fedora style than the traditional Aussie style.
It’s easy to kick up the back brim. All you need is a little steam from a tea kettle. Run the steam over the top of the brim for just a few seconds to get it soft. Then, push up the back from underneath with your thumbs. Push up at the base of the brim, right where it meets the crown.
You can watch this video to see how to steam your hat.