Red Wing Passport Covers


It’s crazy for me to think how things have changed around here in just a year. I missed mentioning the first W&F anniversary sometime in early November, partly because I was busy with fun projects like this one. I’m forever grateful to have met cool folks during the course of this year that are curious about what I’m doing and have wanted me to make things for them.

One of the most gracious endeavors was also one of the more stressful… Making some passport covers for Red Wing Amsterdam to be given to their agents for a Christmas gift.

It was a tight deadline and I was working with their own leather from SB Foot Tannery, which I’d never played with before. The first run had to be simple in construction to get them done in time, and yet I’m making them for someone who’s been making leather boots for over a century. No pressure, right? The self-heaped on stress was quite high. Though throughout the project, I learned a lot and got very familiar with their own leathers and have great plans to make a more intricate version in the future. I guess sometimes the stress in the journey is the reward too.

photos taken by Lisa Warninger 
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House Spirits Distillery


How lucky am I to have made friends in the whiskey business? Very. I Recently spent some time at House Spirits Distillery in Portland checking out their operation and tasting some of their fine spirits.

They’ve been producing White Dog, which is one of their limited releases. If you aren’t familiar with White Dog, it’s a new whiskey straight from the still. Colorless and plenty strong, this is whiskey that’s never touched a barrel. Typically whiskey will be aged in charred oak, all the while darkening in color and mellowing from the process. The aging process can be used to mask imperfections in lesser whiskeys, but with new whiskey like this – there’s nothing to hide behind. The level of craft at House Spirits makes for an amazing and wonderfully drinkable spirit.

Made from 100% malted barley, you can really breathe in the distinctive malt flavor when sipping. A bit of sweetness, and a light spiciness make it easy to drink neat, but with enough heat to really shine though in a cocktail.

Evan Kinkel from House Spirits even suggested a couple cocktails perfect for the occasion:

The White Zombie

  • 1 1/2 oz. White dog
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh pressed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. B.G. Reynold’s Don’s Mix
  • Dash of Angustura bitters
  • Garnish with mint &lime

Silver Sunrise

  • 1 1/2 oz. White Dog
  • 1 oz. Stumptown cold brew
  • 1/2 oz. Molasses syrup
  • 3/4 oz. half & half
  • Dash of Reagan’s bitters
  • Garnish with an orange disc & cinnamon

If you try some, let me know what you think. If you’d rather stick to your favorite aged whiskey, I’ve got a DIY coming up for you… I’m gonna try to micro-age some White Dog. I’ll post in a few weeks and let you know how it turns out and show you the simple process.

photos taken by Lisa Warninger 
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