}

Comment

Hands On, Vol. 8: East Falls Glassworks

Began in 2006 by Jon Goldberg, the East Falls Glassworks located here in East Falls, Philadelphia, is both an open studio for local glass artists, as well as a teaching facility for the surrounding area where one can go to take classes and learn the skills involved in glass work. The studio is the only glassblowing center in the Germantown/Manayunk area and is open to anyone who is interested in the art.

Shop manager Nikolaj Christensen talked to us about the various types of work the center does. From contract jobs, one-offs, repairs, small batch prototyping and even custom designs, the studio will work with the designer, artist, or client to realize their vision.

Nikolaj Christensen, shop manager at East Falls Glassworks in Philadelphia

Nikolaj Christensen, shop manager at East Falls Glassworks in Philadelphia

Two of the designers we filmed, Miranda Work and Skitch Manion, make up the collective Workingman Handmade. They specialize in contract work and being general glassmakers for hire while still working on a number of their own designs that they sell through their Etsy page. We filmed them as they made an inlaid glass cup, taking it from molten material to a finished product.

 

Process

First the artist gathers hot glass onto a blowpipe from the furnace. They must continually rotate the rod so that gravity will not affect the viscous glass and cause it to form unevenly. A small wooden tool known as a block is soaked in water and used to smooth the glass. When the hot glass comes in contact with the wet block, steam forms and the glass rides along that barrier, slowly smoothing it out. The glass cools quickly and must be continually reheated so it can be worked with. 

A marver table is used to flatten out the form and a small puff of air is sent down the blowpipe to the other side where the glass ball has formed. The air moves to the hottest part of the glass and expands inside. This is how hollow forms and other vessels are started.

It takes great skill to be a glassblower, as it requires you to work quickly so that glass doesn’t cool off while simultaneously fixing any issues that may arise. Another piece of molten glass is gathered and dropped onto one of their delicate designs that rest on the metal table. Colored glass powder is used to make the designs and it melts to adhere with the hot glass puck. Then the previous form is attached to the disk creating the bottom of the cup. A jack or giant pair of shears is used to shape and cut the vessel as needed. 

After they are pleased with the design, the rod is removed and the base smoothed out. It is then transferred to an annealing oven for anywhere between 12-15 hours so the glass can reach an even temperature and won’t break after being made.

Miranda Work & Skitch Manion of Workingman Handmade demoing the process described above.

Miranda Work & Skitch Manion of Workingman Handmade demoing the process described above.

If you’re interested in learning more about the East Falls Glassworks, taking their classes, or discussing possible projects with the artists in residence please feel free to check out their website at eastfallsglass.com or email them with any questions you have at info@eastfallsglass.com. Finally thank you so much to the team at Glassworks for allowing us to come and film them while they work.

Comment

Comment

THINGS WE LOVE - JANUARY 2015

The ability to customize our products has become more and more important to today’s consumers. However, one area that has seen little room for customizability has been travel kits. That is until these attractive and versatile leather cases made by This is Ground. The Mod series is a collection of different handmade leather cases that offer a wide variety of interchangeable inserts with different pockets or clasps for specific occupations or hobbies. The prices vary depending on which add-on or case you buy, but it is well worth it for a carryall that reflects your passion.


Designed and founded by two friends in the UK, Woodbuds is a new company that is focused on lessening their global footprint and on giving back to our planet, one tree at a time. Made from Walnut, these headphones come in several bright colors and offer various sizes for different users. Each one comes packaged in 100% recycled boxes and for every 1,000 products sold, and the company partners with The Woodland Trust to plant a tree in an effort to give back to our environment. You can pick up a pair for yourself on their website for around $38 and support both a well designed product and a good cause. 


Simplicity will never go out of style and these attractive desk organizers by Most Modest are at the peak of simple and elegant design.  Made from wood and recycled cork/rubber, these organizers feature a cut out to store your phone, a holder for your pen or stylus, and a hidden compartment perfect for smaller items. The contrast between the speckled cork/rubber lid and the natural wood is sure to add a nice accent to anyone’s desk. 

