Workwear Stories

Donnie Hedden
Sew-cial Distancing

Making face masks in the time of COVID-19: when “breathable face fabric” takes on a whole new meaning.

Patagonia
5 min Read
So, You Want to Be a Regenerative Hemp Farmer?

A bona fide American hemp farmer/entrepreneur shares his stash.

Doug Fine
11 min Read
What the Trees Know: Solving the Mystery of Colorado’s Record Avalanche Season

In 2019, after a record Colorado avalanche season bulldozed millions of trees, a team of avalanche experts rallied to collect as much information as possible from these 300-year-old keepers of time.

Laura Yale
7 min Read
Liberation on the Land: A Conversation with Leah Penniman, Author of Farming While Black

Leah Penniman is the cofounder of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, where she works toward her commitment “to ending racism and injustice in our food system by increasing farmland stewardship by people of color, promoting equity in food access and training the next generation of activist farmers.” She published Farming While Black (Chelsea…

Jeff McElroy
6 min Read
Don’t Till On Me

A soil junkie explains no-till practices for regenerative agriculture.

Andrew O’Reilly
7 min Read
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss

Editor’s note: This post discusses anxiety and suicide. In a humble workshop in Washougal, Washington, a blind craftsman holds a locally harvested log that he has made into a blank with his miter saw. He turns it in his hands to feel its shape and weight. He measures and marks, measures and marks. A flick…

Jeff McElroy
7 min Read
Helping Hands in the High Desert

Doing the Dirty Work with the Oregon Natural Desert Association

Patagonia
4 min Read
Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in solemn ceremony and then gleefully…

Ryan Peterson
3 min Read
Workwear Video Series: Farmer and Agronomist Heather Darby

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the University of Vermont and the backbone of a 200-year-old, certified…

Patagonia
1 min Read
Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes up you can’t help but pause. It reminds…

Malcolm Johnson
4 min Read
Bringing Back the Light with the Central Westcoast Forest Society

For British Columbia’s timber barons, the forests of Vancouver Island were too rich to resist: giant spruce, fir and red cedar trees that fetched top dollar on the open market. On the island’s remote and rain-soaked Pacific coast, mechanized logging kicked into high gear in the 1950s and continued through the decades that followed. “Before…

Patagonia
3 min Read
The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork

It didn’t take long for Ben Wilkinson to figure out that there was freedom to be had in working for himself—and that freedom was the first requirement if he wanted to go surfing whenever the waves got huge. “I left home when I was 16,” he remembers, “which was old enough in my eyes. But…

Malcolm Johnson
4 min Read
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