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Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

Union Wood Co. Serving Tray

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Serve it up -- on a block of recovered fir. $80.00

Vancouver's Union Wood Company finds inspiration -- and materials -- in the docks, foundries, mills, and factories of the city's past. This handcrafted Serving Tray, made from fir rafters reclaimed from an old stable near the Union Wood studio, has a rich and weathered patina only age can provide. Distressed steel handles and rubber feet are complemented by knots, nail holes, and cracks that add......read more

Rosewood Cheese Knife

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Richly hued wooden knife will make short work of any soft cheese $18.00

With a tastefully curated selection of goods for the home, Vancouver's Old Faithful Shop has emerged as one of our favorite retailers. We can always get behind good craftsmanship, especially when sustainability is involved. This Rosewood Cheese Knife is a case in point. Handmade from richly-hued, sustainably harvested rosewood, the knife's simple design masks an uncanny ability to cut......read more

Staples & Sundries Soap

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All-natural lather handmade in small batches in the Pacific Northwest $7.95

From Vancouver's Old Faithful Shop comes Staples & Sundries, a line of natural soaps informed by the history and environment of Western Canada, with vintage-feeling packaging was designed by Ptarmak design house in Austin, TX. With a fresh and lively scent, the Alberta Wild Rose soap pays homage to the wildflower that blankets much of the province through the summer. Other curiously named......read more

Woodblock Chocolate 4-Pack

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Meticulously crafted flavors from the Portland, OR micro-chocolatiers $16.00

After years of research and testing, the husband-and-wife team of Jessica and Charley Wheelock launched Woodblock Chocolate, a bean-to-bar  operation in Portland, OR. The duo meticulously sources, roasts, winnows, refines, ages, tempers and wraps each bar by hand. Now you can get a quick Woodblock Chocolate fix via a reasonably priced 4-pack from Old Faithful Shop. Included are four......read more

Antique Bottle Beeswax Candles

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100% natural beeswax candles in vintage bottle forms, by Pollen Arts $14.00

Pollen Arts brings back vintage packaging shapes and fonts with these cool candles molded from antique bottles. Handmade from 100 percent natural beeswax, the candles borrow their forms from classic mason jars, coffee cans, apothecary bottles, ink jars, and more. And in case you weren't already aware, beeswax is the best candle wax around -- it burns longer, brighter, and cleaner than any other......read more

Old Time Sling Shot

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Throwback toy made from a 'Y' branch of the Buckthorn bush $25.00

Coming from the same folks who brought you the Original Tree Swing, this classic sling shot is handcrafted from branches of the Buckthorn bush. The Buckthorn is a common European hedge plant found across the northern US, and is now considered an invasive species. The hardwood "Y" branches are ideal for sling shots, and harvesting Buckthorn wood has the added benefit of helping control the......read more

Rachel Sussman: The Oldest Living Things in the World

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Exploring the living past in the fleeting present

For nearly a decade, Rachel Sussman has been researching and traveling the globe in search of it's oldest inhabitants. Sussman begins at 'year zero' and works back from there. Working with leading scientists, she has captured everything from multi-millenial trees to half-million-year-old bacteria. Traveling from Antarctica to the Australian Outback, Sussman has artfully catalogued these ancient......read more

Straight Line Designs

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Offbeat custom furniture designs from Justin Beaumont.

Straight Line Designs are anything but. The 25-year old design workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia produces custom furniture, installations and private commissions with an offbeat, quirky sense of humor. Run by Judson Beaumont, Straight Line uses a wide variety of materials including local maple and pine that's been ravaged by pine beetles and is considered unfit for most commercial......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-01-10

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Weekly links: A milk carton castle, Vancouver time-lapse amazingness, and the best chicken coop ever.

How do you break the world record for largest sculpture made of recycled materials? Get a bunch of kids to do the work for you! Inhabitat reports on 5,000 Spanish elementary kids collecting 50,000 containers to make a record-breaking castle of milk cartons. You've seen Simon Christen's stunningly epic time-lapse portrait of San Francisco. Now check out a similarly amazing video that......read more

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