Comment

Comment

THINGS WE LOVE - DECEMBER 2014

Some beautiful kitchen accessories that caught our eyes this month were these gorgeous maple set knives by Warehouse Brand. Hand-crafted from Canadian Maple and German stainless steel, these attractive blades feature a set piece of wood that highlights the precision steel behind it. By using the wood, what is usually a cold or industrial looking product suddenly becomes a warm, and inviting statement piece. They even were part of the prestigious 2013 Red Dot design awards best of the best showcase. While not commercially obtainable just yet, they are available for pre-order on their site and will set you back roughly $100.


There is something so refreshing about non-intuitive design.  That moment of surprise when you finally figure out what the purpose of this object is. At first glance, the RUBAN appears to be just a simple bent piece of steel, but it is actually a stylish, sculptural bottle opener. One side is a reflective polished metal and the other a matte surface, which creates a wonder contrast between the two. The elegant bent hook fits perfectly onto bottle caps allowing for a hassle free opening. This kitchen and bar utensil is sure to sleekly fit within any context thanks to its highly minimal and precise design. Made by CONTEXTE Design, one will cost you roughly $67, but it is well worth it for a timeless piece of art that will be sure to last a lifetime. 


While planters and pots are perfectly acceptable ways to display your plants, it is always refreshing to see them get off the ground and up onto the walls. Designed and made here in Philadelphia by Vivo Walls, the Olla sconce planters are a new way to show off your green thumb. Built from recycled glass bottles and large carved chunks of wood, these striking vessels will add a nice accent of nature to any wall in your home. Each one attaches with an included bracket that is easy to install.  They even sell multi-vessel holders that can be set up with hydroponic systems, perfect for the indoor gardener in your home. 

Comment

Comment

Hands On, Vol. 7: Huntingdon Yarn Mill

Nestled right in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, you'll find the family owned and operated Huntingdon Yarn Mill. The building, it's machines, and it's people reflect not only Philadelphia's historical manufacturing past - but the hidden gems just waiting to be discovered by designers and makers who are wanting to produce regionally. If you know where to look and can learn about the process, you can make and design here.

Huntingdon Yarn Mill is owned by Fay and Majid Jarah. Majid started working for the mill 30 years ago, bought in some time later, and the business has been a family and friend affair ever since.  With about 50 employees, most of whom live in the neighborhood, they seem to have the same set up as most of the other manufacturers in this area.  They love and treat their employees like family and it's very common to find siblings, spouses, and family members of various generations all working under the same roof.

Quality is key, whether it be natural fibers or silk, linen, and rayon - Huntingdon keeps it's customers because it produces a superior quality material. This distinguishing quality, according to owner Majid Jarah is the quality of the tried and true equipment from the '30s "Newer machines - they loose the detail. Some people want perfection and our machines can create that" 

Two years ago Huntingdon launched "Made in America Yarns" - an offshoot that focused on direct to end consumer yarns manufactured and dyed in the USA. The company is focused on yarns for three main markets: home furnishings, clothing/apparel, and the craft industry for hand knitting. One of their specialties is also metallic yarn - which is the combining of metallic yarns with nylon, rayon, acetate or silk.

yarn_mill_philadelphia_design_watches

 

PROCESS

We go into the similar manufacturing process in detail in our very first Hands On video where we cover Wayne Mills Co., so we'll touch on it just briefly here. Yarn is created in three steps: production, dying, and finishing.

1. The yarns start off as spools of thread that are sent through machines called twisters and winders. These highly technical machines create the unique patterning or texturing which is then wound up on large skeins. A skein is basically loose spool of threaded material.

2. The material is loose because these skeins are then dipped into various dye baths. Every batch goes through a number of dyes and then washes to achieve the purest and cleanest colors and even dye treatment. Huntindon uses direct and acid dyes, depending on the material type.

3. After dyeing, the loosely wound skeins are hung to dry in a warmed drying room. They are lastly wound and wrapped onto spindles ready to be sold to other makers and manufacturers in various industries.

