1. *If you have the means, enjoy this video with headphones*

    Tanner Goods is a small leather goods manufacturer located in Portland, Oregon. They work hard to manage multiple storefronts and offer a wide range of hand crafted leather accessories. They thrive on their attention to detail and appreciation for top quality products. In the future they plan to expand their product line to include non-leather goods such as eyewear and time pieces, while maintaining their strong roots in simplicity and utilitarian product design. You can purchase their products online at:


    Or find them in person here:

    1308 W. Burnside
    Portland, Ore. 97209

    This video serves as a documentation of craft that I have long been interested in as a Graphic Designer, and someone who appreciates hand made goods. It is wonderful to see a company that thrives in the "small batch" business model, and I hope they continue to make good things for a long time coming. The process of making something as simple as a belt can remind us of the roots of what this country was founded on: Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Craftsmanship. Hope you enjoy it!

    Special Thanks to:

    Tanner Goods - (Thanks for the interview Sam)
    Alex Toyoshima - (The guy making the belt) - Without you, this wouldn't have happened, so thanks for being so patient and letting me poke around with my camera. || alextoyoshima.com
    Alex R. Taylor - (Audio) || alexrtaylor.com
    Aaron Rayburn - cargocollective.com/rayburn


    (shameless plug)


    Music By: Brian Eno - Thursday Afternoon

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  2. Sometimes the journey is the payoff. We make and create, always working towards the final product, and then when we’re done, we start on something new. But what comes next is often determined by what we see and stumble upon along the way. With this video series we set out both to document how we create and to give a glimpse into the life of our products in the world.

    Short No 001 begins with two interconnected processes: the design and construction of our Wildnerness Rucksack, and the origin of a simple adventure. Often, the destination isn’t as important as the simple joy of the preparation and the setting out. What awaits is unknown, but with a collection of trusted essentials close at hand discoveries are certain, and time spent exploring is the best sort of time. Here’s to the journey.

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  3. Read the full interview with Jason Gregory of Makr: http://grainandgram.com/jasongregory

    Music by Tyson Bodiford & Hank Mays

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  4. This second video in a series, Wolverine guides you through the process of crafting the new limited edition shell cordovan Wolverine 1000 Mile 721LTD boots. To learn more visit: http://www.wolverine1000mile.com

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  5. Oak Street Bootmakers - Designed in Chicago, handmade in Maine.


    The son of a cobbler, Oak Street Bootmakers founder and designer George Vlagos apprenticed at his father’s shop where he learned the craft of shoemaking from an early age. Today, George seeks to preserve the heritage of fine shoemaking through thoughtfully designed and attentively crafted shoes.


    All Oak Street shoes and boots are handcrafted in the USA by shoemakers with over 20 years of experience. The highest standards of production are employed to yield shoes that are as durable as they are comfortable. Each pair makes use of replaceable outsoles, a feature normally reserved for formal footwear, to ensure a lifetime of wear.


    Oak Street shoes and boots are constructed from renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts, and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsmen and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.

    Client - Oak Street Bootmakers
    Agency - Common Machine Prod.
    Produced and Directed by Brett O'Bourke
    DP/Steadicam - Richard Patterson
    Editor - Jorge Rubiera
    Music - "Birds Fly South" by Jeff Zentner




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