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This week’s feature is an ode to brass and leather, courtesy of the irrepressible Chad Von Lind (@chadvonlind) from Coeur d'Alene City, North Idaho. From his choice of gear, it’s clear that he subscribes to the notion of heirloom quality goods - that of which that wears in, instead of wearing out. Read on to find out all about Chad’s beautifully functional everyday carry, and be inspired by his commitment to old world quality and craftsmanship.
Aesthetics are the primary requirement for anything that makes it into my EDC rotation. Otherwise, Durability and heirloom factor are the next requirements on the list of how I choose my EDC pieces.
With a background in design, and a passion for rustic authenticity. I find that the items I carry need to make me feel good when I use them or just look at them. A fun question that I occasionally ask myself is "Would Indiana Jones carry this?"
Brass and bronze, and sturdy leather are the materials I go with. There is an innate beauty in an EDC item that ages and changes during the course of its life. As the leather changes color and shapes, and the brass takes on patina from the daily use it becomes that more personal and intimate to its owner. Inheriting an EDC item with patina will never be the same as earning the patina yourself. Remembering all of the years and how much time you spent with this item in the course of your daily life brings it to that true heirloom status.
My name is Chad Von Lind and I live in Coeur d'Alene City, North Idaho. A few years ago I started a small design/workshop brand called Craft and Lore focusing on hand-stitched leather goods that were simple in design and extremely durable. My background was in graphic design, which aided greatly to the success of the products and overall brand. Leathercraft had been a hobby for a couple of years prior to the brand launch and was a great medium for me to build tangible items that are used daily unlike my graphic design work. Exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, expanding on my bushcraft knowledge and capturing beautiful things with my camera have been long time hobbies as well.
I inevitably found myself in the EDC world, as my very products focused on daily things that we carry and take for granted. 2013 was the year that I found myself focusing on the world of EDC gear. As a quality leather wallet drove home the importance in carrying quality, I began to search out and connect with other EDC folks who expanded my world of daily carry items for pleasure and purpose. Carrying beautiful items meant that they continued to bring me joy just by the sight of the item.
Favorite EDC Tool:
Out of all my EDC items, the wallet is truly the one item that you cannot leave home without, and so it falls into my top item. A wallet is the most used and most important aspect of any EDC. I spared no expense on this item, which is why it is built from one of the most expensive leathers tanned in the US of A.
Next up would be the Helberg CH6 Bronze Watch. This is next in line for most used items. While most EDC items are hidden in your pockets, the watch is a great piece for showing off. It grabs attention from fellow time piece and EDC enthusiasts. The artistry behind many micro-watch brands can be next level in the extreme quality and design. If you do not have a nice watch in your EDC lineup, I would highly recommend jumping into the rabbit hole.
Next On Your Gear Radar:
I've been in the EDC game for so long now, that I'm really unsure of what I would be after next. While most of my bases are covered, I'm always anticipating what another maker can come up with next that warrants adding to my line up.
Sometimes a thing will come along that you would never have anticipated as being a part of your rotation, such as a spinner. I was fairly puzzled why spinners were a thing in the EDC world until I ended up playing with a nice one which resulted in me getting hooked and eventually designing and manufacturing one of my own. Sites like URBAN EDC and EVERYDAYCARRY are great resources for seeing what is new, and what other folks are carrying.
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