Eileen Schiazza and daughter Angela Taylor have worked here for over 23 years.

Eileen Schiazza and daughter Angela Taylor have worked here for over 23 years.


Presidents Letter

Majid Jarah has a terrific letter on the website which I think clearly expresses what Huntingdon is all about.

"Dear friends and potential customers,

I arrived in the US after graduating from a textile university in Manchester, England. I began my career working as a purchasing agent for Huntingdon Yarn Mill. About 14 years ago, I took a leap of faith and purchased the Mill. With 30 years of textile experience behind me, I am very proud to be a domestic manufacturer of textiles in the USA.

We here at Huntingdon are a team of 50 people who hope to continue our work for many more years to come. We are truly a family run business. Jesse, our Plant Manager, has been working in the textile industry most of his life. Barbara, our Office Manager, has been working at the company for over 25 years. Her mother, Loretta, has worked here for over 50 years before retiring three years ago. Barbara’s daughter also worked with us until three years ago. My wife, Fay, works with the Dye House as well as in our Marketing Department. My daughters, Ranna and Sarah, work in the office part time whenever they have time off from school.

As a family business, we stay true to several core values with suppliers and customers. We purchase raw materials from domestic manufacturers as much as possible; saving our supplier’s job in turn insures our own. There is a glorified desire among the American people for saving American jobs, but when it comes time to take action, we become reluctant to make the necessary changes.

Buying products from overseas may seem more cost-efficient, but the result is not necessarily more quality-efficient.  Domestic Manufacturers are still making the best products in the world. However, if we do not take action now we will lose the valuable and accessible resources they provide. The most reliable wool and cotton spinners are still in the US. Believe it or not, our company is shipping Novelty yarns to China where they are made into garments before being shipped back to America.

Last year, we had a booth at the spin Expo show in New York City. Most of out young design visitors were surprised to know that there was still a textile mill operating in Philadelphia. At the same time, the large fashion companies are saying that their customers are demanding American made products. When I asked “Why are we not able to sell more of our products to internationally renowned American companies”, I was told that it was a set mentality. Designers who have a choice between an American-made product and a more expensive European product will vote against domestic manufacturing in the US under the false pretense that the quality is not as good.

I have no doubt that the given the opportunity, US manufacturers are capable of producing a product as good as or better than overseas suppliers. We can offer consistency and reliability as a result. This will provide American jobs, which will be good for all of us.

I would like to take this opportunity to prove that we can withstand the test of comparison.

Thank you,

Majid Jaraha
The President"

---

If you are looking into or are interested in production of your own yarn visit www.hymill.com . Special thanks to Karen Randal and the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for facilitating this trip.

Comment

Comment

THINGS WE LOVE - NOVEMBER 2014

It’s no surprise that we at Analog love the use of wood in new and surprising ways, which is why we instantly fell in love with these beautiful wooden necklaces by women’s wear collection Supra Endura. Mixing wooden links and a colorful elastic material, each one is hand-made here in Philadelphia and can even be customized with a variety of wood stains, colors, and lengths to suit your specific tastes. For each necklace purchased $2 are donated to the non-profits Urban Tree Connection and Gowanus Canal Conservancy, so you’re not only getting a stylish, modern accessory, but also helping out some great causes. If you’re interested in these attractive and eye-catching statements, email info@supraendura.com to place your order! 


Puzzles are always a great way to pass the time or to save for a rainy day. However, they aren’t always the most attractive objects. That is until Logifaces appeared before us. These concrete cast prisms are beautiful mini-sculptures on their own, but are part of a bigger, more complex puzzle. Inspired by ancient puzzle games, the set of 16 prisms is a logic puzzle that can prove difficult for even the cleverest gamer. The goal is to form one continuous surface and the beauty is that there is more than one solution. While that may sound simple, these unassuming blocks are trickier than you think. We especially love the game’s ability to be played solo or in a group. One set will cost you $70 on the company’s current Indiegogo, but it’s worth it for this versatile puzzle that can switch from plaything to tabletop art in a second. 


