April 12, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

It’s time for a picnic in the park, or a walk in the nature preserve to observe the budding flora and fauna. These beautifully designed accessories make for a well equipped and fashionable outing. For toting, hunting, birding and biking, these natural and handmade items will make your day.

Clockwise, Image 1   The Opinel Mushroom Hunter’s Knife is for mushroom hunting. The 3″ curved blade cuts stems with ease and features a serrated section to scrape off larger bits of debris, while the natural bristle brush finishes the cleaning job.

Image No. 2  This sweet little bell, made of solid brass,strikes a clear and friendly tone with each strike of the lever. Brass is rust-proof and will mellow over time to a rich patina.

Image No. 3  Hand made from Appalachian white ash—the same hardwood that baseball bats are made from—this bike basket provides a place for light cargo as you pedal around town. The wood is left natural and will darken with weather and time, or it can be finished to help preserve the original appearance. Vegetable tanned leather loops are designed to fasten to handlebars.

Image No. 4  Carefully hand crafted by a small workshop in France, each of the wooden calls accurately duplicates the songs of birds in the wild, and comes packaged in its own wooden box. The set of six includes: Robin, Mourning Dove, Owl, Common Gallinule, Warbler, and Mallard Duck. Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies and no wonder–what other language can be learned as easily?

These spring-time inspirations were found at CANOE in Portland.

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