Archive for April, 2010

Kevin Smith – Thinking inside the box.

Kev Smith raises the modern/progressive bar in the Pemberton valley with his shipping container box/home conversion. With his home base in Vancouver these days – the box makes the perfect self contained weekend play-pad.
A work-in-progress, Kev is on the home stretch to his fully operational container.

The Lotus Chair (seen above) was designed by Paul Boulva in 1976. Originally called the Chair 2000, it was supposed to be introduced at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The chair missed the production deadline, but made it’s way into Kev’s container.

Minimalism as defined by Kevin Smith. Views included.

Carrera Motors

I worked in the detail shop at Carrera Motors in Bend Oregon back in the day (some 22 yrs. ago), which definitely helped fuel my need for speed to this day. Check out the Big Ass fan in the showroom too (my uncle Rick Oleson designs for Big Ass!).

Yuske Hirota – Mount Waddington

Yuske-san just returned from leading a climb-and-ride of the NW ridge of Mount Waddington (4019m / 13,186 ft). One of the biggest challenges of Waddington is the remoteness of the location. The group flew in and glacier camped for 6 days. After multiple attempts, they finally bagged the peak by departing at 2a.m. and climbing for 13 hours on the ascent.

The group included Chikako Hyashi, Todd Sekine, and Shuichi Ozawa.

Mount Waddington is a special accomplishment in the Coast Range, due to both the technical difficulty and it’s location. They were very lucky for both the weather and the snow conditions! Upon return the crew camped out at FYi, before disbanding to head home.

In Canada that’s what we call ‘Gett’ner Done!’

Breaking News:

Sproh Maestro Chris Ankeny has implemented a new espresso blend for the Mount Currie Coffee Co.
I’m backing the new blend. Swing in and sproh up on your next trip through Pemberton. You won’t be disappointed.


First moto of the year, marks the official change of seasons.

Bring it!

TR design diatribe – thoughtful craftsmanship

I usually keep my posts short and to the point. I deviate in the interest of discussing the topic of how design and craftsmanship are related, and ‘misunderestimated’ in society today.
Thoughtfully crafted. This is what is missing in most products today. In recent years the mastery of crafts has been overlooked, homogenized, downsized, and exported. The knowledge of how to make beautiful and useful things today has been almost completely lost in North America. The crafts have been deemed unworthy pursuits in favor of service industry professions, that ultimately produce nothing. How can an entire country cease to continue to produce things of value? Have Americans forgot what the foundation of the country was built on? Does the allure of disposable price points trump the value of something thoughtfully crafted? I think not.
I just came across this video of Steve Opperman from Temple Bags. What a breath of fresh air, which is ironic as it’s only showing dated tools of the trade from the crafted era…

Fancy tools and technology don’t replace a craft, they should only serve to extend it. The ‘state of the ART’ still implies that art should be at the forefront of technological progression. To design at a level that creates functional art, requires a mastery of craft. Mastery of a craft requires the skilled manipulation of materials. Skilled manipulation of materials only comes from many many hours of passionately working hands-on. It’s so simple.. so why is it so complicated?

Culturally, why would we not want to work with our hands to create things of value? Is it more fun to drive a desk, push paper, or work feverishly on a computer all day? I think not. Is it worth losing the ability to create and produce just to procure the lowest possible labor cost? I think not.

Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.

You get what you pay for, and we all collectively pay the consequences of our choices with the net result to our respective national economies. If you are willing to support thoughtful craftsmanship, more companies will be -able- to provide it. You ‘vote’ for your values every time you throw down the platinum card.

‘I think not, therefor I am’.


S/Double Global Headquarters

Shawn Stussy has officially pushed the button to open the S/DBL online store! This is as ‘grass-roots’ authentic as it gets in todays world of power brokers and global brand vehicles. Check it out.
Great things in the pipeline.
Stay tuned.

Dunlop footwear

Everybody knows Dunlop tires, but did you know they also make the most amazing / bad-ass workboots ever made… ?!
These ‘terminator moon boots’, have a steel toe-cap for kickin’ tires and great traction for mucking around. They are waterproof, chemical resistant, and rated for -40 below. They fit great (a proper foot bed is molded in), allowing the dexterity for running heavy equipment.
Amazing industrial design that takes workboots to a whole ‘nuther level!
They make over 150 different models for every application you can imagine.
Got Dunlops?

Top Gear Carboat racing

Jack Hannan

A video of Jack from a few seasons back showing both his skills on the mountain, as well as some insight into the Pemberton backcountry scene. Jack, and Jon Johnston have been on the forefront of big mtn. progression in the Pemberton area for years. Both have earned huge respect in the community both on and off the mountain.
Jack was the victim of this weeks incident on Mount Currie.


Remembering another fallen comrade. I still miss Craig, and his influence in keeping the core values of our sport aligned with what it’s really all about. Yesterday was his birthday.


Mount Currie Avalanche

Today is a sad day in the Pemberton ski community. Yesterday, we lost a local big mtn. ripper on the infamous north face of Mount Currie. I’m not going to say who it was, with respect and condolences to his family. A great guy who will certainly be missed.