SCREENGRAB from Willie Witte on Vimeo. (via

“An experiment in transitions.
None of the effects are computer generated. All the trickery took place literally in front of the camera.”

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While Chicago sat gray and flooded, Jway and I recently took an impromptu roadtrip/”babymoon” to a much warmer, greener Memphis, Tennessee. There is a lot of gritty charm and history to this city. Sadly, there’s also a lot of boarded up businesses. Jway did a beautiful job capturing it all.

And we eat too much great food.

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There’s a baby girl in there!

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The crowded tour as Sun was worth it just to stand in the room where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee, and Howlin Wolf made there first recordings.

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Beignets at The Arcade Restaurant.

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“Walking with our feet 10 feet off of Beale.”

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Jway outside of Stax. Recordings by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, and many others made here.

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Great eats (catfish, hush puppies, crawfish, okra) at Soul Fish in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

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The motel where MLK was assassinated. There was a big crowd there protesting the $27 million being spent to renovate the museum while Memphis remains the poorest large metro area in the nation.

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Rodney Mullen

RODNEY MULLEN REMIX from René Olivo on Vimeo.

Good Old Fashion Rodney Mullen from PrimoSlide on Vimeo.

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The Big Glue Up


Just came across these pictures of a massive 13 foot glue up we did last summer. It was for a corporate office’s cafeteria.  Made will old growth pine with that rough sawn look. Our old shop space sure had some great natural light.


Me, Casey, and Dwayne have glued thousands of square feet of tabletops together in the past two years.



Here’s the finished table. Thanks to Agnes Starczewski for the photos.

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The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog

Just came across this great photo blog called Shorpy.


Crab House in Baltimore, Md. July 1938. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon.



Drought-stricken farmer and family near Muskogee, Oklahoma. August 1939. Large format negative by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration.


Elvira de Hildalgo, Spanish soprano. New York, 1910. 8×10 glass negative.


Daytona Beach, Florida.  Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats, photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. January 1943.


Rye, New York. English heavyweight champion “Bombardier” Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant. George Grantham Bain Collection. June 27, 1912.


Young farmer of Jefferson County, Kansas. October 1938.  Medium-format negative by John Vachon.


March 1936. Auto parts shop. Atlanta, Georgia. Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration.

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November 1935. Prince George’s County, Maryland. “Civilian Conservation Corps boys at work.” 35mm negative by Carl Mydans for the FSA.


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Chicago Ave. and Alcala’s

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Here are some great images that my lovely wife took on a walk down Chicago Ave. The stretch of the street from West Town to Ukrainian Village has seen its fair share of gentrification, but many great Latino and Ukrainian business remain frozen in time.  Alcala’s Ropa Para Caballeros (translation: Clothing for Gentlemen) is particulaly amazing.

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See more of Jway’s photos at her blog. I love her so.


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Walnut Cabinets

I just finished this custom job for RX Made of two wardrobe cabinets. If they look enormous, its cause they are. Each cabinet is 92″ x 36″ x 20″ and features chrome wire baskets and adjustable shelving.  The cabinet doors and face frame are made from reclaimed walnut paneling.  My first time using european hinges, and I absolutely recommend them. Thanks to Agnes Starczewski for the photos and co-install.

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The Memo Book Archive


Field Notes co-founder Aaron Draplin collects these promotional memo books, originally distributed to American farmers over the last hundred years by seed, tractor, and other agricultural companies. See the archive here.

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Grand Rapids Lumber Haul

A load of logs being hauled to a mill in Vesper, some fifteen miles outside of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. This load contained 16,520 feet (notice this stamp on the middle and largest log) on a scale of one inch board measure. They made these loads possible by making an ice track for the sleds to run in.  Oh, and also by having two badass horses pulling an insane amount of weight. Find more pics and info here.


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Kodachrome Film

This great little documentary is about the end of Kodachrome film and its resource intensive 14-step development process. (via 10engines)

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