Sunday, January 31, 2010


Bandshell made from repurposed car hoods now parked at Fort Mason SF, created by REBAR and Finch Mob. Via Art Business

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

More in the Family

Inspired by the textile scholarship of R4TH and AAPC, the trolling of the family archives continues with an image of a (Navajo?) blanket from my Great Grandmother from the early 1900's, now in my Mom's possession. Speculation about it's origins in the family persist, but it is believed to have possibly come from New Mexico. Strange color, reminiscent of a Cactus Cooler....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Archival image from the Verona Arena 2007.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

High School Kenton

Family leather document case recently repaired and reconditioned. The case itself says Kenton, but I can't find any other information thus far. There are some illegible scribbles on the interior, probably from my brother circa 1985. It was also my document case during my High School days. The final image is before repair at Mike's of Noe Valley.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Heath Effort

As noted on R4TH, Heath Ceramics donated 25% of sales over a weekend to help Architecture for Humanity in their efforts to aid in the rebuilding of Haiti. Heath was able to raise over $20,000! Pictured here, my new stack mug in white. More HERE


Pair of Ballston socks picked up in Bolinas. The shop owner informed me that Ballston has been been making socks in the USA since 1918. Ballston is the house brand for companies like Woolrich and LLBean. The difference? No name on the sock, and only 6 bucks.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


One of our favorite small towns in Northern California, Bolinas is known for it's reclusive residents. Any street markings showing the way to Bolinas have been traditionally removed from Highway 1, so you either know where it is, or you're gonna miss it. Before it became Bolinas, the Coastal Miwok Indians inhabited the area. The Coastal Miwok were not recognized as an official nation until 2000. Other favorite small Northern California towns with posts include, Point Arena, Boonville, and Trinidad. Hopeful future posts to include Inverness, just north of Bolinas.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Redd Ekks

Former SFAI Faculty Redd Ekks. More HERE


NMc's playing with her food again, leaving designs in this mornings oatmeal residue.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

By Hand

NMc's repair of her Great Grandmothers wooly with satin trim.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Inventory

Dry goods and beans, perfect for the new pressure cooker. Beans in 10 minutes!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This mornings sock inventory, including Fox River Mills, SmartWool, Remington, Wigwam and LLBean. All made in the USA.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Family Favorites

Family Pueblo pottery now in the collection of VM at TN hq. I'm not sure of the origin, but I think it is Hopi, research showing that the Navajo being more nomadic used baskets. These pieces were originally collected by my Great Grandmother in the very early 1900's, passed to my Grandmother and on to Mom. I believe there are a few more pieces, perhaps some images can be procured. Related Great Grandmother post HERE and HERE

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Kurt Russell as Abe Lincoln as Snake Plissken in Escape from L.A. via Klaimco

Out of Round

Hand made striker marble, more in the shape of an egg, the small rough mark from the punty still visible. Recently found at the Ark.

Monday, January 11, 2010

American Tracking

Ornithology at it's finest, KM sends a few picks from the field. From KM, "This is a ferruginous hawk (notice the iron colored (brown red) legs and wing patches).  There is also a roadrunner and American kestrel like a lil pocket falcon.  Note the glove is because they like to bite."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Eagle House

Upper Noe Valley/Diamond Heights.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Moguli Kilim

New in house Kilim keeping the kitchen just a little bit warmer. Picked up at Nomad Rugs just around the corner from our place. 100% wool, vegetable dye. The Mogol weavers are a little known ethnic group from northern Afghanistan who are descendants of the Mongols who invaded this region in the 13th century. They have been living in this refugee camp in Pakistani Baluchistan for the past 16 years. Proceeds from the sale of this rug benefit Barakat Inc.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Secret Shop

R's secret wood shop in South LB, complete with folding floor extenders. Pictured here R cuts some blocks for the groms.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kelly Breslin

New Kelly Breslin in residence in our SF abode. Thanks to South Willard.