Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pens in Portland


What better way to spend a sweltering Sunday than in a brewery with a bunch of pen friends?

Beer flowed modestly, pizza sizzled, and pens and pen friends gathered. I was happy to see some friends, meet some new folks, and acquire a small handful of (three) pens.

Here are a few scenes from the show followed by my finds.

Stuart Hawkinson, organizer and all around good guy
Michael McNeil and John Schwab




So, what did I get? A Pelikan M800. It needs a bit of work, but is sound. A yellow band Waterman's red ripple 7, and an ASCO (Aurora sub-brand) in lapis. 



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Cars and Carp

Saturday saw us at another of our favorite Portland institutions, the Portland Art Museum. I was especially keen to see “The Shape of Speed.” Their display of iconic automobiles. I could go on about the exhibit, but instead you might go to their website.

I will say that I have seen a lot of car exhibits and this was one of the very best. Many of the iconic makers of the period were represented, though often not with their best designs, but there were an Airflow and Thunderbolt from Chrysler, a Talbot-Lago, a Delahaye, an Alfa 6C, etc. Any Bugatti is worth seeing, even if it is as funky as this one was.
 





A Bugatti interior. Looks nice in there


Sharon asked my favorite, and initially it was the iconic Alfa-Romeo 6C

But at the end of the day this Talbot-Lago with Figoni et Falaschi bodywork stole my heart



And there was the "motorized lobster."

From there we went to the LanSu Chinese Garden and then met a friend for coffee. 

Water lilies were the featured attraction here
Though the dragonfly wanted his picture taken

The carp were being Koi
A quick trip to see Fort Vancouver and an early dinner rounded out the day.

Sunday, the pen round-up. Though the museum did have some pens, in the form of a tray for sale in the car section. Wer WeiƟ

Friday, July 13, 2018

Knives and Rosa’s Roses



There are times when I just put up the images and say “lookit,” and then there is today’s post where entitling it, alone, took up most of my bandwidth.

First it was gonna be the conventional “Day in the Garden.”  But I have been so thrilled with my knife finds that I came up with “Knives and Roses” (get it, Axl, yadda yadda). But Rosa, our chennille travelling companion, has also been prominent of late and she was demanding a billing, so maybe “Knives and Rosas?” but there was just one of her . . .  you see where this was going. So, as I sat down to type, this title came to me in a blinding flash of something.



So anyways, we went to the Rose Garden, ostensibly because, Sharon says, they have the best gardening gloves in the known universe, and I wasn’t gonna take pictures.









Later, a bit of shopping; a stop at the Portland-precious, but always excellent, Hay and Straw for an ice cream lunch (it’s hot here); and dinner with friends Mary and John. Nice day.

Hawthorne Cutlery

I don't normally devote posts to a single place, but on Thursday we started our day with my annual visit to this shop. It would be a mistake to call it a knife shop, for they have knives, swords, a few guns, anything that captures the fancy of the owner Dave Rappoport, a former cop who owns the store. As his assistant Jim (whose last name I did not get), put it, "after 44 years in the knife business, I have never seen a more eclectic shop." The question was not if I would get something, but what it would be.

I got two things, the first, a mammoth ivory and mokume gentleman's folder with a damascus blade and some nice filework by Russell Milligan of Bakersfield, California.





 The second piece is one of those obscure classics, a Lone Work Knives Paul Defender in cocobolo with checkered handles. The knife has a unique gravity opening system developed by the legendary Paul Poehlmann, it is a tricksy gravity device. Great fun!!





We spent the rest of the day visiting friends. Sadly, not folks who share my interests in such things, so I share them with you'se guys.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Few Finds

Part of Oregon's charm for me is that I seem to find more pens and knives in the wild here than any where else. My best find, from several years ago was a cardinal Waterman 55 at the low, low price of $9. It remains in one of my pen drawers.

This year may have matched that when I came across a hand engraved Wahl #2 set from, I think, around 1910. It shows use and needs a proper nib and feed, but it is charming. I am not sure whether I will keep or sell it. It came with an unused Sheaffer 1001Targa that will probably go to a new home at the San Francisco Pen Show.



Oregon has also given me a number of new and old knives found both in the wild and in shops. My first of this trip was on the coast, a new old stock Case 3254CV Trapper from 2008. It's one of the more common Case knives, dating back to 1940 but it's a classic and I don't have one.

Coming up are trips to the Portland Pen Round-Up and Hawthorne Cutlery, so I expect to have more to show off soon.

Out and About on the Oregon Coast

Oregon's Coast is one of our favorite places. Here are just a few of the images as we walked and drove:


The Oregon Dunes





Ma and Pa and Rosa



Rosa wishes to point out that she is a well established outdoors pig, some shots from her recent camping trip in the Sierras


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Little River & Mendocino

We spent the day on our typical itinerary when up in the Mendocino area: from the Little River Inn to Fort Bragg for two galleries, the Roundman's Smokehouse, Cowlicks Ice Cream. Then to Mendocino for a visit to the toy store, the bookshop and a walk on the headlands. Dinner and the sunset from our balcony.

Sharon promised house sitter Amy a shot of Death and the Maiden  atop one of Mendocino's churches 

Mendocino

The town from the headlands



Ten years ago I'd have been all over those tide pools