Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather



Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.


July 25, 2000

Hi Folks:

Summer must be about shot;
it’s been down in the 40s every morning lately.


The pumpkins are getting
big, the tomatoes are busting, but nothing is ripe


yet, except that early sweet
corn, which we’ve been enjoying (always plant


your corn uphill from the
kitchen, so you can get it in the boiling water


faster, stays sweeter that
way).  Up here, at the end of each growing


season, all the window sills
in the house get covered with tomatoes, trying


to coax a little redness
into them just before Amanda gets into


sauce-making mode. 
If you’ve been suffering through the heat where you


are, hop in your car and
drive up.  To give you an idea how cool a summer


we’ve had, Moosehead Lake’s
water temp never got out of the 60s this year.


That’s chilly.

Trunk news – we’ve been finding
some nice, original condition trunks


lately.  Rather than
refinish them, we’ve been selling them more or less


as-is, preservation of their
historic nature and all that stuff.  They’re


on the site’s For Sale page
if you’d like to see:

https://www.brettunsvillage.com/trunks/forsale/forsale.html

We’ve had a number of requests
for slightly heavier, thicker trunk


handles.  Our common
trunk handles are made of two layers of leather, but


we’ve now added an additional
handle style (TH-03, secret code) that has


three layers of leather.
Seven bucks a pair, shipping included.  They’re


shown over on our Parts
page:

https://www.brettunsvillage.com/trunks/howto/parts.html

The trunk straps that we’ve
been telling you about are being made right


now (the maker was waiting
for the right buckles to arrive), so we should


have them in a week or two. 
These are turning out quite nicely, the edges


of the straps are being
stained, the buckles have an antique brass finish.


I think you’ll like them. 
We’re still hoping to have them priced, with


shipping included, at a
cost per pair well below what other places charge


for a single strap. 
Don’t worry, you’ll hear more about these when they


arrive.  If you think
that’s something really, really worth looking


forward to, you need a vacation.

Speaking of vacations, we
took ours to Tennessee/Georgia/North Carolina


just so we could join the
long lines of cars driving through Smokey Mtn


National Park. What a crowd. 
Still, it’s a beautiful area.  We drove


down with the girls, did
720 miles the first day, which put us in


Virginia.  If we can
do that in our old junker there’s no excuse for you


not visiting us in Maine. 
As far as we can tell it’s the same distance


heading north as it is heading
south.

Time to hit the road, heading
up to Skowhegan today to an auction and to


do some work.  Bear
hunting season opens next week, another sure sign that


frost will be on the pumpkins
before we know it.  I saw that fisher run


across the door yard again
last week, what a beautiful animal.  He or she


has cost us a couple of
cats and three bunnies in the last few years, but


also does a great job of
keeping woodchucks out of the garden.  That’s


give-and-take, I guess.

Warmest Regards from Maine;

Churchill Barton

Stuck at the Keyboard