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Heritage: Daniel Katz

Heritage: Daniel Katz

I’ve been fascinated with my dad’s old Boy Scout knife for as long as I can remember. As a little boy, I’d take any chance I could to surreptiti...

Heritage: Jon Brong

Heritage: Jon Brong

I acquired this vintage Rawlings umpire clicker a few years back. It has been a solid reminder to me to always keep track of what is going on, no matter how busy you are. Nobody can take an Ump seriously that doesn't know the count....

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Heritage: Jason Jones

Heritage: Jason Jones

This is my "Bailey" Jointer Plane. It dates somewhere in the early 1900's (pre-1935 for sure). Belonged to my great grandfather Sterling Jones. It's not worth much other than the sentimental value. Love the simplicity of the design and the used patina of the steel and wood. ...

Heritage: Greg Cordeiro

Heritage: Greg Cordeiro

Given the field that I have chosen, I don't really get 'dressed up' too much. When I do, I relish the chance to get to wear my grandfathers old tie clip that was handed down to me after he passed away. I have no idea of its origin and significance to him personally, but to me it ...

Heritage: Andrew Brodrick

Heritage: Andrew Brodrick

Since I couldn’t choose my wife, kids or my French Bulldog, I choose my latest surfboard, which I received from our marketing director’s husband, Florian Saylor, who is a shaper in Los Angeles. The purpose in starting Freenote was to create an apparel company with a heartbeat...

Heritage: Joe Sadler

Heritage: Joe Sadler

This is a 1938 Gibson Mastertone passed down from my father last year with a case that has been covered in Bill Monroe Bluegrass stickers and tickets since the mid 70's. My mother actually went into labor with me while they were at the show in 1979. I used to sit in the case list...

Heritage: Eric Singer

Heritage: Eric Singer

My whole life growing up as a maker of things, I never really followed any rules or learned the right way of doing something. I would pick up a tool and not know what it was or what it was for, although I’d still use it in whatever way I could. This old chisel set handed down t...

Heritage: Johnathan Ward

Heritage: Johnathan Ward

About twenty years ago I was at a car show and a vendor had one of these. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, but alas…. I was broke. It haunted me for years and once the internet became a resource, I started researching and learned a bit about it. Turns out that this Germ...

Heritage: Paul Cunningham

Heritage: Paul Cunningham

Growing up in Cooperstown, NY, all I ever wanted to be was a baseball player. Players will say you never master the game. To play it well requires confidence earned through repetition, and trust in your tools. As a young ball player, the tool that I needed was the Rawlings PRO-T,...

Heritage: Mike Balitsaris

Heritage: Mike Balitsaris

I spent a good part of my growing up in Tennessee at my grandparents house beside the Tennessee river. My cousins and I lived like Tom and Huck, fishing, hiking, boating, and exploring. One thing I remember about my grandfather was he would spend time every day at his desk and h...

Heritage: Matthew Perlman

Heritage: Matthew Perlman

My father has always been one to impart wisdom to me in subtle ways he knows I will eventually pick up on. When I was 14, he gave me this trick lock that he picked up on a trip to India. I spent hours trying to figure it out - granted this was in the days before the internet wh...

Heritage: Jon Contino

Heritage: Jon Contino

Forget about getting a driver's license or graduating from high school; in my family, getting your own tape measure is the true rite of passage. When my father gave it to me he didn't sit me down by a fire and tell me how special it is to have your own tape, instead it was more o...

Heritage: Andrew Payne

Heritage: Andrew Payne

I'm a lucky man to have known my great grandfather, even for just a brief time. He was born in 1882 in Chapel Hill, N.C., grew up working on the railroad, and eventually became the Clerk of the Court. Not one to forget about the details, he most often wore a tailored black suit, ...

Heritage: Anthony Lawson

Heritage: Anthony Lawson

When I was around 13 my grandfather handed me his old Buck knife and tells me "every man should have a knife." Years later I realized that the gift was less about the knife and more about the unsaid sentiment, which is why I cherish it. This also might explain my obsession with k...

Heritage: Bill Hovard

Heritage: Bill Hovard

This magnificent German numerator (circa 1920) was found on the top shelf of a dusty cabinet in a Stockholm thrift store. Offering both a sans-serif and serif font selector, the numerator also offers four distinct font sizes. This object has become one of the Hudson Made essentia...

Heritage: Chris Bray

Heritage: Chris Bray

My family (both sides) are 6 or 7 generation Americans and consequently we have a lot of stuff that's been passed down so choosing something to fit this "prized heritage" theme was not easy. I finally settled on something that was right in front of me all along, my father Thomas...