Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather
Old Trunks, New Leather. All from Maine.
July 25, 2000
Summer must be about shot;
it’s been down in the 40s every morning lately.
The pumpkins are getting
big, the tomatoes are busting, but nothing is ripe
yet, except that early sweet
corn, which we’ve been enjoying (always plant
your corn uphill from the
kitchen, so you can get it in the boiling water
faster, stays sweeter that
way). Up here, at the end of each growing
season, all the window sills
in the house get covered with tomatoes, trying
to coax a little redness
into them just before Amanda gets into
If you’ve been suffering through the heat where you
are, hop in your car and
drive up. To give you an idea how cool a summer
we’ve had, Moosehead Lake’s
water temp never got out of the 60s this year.
Trunk news – we’ve been finding
some nice, original condition trunks
lately. Rather than
refinish them, we’ve been selling them more or less
as-is, preservation of their
historic nature and all that stuff. They’re
on the site’s For Sale page
if you’d like to see:
We’ve had a number of requests
for slightly heavier, thicker trunk
handles. Our common
trunk handles are made of two layers of leather, but
we’ve now added an additional
handle style (TH-03, secret code) that has
three layers of leather.
Seven bucks a pair, shipping included. They’re
shown over on our Parts
The trunk straps that we’ve
been telling you about are being made right
now (the maker was waiting
for the right buckles to arrive), so we should
have them in a week or two.
These are turning out quite nicely, the edges
of the straps are being
stained, the buckles have an antique brass finish.
I think you’ll like them.
We’re still hoping to have them priced, with
shipping included, at a
cost per pair well below what other places charge
for a single strap.
Don’t worry, you’ll hear more about these when they
arrive. If you think
that’s something really, really worth looking
forward to, you need a vacation.
Speaking of vacations, we
took ours to Tennessee/Georgia/North Carolina
just so we could join the
long lines of cars driving through Smokey Mtn
National Park. What a crowd.
Still, it’s a beautiful area. We drove
down with the girls, did
720 miles the first day, which put us in
Virginia. If we can
do that in our old junker there’s no excuse for you
not visiting us in Maine.
As far as we can tell it’s the same distance
heading north as it is heading
Time to hit the road, heading
up to Skowhegan today to an auction and to
do some work. Bear
hunting season opens next week, another sure sign that
frost will be on the pumpkins
before we know it. I saw that fisher run
across the door yard again
last week, what a beautiful animal. He or she
has cost us a couple of
cats and three bunnies in the last few years, but
also does a great job of
keeping woodchucks out of the garden. That’s
give-and-take, I guess.
Warmest Regards from Maine;
Stuck at the Keyboard