Hometown: Austin (and Niederwald)
Filed Under: Go ahead. It's okay to send yourself a gift box.
Overview: Limited edition gift set, smartly presented in a wood crate, beneath a vintage map, bound with cords, and well-stocked with a pleasing inventory of hand-made items that by themselves are gift-worthy, and which together combine to make something truly smile-worthy
Appreciate: The treasures inside, beginning with the outside: it starts with a wood crate, which is a keeper--and that's not even technically the gift. Affixed as a part of the crate's lid is a vintage United States Geologic Survey map, which will show you states west of the Mississippi, typically, because Canoe is simply not an east-of-the-Mississippi type enterprise. Beneath your map (which is a framable 22" x 27" size) are the real goods. Cut away the jute cord, taking care not to damage the handsome tooled leather gift tag, and you'll first want to grab Canoe's no. 6 wood burned Opinel Knife. This is certainly better than an actual French 19th Century peasant's switch blade, but it looks and feels just as authentic, with a beechwood handle that has distinctive marks burned in attractive patterns, securing the carbon steel blade. Next you'll notice the hand tooled leather keychain, made from vegetable tanned leather with edges finished in beeswax, and attached to a hardy brass swivel snap closure. Last, you'll inspect a jar of Salt & Time's Death to False Mustard, a novel little condiment made with Jester King Brewery's Black Metal Stout beer, which you can spread on the last of the treasures: Salt & Time's Toscano Salami. Traditionally dried and cured, this salami is made from Texan pork, black pepper, red wine, and toasted fennel. As the old saying goes, if you're going to be a tasty dead pig, you might as well be crated with a knife and wrapped in a map
Know: Canoe and Salt & Time are separate enterprises that collaborate together well by virtue of the fact that their owners are not only talented; they're also married to each other. Canoe's Natalie Davis is a designer, and her husband Ben Runkle is a butcher, and this is how you make business babies. Canoe specializes in handmade, high quality accessories of the variety featured in the Tool & Tack Gift Box. Salt & Time is an epicurean's butchershop and salumeria making small-batch meats, pickles, and condiments using local Texas ingredients. We like their style, and their discernment in not making one big business called the Salty Old Canoe
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