which bag for what?

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We’ve been asked plenty of times, “What bag should I get?” I know the right answer isn’t always ‘one of each’, so let’s talk about what you can stuff into them, intended purposes, and a few other details concerning Wood&Faulk bag sizing.

Let’s start with the 12″ Northwesterner. Here’s some ideas: simple overnight trip; camera, lunch and jacket tourist supplies; six pack protection for the front basket in your bike; or just some regular daily duties. Good for guys or gals. Fits ipads, but probably not your computer. The opening is about 11.5″.

Next larger is the Northwesterner 16″ size. This one is much more versatile and will handle a 15″ laptop with ease. Plenty of room for a business trip, as an overnighter, food and supplies for a picnic, or an everyday briefcase-type setup. One thing to note – the bag has soft sides and you’re gonna want a sleeve on your computer for extra protection.

Preparing for a longer trip? The 20″ Northwesterner is what you need. Always fits in the overhead compartment and can be put under a seat in a pinch. Plenty of room for a few changes of clothes and your laptop. Probably too big for a daily bag, but if you’re traveling  often enough, it’s a perfect alternative to bulky luggage. This is my preferred travel companion.

Hopefully the pics illustrate some fitting scenarios. The one thing I’m missing in the 16″ and 20″ pics is a travel bag or ‘dopp kit’. Both scenarios will accommodate one AND it’s something we’re finally working on as well, so stay tuned.

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The Littlest Northwesterner

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Thought I’d introduce the littlest member of the Northwesterner series, the tan waxed 12inch. Sharing the same sturdy construction as the rest of its family, this one is made with tan #10 Martexin Original Wax canvas and natural saddle leather handles and straps. Comes with a matching shoulder strap too.

I was hoping this size would be great as a camera carrier that would fit in my bike basket, and it turned out to work perfect. One thing to note, as with all the NWerner bags, they are unlined, so make sure to protect that camera with something soft inside. Interior dimensions of the opening is 11.5 in by 7.5 inches. Height is 10.5 inches not including the handles. Easily fits your iPad and a few books, possibly your 11in MacBook Air – though it might bulge a little on that.

Just hitting in the W&F store now, and I hope you like!

 

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Northwesterner Series

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Back when I started Wood&Faulk, its only real purpose was to ever be a blog. I wanted to share some house projects, furniture finds, and some general experiments. I added a store just to make a little scratch to pay for hosting and materials for projects for posts – but things are kind-of evolving already. I’m still keeping the blog format as you know it, and the current style of content won’t change. I’ll always want to share interesting projects and experiments like I’ve always done. The one thing that will be evolving is the store. As the books, notepads and miscellany sell off, they won’t be replaced and I’ll be converting the store content to more hardgoods and the like. I’m excited to have new bags in there, and will be putting belts and camera straps in the store this week as well. Hopefully this won’t affect anyone much, for the little bits never seemed to sell that fast anyway.

To start the store transition, I’m happy to release a new series of bags that I’m really excited about – the Northwesterner Series. Made with Martexin Original Waxed water-repellant canvas and fine leathers – they are sturdy as ever, and sure to last long enough for even the next generation to enjoy. I was inspired by the colors and the climate of the Pacific Northwest, but I feel the classic styling is perfect to fit any situation. Available in 16” sizes now, and in the larger 20” coming soon. All of them come with matching straps. Many thanks to Lisa Warninger for the brilliant-as-always photography.

Also, thank you to everyone who’s been such a loyal reader and customer so far. I’m amazed everyday to hear from old and new readers. It’s been a busy time for me lately, and I know the frequency of posts has dipped – just know that I miss creating and sharing things with you guys when I’m tied up. You are all such patient and kind friends!

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