Our production efforts have been taking us all over the industrial areas around the Bay–SOMA, Daly City, deep Oakland, Napa, San Rafael, seemingly wherever there still remains a pocket of that juicy, swiftly diminishing zone where people are still making the things we all need and want. It’s a thrill to get inside one of those big, blank warehouses and see all the specialized equipment and skills within.

Last week, we had a super fruitful North Bay day. Any trip through San Rafael calls for a stop by my friend Joe’s favorite spot, Muffin Mania. I like their muffins, I like their mural, and I like trespassing a little bit into the driveway across the street.

Behind a super regular stucco apartment building there remains a battered shed that curves around to a little mountain cabin straight outta Olde California. It reminds me of how fresh all of California is, really, and how recently it’s been ironed out with a blanket of cement, stucco, and Priuses.

After stopping by a luggage fabricator and the ever-posi Dharma Trading, we journeyed up to Napa to meet with a pattern marker and to finally get ourselves inside the Hide House. There we came across an incredible trove of every kind of leather, as well as a wee frontiersman under lucite. Content: plaster, wooden walking stick, fur hair, fur beard, fur eyebrows, fur evening stole, buckskin outfit. Lisa could not keep her eyes off the little guy.

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