Camping Gear: The Field Camping Chair

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Click on over to Kickstarter and get behind the creation of a camping chair that aspires to comfort, simplicity, durability, functional beauty and the patina of long-loved and handed-down outdoor gear. Designed out of design studio Shape, run by husband and wife designers Karson and Mary Shadley, the Field Chair is their modern update on this prone-to-crapness campground staple.

These two don’t muck about. They’ve served as design consultants for outdoor brands in the past – including camping super heavyweight Snow Peak. Now the pair is focusing on manufacturing and licensing their own creations.

I love the nifty pockets in the back and I hope the Field Chair makes it out of the studio and into the world.

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Camping gear: Wood & Faulk

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Designer, craftsman and self-confessed tinkerer Matt Pierce originally started his blog as a record of his projects, a space to share ideas and as a forum to discuss “building things and projects and stuff we all like”.  It wasn’t long before he, and loads of other people, realised he was on to something and Wood & Faulk, the brand, was born. One look at his stunning flagship tripod campstool shows just how good this guy is. It’s made from ash and English bridle leather.

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My other favourite piece, and something for the Real Man in your life, is this brilliant Heritage Charcuterie Sheath. As Matt writes on his blog: “Have you ever found yourself out and about, realising that you could really use a bite of cured meat? Let’s say you’re on a date with a delightful vegetarian and decide to just eat salad for dinner, but later have a craving for hand-crafted salami? You’re in the office, meetings out the wazoo and can’t take a break. Maybe it’s just a weekend canoe trip with your buddies. You want to carry a snack, but you need both hands free to launch the boats. Now there’s no problem. You can have cured meat on your belt AT ALL TIMES.”

Well, exactly

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Have a look – there’s loads of other great things too. Glass jackets, bags, wallets and more. Great stuff. And if you take a look on his blog now, his latest post will show you how to make your very own archer’s quiver!

Thanks to Matt for use of the gorgeous pictures. You’re a right, proper artist.

Gear by Gelert

I was looking around for some cool camping kit today and stumbled upon a couple of things at Gelert which instantly caught my eye. One is this collapsible Fold-Away 2 litre silicon kettle. As much as I love my enamel kettle (sigh), the handle gets super hot and you can never quite tell when it’s boiling. Nothing too tragic, I know. But this little baby whistles when it’s ready! So no more checking and no more wasting gas. The silicon handles and lid are heat resistant and you can take the lid off for easy cleaning. This also means you can use the pan for something else, like whipping up scrambled eggs for two after your cup of tea. £19.99 from here.

Their other product which tickled my fancy was their new Beech Double Chair. If hitting the outdoors brings out your romantic side, this is perfect. Extra-wide with extra-padded seats, it supposedly folds and unfolds easily and it comes with its own carry bag. £124.99 from here. There’s even a single armchair as well if you wanted to get a whole living room vibe going on ….

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