One great side-effect of having this blog is that I’ve gotten to meet other interesting craftsfolk and see their ideas and products. It’s inspiring to see what fellow tinkerers have been working on.
A while back, I got to know Garret at Strawfoot Handmade and it’s great to see that he’s going strong and creating some great work. My camera satchel is serving me well, and Garret sent me a pic showing that his carpenter’s bag is treating him well too.
More recently, I’ve met two Portland-based makers, each doing some amazing– yet very different things.
First off, Antler&Co. Personally, I love antlers. I don’t care if it was a 2008 super-fad... the real thing is and always will be CLASSIC. They’ve been around for thousands of years, so I’m not gonna let some ‘white plastic knock-off Apartment Therapy saturation’ ruin it for me. Don’t want to kill a cuddly animal for decor? No problem. Antler&Co uses natural sheds for their work. Each year, deer naturally shed their antlers and grow new ones. Why let them decay on the ground when they can be collected as little works of (handy) art? I have one of Greg’s ‘Hanger Holder’ pieces and it’s amazing. The antler is beautiful itself, but the attention to detail in the packaging is insane. They really put together a great product, complete with all necessary hardware. Check out their wares at Antler&Co.
Another recent Portland upstart is Maak Soap Lab. This is a small, handcrafted operation that makes the most amazing soaps. After opening the Doug Bar and placing in my soap tray, the amazing scent of fir and cedar traveled through the entire house. Granted, I have a small place, but it smelled amazing. The soap lathers up well, and even though it smells strong, you’re not left with a perfume-y odor. It washes clean, with just the slightest scent on your skin. Maak is also venturing into essential oils, and I’m dying to try that cedarwood scent in my house. You can follow what they’re doing at Maak Soap Lab. Also, I'll be carrying some of their bars in the Wood&Faulk shop, starting next week.