Trophy Case: September's Hottest Local Stuff
This month's hottest locally made goods, from a coffee table inspired by the Pacific Northwest to horseradish vodka
WORKSHOP: Washington woodworker Greg Klassen fashions coffee tables inspired by the flowing waters of the Pacific Northwest. Every piece is custom-milled from discarded trees and inlaid with a hand-cut piece of blue-green glass. “The shape of the glass follows the natural shape of the wood,” he says.
DRINK THIS: Distilled and bottled in Bend, Badcock’s ultra-crisp vodka is filtered five times through crushed rock to rid it of impurities ... and then infused with much tastier impurities—horseradish and cucumber.
BIG IDEA: Every morning, Scott McDonald brings back the 1950s milkman, donning the uniform and delivering local eggs, milk, and bread to 300 Portland doorsteps. McDonald, who worked on a milk home-delivery program in Australia before moving back home in January, says his old-school get-up harks back to an era when life moved more slowly. “People have to work on the weekends. Our service makes life a little easier.”
TOTE THIS: Tanner Goods’ Women’s Capsule collection includes the understated yet handsome Perennial Day Bag, an everyday canvas and leather handbag that promises to become your new favorite purse.
Bookshelf: A Japanese proverb that urges conformity: A tall tree catches much wind. Designer Matt Wagner flipped it into a mantra for artists. The Tall Trees of Portland showcases the best work of the city’s rebellious art scene, from Craig Thompson to pop art duo Apak. Overcup Press, $49