My 14-year old daughter (Becca) and I were just out driving around, and when we came up Mount Auburn here in town we could see the line of clouds that appears to be the leading edge of a cold front that's supposed to shove it's way in here tonight. Summers in Maine are great, but right at the moment the prospect of lower humidity, clear skies, and working outside without sweating is pretty attractive. Bring it on, I say, and more of it. Becca likes warmer weather, so this cold front is not her idea of good news. What she liked, week before last, was the weather down in Florida where we went for a vacation. Air temp 88, surf temp 83. Felt like bath water. She loved it. I have an idea that she'll end up going to school in Florida. FAU, USF, UF, FSU - lots of great choices. She'll likely enjoy being away for a while, but, like all good Mainers, she'll end up back here eventually. Mainers who leave New England always regret it. They just flat don't get to pay the high taxes in other parts of the country that we enjoy up here, and this eventually wears on a person until one finally gives in and moves back home. We see it all the time. At least twice.
Some new leather that might be of interest - black sides of 5-6 oz cowhide, fairly firm, with a suede finish; we call these black splits. These are production left-overs that come to us as a consigned leather, and we get to sell them on the cheap. Sides of this leather are $50 flat, with the usual free shipping to any location in the 48 contigumuifrio states. If you're in AK or HI and don't mind your leather being folded for the voyage (flat rate priority mail boxes courtesy of the USPS) we can also ship free to you folks, and we're glad to do it. See this leather on the Sides and Hides page:
Goat hides - yes, we still have thousands of hair-on goat hides, priced to sell. And yes, we still have thousands of leather sample swatches if you just need small pieces.
Italian Upholstery Leather - lots more of this stuff came in, and we've added a new color - green - although it isn't shown on the site quite yet. I'll get it done. Soon. Before our first frost (next couple of weeks).
Tembo: This is news right here, Jasper. Full cowhides, 50-60 square feet, soft, gray, with a surface texture that looks like elephant or rhino. Added this to the site last week, and it was the day after I had sat out on the porch reading a bit of "Green Hills of Africa" by old Ernie, so when you read the description of the leather be careful. It gets a little deep in there. At any rate, if you need full hides to use as bedspreads, wall coverings, or for regular old leather uses, this is nice stuff at a nice price ($100 per hide, free 50-state shipping). Have a look at the Sides and Hides page (same link as above).
On the Clearance page we have another type of full cowhide - these are burgundy full cowhides, upholstery leather, that have been folded up for so long that the fibers from the backside of the leather stick to the finish on the front side of the leather where they've been folded together. We call them 'Fuzzy Hides' and I have to tell you that the leather is fine, no problems at all, but you have to take some time to rub the little fibers away from the surface before you can call it perfect. I asked the entire staff if anyone wanted to rub the fibers off those hides (we have a lot of these hides in stock), but the only response that was even close to positive came from That Dog. I think she figured she could lick the fibers off and eat them. So, rub your own fibers and get nice full cowhides for $65 each, with free you-know-what. We think this is a good price. Hope you think so too. See them on the Clearance page, which, the last time anybody around here saw it, was right about here:
Now that summer is winding down I'm left once again with that burning question in my mind, the one that keeps me up at night, the question that has taunted people in these parts for centuries: how big will the prize pumpkins get before the plants give up the ghost? Been watching the weather reports a little more closely, mixing up the manure tea a little more carefully (if you've never done this it's something you've just got to try before you head to the big Tannery in the Sky, trust me), and trimming away parts of the plant that aren't contributing to the growth of the fruit. From what I've been hearing on the news, Ford Motor Co. is doing pretty much the same thing, so, once again, the real world can be explained to a reasonable degree of accuracy by just standing outside and looking at the garden. Productivity, tightening of budgets, weeding out, investing in growth strategies, lots of training - that's pretty much all there is to it. Ford will pull through just fine, and so will my pumpkins. I think I can use my rusty math skills to come up with a corollary there, although a coronary is more likely.
Cold front - this is really good news. The window will be open tonight, and the sleeping will be sweet.
Brettuns Village Leather