New fabrics added to the Atelier Havier collection and an update concerning long term durability of our premium line handkerchiefs.
Winter 2016 Update
Shop news and product updates for summer 2016
First off I would like to thank everyone that sent their thoughts and prayers to my family after our fire. Your generosity has left us speechless and has kept us positive throughout this whole ordeal. I would love to send a handkerchief to everyone that sent a contribution but due to the hectic nature of the events I didn’t have chance to write down everyone and I don’t think I am in a place that would enable me to make that many. Be that as it may, I plan on having a special SUS in the near future for those that helped. I am not exaggerating when I say your generosity saved our asses.
Whats New or Different in the Shop?
- New Sewing Machine: After the fire I upgraded to a new machine. It sews at a higher quality and can embroider any pattern I can think up (plus those found online). This is a benefit to you, as it increases your options as the handkerchief market gets diluted with all of the startup shops. There is a bit of a learning curve as I relearn to sew on this high tech machine so some inconstancies will be noticeable in this next drop as I worked out the best way to use it. Referring back to the previous paragraph, I will also have the capabilities to customize handkerchiefs for special causes and charitable fundraisers.
- New Seamster: Thanks to the growing demand for HuckleberryWoodchuck handkerchiefs, I have added another handkerchief “artisan” to the shop. I would like to introduce you to Brad, who up until now provided the shop with awesome beard oil. He has been whipping out handkerchiefs while in training and has now risen to the HuckleberryWoodchuck standard of excellence that we will continue to provide.
- New Shop: My family has just found a new place to call home so the shop will be dismantled from its temporary location and moved to the new space over the next couple weeks. As we move, I will continue to have drops if possible and will continue to answer your questions via email and facebook. Please be patient during this transition.
- New Materials: I have had several requests over the last few weeks for some of my old patterns. I am starting to build my fabric collection again so most of those prints will be unavailable. On a bright note though, I have had an excuse to buy some really badass prints that I am sure will become instant classics. All fabric has been sourced from high end textile retailers around the world providing even more softness and quality. The new embroidery option will use the finest trilobe polyester thread and stabilizer (the stuff on the back). Any embroidery done after the handkerchief is complete will have dissolvable stabilizer that disappears when exposed to water.
- New Stamp: Yes even the hedgehog stamp has changed. The fire destroyed my .25 cent stamp so I had to shell out some real money for a replacement. This one is a tad bigger but I don’t think anyone will mind.
- New Labels: No more deciding which side of the handkerchief to show! The new labels are double sided.
Sign up sale
As I continue to ramp up for next weeks drop. I thought I would offer everyone a chance to win post fire Prototype #2. Anyone can enter, just follow the link and fill out the form once. I will let this run a couple days and pick a winner using random.org. This is the second handkerchief that I made after the fire as I was testing the new machine and the Phoenix icon that symbolizes the shops return. It doesn’t have a label (and it won’t as I am keeping it true to the prototype concept) and features super soft linen backed with cotton dragon scale print.
Finally, I would again like to reiterate how thankful my family is for the support shown. Several groups and Individuals deserve to be recognized and I will try not to leave anyone out.
Richard Rogers Rangers
The Hate Project
ESEE Jungle Forum
The Pencil Community via The Erasables Page
Not Another EDC Page
Herder's Barn Finds
(I will continue to add to the list as needed. If you see that I left one out, please leave a message)
Carrie Conlee Craft
Ronald Kevin Smith
Chris EDC Giradot
Hanks by Hank
Dan Bishop (Karas Kustoms)
Mike Dudek (Dudek Modern Goods)
Jon Fontane (MetalshopCT)
Kim Bucholz- Lewis
Andy, Johnny and Tim (Erasables podcast)
This list is not complete by any means and I hope I am not slighting anyone that I have forgotten. There were hundreds more that sent their hard earned money and well wishes, and to those folks, I am sorry I can't list you individually. Just know that each and everyone of you will always have our heartfelt appreciation and hopefully we can repay the generosity one day.
(I will continue to add to the list as needed. If you see that I left one out, please leave a message)
There will be over 20 Handkerchiefs posted tomorrow (May 5th) at 9:00 pm Eastern Time!
Thanks. Seatbelts. Good to be back.
SIGN UP SALE FOR THE NEWBIES
For those that can't catch a break on drop days, here is your chance. Enter once using the form here only if you haven't been able to score a handkerchief in a drop. Winner will pay $34 domestic or $40 international via Paypal or Credit Card. I will pick a winner using Random.org in a couple days. Thanks and good luck!
The time goes by fast this time of year and I've been remiss by not announcing a whole load of things. I'll try to keep it short and these are in no particular order, if for some reason that concerns you.
1. A huge thanks to Mike Anderson for getting some stickers made for the shop. He went above and beyond the first time with the T-shirts and now he's topped that with stickers! A small sticker will be included in most orders and the large guys are available in the shop. Thanks again Mike!