While apartment living offers its own rewards, it does have its hindrances. One of which is the often-limited ability to garden or grow your own produce.  While some spaces offer a communal garden or have room for such things, others are not as lucky. This is where The Garden Apartment's Nomad Planter comes in handy. A simple and versatile planter, this container is made from locally sourced, scrapped boat sails straight from the Bronx. Its ability to easily go from one location to the next, or change from an elegant hanging pot, to a tabletop planter gives the Nomad its edge. Perfect for growing fresh herbs in the kitchen, this modernist space-saving planter will add a great accent to any interior. Each one is made here in the USA and can be shipped in a simple flat-pack envelope. For only $38 these will make a great addition to any urban foodie's life. 

Comment

THE WANDERLUST SERIES: Grand Teton National Park

Comment

THE WANDERLUST SERIES: Grand Teton National Park

wanderlust_travel_journal_series_on_hikes_woods_wooden_watches_best

"As we set off up Hwy. 89, we could feel the air change temperatures as the elevation grew. Our goal - to reconnect with nature on land and water, so we brought our Old Town Canoe along for the journey." - Greg Rakozy

watches_wood_young_camp_vibes_travel_travelers_unique
davidcanoe.jpg

As the night descended upon us, we drove the Shadow Mountain trail till we set up camp 6500ft above sea level. The stars are everything when you are up that high. The next morning, we set off on foot with cameras in hand to Hidden Falls. Taking a quick moment for a mountain lake shower." - Greg Rakozy

watches_wood_young_camp_vibes_travel_travelers_unique_mountains_love

Comment

Comment

Artist to Watch: Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha - Intersections

Premiered at the Artprize event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Intersections by Pakistani-artist Anila Quayyum Agha is a beautiful and simple large-scale installation. Agha created an intricate pattern taking inspiration from the geometrical shapes and designs found in many Islamic sacred spaces. She then crafted a 6.5ft wooden cube cut out with the pattern.

From the center of the piece a single bulb illuminates the work, casting delicate ethereal shadows onto every surrounding surface. Having the piece suspended in the middle of the room creates an eerie appearance despite its stunning shadows.

The influence of Islamic culture is apparent in this piece with even the wooden cube looking reminiscent to the famous pilgrimage site of Mecca. However, the name Intersections comes from her interest with the famous Alahambra, viewing it as a perfect mix of European and Islamic culture.

“For me the familiarity of the space visited at the Alhambra palace and the memories of another time and place from my past, coalesced in creating this project” says the artist. Agha won both the public and juried vote for the 2014 Artprize, which wrapped up on October 12th.

All images courtesy of ArtPrize  

Comment

Comment

Things We Love - October 2014

We here at Analog Watch Co have been noticing a lot of cement based designs recently and we love it. One specific design that’s really caught our attention are these attractive Offset Planters created by David Drumlin. Each planter is $59 and come in a variety of shapes including rectangles, squares, ovals, and circles. Ideal for succulents or cacti, their minimal form will perfectly complement any environment both inside and out.  


While mornings can sometimes be rough, this attractive ceramic mug by HMM might help in making them a little better. The MUGr vessel is handmade from black ceramics giving it a simple yet beautiful form. The real eye-catching detail for this design though is the addition of the walnut handle. The contrast between the matte black body and rich wooden handle makes for a modern, elegant design. The angled “r” shape not only comfortably fits the hand, but also allows these mugs to be stacked on top one another. One mug will set you back $40, but well worth it for an attractive and durable design like this.  


While riding a bike is a more eco-friendly and convenient way to get around in a city, it does have its downsides. Specifically lack of immediate storage. However, this bicycle wine rack will at least help you out come your next dinner party, or date night. The vegetable tanned leather uses antique fasteners to snap around nearly any bike frame, and hidden clasps securely hold the bottle in place. It comes in three different colors of leather and each one costs only $34.  

