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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  26 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Freshly foraged from former eyewear giant H.L. Bouton's funkiest new-old-stock archive, these safety glasses are still practical and hip as the day is long. Impress everybody in your shop class with your OG safety. Large lenses protect your eyeballs from intruders and the crushing boredom of contemporary style.

Choose from sweet fades, neon frames, and retro shapes but rest assured all of these babies are ANSI Z87.1-2010 certified.

Available Now from Hand-Eye Supply $5.00 - $20.00

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  11 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is back for 2014. Tonight's exciting presentation is from furniture maker Amanda Wall-Graf of HENO Shop.

Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Amanda Wall-Graf
HENO: "The Power of the Hustle: Passion, Community and Creativity in a Town Where You're a Dime a Dozen"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6pm PST

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   3 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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The season of sparkling snow, stress and singing Santa figurines is here! In between the food and the familial feuding, we hope you'll find time to show your loved ones you support their creative aims. At Hand-Eye Supply we think a good gift sparks excitement about the object and the way you'll use it. We've gathered some especially inspiring objects for the shop, the studio, the campsite and the home. Who they're gifted to (or hoarded by) is up to you, but we guarantee they're all nicely made, satisfying to hold and ready to fit a creative lifestyle.

Check out the Hand-Eye Gift Collection Here!

Check out some of the collection stand outs after the jump.

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  26 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is head over heels for tonight's presentation from Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records! Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Eric Isaacson
Mississippi Records: "A Short History of Mississippi Records"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 6pm PST

This is a talk featuring the impossibly bad business model that is Mississippi Records. I'll be speaking about how Mississippi has managed to sustain as a "lo -fi" business for over 10 years. Mississippi Records has run a label and retail store with the only technology at play being a calculator and a notebook and no promotion or advertising of any kind. Despite these limitations, we have managed to release over 172 records and run a modestly successful record store. I will also discuss some of the great artists we have been honored to work with who share our low to the ground approach, our world wide strange as hell distribution system, and other aspects of the business. I'll be using slides to illustrate throughout the talk.

Eric Isaacson is the founder and owner of the Mississippi Records store and one of the founders of the Mississippi Records label. Mississippi Records has released 172 records, 104 cassettes and has existed as a brick and mortar store for over 10 years. Eric has run the store and designed and edited the majority of releases on the Mississippi label. He only recently started talking about the Mississippi project in public, spending the last 10 years under a veil of obscurity and total radio silence to the press. He plans on retreating back into the shadows after the new year.

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  19 Nov 2013  |  Comments (2)

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The Adjustable Clampersand is a rare and precious thing: a true Core77-born commodity. Core77 readers may remember the original Clampersand Coretoon by Tony Ruth, showing the typographical tool in sketchy form. And now, with much hard work and horn-tooting, we're pleased to present the fully-fledged and functional Clampersand. The glittering conjunction is made from aluminum, cast at the Batavia Foundry outside of Chicago.

"I always envisioned the Clampersand as an ideal bookend for an open ended shelf," remarks Ruth. "I use them to clamp several books upright into a freestanding centerpiece. Or I simply stand it up by itself on a table. I'd recommend using it to clamp verbally associated objects together into some sort of visual pun: bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, turner and hooch. That sort of thing."

The clamps receive a rough polish and a secondary base grinding, ensuring that they sit flat while clamped. While the Clampersand is fully functional, it is not recommended as an actual shop clamp, because the cast aluminum is a lower strength material than a traditional steel clamp.

Tony Ruth is a designer, illustrator and occasional cartoonist from Chicago, a bacon enthusiast, and inventor of the adjustable Clampersand. Mechanical design by Tim Haley of Tangible.

You heard it (and saw it) here first: git your fresh Clampersands, clamp them around the house, shop and garden for all your bookending puns and visual run-on sentences. Punctuate your projects, support American production, and give kudos to zealous cartoonists.

Available now from Hand-Eye Supply! $40.

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