Wicked hot, ain't it? Was just starting to get used to the sound my back teeth make while shivering in the barn, and now here comes the heat. I define 'hot' up here in Maine about like so: "Bugs are out." Just like a whip crack, summer is upon us, and the clues are everywhere:
* No more sounds of snow blowers running late at night.
* Sounds of lawn mowers noticeable until late at night.
* Roads are clogged with cars from out of state.
* Kids have no homework (though they're still in school for a few more weeks, thanks to all those snow days this Winter).
* Restaurants all clogged with folks from out of state.
* Local folks all have sore backs from bending over in the garden, planting seeds or set plants.
* Lots of birds chirping all day.
* Stays light out until about 10 pm.
* Windows can stay open all night for good sleeping.
* Hotels all clogged up with folks from out of state.
* Sun pops up at about 4 am.
* Crows start making noise about 4:02 am.
* Many dead crows found around Maine homes.
* State parks all clogged up with folks from out of state, particularly any park near salt water.
* Salt water mosquitoes. They like the state parks best.
* Mainers wear sunglasses. It's not all that sunny up here, but when the townfolk start wearing shorts and t-shirts the white skin is blinding.
* Fisherman seeking relief for their sore eyes turn their trout over to stare at the fish's belly. This is less bright than your fishing buddy's legs.
* Price of lobster starts to go down, just a little, as more fisherman take to the coast. New show on the Discovery Channel could be called "Tastiest Catch." Picture Captain Sig in a 16 ft boat heaving traps over the gunwale.
* Hospitals all clogged up with folks from out of state (sunburn, seasickness, blood loss to bugs, torn ligaments from the sea kayak experience, etc).
You get the idea. Summer in Maine. You should check it out sometime. When you do, drop by the Brettuns Village Fabulous Shipping Building (FSB) here in Lewiston.
New leathers? Holy crow, I guess so. More shell cordovan, more garment leathers, oil-tanned sheep, 8 oz black or red sides, more sole bends (at a new lower price), new suede colors, more hardware, new tools, and, well, I can't think of it right now but there's some other new stuff out there too. A couple of things worth mentioning:
The 8 oz sides mentioned above are very nice, big and clean, but in short supply. Don't wait long if you need them, and that's no sales pitch, it's a customer service pitch. These are on the Hides and Sides page. While you're there take a look at the Paisley Sides. Must be seen to be believed.
Evergreen suede bends are a nice, dark green color, and these are hanging out, as one might expect, on the Suede Leathers page. We've got several hundred of these - we'll see how long they last.
For those who make stuff that's supposed to look like it's from the old fur trapper days, or those looking to make stuff that has that Native American look to it, the oil tanned sheep hides are a nice leather. These are on the 'Thin Hides' page or, as we more often refer to it, the "Lightweight Leathers' page, where all the hides are under 3 oz in thickness.
I won't bother you with any more of this stuff, just touching base, more or less, to let you know some new items are on the site. Hayley was fabulous as Juliet all five times that I sat through it, and Rebecca ended up winning the high school's Journalism award for her work as editor of the school paper (not bad for a sophomore), so I'm a proud Dad, like I have been since those two stinkers arrived on the scene. Becca's new venture is www.That-Dog.com, which is worth a look if you're in need of a dog collar (or a belt for your five year old). Help her earn money so she can get a good pick up truck and start making runs to the tannery for us. I'm counting on you.
Thanks a lot and have a great summer-
Churchill Barton, Tourism Director
Brettuns Village Leather