A series devoted to local craftsmen of distinguished outdoor gear. They might have a Web site, but their business comes mostly from word of mouth. Their shops may have a small sign or no sign at all, but floors littered with metal filings or wood shavings advertise the nature of their work. Even in a world obsessed with iPods and all the other glitz in the era of plastic and high-tech, outdoorsmen still have a weak spot for the craftsmanship of quality gear made by hand.
Sun., May 4, 2008, midnight
The Bike Doctor
Only the very best physicians look over their patients as thoroughly as Dave Mannino checks out a bicycle that comes into Two Wheel Transit for a tune-up. He scans, listens, …
Sun., Oct. 15, 2006, midnight
For quality fishing rods, Moran is top of the line
Editor’s note: Fourth in a series devoted to local craftsmen of distinguished outdoor gear. Trout are natural works of art that attract the affection of millions of anglers. “When you …
Sun., April 2, 2006, midnight
Gunmakers shoot for perfection
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series devoted to local craftsmen of distinguished outdoor gear He began making guns as a hobby at the age of 15. He …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2006, midnight
Building bicycles for the enthusiast
“These aren’t bikes for duffers,” said Gary Selner from the shop in the basement of tiny home he shares with his two dogs. “These bikes are for the enthusiasts, people …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2006, 4:33 p.m.
Bark is back
“Choosing a birch bark canoe over one made of Kevlar is like comparing the choice of bamboo vs. graphite for a fly-fishing rod,” Spokane boat builder John Lindman explains. “It’s …