- Working on a bunch of random projects today using various exotic woods meant that the saw dust coming out of my table saw is kinds mixed. I knew this so I kept my dust collector off, put a small piece of wood behind the table saw crosscut sled that I made and went to down on my projects. Sure enough, it creates a cool layered effect like geology, but you still don’t want to eat.
After a successful Raleigh SuperCon this past weekend, we were inspired to make some more new stuff. My friend Brendan, the Bronze smithing guru, already made some molds using his home made foundry and mold casting techniques using sand. I helped by standing to the side and making sure I don’t touch anything hot.
I always enjoy taking things literal and injecting random discussion threads with notoriously long responses using facts and history. This time around a friend made a jest about vests being fashionable or not.
The winter down jacket was initially invented in 1936 by outdoorsman Eddie Bauer after almost dying from hypothermia during a fishing expedition. He created the vest to provide extra warmth with using goose down. In 1939, nylon, a man made filament fiber, was also invented and Bauer used nylon as the new material because of its lightweight, durability and having good tensile strength and abrasion resistance. This proved to be very important and popular with the US military and was mass produced for the Army Air Corps to keep soldiers and pilots in high atmosphere warm during bombing runs. While the product, down winter vest, was widely known and used within the service as well as outdoor activities such as hunting, it did not achieve fashion notoriety in the public mind until the late 60’s.
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