Copper Pipe Hi-Fi Shelf


The steel pipe fixture craze was cool, but sometimes over-kill for small spaces and also fittings can get expensive. If you’re looking for a smaller scale shelf, love the look of copper and playing with fire… here’s your DIY.

My friend (and W&F alumni), Ali Brislin, was in need of a small shelf setup for her Hi-Fi. She’d looked at some vintage cabinets, but nothing was perfect. I’d told her of my idea for a simple copper pipe shelf unit and she was intrigued. Since we have a very similar aesthetic, she trusted me and agreed to accept whatever creation was in my head. I tried to sketch it out, but nothing beats filling a basked full of copper fittings and just going for it.

Part of the fun here is playing with a torch. You’ll want to review some how-to videos on sweating copper pipe. It’s pretty easy to do, but seriously an art form when done by an experienced plumber. There’s a lot steps involved to make it clean and water-tight, however, since we won’t be using it for a pressured water supply, you can make it a little messy. With practice it’ll look better and better with each fitting.

Tools involved are a propane torch, solder and flux (or instant solder), pipe cutter or hacksaw, sandpaper, measuring tape, sharpie marker. You’ll need some half-inch copper pipe, plenty of fittings and some boards.

  • six t-fittings and eight elbow fittings
  • six 14” cut copper
  • six 1.5” cut copper
  • two 7.5” cut copper
  • two 5.5” cut copper
  • one 28” cut copper (determines your width)
  • wood to create two 14”x30” shelves

The first step is to cut all your copper pipe down into pieces using the pipe cutter. This can also be done with a hack-saw, but for the cost, a pipe cutter is a cheap investment. The cut list I’ve provided will be plenty large enough for a vintage receiver and more, but it can always be customized for your own needs.

After all parts are cut, test fit everything. Make sure all your fittings are correct, then disassemble and prep your pipes by cleaning/sanding all the fitting areas. Once prepped, add your flux (or instant solder formula) and re-assemble. I soldered things in sections, and that might make more sense unless you have lots of clamps and a metal bench to do everything at once. I soldered up the sides, leaving the cross piece loose until the end, so it can be assembled square. Copper does bend easily, but it’s always good to have your pieces square before forcing into shape later.

Once the assembly is done and cooled, I drilled some mounting holes for wall attachment. For strength purposes, I drilled though fittings. Also, since copper is soft, use washers on your mounting screws where necessary. Four screws were enough going into a thick plywood backed wall, but if you don’t have that, try and find a stud.

Lastly, it’s time to slide your shelf boards into the frame. You can drill through the copper to screw your boards in place, but I decided to just leave them loose. There’s not much danger at Ali’s house of them being knocked. Once the stereo is in place, put on your favorite records and load the rest of your shelf up with plants and tchotchkes!

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Key Sleeve DIY


In my pursuit to cover everything in leather, here’s a fun and frivolous one. It looks cool, requires almost no material and is quite simple. PURE KEY LUXURY.

You’ll need a small scrap of leather, I’m using some from our bag production. It’s from SB Foot / Red Wing and about 4.5oz weight. Also some waxed thread, a couple needles, a hole punch, scissors, straight edge and an awl.

I’ve created a downloadable template with a design that should work for most house keys. If you’ve got something different, or want to really wrap to the profile, you can draw something up custom. Have fun with it… Would be cool to wrap an alarm fob or something too.

Print out the template, and cut it out with scissors. Use the template to trace on your piece of leather with a needle or awl. Once traced, cut the leather with a straight edge and knife, or heavy scissors. Next, punch the holes for stitches with a punch or #00 size tube. Punch the keyring cutout with a #6.

Stitch together with the double needle method that I’ve shown here. You can put it in a stitch pony, or hold by hand. It’s a little more precarious, but can be done with some patience. After stitching, you can wax the leather edges with a little bees wax to smooth it and you’re ready.

For those who don’t have time to stitch, we’ve done something interesting this time and are releasing our own key sleeve at the very same time as the DIY. You can make your own, or check ours out in the store.

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Wood&Faulk Open Studio


Design Week Portland is upon us again, and we’re happy to be a part of it again. So many exciting events on this roster, it’s going to be the best DWP yet. Our open studio will be in our new shop space this year, located at 522 N. Thompson Street on Wednesday, October 8th.

In addition to our shop, the building houses some other participating friends: Portland Apothecary, Andy Paiko Glass, Sara Barner, Emily Katz, Golden Rule Design and more. The building is white with black window frames, somewhat under construction and probably no numbers yet. Hopefully you like exploring?

