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by Grace Bonney

This might sound weird, but sometimes I think I was a rugged, carpentry-loving, plaid-wearing man in another life. I can’t find any other explanation for my obsession with, and instinctive gravitation toward, anything that reminds me of a wood shop or old-school L.L. Bean-style outdoorsy-ness. So when I saw these pieces for sale at Kaufmann Mercantile, I thought, “I want them all.” Kaufmann Mercantile began as a blog back in 2009 and reopened this summer as a closely curated collection of home and lifestyle goods available to buy online. I started bookmarking things I wanted immediately and ended up settling on the hammer as my favorite piece. But that woodsy craftsman inside me wants to try out everything from the denim apron to the beautifully packaged shampoo bar. If you’re looking for something simple but beautifully made for someone special in your life, I highly suggest checking out Kaufmann Mercantile’s selection. I found a few things for the guys* in my life, but there’s plenty here for everyone on your list. xo, grace

*Speaking of guys, AC needed a little extra time for his gift guide, so it will be up on Monday of next week. So sorry for the delay, but I promise it will be worth the wait. He worked really hard on it this year ;)

Image above: 1. Tartan throw, $78; 2. Beeswax Finish, $19; 3. Canvas Tote, $95; 4. Handmade Beeswax Candles, $5.95; 5. Wooden Refillable Pencil, $39.90; 6. Market and Fruit Picking Pack, $102; 7. Claw Hammer, $36 (I want this so badly!); 8. Snowshoes, $316; 9. Coffee Maker, $65.90; 10. Pine Cones Stamp, $5.75 (Not from KM, but it felt like a perfect fit for the look); 11. Leather Eyeglass Case, $70

Image above: 1. Shampoo Bar, $4.60; 2. Measuring Cup, $10.60; 3. Rust Eraser, $12.20; 4. Stronghold Denim Apron, $118; 5. Fountain Pen Ink, $8.60; 6. Postalco Notebook, $12

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  • Has anyone tried the shampoo bar? I am on accutane and everything dries my hair out so bad that I have not been able to wash it very often. I saw this at our local coop the other day and was kind of interested.

  • I’m the same way! Though I have reasons for my love of all things lumber-jack. Plaid comes my love of Scotland (and strips), the carpentry from my grandpa who used to have a wood shop (he had a denim apron just like that one), and the outdoors being the daughter and sister of Eagle Scouts.

    That hammer has to be the coolest hammer I’ve ever seen and I’m in LOVE with that measuring cup!

  • I’m looking forward to AC’s guide. Guys can be tricky to shop for and his lists are always full of great ideas (plus humor!)

  • Wow! Thanks for letting us know about that place. I love the Duluth backpack– Ive used the same Freitag backpack for about 12 years now, but I think i’m ready for something a little smaller and lighter. I can’t vouch for the hammer, but I do own the Estwing hatchet, and it is of superior quality– any guy would love an Estwing hammer or hatchet for christmas!!!

  • Thank you so much for highlighting this resource. There is something so exciting and perfect about camping gear and products that help you live with and in the outdoors. This also fits in really well with the “heritage hipster” ideal I’ve been interested in recently. Great stuff!

  • yes! i totally get the appeal. i think i had a romanticized view of lumberjacks as a kid, maybe you did too? i’m not sure where it comes from, perhaps because fairy tales often feature some rugged guy in the forest, chopping wood all day in chilly grey weather (at least that’s how i would picture it).

  • The Estwing hammers are great — my husband gave them as groomsmen gifts. He had them engraved with each guy’s name and they were lovely. Well… lovely and manly if that’s possible.

  • Love the entire store. what a great last minute find… beeswax candles, Katz vinegar. rolling pin. Thanks. A.

  • Oh man. I’m right there with you. Every Saturday afternoon my father and I would sit around and watch the Woodwright’s Shop and This Old House and then go down into his workshop and make things with wood. I want one of everything from this shop! My husband had been drooling over Duluth Pack items for a few years now.

  • ML…i did…I like the shampoo bar.Makes my hair soft.I usually have dry, blowy hair because I swim a lot.I love the entire page,too.The design is great and my clients were very happy about the gift card I gave them…..

  • I’ve actually picked up one of the Duluth canvas bags they sell as well. Really great quality material and nice leather parts. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. Kaufmann Mercantile has some pretty interesting reads. Great blog

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