We mention Greg on this blog fairly often. He’s a wooden boat crafter and enthusiast, and he’s also just a great guy with infectious enthusiasm and tremendous knowledge of the rivers and byways of the American West. It was amazing enough that wooden boats ran the the Grand Canyon in 1962; it was just as amazing that Greg and his crew built wooden boats by hand and ran it again fifty years later.
Here’s a recent note from Greg:
It’s been a winter filled with rain, snow, and presentations on the Grand Canyon trip. I’ve been speaking A LOT & having fun doing it. I show my audiences the little video I created to tell the story. I was fortunate to meet Martin Litton and his wife last month down in California. He’s 96 years old & still remembers a lot of the details from his “river running” days. He gave me a number of old videos of his original trips from the early 60s. It was a memorable day.
Greg’s projects have a real connection to history and devotion to authenticity. We like to think Pendleton has some of the same. Here is the video. Enjoy!
This holiday season, wrap yourself in Pendleton luxury with our beautiful Siskiyou Muffler.
Woven in four exclusive jacquards, these scarves interpret our heritage with contemporary style. We thought you might enjoy knowing the stories behind the patterns; Siskiyou, Harding, Soft Grey Stripe and Ram’s Horn.
The Siskiyou Mountains range across southern Oregon and northern California.Siskiyou means ‘bobtail’ in the language of the region’s Native Americans. Legend has it that as a party of rider crossed the mountains, a bobtail horse went lame and had to be abandoned high in the peaks. The range was known by that name ever after. The Native American horse and footpaths eventually grew into a trade route for early trappers and merchants. Thomas Kay, founder of the Pendleton weaving legacy, sent many goods south on the Siskiyou Trail. This pattern’s geometric points echo the peaks and ravines of the Siskiyou Mountains.
The Harding jacquard, one of Pendleton’s earliest designs, is named for First Lady Florence Harding. This distinctive pattern was commissioned by chiefs of the Cayuse and Umatilla tribes in 1923, when President and First Lady Harding visited the Pacific Northwest to dedicate part of the old Oregon Trail. Pendleton’s weavers modified a Chief Joseph pattern for a fringed shawl for Mrs. Harding. The blanket has been in our line ever since. For our muffler, we’ve taken a tonal approach in shades of tan and cream.
Soft Grey Stripe
Navajo rugs and blankets are beautiful works of art, with early examples bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Chinle Navajo weaving is named for the town where weaver Mary Cabot Wheelwright developed this unique style. Her goal was to revive traditional weaving methods and the use of vegetal dyes. Our Soft Grey Stripe weaves distinctive geometrics in subtle hues of charcoal, graphite and sand, translating the Navajo Chinle tradition into a distinctly modern jacquard pattern.
Never turn your back on a ram. A stylized ram’s head with curling horns pays tribute to the mighty ram in this pattern from the Pendleton archives. We talk a lot about lambs when we talk about wool, but there would be no lambs without rams, would there? This jacquard pattern has dynamic loops and curls with a navy and green coloration that hearkens back to Black Watch Tartan.
The Pendleton blend of history, tradition and fashion is present is each of these beautiful mufflers. Best of all, they’re made in the USA. Available at http://www.pendleton-usa.com.
YSL’s inspiration for their latest runway shows for men and women is Seattle Grunge, and for their fabrics, they came to the source. Yes, they came to Pendleton for wool shirting. The collection has made noise out there, as controversial in its way as Grunge was. We are proud to have been selected as an archetypal source for plaids. All photos courtesy of Style.com.
This was a fun collaboration to work on, and we think you’re going to love the results. Jansport is another Pacific Northwest company, and Benny Gold is fantastic to work with. More information and shots here and here and just about everywhere else.
How will you wait until Fall?
Pendleton Woolen Mills dates our founding to 1863, when an adventuresome young weaver named Thomas Kay settled in the brand new state of Oregon. The story of Pendleton began earlier in the mid-19th century when Thomas Kay was a bobbin boy in Yorkshire mills, working his way up to weaver before sailing for America to continue his training on the East coast.
In 1863, Thomas Lister Kay traveled by boat, burro and buggy to settle in the new state of Oregon. Using his genius for fabric, Thomas Kay staked his knowledge and integrity on the success of his mill, which soon turned out the first bolt of worsted wool west of the Mississippi. The Kay Woolen Mill was once the largest weaving facility in the West. It still stands as a working museum in Salem, Oregon, a symbol of pioneering spirit and innovative technology.
Thomas established a tradition of excellence by weaving the finest woolen textiles in America, a tradition he passed on to his daughter Fannie Kay Bishop and her sons. Six generations later, Thomas Kay’s descendants weave on at Pendleton Woolen Mills, heirs to his manufacturing legacy. Every product is still “Warranted To Be A Pendleton,” an homage to Thomas Kay’s original commitment to quality.
In recognition of our founder, we have launched a signature brand for Pendleton Woolen Mills; The Thomas Kay Collection. Inspired by Kay’s desire to weave woolens of the highest merit, Pendleton offers classic and traditional apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Home for Fall 2013.
The Thomas Kay Collection embodies a heritage of fabric craft and discovery. Richly patterned jacquard, tweed and plaid fabrics are woven by craftspeople in Pendleton’s Pacific Northwest mills. Each item has been carefully fashioned to reflect Thomas Kay’s history, marrying proper English refinement with a distinctly American sense of style. The Thomas Kay label stands for 150 years of honesty, artistry and authenticity.
A fitting introduction to the collection is found in this motto from the Pendleton archives: “Where Quality Decides, We Always Win”
If you’d like to see more about the Thomas Kay line, please visit our Facebook page.
Last year, we introduced a new throw that’s been a hit with our loyal Pendleton fans. If you haven’t discovered them yet, you’ll want to take a look. At 54” x 72”, these napped throws are the right size for napping, reading, or warming you up while you watch the latest episode of Downton Abbey. They also make spectacular wall hangings.
The Native American-inspired designs are adapted from Pendleton archival blankets. Most of the original patterns date from the early part of last century. Made in the USA in our Pacific Northwest mills, these blankets are so appealing and sell at such a nice price that you just might want them all.
2012 introductions were Legend Lake, Red Mesa, Black Diamond, Standing Pine, Sun Dancer and Garnett Peak (click for larger views).
For 2013, we carried over Black Diamond and Sun Dancer, and added Diamond Medallion, Star Signs, Purple Hills and Sawtooth Ridge.
Those that haven’t hit our website yet will be there soon. And by the way, pay special attention to the Sawtooth Ridge pattern. This jacquard is part of a special line we will be introducing soon for Fall 2013.
You probably remember Bob and Melba Stork from this post, which featured their engagement gifts to each other. Here they are again with the same Pendleton shirts, but as you can see, they are not wearing them anymore. They made a gift of them to their granddaughter, Lauren, and her new husband, Drew.
Says Mrs. Stork, “Their wedding took place in Dallas, and all sixty of the invited friends and family enjoyed the weekend festivities.” Our congratulations to Lauren and Drew, and thanks for making us part of your family traditions.