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TR interview on line

Very cool interview with Tom Routh from FYI on line at Was a pleasure to ride and shoot with TR and Suzanna when they came to Hokkaido at the beginning of last season. Read this interview for some insight into their company and what it takes to be at the forefront of product design today.

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Getting good at this

Over two months deep into this construction project we are starting to get good at this. I even bought a carpenters belt for all my tools!

The cafe is starting to look like a … cafe! Should be wrapping up major interior work by the end of next week.

Here we are starting to attach the notched siding to the ceiling frame we built.

Getting there.

Working underneath required some contortion on my part.

Here is the ceiling of the toilet, I did that section on my own, rather proud of it actually!  So if you stop by for a coffee please enjoy a few minute in the W.C.

Counter siding complete.

And stained with a nice walnut color.  Turns out I am the best “stainer” of the crew.  The secret is to drain the paint brush well and then really work the stain into the wood.  It dries very quickly so make sure it is even as quick as possible.  Do one board at a time and keep a rythm so that the coloring stays even.  Never ever make brush strokes against the grain!  Play some good music on the stereo so you don’t get bored.


TNF Digital Catalog on line

The North Face digital catalog for 2010 went online yesterday, check it out. I made a slide/movie and it is featured on the top page. Original Music by Kuniyuki Takahashi, all photo’s and editing by me. I will be posting this video to YouTube over the weekend. I had some trouble with the buffering, seemed very slow when watching on my computer. If you have trouble watching this movie check back in a few days for the YouTube version.
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All photo’s were shot at Tateyama, in the spring of 2009. Click the picture for link to top page.
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Tokyo underground

Some of my friend in Tokyo are holding an art exhibition until the 23rd. If you are in the Naka-Meguro area in the next two days stop by and check it out. Rui (Filmer) sent me this short video he made about the exhibition check it out if you live far away. You can get more info about the PDX exhibition on the hatos web site. Respect to Rui, Rei, Fukky, Kami and the whole crew.

Also check out Rui’s video called Kimi wa Sekai. All winter scenics filmed here in Hokkaido, including nice shots of a lesser known mountain called Komagadake near Hakodate.

Sapporo Spray showing

A few pictures from the Sapporo Spray showing on Saturday night, all photos by Key Sato!