Comment

Comment

ARTIST TO WATCH: ROXY PAINE


Surveillance and security checkpoints have now become commonplace in our society especially when one is traveling. There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a slow TSA checkpoint line slowly shuffling along while trying to get to your destination. Intrigued by this whole process, New York based artist Roxy Paine and his team spent over a year drawing up diagrams and models of real life TSA equipment before carving each piece from maple, or birch wood.

 Seeing what is often a cold and mechanical process rendered in soft warm wood creates an interesting contrast that we love. While the carved security check looks inviting in wood, it is so strikingly familiar to real-life TSA points that you feel somewhat wary of it.

 The installation entitled Checkpoint, is part of his exhibition at the Marianne Boesky Gallery called Denuded Lens and is on display till October 18th. 


Comment

Comment

Things We Love - September 2014

Poquito and Union Wallets by Madera - $55 - $75

These minimal wallets by Madera are the perfect companions to your Analog Watch. Available in Walnut, Cherry, and Oak, each wallet has a slim profile ideal for carrying cash, cards and coins without bulking up your pocket. The two styles Poquito and Union come in at $55 and $75 respectively and are each made from renewably harvested wood.


Hedge Planters by Cora Neil Design - $38 - $400

Currently finishing their Kickstarter campaign, Hedge planters have already surpassed their goal and caught the attention of us here at Analog. Created by Cora Neil Designs, the planters are functional, bright, modern pieces that create the perfect accent to almost any environment. They come in five distinct colors and four different styles ranging from small wall sconce planters, to suspended pots, and larger wall systems. Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more about the project and preorder your very own Hedge Planter. 


Blockitecture by James Paulius - $25

Winner of the 2003 RIT Metaproject, designer James Paulius created a fun series of hand painted wooden blocks in the style of Brutalist architecture. The segments stack and hang off each other encouraging the user to create new ways of stacking the series to create different cityscapes. Every piece is crafted from New Zealand pine and a set will cost you only $25 for countless combinations of fun. 

Comment

Comment

Trees for the Future

We at Analog are partnered with Trees for the Future, a non-profit that raises money to help plant trees and other vegetation in areas ravaged by logging or natural disasters. To this date TREES has helped to plant over 80 million trees worldwide. Our partnership with them allows us to make a donation of one tree per product sold by Analog. So far we have helped to plant thousands of trees! We want to make sure we give back to our planet since we make a wooden product and our thrilled with the work Trees for the Future is doing.

Through planting various styles of vegetation from onions, cabbage, and others, they are able to restore the lands natural balance and help not only the local community, but also bring back biodiversity to the area. Having these returned forests, students are able to gain hands on experience learning about nature and our global environment. Through your support, we are all collectively working towards making the world a greener place, one tree at a time. 

Comment

Comment

Things We Love - August 2014

Writer's Block by Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi - $60

Not only is the Writer's Block a fun play on the phrase, it is also a playful desk accessory. Available in either stone or wood, the simple design offers the perfect place for your notes. The pad is held up by a pencil placed through the hole at the top. This allows you to keep your pencil and notes all in one convenient place for whenever inspiration strikes. 


birdhouse.jpg

Birdhouse ROHBAU by Torsten Klocke  -  $89

Taking the iconic birdhouse form, designer Torsten Klocke gave it a new and interesting twist. Using a mix of concrete and wood, the ROHBAU birdhouse is a simple blend of two materials that creates a beautiful and functional design. The inner wooden panel can be slid out to add seed or clean, while the sturdy outer shell protects its inhabitants from any type of harsh weather.  The size of the house is 10x7x5 inches, ideal for many types of small common birds. 


Grandpa's Fire Grill by Henrik Johansson - $20

Whether out in nature or just in your own backyard, the Grandpa's Fire Grill is a perfect way to contain your food when cooking over a fire. Made from stainless steel, the adjustable wire rack can securely attach to nearly any branch you find. This then becomes your handle as you set your food overtop the flames and can watch as it is grilled to perfection. 

Comment