2. Is the biggest move in recent shop history only a couple inches to the bottom left? The label is now positioned in such a fashion as to be proudly displayed in ones back pocket. I would show you customer pics but I didn't want to ask strangers for their butt shots. I'll find a stunt butt but until then use your imagination or I might include a drawing.
3. The contest for the Lost at Sea and embroidered anchors ended a while ago and I never publicly acknowledged it. Jason Hak won and I will be contacting everyone that participated so I can get them a HuckleberryWoodchuck "gift bag". Thanks again for all of the support!
4. Patrick Ober Begleri beads are coming back with new designs, improvements on traditional designs, and new materials! I'm excited for this next batch and they should be here this week (pending ice on the mountain pass. Patrick is on one side of the mountain and I'm in the other). More details to follow but I'm hoping to have them posted next Tuesday.
5. Brings me to this, I'm working a long weekend this week so there might not be any handkerchiefs. Depends on the ice situation as to time I can spend in the shop.
6. Lastly, I have a new solid cherry Pocket Top Base in from Josh's wood shop and its a stunner. I'll be posting it to the shop as well.
Thanks again and for reading this far. More new stuff to come from the shop soon via Japan and a shop in New Mexico.
Seatbelts. Brawlin. Ice.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Todd since high school and have grown really fond of his wife Marcela over the time I've known her. They were married this past summer and I was lucky enough to be there and see it and now I'd like to do my part to help send them on their dream honeymoon.
Todd and I have been hiking parts of the AT for years and he has always been determined to find a way to through hike it. The only obstacle in their way has been money. Todd is a full time student at the University of Tennessee studying Agricultural and Marcela is a talented physical therapist from San Jose Costa Rica. Both are determined to succeed and I have no doubt that they will with our help.
To help their cause, I am going to open a raffle. Every $5 you contribute will count as one entry to win this Signature Lost At Sea print with dark blue backing that sports embroidered anchors. Be the classiest mariner at any port and help my friends create some memories (i.e. bears, poison ivy, blisters). There will be a form at the bottom of this blog with a link to their campaign. Please donate whatever amount you want to the Gofundme page found on the form link and then fill out the form once for every $5 pledged. Please make sure you use your name on the campaign page for verification purposes. You can enter as many times as you can afford to contribute $5.
Thank you for helping my friends in their quest for sore feet, smelly clothes, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanks. Give. Seatbelts.
It's time for another round of Patrick Ober's begleri beads! Plenty of brass and copper with a little Ti thrown in for those that lettered in bead doodling in high school. I've noticed some nice sets coming out of the woodworks on Facebook and its cool seeing all the variations.
Like I said, brass and copper are coming back with a selection of paracord and O-Ring colors. You can now choose between single strand or the classic double. As always you can tie them however you want with whatever you want once you get used to them.
Introducing titanium huckleberries! For those that were all-state bead flippers back in the 90's and those still chasing the Dream on the world begleri pro circuit. These are regulation weight according to amendment 2b to paragraph 13 of the 1876 Greek rule book.
Should have these posted early next week so keep an eye on the shop and Instagram for post dates.
Thanks. Bloody knuckles. Seatbelts.
All photos taken by Patrick Ober and edited by me.
Before I list the next batch of handkerchiefs I thought I would go through the various styles that Huckleberry Woodchuck offers.
Standard- These are handkerchiefs made by another member of the shop and are a great starter for those not sure if they need a handkerchief. Made with 100% cotton with a diagonal stitch to keep it from bunching in your pocket. These are typically cheaper than the other styles, however this batch will be supporting our Cresent Nest Hiking Chair project so proceeds will go into the manufacturing of our prototype. Since it's our way of crowd funding this project the price will be a bit higher but again it will go towards our project and your contribution is appreciated!
Classic- These are the handkerchiefs that I make out of 100% cotton or flannel with a muslin back. These are marked with a bar tack in the corners (a wide stitched line), a distinct diagonal stitch to prevent bunching and double stitched corners for added strength. With the flannel there is both light and heavy versions which denotes the thickness of the flannel. Both are great for wiping snot so it's just a matter of preference and pocket feel.
Signature-Occasionally I come across some nice fabric that costs more than the typical flannel and cotton. This includes but is not limited to linen, wool, poly blends (rarely), and combinations of higher end fabrics. Also included in this category are the handkerchiefs made from reclaimed fabric which are by far my favorite although a pain in the ass to cut and sew. These are made by me and feature the stitching mentioned above. One other little detail I include is a double stitched label.
These 3 styles encompass the entire range of handkerchiefs we make and all have an attention to detail that you will find nowhere else.
The next batch of Standard Handkerchiefs will be posted late tonight at 1:00am eastern and there will be more listed throughout the week.
Thanks. Be classy. Seatbelts.
As a thanks to all of my customers I would like to offer an awesome Large T-Shirt that Mike Anderson had made for me. Comment below and I will pick a winner in a couple of days. Thanks for all of your support!