As part of this year’s Thomas Kay Collection, we are offering select gear that echoes our founder’s craftsman ideals. The gear in the Thomas Kay Collection has been carefully chosen to reflect American standards of craftsmanship and integrity.
For nearly eight decades, Zippo® has been manufacturing lighters in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Their patented windproof lighter is an American icon in peace and war. For the Thomas Kay Collection, we offer this 1941 Replica™ in brushed chrome with a vintage Pendleton logo engraved on the side: “Where quality decides, we always win. Pendleton Woolen Mills.”
We didn’t go far to find the next product; the Thomas Kay Leatherman® tool is made by the Oregon company that has been manufacturing this indispensible tool since 1983. A stainless steel Leatherman® is 18 handy tools in one; knives, pliers, scissors, screwdriver, corkscrew and more. Our version is engraved with our vintage tilted logo, and presented in a Pendleton jacquard wool pouch.
The Thomas Kay Camp Stool is also made in Oregon by the hands-on craftspeople at Wood and Faulk. This ingenious design combines hardwood, Pendleton wool and rugged leather. It’s is comfortable, collapsible and easy to carry, thanks to the detachable strap. You can see the manufacture and some really beautiful shots over at their blog.
We’re proud of this group of American-made products, and of the heritage that inspired them. Remember, “Where Quality Decides, We Always Win.”
As the holiday nears, it’s time for a visit from Father Winter.
Father Winter is a distinctly American take on Father Christmas. His robe is cut and sewn of Pendleton wool in the Evening Star jacquard , with natural fur and feather trims. He carries a staff and bag with woodland accents and has an incredibly soft white beard. We think that he has a little more rugged mystery than the standard Santa; a sense of dark forests with snow underfoot and stars overhead.
2012’s Father Winter takes his place beside the 2011 Father Winter.
Each and every Father Winter is handmade for Pendleton by Anita Baptiste, an artist in Chandler, Arizona. Ms. Baptiste works with the rich colors of our wool to create a harmonious blend of natural elements. She’s planning a beautiful Father Winter for next year, which we will introduce this summer.
So hang those stockings and light those candles. And though Father Winter looks like he might prefer pemmican, go ahead and leave him some cookies. Some traditions never need changing.
The latest issue of Stitch has a “Spotlight on Wool,” and Pendleton and our Woolen Mill Store are featured all through it! If you’ve ever had any questions about how to sew with wool, this issue of Stitch has the answers. From the rich history of American wool fabrics, to wool quilting and making your first wool coat, the Spotlight on Wool issue is full of project ideas, information and inspiration.
We’re lucky to have four Portland wool experts featured in this issue: