Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rusty Knuckles Custom Belt Buckles From Soda Etching

Transferring the art for the buckles onto the aluminum plate
Hardly a day goes by when we aren't trying to up the ante on our craftsmanship and products offered. Have a look at a new product in the development phase, with our soda etched aluminum belt buckles. We have been wanting a quality belt buckle for quite a long time and didn't want to spend a certain amount on minimum orders from large manufacturers so we opted to read up on the process via many online resources such as this one on Instructables or this one for a guitar pedal

Our initial etchings are a bit rough as we are testing papers and dialing in our production process. The next steps will be to then finish out the existing designs with a perfect etch, TIG weld on the back the pieces needed to attach to a belt and then polish to perfection and be ready to ship. We will be offering up quite a few of these for the bands we work with in limited runs and then to also have batches of one off designs created in limited editions. 

Once our aluminum buckles are perfected we have also been building our new kiln to start pouring molten bronze buckles through sand casting. If any of this were easy and a few quick steps we would have all of this done quickly, but of course quality takes time and that's the best way to operate.

A Poetic Journey To Watching A Custom Beretta Shotgun Being Assembled

Craftsman at Beretta gazing upon a piece of burled wood for the buttstock of a custom shotgun

"Human Technology is an artistic short movie celebrating the uniqueness and the distinction of every Beretta premium gun. This movie by Ancarani Studio, under the creative direction of Paola Manfrin, reveals through the minutia of the manufacturing process, the genesis of a luxury Beretta shotgun. A poetic journey through sterile robotic rooms is blended with five centuries of Beretta’s history, culminating in the final assembly by the gunsmith, ever the wise guardian of the art of manufacturing."

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BERETTA "Human Technology" from Paola Manfrin on Vimeo.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Black Eyed Vermillion Releases Never Shed A Bloody Tear

Black Eyed Vermillion Releases Never Shed A Bloody Tear

Gary Lindsey of Black Eyed Vermillion has served up one hell of an album with his latest batch of blue eyed punk rock soul. BEV won't be hitting the road outside of Austin and maybe a few other select Texas cities until late spring of 2015, so get over to Itunes and download the new batch of material. Have a listen to one of the brand new tracks below.

Pirates Press and GZ Media Unveil Brand New Vinyl Record Pressing Machine

Pirates Press and GZ Media Unveil Brand New Vinyl Record Pressing Machine
Getting vinyl records made can be a game called, hurry up and wait. When we are producing vinyl records we do our best to keep bands, fans and customers all up to date on when an exact arrival time might be and it can be quite daunting. Crazy to think, but at one time the exact color we were needing was out of stock far and wide and red vinyl was on hold until more pellets could be produced. Another time, we got so far behind as the manufacturer put our project behind another larger one, causing a full month delay. 

The headaches can go on and on as vinyl records are a tedious process, so it is great news to hear about Pirates Press doubling down and further developing their production process. We can thank them for the stupendous work on our picture disc on the GG Allin / Antiseen record. They are great to work with and have very competitive pricing.

Tyrolean's Off To These Orchestral Craftsmen

Tyrolean's Off To These Orchestral Craftsmen




Sound by definition, are the vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear. What constitutes those sounds and to what we hear and discern from them are all based upon our own preference. 


What makes one band better than another? What gives a guitar a certain warm tone? Many of these elements come into play with the materials that make up the instrument or the way an individual uses a certain skill set create the soundscape with the tool at hand. 

Tyrolean's off to these orchestral craftsmen who use a simple and effective sheet metal tool box to create a cacophony of sound that is pure rhythm and absolute utilitarian. Next time you blame your gear for acting up, maybe you should just get back to the basics.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Big Lessons of Sturgill Simpson’s Success, From Saving Country Music

The Big Lessons of Sturgill Simpson’s Success, From Saving Country Music
Damn is it great to see Sturgill Simpson doing so well with all the accolades from his latest album. The bigger elements come from a few simple ingredients that he figured out how to mix up into a tasty stew. If you ever had the chance to see what he had cookin' in Sunday Valley, then you know the depths to which his catalog can traverse. Read more from the great write up on Saving Country Music below.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Legalize Lane Splitting For Motorcycles In All 50 States, Sign The Petition

Legalize Lane Splitting For Motorcycles In All 50 States, Sign The Petition
If you are a motorcyclist or have friends or family that ride, do yourself a favor and sign up the petition to make it legal to split lanes in all 50 states. As a former lane splitter in California for a number of years, I can tell you first hand how much it helps with traffic flow and commute times. When traversing heavily trafficked areas in urban sprawl, being stuck on an air cooled motor in not only physically taxing but hard on your machine. This helps with safety of each biker by being more readily able to maneuver in and out of tight traffic situations that could save lives. 

Sign the petition

Legalize Lane Splitting For Motorcycles In All 50 States, Sign The Petition


Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Oddities Collection of Ryan Matthew Cohn

A Kapala skull is a sacred human skull that has been decorated in semi precious stones and metals and used in tantric Buddhist rituals. The skull cap opens and is meant to hold ceremonial offerings such as blood.

Ever check out the show Oddities on the Science Channel? One of the recurring cast members Ryan Matthew Cohn always had a great collection of bones and skulls from the work he creates in osteology. These photos are from his instagram page and many more can be found there and over on his main site, have a look.

The Photography of Vanessa Moselle

The Photography of Vanessa Moselle

Shooting a picture is as easy as breathing. Not too far long ago, when an individual would expose a transparent sheet of plastic film covered with silver halide crystals to a light source, a physical reaction would occur. This process involving apertures, film speed and an artistic eye was once a highly regarded art form and still is, yet a bit of the mojo is lost due to the proliferation of camera technology readily available on our smart phones. What strikes a chord though is when an image is created, that is timeless. It could have been taken from a digital camera, cell phone or even a vintage camera and it makes the camera as a tool emerge entirely full circle. Each picture evokes a story and whatever type of camera used is inconsequential. Seeing the photography of Vanessa Moselle on flickr is a window into her artistic eye and we thank her for it.

Jimmy DiResta Creates 15 Custom Boxes For George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey

Jimmy DiResta Creates 15 Custom Boxes For George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey
The process videos that Jimmy DiResta creates over on his youtube page are eloquently spartan in their narrative and scope, but the magic comes from his technique. The blurring of sound and action coming together as saw blades buzz, sharpies squeak across a surface and the cacophony of a hammer tapping wood, nails and rivets into place feels like a a blue collar orchestra in all it's glory. In the spirit of Jimmy's videos let's drop the floral language and hit the nail on the head. These videos are just damn cool to watch and seeing a true craftsman at work is better than any damn scripted show could ever be. Three cheers to all tradesmen world wide.