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Mastering the Art of Making with the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Posted September 22, 2014
· Filed In: Featured, Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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When Filson was founded in 1897, we outfitted loggers, miners and builders. Our garments gained a reputation for reliability and integrity, offering protection from harsh weather, untamed wilderness, splinters and sharp edges. Today, workers and craftsman, such as those at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, rely on Filson for durable, versatile gear that protects and lasts. At Filson we…

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Wooden Boat Building with Erin and Evan Walsh

Posted February 21, 2014
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Travel, Way of Life
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After growing up in the Midwest and meeting in sprawling Chicago, Erin and Evan Walsh yearned for a life that was more connected to nature. After finishing design school and entering the workforce in the city, they decided that changing pace wasn’t simply an ideal, it was a necessity. They piled their belongings in a Subaru with their two close…

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Trade Stories: The Horween Leather Story

Posted February 6, 2014
· Filed In: Happenings, Heritage, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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The new Filson leather totes and accessories are made with leather tanned at the historic Horween factory in Chicago and outfitted with our 100-year-old Tin Cloth. This video provides an insightful glimpse into the Horween factory and their uncompromising commitment to American craftsmanship.      

The Cruiser Shirt Patent: Celebrating a Century of Innovation

Posted January 6, 2014
· Filed In: Filson 101, Happenings, Heritage, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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It was 1912, and C.C. Filson was operating a Seattle, Washington store—Filson’s Pioneer Alaska and Blanket Manufacturers—opened in 1897 in order to supply hoards of prospectors headed to the Yukon Gold Rush. As the Gold Rush died down, Filson found that there were many more customers in need of rugged outdoor clothing and gear. So he designed a shirt that…

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Sheep Shearing in Western Washington with Nich Hance McElroy

Posted October 29, 2013
· Filed In: Depth In The Field, Happenings, Ranching, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Nich Hance McElroy is a photographer based in Vancouver, BC. Since 2010 he’s owned and operated a small scale sheep shearing business in Western Washington, which takes him – along with his sheepdog, Finn — from the Canadian Border to the Key Peninsula, and from the San Juan Islands to the crest of the Cascades.   Beginning in the second…

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Trade Stories: Jerry Cohen, Owner of Ebbets Field Flannels

Posted June 25, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Ebbets Field Flannels has been a Pioneer Square mainstay for over 25 years. The iconic Seattle company manufactures historically inspired athletic apparel, ranging from wool baseball flannels to 8-panel caps, right here in America. Filson had a chance to catch up with owner Jerry Cohen and find out what separates Ebbets from the rest.   How long have you been…

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Trade Stories: Aaron Fields, Firefighter

Posted June 19, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Aaron Fields has been a firefighter for over 13 years, 6 of which have been spent training others in the state fire academy. After a close call in his first fire due to incomplete training, he has devoted his days to perfecting a hybrid fire hose handling method called Nozzle Forward. Now, Aaron can be found traveling the country in…

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Trade Stories: Zeph, the Proletariat Butcher

Posted April 15, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
Trade Stories: Zeph, the Proletariat Butcher

In a society where many people are far removed from the processes put in to food preparation, professional butchers like Zeph have taken the age-old craft in to their own hands.  The 31 year-old Portland, Oregon resident has spent the last 6 years developing and espousing an unique approach to butchery focusing on positive stewardship for both animal and environment.…

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Trade Stories: Andy Gregory of NW Axe Co.

Posted April 4, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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The history of the axe in America is ubiquitous.  Trees as tall as Bunyan were felled with these sharpened glints of steel.  Cities and towns across the nation were born of them.  Great men and women were made by them.  Now, men like Andy Gregory of NW Axe Co. are taking this time-honored tradition in to their own two hands.…

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Trade Stories: Mike Smith of Kenmore Air

Posted March 20, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
Trade Stories: Mike at Kenmore Air

Kenmore is our kind of airline.  Family owned and operated out of Washington State since 1946, no one knows their way around a bush plane better.  We sat down with machinist Mike Smith, a Kenmore veteran of 11 years, to talk welding, banjos, and bird dogs. What’s your trade? I make and repair airplane parts, tools for the mechanics. I do…

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