When I was a kid I had a skateboard; probably the first mode of wheeled transportation I actually owned. Made from pressed wood with a sandpaper surface so your feet wouldn’t slip, it featured the worlds most unforgiving, rock-solid wheels that never seemed to miss a pebble.
Skateboards and longboards have come a long way since those days, both in design and materials. For a company called Beercan Boards the secret to success is using recycled plastic and aluminum cans and making the boards here in America. This small company out of Douglas, GA is trying, in their own words to “take over the world, one skateboarder at a time and we have just gotten started.”
Owner Joel Rawlins was a once-promising skateboarder who, at the age of 15, had a run-in with a car that made him rethink his direction in life.As an adult, he got into the automotive aftermarket and had success supplying components for classic cars, some of them showing-up in movies like The Fast and Furious. In 2012, the idea struck him that he could use the recyclable aluminum and plastics from his business to fabricate skateboards, and suddenly, he was sharing an old pastime with his kids. There was a lot of work required to design, prototype and refine the boards while trying to maintain his Made-in-America goal, but the end result was definitely worth it.The great thing about these boards ( besides the cool graphics and the company’s goal to be eco-friendly) is that you can recycle your old board and get a new one for a reasonable fee. If you want a different look, the deck of the board can be swapped out and you have the option to purchase bearings for life.
I wish I was a teenager again!
Today, we’d like to celebrate an American family firm that has passed an important milestone: 100 years in business!
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!We’ve mentioned Korchmar before in a discussion on Made in USA dopp kits. This time, we decided to look a little further into this fourth-generation family business that started a century ago in Cincinnati.From the stylish Dunbar valet tray above to the Garfield Bomber Bag shown at the top of the post, the range of leather goods offered by the company is impressive and the prices are relatively affordable compared to other high-end leather goods.
I pride myself on traveling light and I would love to see just how many days worth of gear I could pack into the beautifully-styled Lux Twain Weekender. The Twain is lined with a 6.4 oz. twill pattern fabric and features brass hardware.If a full leather bag is not your thing, you can always opt for the waxed canvas/leather combo offered on the Sawyer Briefcase.
Please shop carefully as not all Korchmar items are made in America. The link at the beginning of the post will bring you to items that are.
To see an inspiring video produced to celebrate Korchmar’s 100th anniversary, go here.
I recently saw a display of C.H. MacKellar’s jewelry and was amazed by the beauty of her creations. Stunning necklaces, bracelets and earrings are created from sterling silver and 18K gold. Patterns are impressed upon the metal with a rolling mill, hammers and engraving tools.
Beautiful materials go only so far, though. It takes a special artist with an incredible design sense to elevate jewelry to this level. And it all takes place in a studio in Brooklyn.
One-of-a-kind custom designs, like the gorgeous pendant necklace above, are also available.
I have a special place in my heart for furniture and lighting that combines modern design with the warmth of natural materials. So, when I saw this Twilight Pendant Lamp at a recent craft show, I immediately fell in love with it. It was made by Fieldstone Artistry, an upstate New York company started In 2016 by husband and wife team, B.R. Delaney & Amy Myers-Delaney.
When I went to their website, I realized that there are multiple variations on the lamp. This design is called the Chiaroscuro.
The company makes a wide variety of pieces using local materials and you can see lots of photos on both their website and Instagram @fieldstonearts.
Be sure to check out the Made-in-USA page at Huckberry, because today is your last chance to order for guaranteed Christmas delivery. I like this online men’s shop because they have so many things I’d love to own, from clothing and accessories to home goods and travel items.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!The 3/4″ steel Fire Pit from Stahl adds a bit of artistry to the act of hanging out with friends and staying warm. There’s a large boot selection too.
The Travel Kit above is from General Knot and features a subtle pattern on the water resistant canvas.
The above is just a sample of what Huckberry has to offer in American made goods. Once you’re on the site, you’ll see that Made-in-USA items have an American flag designating country of origin, so check it out.