We’re open from 4-7 for roaming through and mingling. Talk about our process, ask questions, and have a drink. More details on the Design Week Portland website along with other great studios in the area to visit.

Parking is not the easiest around us, but should be cleared out by 4pm. We’ll have drinks and refreshments around the building too. Feel free to RSVP on the Design Week site too!

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Simple Strap Planter


Since we’ve moved into a larger workshop, there’s so much more room to breathe. As a side-effect, new plants keep showing up. Beth, one of our designers, came up with a sharp idea to make a svelte plant hanger DIY. Using some leather straps, some brass hardware and a terra cotta pot, this is what she came up with.

Assemble your parts – you’ll need three Chicago screws, a long strap of leather, a loop for the hanging point, a terra cotta pot. For tools, gather a drill, masonry bit, leather punch, water jug, scissors, and leather dye if necessary.

You’ll need to cut your leather strap to 48″ long and a width of half an inch. This makes a long, dramatic hanger, but can also be cut to whatever length you need. Beth decided to dye the leather edges to keep it cleanly all black. If you’re going for a natural look or using a lighter leather, you can skip the dye.

Next, grab your drill and a masonry bit and some water to drill out slots into your planter. It is helpful to have a friend pour some water during the drilling – it keeps the dust down and seems to help the bit cut cleaner. Drill two holes next to each other and then you can steadily push the drill bit into the side and cut through the middle of your slot. It takes a little patience, and don’t put too much force on it at once, since the terra cotta can break. After both slots are drilled, rinse off the dust and bring it back inside to your bench.

Feed your leather strap though the slot and measure where you’d like the Chicago screw to be on the ends. These are about 3/4 inches from the slot. Add your hanging hardware to the strap (Beth chose a brass loop and ring combo from Oregon Leather Co.) and attach the other side to the pot. After both ends are attached to the pot, you can find the center point of the strap and add the third Chicago screw to secure the hanging loop.

Lastly, mount to your ceiling or a wall hook and get to plant shopping.

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Joseph and the Abandoned Scout Camp


Recently, one of my best amigos purchased a little fixer-upper project in Joseph, Oregon. I’ve heard great things about the little town, but until a few weeks ago, hadn’t seen it myself. Being about six hours from Portland, it’s not the quickest getaway. However, now that Greg is living there part-time, I’ve got reason to leave the shop for a long weekend once in a while.

More on Greg’s project in future posts, but I though I’d at least start to show some pics from starting visits. A small group of us spent the fourth of July out there and it was quite fun. The route is directly east through Pendleton, then La Grande, then up and around the west edge of Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and dropping into the gateway to Wallowa Lake. It’s a varied and beautiful drive out, with plenty of small town stops that are reminiscent of the small Kansas towns that I grew up around.

Part of the venture was spent on the east moraine of Wallowa Lake watching the fireworks, then exploring around through an abandoned scout camp. Part of the camp history involves a dining hall fire, floods, landslides and finally a mudslide in 2002 that led to the closure. Also nearby is the Wallowa Lake Tramway, which takes riders to the summit of Mt.Howard. From the 8,000ft elevation, you can look out across the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness.

If you get a chance, Joseph is really a unique getaway. I’ll be posting more with subsequent trips.

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Brooke Thompson Engraved Lighters


This project has been on my mind for a while. It was one of the earliest conversations I had with Brooke when we were chatting about her artwork over a year ago. I had heard she was engraving lighters for a few select friends and while I was asking her to create our bandana illustration, I kept thinking about lighters too. Fast forward to now, and they are finally here.

I envy Brooke’s talent and her amazing mind. The characters she creates are comfortable, funny and bizarre all at once, and in the best ways. She’s taken some of our imagery from the bandana and added her own to this limited collection. Once you order, I’ll put her to work. They won’t run forever and there’s only two places to get them… from me or her. I feel like she’ll continue with some new ideas later, but no telling when these will be discontinued, so if you like one – order it.

Also, to celebrate her unique style, I’ll make you a deal on her bandana edition too. You’re gonna want to polish this thing and maybe cleanup some spilt lighter fluid anyway, so might as well. Use the code BANDANA and get one for 50% off. Also know that these are hand engraved, so your lighter may not be 1000% absolute exact to the flash sheet. Because of this, lighters cannot be returned or exchanged.

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New Belts: the Harrison, the Martin and the Matchstick


I’ve been meaning to add some new belt models for a while, and I’m happy to finally show them off. After the big studio move, things were understandably chaotic. Now that the dust is settling and some client catch-up work is back on schedule, I can get back to our own offerings.

Starting with the Harrison, I went with a bold, yet comfortable buckle. It has a feel of old folk and rock-and-roll. What belt was George wearing on the cover of “All Things Must Pass”? I’m pretty sure it looked just like this. It uses our favorite English bridle leather, but I also added a new color too – cognac. It’s available in a stout 1 1/2″ and a slightly more subtle 1 1/4″ width.

The Martin is your classic end-bar buckle shape. Timeless looks, tough W&F character. This one’s named after my Dad, but since most of you haven’t met him, you’ll have to take my work that it’s a good fit. Most honorable and hardest working guy I know. Available in a 1 1/2″ that’s good for jeans and a 1″ width – perfect for casual styles and looks great on women or guys.

Our third release is just for the W&F women… the super svelte Matchstick. It’s a clean 5/8″ width with a tiny solid brass center-bar buckle. Sizing for this one has more range, so it can be worn low on the hips or high on the waist. Very versatile for jeans or dresses. Same hard-wearing English bridle leathers, but takes on a decidedly softer feel with the thin width.

All are available in the store today! Built upon order, they ship in about 5-7 days after purchase.

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Wood&Faulk Travel Pack


We’ve been working on our take for the standard dopp kit for a while now… Even releasing a very traditional shape to our retail partners earlier this year. After producing a few dozen of them, we just weren’t completely thrilled with it. We wanted something a little different and more fun to make. Following a regular production run and an afternoon of feverish experimenting, the new shape emerged. Not only was it more fun to make, it had much more utility than the first design. A larger, bucket-like opening makes contents easier to see and the vintage loop of tent cord works great as a pull or extended hanger. The new design now also has a nylon liner that’s easy to clean.

Now that we’ve finalized the perfect shape, we’re releasing a (very) limited edition to start with. Using the last small bits of a camouflage printed nylon, there will be eight pieces made for the first release. We don’t have enough camo to enter full production, but it’s too cool not to offer a few. So, there’s two of each color way being made with the nylon camo. First some, first served. When we track down another supply of nylon, we might make more in this style.

If you can’t get your hands on the camo version, we’ll be offering continued production with a bark brown nylon liner. The bags are made with water resistant US milled canvas, huge YKK zippers, a small bit of SB Foot leather and vintage stock tent cord. Available in the store today!

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Campfire Starters


The season for campfires is upon us. Whether you’re in the forest or in your backyard, a simple DIY fire starter is super helpful. Tiandra, of the W&F family, is sharing her fire starter recipe today. Tiandra is a camping master and knows tons of simple tricks like this to prove it.

You’ll need an empty egg carton, about five handfuls of sawdust and some wax. Beeswax, paraffin or even discarded candles can work for this. Try looking for cheap candles at the thrift store or paraffin in your grocery store baking supply aisle.

Start with the empty egg carton and remove the lid. Fill the carton voids with sawdust and pack it down a bit. Heat up your wax over the stove using a double boiler method. Make sure you’re melting wax in a vessel that won’t be affected by the wax and will be easy to clean. Once the wax is melted completely, slowly pour over the sawdust and completely saturate. If it looks like wet oatmeal, you’re doing it right.

After drying, you’ve got a dozen little fire starters ready for your next burn. Carve some shavings to cover and then build your wood structure around it.

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Wood grain, plaid and brass


Here’s just a check-in of recent things happening in the shop. Firstly, we’re introducing brown stained Ash legs to the campstool options. The darker brown legs looks amazing with all the colors, with my favorite being the tan combo. The lighter seat and dark legs look quite sharp. They are available here as of today.

In personal news, the Landcruiser is getting some new upholstery! The original seats were worn, torn and stained. Driver seat has been missing some foam and was tearing on the entry side as old trucks do. After lots of searching, I finally found the perfect material. I’d been looking for the right plaid, but it’s hard to find in upholstery grade. Happy to share that it’s now in the works. I love plaids, and wanted something that reminded me of the patterns from 80s Porsches and old Mercedes G-Wagens. Should be done in a couple weeks, but here’s the teaser. I’m lucky to have one of my studio mates, Revive Designs, working on it.

Lastly, we’ll have some customized lighters coming to our shop soon. They will be limited in supply and only available through our online store. Brooke Thompson, the brilliant illustrator that worked on our bandana, will be pulling some symbols from that (and more) and engraving into antique brass lighters. As we get closer, I’ll put another post up with details.

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