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PNW Workers: Force/Collide

PNW Workers: Force/Collide





Located in Seattle WA, Force/Collide is driven by owner Chelsea Gaddy's distinct style that blends geometry, minimalism, and the raw characteristics of metals into high-end furniture and architecture. "The creative process behind fabrication is the most meaningful part of my work - it's what forms the personality of the piece. And metal is my favorite material to work with because it requires a combination of brute force and extreme finesse to be persuaded."




Learn more about Chelsea and Force/Collide and see her feature in our August Catalog.


PNW Workers: Western Neon

PNW Workers: Western Neon





If you've walked Seattle's streets after sundown, you've laid eyes on Western Neon's craftsmanship. Since 1985 they've put their radiant stamp on our booming town. Along with the logo and working clock atop Filson Headquarters, they've created Seattle landmarks such as Rainier Brewery's "R" and the iconic pink elephant outside Elephant Car Wash.



Glass bender Dani Kaes exemplifies Western Neon's love of their community. "We use light to really embrace Seattle's essence, to find Seattle's voice, and where we are in the world."



Learn more about Western Neon and see their feature in our August Catalog.

PNW Workers: Laura Burkhart

PNW Workers: Laura Burkhart


Laura Burkhart drew inspiration from the Pacific Northwest's mountains, lakes, and trees - and used it to develop a refreshing, unique style of artwork.

"Woodwork is such a physically demanding medium, forcing me to fully immerse myself in the process. This particular style came to fruition a few years ago when I was asked to help design and create the interior of a friend's local coffee shop. I wanted to take my own approach to the craft that brought in my love for surface pattern with a sculptural element. I'm intrigued by the juxtaposition between the hard lines and the stark contrast of shapes against the fluidity of the wood grain. I love the way the work celebrates nature's geometry and...Read More

PNW Workers: Meridian Forge

PNW Workers: Meridian Forge





Located in Eatonville, WA, Meridian Forge was founded by Darryl Nelson who has spent 45 years breathing new life into the ancient art of blacksmithing. His trademark animal sculptures can be seen on the doors to Filson's Flagship Seattle store, along with much of the ironwork at Oregon's Timberline Lodge. "There are so many different avenues to blacksmithing, whether it's art, sculptural, tool making, architectural, or bladesmithing. It's one of those niche things, you have to find your own niche. What they're going to remember me for is animal heads."




Learn more about Meridian Forge and see them in action in our August catalog.

PNW Workers: Dovetail General Contractors





Located in Seattle, WA, Dovetail General Contractors specializes in bringing clients' visions to life by immersing themselves in every aspect of a project - from Japanese joinery to large-scale foundation work. Carpenter Lucas Trautman embodies this as much as anyone. "The residence we just finished on Whidbey Island is a sanctuary, personally and professionally. I moved my van up to the island and lived there for a year. Everyone who worked there found their own personal connection to that space. Part of our job is to help facilitate that connection for the client's family and establish an amazing retreat for the next generation."



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For 121-years, Filson has outfitted and partnered with makers, builders, fabricators and creators. These craftsmen and women work with their hands. They use brute force and extreme finesse to bring out the best in their chosen material: wood, steel, or glass. At the end of the day, their reward is the satisfaction that comes with bringing to life, from saw blades and fire, a tool, a home, or a work of art. Watch our most recent video highlighting the people who have made our Filson Flagship location what it is today.

Where There's Smoke: Utah's Alta Hotshots


In nature, wildfires are a natural tool that can have positive effects on an ecosystem’s native wildlife and vegetation. However, when left uncontrolled, a wildfire presents a serious threat to the human life and property
in its path. Interagency hotshot crews comprise elite ground-force wildland firefighters who are the first responders to wildfires in any jurisdiction of the United States. Based just outside of Salt Lake City, the Alta Hotshot Crew is a faction of Utah’s Department of Natural Resources, fighting up to 30 fires around the country each summer. The photos below are from a training exercise days before their fire season started.

When a wildfire is detected, human instinct immed...

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Faces in the Fire

Faces in the Fire


This season, Utah's Alta Hotshots roster is made up of 23 adrenaline-seeking conservationists ranging in age from 20 to 38. They come from all over the United States to be part of this high-functioning team, and even have a member from Sudan. While each crew member has their own motive for spending the summer chasing wildfires around the country, they all share one trait — they’re world-class wildland firefighters. Check back in later this week for the full story.



Photography by Sam Raetz

Montauk Brewing Company

Montauk Brewing Company


This spring I made the drive from New York City to the beach town of Montauk. The 120-mile drive took three hours and spanned the entire length of Long Island—long island indeed. As I drove due east, I saw shop and restaurant proprietors cleaning windows, painting facades, and readying themselves for the crush of summer tourists and beachgoers who in a few short weeks would swell the population of these small towns by a factor of ten.

I’d only once before been to Montauk, a small hamlet on the very easterly tip of the peninsula, often called “the End of the World.” I was familiar with the buzz about the place. It’s known for its beaches and strong Atlantic surf—a fishing community that was fi...

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Secret of the Sandhills: The Niobrara National Scenic River


Growing up in Nebraska, I quickly became privy to the longstanding joke that my home state offered nothing more than cornfields and pivots. Like clockwork, anytime I ventured outside the state line I was met with a tongue-in-cheek comment about Nebraska’s landscape or lack thereof. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I began to buy into this ill-informed rhetoric during my earlier years. It wasn’t so much that I thought Nebraska wasn’t a beautiful place, but that it wasn’t as beautiful as other states. And how could it be? Colorado and Wyoming have mountains. California and South Carolina, oceans. Maine and Oregon, vast, expansive forests. Montana and Idaho are breathtaking in endless ways. For far...

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