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Bobo’s Mountain Sugar


There’s a bit of crispness in the air this week and its getting me thinking towards fall and all it’s glorious smells and flavors. For a Vermonter, maple syrup obviously tops the list. Friend James Fox introduced me to one of his oldest friends Skye Chalmers this past winter when we made our way home to VT for our first annual Freedom & Unity trip. Skye and his wife Tina have started their own maple syrup operation Bobo’s Mountain Sugar in Weston, VT. James Fox did a great post about how the production runs. And of course, the quality of their syrup is best described in their own words: “We boil down the springtime sap from 2500 maple trees living on our hillside in Weston, Vermont. It is the unique blend of soils, climate, and terrain on Bobo’s Mountain that makes our syrup taste so good. When the temperatures soar, and the trees flush golden and then finally green, we raise a plate of pancakes and toast them for a job well done.”

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Freedom & Unity

photo-14 The sledding hill behind the Fox home
photo-10 Max, James, and Joe
photo-15 Max preparing Hot Toddies for the crew with Basil Hayden Bourbon at SoLo
photo-11 Horse drawn sleigh ride in Landgrove
photo-13 Spirits to keep the blood warm during the sleigh ride
photo-12 Scrapple brought all the way from DE by the Gannons
photo-9 Breakfast of venison sausage and strong coffee
photo-8 James and my Jeezum Crow sticker found at Powderjet

James Fox organized a weekend rendezvous for several good friends of ours this past month up in Southern Vermont. We decided to aptly name the weekend Freedom & Unity, which we hope will become a recurring event. Guests included Max Wastler and his girlfriend Jess Herman, Joe Gannon his wife Brie and their adorable son and daughter, James Fox his wife Mindy and their two equally adorable sons, and yours truly. The crew stayed at James’ family home in Peru, VT with his father and stepmum (who are dear friends of my own parents). It was a weekend full of winter fun, delicious meals, fine spirits, and long conversations with good friends. James also coordinated for us to meet and chat with several local artisans including SoLo Farm & Table Restaurant, Rupert Rising Breads, and Powderjet Snowboards. I’ll be chatting about the latter in separate posts but here are a few photos from the weekend.


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Design Talk At The Somerville Public Library

A few weeks ago I gave a design talk at the Somerville Public Library. I chatted about my freelance work as an illustrator and how blogging and social media helped opened some doors for my little career. Video above was filmed by the fantastic crew of Rough Water Films.

Thanks to friend James Fox and the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for asking me to join their Design Talk series!


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Ball and Buck + 10engines Trucker Hat

Swing by Ball and Buck tonight from 6-9pm to celebrate the launch of their Collaboration Series. The inaugural piece was created with the help of good friend James Fox of 10engines – a classic Trucker Hat. In true Fox fashion, the cap features the 10engines logo embroidered on a double canvas front and 8oz original Ball and Buck camo duck canvas visor lining. RSVP here for the shin dig where you’ll get to meet the man behind the cap, have a few swift ones, and jam to some tunes. See you there!

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