This weekend I went to the One-of-a-Kind show in Toronto. It’s basically an artisan fair, with 800-odd vendors. The nice thing about it is that it’s all Made-in-Canada. No mass-produced nonsense. Here are some of the excellent products I bought. The first is a cutting board made by Daryl Wasson of Nova Scotia. The board is 7″ x 10″ with 198 pieces of end-grain from six species. The nice thing about these boards, apart from the fact that they look great is that they are made from industry offcuts that would have ended up being burnt or in a landfill.
I have also been searching for a cover for my iPad-mini – that is until I found these covers made by Olivia Buhren of anonüm, from Vancouver BC. The sleeves are made out of used rubber printing blankets, from offset printing – basically ink gets transferred to a printing plate, and the image is transferred to the rubber blanket, which in turn transfers the image to paper. Each product is unique because of the imprint left on the rubber blanket, and has a soft, felt-like feel inside offering plenty of protection for your iPad. They also sell notebook sleeves and other things such as very cool shoulder bags.
A few years ago I bought a wallet made by Adrian Klis (Alberta), and yesterday bought a coin holder. These are excellent products made of buffalo, moose, elk and deer hides.
Last, but not least are the food products. We always buy canned fish from “The Fishery“, from Saltspring Island, BC. They offer only wild caught salmon (pink, coho, chum, white spring, red spring and sockeye), and albacore tuna – all available either plain or smoked. Last, but not least for those who like duck liver – Les Canardises of – offering foie gras, mousse de foie gras, rillettes, and terrine from Quebec.
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