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.
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 before we head home there’s always time for one more canoe ride in the morning fog.
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!
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!
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?!
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.