Grain Surfboards builds beautiful, craftsman-quality wooden surfboards by hand in York Beach, Maine. Grain gives six day classes, a few times a year for outside folk who wanna learn the trade. Joe Hodnicki recently turned the dreaded Three-Oh and as a consolation prize and karmic make-over, he treated himself to a class at Grain. Joe is on day 5 of his class, building a 9 foot longboard and sleeping in a tent on the lawn outside Grain’s workshop. Over at his blog, Sharing The Stoke, Joe has been diligently writing about his experience at Grain with a daily update filled with foul weather, farm animals, woodworking and the finer points of New England cuisine. awesome.
John Nese is the proprietor of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in LA. His father ran it as a grocery store, and when the time came for John to take charge, he decided to convert it into the ultimate soda-lover’s destination. About 500 pops line the shelves, sourced lovingly by John from around the world. John has made it his mission to keep small soda-makers afloat and help them find their consumers. Galco’s also acts as a distributor for restaurants and bars along the West Coast, spreading the gospel of soda made with cane sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup if John can avoid it). – Chow
I posted this video last week in an image pile up, but this guy’s message has been playing through my head all week. it deserves it’s own post. It goes beyond ‘soda pop’. something about his attention to craftsmanship, his small business ethic, definitely anti-establishment, anti high fructose corn syrup. I’d love to sit around and talk politics with this guy. inspirational.