We’re gearing up to head out of rural Western Oregon to the even more rural Eastern Oregon next week for a bit of bike exploration and product testing. That means we’re trying to finish up existing orders as fast as we can (thanks so much for your patience everyone!). That also means today is the last call for orders to be shipped out by August 18th. Everything ordered after the 14th will start shipping out after August 28th.
Nose to the grindstone!
Uncle Jody, seen here in all his packaged glory,
happens to live about 6 miles from us and has a sweet spot on the Umpqua river for launching boats (He’s a great fishing guide too!) complete with a dock, a few canoes and a make-shift fireplace. We happen to enjoy bike camping and with two kids in tow and a large cargo bike to carry them, local camping is our best bet. Since you all are keeping us busily stitching, packing and shipping (thank YOU!), we often opt for the Rivendell coined Sub-24 Hour Overnight (S24O) trips.
If you’re looking for lightweight gear advice, this isn’t the place.
Once we reach our destination and set-up camp, everyone heads straight for the river.
Dinner is generally hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. And beer for the adults.
And who can resist reeling in a bass? We just use bobbers, sinkers and worms (and sometimes the random lure left in Jody’s boat). And luck.
And before we head home there’s always time for one more canoe ride in the morning fog.
Just a quick note to let you know we’re back in the studio today. Lots to catch up on (thanks for all of the Bartender orders, folks!) and several custom projects in the works.
You guys are the best!
We’ll be away from the machines for about a week beginning April 13th.
Any orders placed after 4/11 will be made and shipped after 4/22.
Once again, thanks so much for your patience and patronage!
Welcome, 2014! We had a lovely Christmas and a productive working holiday. Thanks so much to all of you for your patience. Things still look pretty much the same around here save for a few new photographs and a teaser for the re-introduction of our shop apron.
What did we get done, you ask?
We are working with a real live web developer AND a real live graphic designer on a whole new website. All good things take time, so they say. We’re shooting for an early spring launch. We will be offering a few more products and a web store that will be much more intuitive and easier to navigate with pretty drawings and photos.
In other news we (read: my Dad) are building a new studio! A mobile 10′ X 22′ building with lots of built-in storage and plenty of light. Here’s a sneak peek:
We acquired an old (and leaky) travel trailer in late December. My Dad swiftly went to work disassembling the entire trailer screw by screw to get to the real diamond in the rough.
A sturdy steel trailer frame. Made in Indiana I might add. So far he’s placed it on piers and framed the floor joists. He’ll be reusing some old corrugated metal with a lovely patina for the siding that he salvaged from my uncle’s barn. I have big plans for a cutting table on casters and a dedicated shipping station. Lots of daydreaming going on.
I feel like I’m getting a complete overhaul and I’m so thankful for everyone involved. It looks like our new digs (both virtually and physically) will be ready this spring.
Here’s to a great start to the new year and a happy (and rainy) January.
Thanks for stopping by. We’re taking a bit of a break from the machines and putting our energy towards upgrading this space. New photos, new products, improvements to existing products and with time a new look. Thanks again for your patience and patronage. See you in the new year!
Randi Jo, Eric, Beck, Coe and Gus
Today (12/16) is the last day to order up RJF goods and receive them in time for the Holidays.
For all of you who already purchased goods, thank you! You’re orders will go out shortly.
We will be closing the shop from December 20 – January 10 to
1. Take a nap
2. Make goods for our own family
3. Make improvements to the web store (new photos, new products, new look!)
Thanks again for all of your patience and patronage and cheers to 2014!
Randi Jo, Eric, Beck, Coe and Gus
I’ve been getting several inquiries regarding shipment times for the holidays. From the looks of the calendar and my current schedule you have until December 16th to place an order and receive it in time for the holidays. Send me an e.mail if you need an item by a particular day and I’ll do my best to accommodate. Thanks so much for all the recent orders! You guys are the best!
p.s. I may have some waxed canvas aprons ready in time for the holidays. Who wants one?!
Dad’s Holiday Decor
Turkey Day ride
Here are the two hands that make the goods.
Here is the bike that hauls the goods (and the kids) to the Post Office.
Here are the kids crabbing (i.e. keeping busy while I sew.) This involves lots of waiting and eating Cheetos (our secret bait.)
And here is the M.U.T. with a new revision – a side release buckle for the roll top closure.
That is all.
Autumn is here. Cool nights and mornings wither the garden away, yellow and gold leaves fall from the hillsides, and Halloween rears its pumpkin head ushering in seasonal decorations for the coming holidays. Last week we cut and sewed around an unexpected trip to California to celebrate the life of Eric’s grandmother who passed away. A beautiful person, whose daily life revolved around thinking of others. A great reminder to balance our days by giving enough to others, but not forgetting ourselves, working to accomplish and keeping the craft enjoyable so as not to burn out.
Eric’s grandma created dozens of photo albums, over fifty for herself between the ages of 15 & 91. She made Eric six, full of photos, captions and things like movie tickets and a flower he picked for her outside a Wienerschnitzel. Here are a couple pages.
We dropped in on Rick Hunter to disrupt the intense concentration of the fine frame builder; took over his computer to write a eulogy, saw some sweet bars, made a mess of his place and attempted to clean it up. Hopefully we can come back again.
After the services Beck and Coe got to go for a ride on Andre with Auntie Teeta.Then over to Aptos to hang with Jynelle and Kyrod. Pumpkins were picked
and carved, and then some sort of naked pagan ritual that only Coe knew was performed.On our way north we stopped off at Rivendell to say hi and try out their new robot arms.They had just opened their new Bike Book & Hatchet shop in Downtown Walnut Creek, so we went down to check it out and ended up picking up a few books for the road. Hatchets next trip.Not too much else going on, some otter spotting,
& lots of projects. These caps being delinted went out to Tandem Bagels and the others were embroidered for Hodala Racing Team.
Much thanks for keeping us busy and doing what we love.