Belts – Men’s Distinguished Belts
Color: Light Havana or Mahogany
Closure: Carabiner or Shackle (interchangeable)
- 1 closure – $125
- 2 closures – $140
Dimensions: 1-1/4″ wide
Belt length: 38-36-34″ standard
Non-standard sizes priced the same, but the order will take longer to fill because belt will be made to order.
Tax Rate: 6.5% on Florida Orders
Custom: Call to order: 941.776.1237
Belts are not returnable.
Old Glory, but in a different form. It does not wave. It’s art.
This Old Glory is made from wood by an artisan in Pensacola, Florida. The idea is his alone. He is the only person in the world who makes them.
The red and white bars consist of pieces of glued-together wood, and they run the length of the flag. The blue background for the stars is simply a continuation of those pieces of wood, but has a vertical cut on its right side to separate it from the bars.
The stars are burned into the blue of the flag with a branding iron heated up in an outside fire pit. The artist says, “On rainy days, that part of the production stops.” Sometimes, genuine light scorch marks appear on the closest white stripe to the blue, signifying that this is the real deal. It does not come from China. It is made one flag at a time. Each is slightly different.
The flags come in three sizes:
- 13 x 24”
- 18 x 36”
- 24 x 48”
Better still, you can order this piece of art with 13 stars in a circle; 48 stars that represent the US before Hawaii and Alaska became states; and in the current 50-star version. The choice is yours. Whichever flag you choose, it will be made to your particular specifications.
Sturdy as a rock, these flags can be displayed outside, on your house. Some folks have chosen to do this, and Old Glory looks, well, glorious. Because they are made entirely of wood, the flags are—by normal standards—heavy. For example, the one we have chosen for ourselves weighs 18 pounds. It’s an 18 x 36” model with 48 stars.
If you choose to display the flag inside your home, we suggest you pay careful attention to where and how you hang it.
We forgot to mention that these pieces of art already come framed. In wood, of course. Think of the money you’ll save!
Pricing is as follows…
Shipping: We ship FedEx Ground and expect shipping costs to be about $25; it depends on weight and distance. If you give us a phone number, or some other way to contact you, we’ll go over shipping costs with you before you commit. Unexpected surprises are not part of the way we do business.
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One in a while a photographer gets lucky. It’s not often, though. Most good photographs come from a thorough knowledge of optics, a good photographers “eye” for what works and what doesn’t, and control of the surroundings.
In the case of America’s national bird, the bald eagle, pictured here, it was a case of owning a Cannon camera and having a 300mm lens close by. The photographer had shot movies, pictures of lovely women, family pictures that made parents weep with gratitude and other pictures that appealed to him at the time. He has pictures of Mercedes 300SL Gull Wing Coupes parked on the street, shots of a Typo 61 (Birdcage) Maserati racing in Connecticut, photos of the great and near great from his days in Aspen, when he was young and danced the night away.
The photos of the eagle came together because the eagle was beautifully cooperative and the photographer took some chances. What he got was, as they say, “good stuff.” The best of the photos are pictured here. They demonstrate what an eagle in flight looks like. The straight flight photo comes in a 12×18” format (only). The two others—“wings up” and “wings down”—come in an 8×10 format (only).
One could combine all three, with the larger shot centered, in a frame and the two others flanking it, one on either side. If the photos are yours, how you frame them, if you frame them, is your business alone.
These photographs of America’s iconic national bird are available on the Mainsheet Partners website alone. And we’re rather proud of that. You know, purveyors of the unique and all that it means. Come join us.
- The whole megillah, including shipping in a bulletproof package, straight to your door, is $75.
- The partial megillah, just the 12×18” photo of the eagle in flight, is $60, including shipping.
- The tiny megillah, “wings up” and “wings down,” is $35, including shipping.
“Bash for Cash”
Available in three (3) separate panels, a triptych, with each flawless panel 16 x 20.” (Other price quotes on different sizes are available)
16 X 20 – $750.00 ($250.00 each)
THE BASH FOR CASH
The pictured event, The Bash for Cash, occurred in early 1965 at Aspen Highlands, one of the four ski areas in Aspen. At that time, Aspen Highlands was operated by Whip Jones, who leased the land from the National Forest Service (NFS). Mr. Jones, in an effort to drum up publicity for his ski area, came up with an idea of a ski race that started at the top of Aspen Highlands and finished at the bottom. The vertical distance was more than 3,000 feet.
Uniquely, all the racers started together at the same time and raced against each other, mano-a-mano. No clocks. It was skiing’s answer to a LeMans start in auto racing. It had never been done before. And it has never been done again.
As is obvious from the photos, all the participants, nine of them, entered what was virtually a semi-suicide race. The winner—there would only be one—would receive $500 and a free season pass to Aspen Highlands for the remainder of the season. For most of the participants, the race lasted but seconds. If memory serves, one or two racers got through the huge pile up in panel three. Out of the racers who were rendered hors de combat, there were a couple of broken legs, a broken collarbone, a broken arm and assorted leg and knee injuries. To add outrageous panache to the bash, one of the racers, racing with a cast, broke his other leg. Back then, the use of helmets for racing and recreational skiing was in its infancy.
The event, because of the iconic photos taken by a local photographer, now deceased (he died when his tent filled up with carbon monoxide from a heater he had along on a winter shoot), caused a big stir in Aspen. It also rattled a few cages at the National Forest Service, which has an office in Aspen. The short version went something like, “Pull another stunt like that on NFS leased land and your lease will be terminated the next day.” Mr. Jones got the message. There never was another Bash for Cash.
These photos are the only ones we know of.