Clearing Storm Debris and Confusion: Which Stihl Chainsaws are Made in the USA?

This winter, the Northeast has weathered a series of storms that left lots of downed trees and limbs. At the time, most of us were concerned with just getting the power (luckily we have a generator) but now the aftermath is going to have to be dealt with.

I am probably one of those few people that will enjoy getting out there to tackle the cleanup with one of my prized possessions: “Old Orange,” my Stihl chainsaw. Between my chainsaw, splitting maul and wood stove we were able to have lots of cozy evenings by the fire this year, all from downed trees in our own yard during previous storms.

While the Stihl company was founded and headquartered  in Waiblingen,  Germany, there’s a lot of speculating and misinformation online about whether any of its chainsaws are made here. Frankly, the company doesn’t help by having not a peep of info on its website. So, Kathy went straight to the source and got the model numbers of the 13 chainsaw lines that are assembled in the United States. They are:

MS-170, MS-171, MS-180, MS-181, MS-201, MS-211, MS-250, MS-241, MS-251, MS-261, MS-271, MS-291, and MS-311

Hope this helps in your choice of a chainsaw.

Regards,

Paul

The Amazing Creations of Michael Graham: Made in USA

Why should a tabletop be a simple slab of wood or glass and not a means of showing-off things that are important to you?

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Michael Graham has the answer with dining tables and coffee tables that can be used to display keepsakes, store wine and more!
He designs and creates his furniture in the Los Angeles Arts District with the help of his faithful companion, Dr. Watson. The pieces are made with wood from 1920’s factories, 90-year-old grape crates and other repurposed materials.I especially love this Shadowbox Table, where I could show off some of my  WWII aviation items. My Dad’s service in the Army Air Corps inspired my collection and it would be great to see the aviator goggles, leather fighter pilot’s cap, and colorful post cards on view every day. Michael Graham says he uses the table he built for himself to display books and hide the TV remote from Dr. watson.

His most stunning design may be this industrial floor lamp made out of wine barrel rings , a vintage surveyor’s tripod and an Edison style LED bulb. Enjoy browsing.

Regards,

Paul

 

What’s New From Floyd Design: Made in USA

We can’t resist a product that is modern, well-designed and Made-in America. That’s how we ended up with two items from Floyd Design LLC in our home. The company has some newer items we wanted to tell you about.

The Table (yes, that’s its name) measures 32″ x 60″, and features a linoleum surface on birch plywood. It comes in two colors and is easy to assemble.Then there’s this cool little Side Table, which is designed to go together without tools and features a durable surface. It comes in four colors and is 15″ in diameter.There’s a lot more to see on the Floyd site, so check them out!

A Bag Built Like a Military Truck? It’s Made in Chicago

When you’re reading about men’s style and you see a promo that says “built like a military truck,” you just have to check it out.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The product was a super-rugged, Made-in-America backpack that’s part of the Military Tarp Collection by Defy Designs of Chicago.  This backpack, along with a duffel shown above, and a weekender bag shown below, are made from the same, ultra-tough 22 oz water-repellent M35 vinyl/canvas used on military vehicles.

Yet, despite their brawn,  these bags still appear sleek and you can go about your day without looking like you’re headed out on a Secret Op.

Straps are padded and made from the same heavy duty webbing material that makes up military seatbelt. The zippers are even water repellent. All of the bags in this collection are designed to meet carry- on requirements and are made in Chicago.

Regards,

Paul

Big Sale on La-Z-Boy Furniture: Made in America

Do you have a chair that can rival Martin Crane’s battered recliner on “Frazier?” If you’re ready to trade up, now is a great time.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!

La-Z-Boy has a sale going on, where you can pick-up an awesomely comfortable, American-made recliner at a reduced price. Even better, the company now offers many other furniture items also included in the sale. (The link takes you to the La-Z-Boy front page. Scroll down and click on the ad for the coupon event.)Set up your media room with multi-seat recliners.

Refresh your den furniture with some cozy new pieces. And lots more. Check it out!

Regards, Kathy

One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle