Filson Duffle Bag and Red Wing Limited Engineer Boots - REDWING1905
The Engineer collection was originally developed for engineers working on America’s railroads. The boots with pull-on styling, used minimal stitching to protect the engineer’s feet from the hot embers that fell from the locomotive’s firebox. The buckled side gusset at the top of the boot allowed for easier bending, a necessary requirement as they needed to continuously shovel more coal into the firebox. The first engineer boots, number 919, appeared in the 1941 catalog—they were advertised as pull-on boots for engineers and truck drivers, the new engineers of the open road.
Superior Labor - Engineer’s Bag
We’ve always enjoyed the contributions of The Superior Labor to the tool bag movement. This Khaki version of their Engineer Bag is no exception. The Japanese company make a range of accessories but their carriers remain the star of the show. The large natural leather pocket on the front makes this one, matching handle and a detachable cross body strap mean it can be thrown over your shoulder for hands-free moments. The painted base finishes it off perfectly, nice one The Superior Labor. Find it at Slow down Joe.
Stories and History // Anchor Division
When i look at this photo, a million thoughts pass through me all at once. It seems like it was just yesterday i was entering a new world of metal and blood, sweat, and oil. The fact is, i never saw myself as a machinist. I kept thinking about how i would get through this world i was about to enter. I grew up with a technical mindset and i had jumped into a fine-tuned, heritage driven world of building, creating, inventing beautiful objects. I worked in a factory that opened in 1880, where most of the tools were still in tact, i was always the youngest one (and still to this day). I would hear stories and tall-tales from senior citizens that had worked there since they were young boys. It was absolutely intriguing to me to see how they lived, worked. They were real blue-collar craftsman. They had taught me everything i know to this day. I will always and forever appreciate my fellow blue-collar workers. I have so much respect for all of you. You have built the world we see today. I see the beauty in trade or craft that others may not. My hands will always be rough.
I’m now currently working as an engineer in a more advanced state. I don’t see exactly what i did before but i am however on the other side of things. Some words of wisdom.
Never be afraid to get your hands dirty, we are young and restless and creation is in our genes.
Photo by: Joseph O. Holmes