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  1. FurnitureMaker

    Nice Things

    Let’s pause the rotation of the cosmos for just another second… Wasn’t familiar with Phillipson. I’d be all over their double disk sander. Looks like it would be extremely smooth. I like, well really like, old American machinery too, and thats what I own. While I don’t have a Bridgeport, I do have a little experience with operating one. . They are common here and often able to be had for little money. Fantastic mills. In the same shop I rented that had the Bridgeport, there was also a Wadkin PK table saw. Without a doubt one of the nicest ‘Nice Things’ in existence!! It outshined every other table saw I’ve ever used, and by a considerable margin. The PK is the reason I have my English machinery fetish. Unfortunately, very few English machines were imported into the States. Canada had an importer for Wadkin and while still a rare occurrence, you do occasionally see something for sale in Canada. One day…
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    Nice Things

    @Double 0 Soul SuFu is hitting my personal sweet spot at the moment. I have a passion for 17-20th century English furniture and joinery. But, if somehow we could steer this thread into English woodworking machinery, Wadkin, Sagar, Robinson etc… then all stars would be aligned.
  3. FurnitureMaker

    Nice Things

    Good call. Elm is so lovely and the tones on your set really shine. I can see why you went to such lengths to acquire them. I’ve made a couple of tabletops from elm. It’s not often commercially available in the States, but I would love to have a flitch or two.
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    Nice Things

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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    In the late 90’s, I was a roadie for the Japanese rock band Guitar Wolf. They had become friends of mine from past tours of the U.S. and when they needed someone to lug their gear from the van to the stage and back, I jumped at the chance to hit the road with them. We all loved vintage clothing and would stop at every thrift store we happened across while driving from city to city. I wore nothing but vintage tops, but I was not hip to selvedge denim. Over the years that I had known them I had noticed that their jeans looked so much cooler than mine. But I didn’t know why. Anyways, at a dinky little store on the Washington coastline, Billy (Basswolf) came up to me with a pair of ‘Big E XX Redlines’ he found and told me to try them on. They fit and luckily I had barely enough cash to buy them for $5.25. At the time I didn’t realize how generous he had been by giving me the opportunity to purchase them. As it turns out, I was a quick study under their tutelage and before I knew it I was headfirst down the slippery slope. They were true enablers as we called one of their friends who was about to leave Japan to come see Guitar Wolf play in San Francisco. All this to tell the story of the meaningful memory of how I had my first pair of mij Levi’s proxied and hand delivered to me in the middle of a national tour. If I remember correctly, the pair of 503b were paid for with an advance of my tour salary. Over the next few years, Billy would have me send him a pair of Red Wing engineer boots and he would send a new pair of jeans. A few years later Dry Bones made Guitar Wolf a signature pair of jeans and I was lucky to get a couple of pairs proxied from them. All this time later, their friendship and denim stewardship are some of my favorite memories.
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    Superdenim community sale thread

    Do you have prices?
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    I didn’t realize that the Warehouse 201’s do not have belt loops.
  8. FurnitureMaker

    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    First time checking in with my pair. When these arrived, I was concerned with the undersized waist. They fit nice and snug in raw state. I almost sold them, but ultimately wound up giving them a warm soak and then dried them around a custom wooden waist stretcher. I’m happy with the decision to keep them, as the waist did stretch considerably. In fact, I’m very pleased with the fit and they are very comfortable. The high rise is wonderful. In terms of this particular denim, and I am nitpicking here, I’ll just say I much prefer the 20’s and 50’s Tcb denims. I don’t dislike this 40’s denim, but for some reason it doesn’t excite my passions. This pair has not been worn hard and have held up nicely. Just one minor repair to the back pocket stitching. A great pair of jeans.
  9. FurnitureMaker

    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    After seeing the upcoming Warehouses 201 repro, I became nostalgic for the LVC pair I bought in 1999. I’m confident that most LVC pants at the time were being sold for $150 at the Antique Boutique in NYC. This 201 repro however was the first I saw that it was more, but I can’t remember if it was $175 or $200. Funny, but I can remember the ‘oldest pair’ sold for $225. Anyways, here are some photos of one of my favorite pairs of jeans.
  10. @Duke ManteeThat WW1 belt is interesting. Trying to extrapolate the functionality. At initial glance, it appears to do an excellent job of complicating your ability to keep your pants up! Maybe the belt’s function is to hold and organize tools or ammo? Thanks for posting this photo.
  11. That Barnstormers belt looks unique. At least I’ve never seen one similar. Does anyone know if this is an original design?
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    That 201 will be hard to pass up. I’m getting backed-up, I have a pair of the WH1936 next in line. But… A rise of 33 or 34cm (for size 33) would put the 201’s to the front.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Agree. About perfect.
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    All around good guy Konrad Sauer has been using his immense skills to make small runs of belt buckles, often from Damascus steel. His main focus is making infill hand planes for woodworkers. High level craft from a maker in full stride.
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    I’m looking for a Japanese retailer that carries Orslow and ships to the USA. Thanks.
  • Alan Crocetti Silver Nose Plaster
    $US 342