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Trade Stories: Robb Gray, Knife Maker

Posted June 10, 2015
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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After a childhood spent being fascinated by knives, Robb Gray of Graycloud Designs in Seattle now lives his dream as a knife maker. His knives are shaped and built for ergonomic utility. Some of them are finished by using a simple compliment of materials, while others become luxuriously embellished with hand-engraved patterns and gemstones set into the handles. Not surprisingly,…

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Trade Stories: Anna Gulickson of Kenmore Air

Posted April 15, 2015
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Anna Gulickson is a pilot at Kenmore Air with over 14 years experience at the helm of a plane. At five years old, she was visiting her aunt and uncle on Thetis Island, British Columbia, when she saw her first de Havilland Beaver floatplane at the dock of the marina; she’s been infatuated with flying ever since. We caught up…

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Trade Stories: Building Boats at the Taylor Shellfish Fabrication Shop with Brian Omdahl

Posted February 4, 2015
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Taylor Shellfish Farms is our kind of company, a company founded on sweat, saltwater, and hard work. Despite punishing conditions and demanding physical labor, this 120-year-old, family-owned shellfish farm has single-handedly turned Washington state into the largest producer of hatchery raised and farmed shellfish in the nation. To grow this substantial business, Taylor has relied on their ingenuity, perseverance, and…

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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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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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Trade Stories: Jason Ramos, Smokejumper

Posted March 14, 2013
· Filed In: Happenings, Trade Stories, Way of Life
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Jason Ramos has devoted 25 years of his life to the fire service.  Now a full-fledged smokejumper working out of Winthrop, Washington, Jason has learned to expect the unexpected everyday.  On a clouded and cool afternoon, Filson caught up with Jason aboard his ‘home away from home,’ a custom camper Sportsmobile.   How did you become a smokejumper? With any…

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