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Archive for June, 2012

New Release: Archival x Steele Basket Tote

June 29th, 2012

For summer, we introduce our new waterproof bottom Archival x Steele Canvas Tote which is perfect for your larger capacity toting needs. It’s our favorite bag for carrying essentials to and from the beach or neighborhood swimming pool.

Steele Canvas Totes are constructed from extra-stout #4 natural canvas duck, undyed to ensure maximum fabric strength. A double bottom in waterproof truck tarp ensures you can set it down in challenging conditions. The structure provided by the rectangular and boxy base of the Tote maximizes its load capacity. Really nice, stiff edges enable the Archival Steele Canvas Tote to stand upright and open for easy loading and unloading. Two reinforced 8″ handles and a practical internal pocket round out the design.

17 x 17 x 10

Made in USA





This release of the tote features the original The Steele Basket stencil from the archives.


Our original Archival report on the venerable Steele Canvas Basket company in Chelsea, MA.

Archival Pillpat

June 26th, 2012

Favorite Archival source for print ephemera, Pillpat, posted these vintage playing cards from Tops and Tails, a game from Austria. While the rules of Tops and Tails are lost on me I love the larky illustrations of my favorite outdoor pursuits. I encourage you to print out the cards and generate your own topsy turvy comb0s – cyclists riding hobby horses, alpinists sporting tennis skirt, etc.







Reader Recommendation: Fanno Saw Works

June 23rd, 2012

Archival Clothing reader Kyle wrote in to recommend the Fanno Saw Works. Here are his notes and photos:





I use a chainsaw for a living. Not necessarily for trees mind you but rather for homes. I cut holes in roofs for ventilation during structure fires. My personal chainsaws match my occupation’s with the exception of bar length and pitch. But nine times out of ten I choose a handsaw for work around home.

I’ve used a Fanno Saw Works No. 22 for as many years and it has never failed me. It is a curved, pull cutting saw that is both self feeding and self cleaning. I have yet to sharpen the saw and it cuts great.

Sweet-gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) trees are a popular landscape tree in my neighborhood. They are worth their weight in gold for shade in the summer and fall color. But their little mace-like balls can be a burden and they can be known to suddenly drop large branches. Such was the case this weekend when I came home from work and found a large branch in my neighbors driveway. It took two tools, my Fanno No.22 and a Felco No. 2 pruning shear, and a half hour and the branch was cut up and in the green waste bin.

I (Tom) have used Fanno folding saws for trail work, and can’t recommend them enough, either. They’re durable, compact, aggressive, and safe to throw in a backpack. Highly endorsed!

Shopping from ebay – Patagonia pants

June 20th, 2012


Add these old Patagonia pants to the list of garments I’ll stick to admiring from afar. They remind me of the Gramicci pants that were everywhere in the early 90s in Oregon. But when I showed them to Lesli, she immediately thought of traditional Japanese monpe pants, a simple pull-on affair once worn by farmers or merchants.




There are plenty of places to buy monpe, but for the truly ambitious, try sewing your own!


Please note that Archival does not endorse the wearing of monpe outside of a camp or home setting. And those old Gramicci pants? Leave ’em in the 90s.

Happy Father’s Day

June 17th, 2012
Photo by Lesli c.2006
We’re heading up the Mckenzie to go fishing. Give your pop a call!

Earl’s Chinos

June 15th, 2012

Thanks to the popularity of the Earl’s Fatigue Pants, we’re adding Earl’s military-style chinos to our web store. Same great folks in Texas. Same embarrassingly low price.

– Durable 100% cotton twill

– Classic military fit
– 7 belt loops, metal fly zipper, bar-tacks at all stress points
– Tough pocket material so you don’t get holey and lose those dimes!
– Made in USA.

Archival Skate Punks

June 13th, 2012

A recent article in the Times about middle aged skaters prompted me to dig out archival evidence of my own short lived career as a skate punk.

In the mid 1980s there was a boom in half pipe construction in my hometown of Richland, Washington. My favorite ramp, located a block from my house, was built by classmate Nate Mendel, a member of the local punk band Diddly Squat and future bassist for the Foo Fighters. While tiny, the Diddly Squat ramp was easy to ride and provided key access to Nate’s mother’s collection of LPs.

As it were, I preferred skate clothing (emphasis on vintage cardigans, madras shorts and Converse low tops) and skate culture (zines, tunes, shows and shops) to skating itself.

My friends and I referred to ourselves the Asphalt Flowers and spent most of our time coaching each other and documenting our efforts with a poor quality Ricoh point and shoot.

Many of the best ramps and skate spots were located in new housing developments on the edge of town.

“Dance of the lens cap”

I retired my board, a Brand X Weirdo, after a few too many spills.

Shaky on my pins in 2012