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Howdy Rabble,

Rather than waiting for Fall, when I'm busy, I'll make boots starting this winter.

You can pre order yours, and/or extra Raber Boot Liners now.

Total cost, $350 for boot shells, insoles, and one pair of liners
$100 for an additional pair of liners in the USA. I won't sell them back into Canada. That would be absurdly expensive
 
There's a $150 material deposit required to lock your order in. We'll apply that to the purchase price. If you want liners, we'll need $100 up front.

All request, orders, and deposits must be in by January 28th. No exceptions.

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: mountain parka
« on: December 11, 2018, 06:04:20 pm »
Our 50/50 Nyco is pretty similar. I've looked for year for a domestic equivalent, with no success. The Versatec fabrics felt and performed in a similar manner, but they just didn't have the abrasion resistance.

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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: DIY Beaver Mitts
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:02:13 am »
Sweet!

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:16:01 pm »
No pics. Not usually. We tend to build quietly, then set about more interesting things for the rest of the weekend.
Kevin

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: May 01, 2018, 04:01:42 pm »
What if?

What if the Blanket Shirt was a full Thursday- 6 hour class, and the Pants were a quick evening run through? Perhaps a 2 hour quick and dirty demo of basic patterning and construction, with samples of how to build a fly, pockets, etc?

Building the Blanket Shirt is pretty simple. We've done it about 4 times over the years. Spending the evening with beer, needle, and thread and doing something simple like pants, with printed/illustrated instructions or a prepared DVD for a few bucks would be a neat trial for me. Wind Pants really are simple to pattern and build. You can really go off the rails when everyone wants to do something unique with theirs.

Kevin

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:10:42 am »
...you can build them from what ever fabric you like.

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:06:16 pm »
Howzabout we make it a  poll. I'm kinda partial to wind pants, but it has been quite a while since I taught the Wool Blanket Shirt Course.

Best out of the two wins.

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:10:45 pm »
Enlightened Equipment taught a quilt course.

I'm sticking to clothes.

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / 2018 WCS course choice?
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:25:16 am »
Howdy Rabble,

I'm looking forward to the 2018 WCS, the 20th one!

I'd like to offer a class this year. In the past we've attempted:

- Anoraks
- Wool Blanket Shirts
- Vests
- Mittens
- Dave and Kielyn taught Mukluks one year.
- Others, which I cannot recall.

Barring any great disruptions in life, I'd prefer to do something new this year. The course is free, of course (har).

Any suggestions for a short (6 hours or less) class for Thursday or Friday? Bear in mind that participants must provide their own machines, in good working order, and be ready to roll. It's a building class, not a sewing primer.

Cheers,

Kevin

EDIT- Let's stick to clothing for the most part. (not footwear) Other folks offer gear bag, sled bag, and other sewn product classes. Thanks!

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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: DIY Wool Anorak
« on: March 26, 2018, 12:35:15 pm »
Sweet! 

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: Murdering perfectly good bedding
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:43:43 pm »
Blanket material by the roll is hard to come by, unless you order a full run. I've chanced upon one roll waaay back. It was great.

We operate in the black. I intend to stay there.

Kevin

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: Murdering perfectly good bedding
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:58:30 pm »
Road kill. No lie. Theses were two fox from a freezer. I learned a lot converting them.

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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Re: Murdering perfectly good bedding
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:04:29 am »
....I've got a little trouble converting tartan. Something in me feels it should be reserved for other things.




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Empire Wool and Canvas Company / Murdering perfectly good bedding
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:58:15 am »
Howdy Rabble,

Spring is here. I'm going to follow through on a long-planned project. OK, it's not a project, but it does save me lots of Cost Of Goods Sold.

We murder lots of blankets....hundreds of them. Every now and then, a customer would offer up their favorite colored, striped, or plaid bed cover for us to build their shirt or pullover. <Flash> The lightbulb turned on. OK, my wife got the idea. I begrudgingly accepted it. Offer a set time each Spring to build custom shirts with nice blankets (and not have to burn through your own).

That time is fast approaching. We'll have details, pricing, sizing, etc. available on our website and via download in late March. If you're interested, feel free to check in. Here's a little priming shot.



FYI, We can covert just about ANY blanket now that this monster is coming. It's a Pegasus 3216 5x5, a walking foot serger. Yup, 3/4" throw on the upper arm, heavy feed, laser eyeballs, etc.



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Classifieds / Re: Empire camp coat e bay
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:53:38 pm »
Those are probably 5-6 years old. Possibly older.

That was the last of the good colored wool.

Kevin

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