All Roads North Bespoke Gift Guide

Like travel, great products take time, thought and personalization. From a bespoke steel-frame bike made in New Hampshire to stylish sneakers constructed by cobblers in California, here are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gift ideas from some of our favorite American artisans.

 

Bamboo Rod from Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, Montana

 

Tom Morgan Rods

Life-long fishermen Joel Doub and Matt Barber carry on the legacy of storied fly rod builder Tom Morgan, handcrafting graphite and bamboo rods in Bozeman, Montana. Considered the holy grail of fishing rods, each of their bamboo masterpieces take upwards of 80 hours to build. Rods are custom built to the client’s specifications, from the shape of the Portuguese cork handle to the hardware and type of reel seat wood (Koa, black ash, tiger maple). 

Graphite rods from $1,495 and bamboo rods from $3,950; tommorganrodsmiths.com

 

Beaver Felt Hat from Tom Hirt, Colorado

 

Tom Hirt Hats

Known as the cowboy hat maker for the movies, Tom Hirt’s pieces have made appearances in Western films including Tombstone and Conagher. One of around 50 hat makers left in the U.S., Hirt makes each piece from start to finish using in his small shop on Penrose Ranch in Colorado. The old-fashion wooden-blocks he uses to form each crown date back over 100 years. 
Custom hats from $300-$2,800; hatsofthewest.com

 

Small-Batch Whiskey from High Wire Distilling, South Carolina

 

High Wire Distilling

Charleston South Carolina’s first distillery since prohibition, High Wire batch distills its spirits in a hand-hammered, German copper still. The New Southern Revival Brand Sorghum Whiskey is made with sorghum grown on a Mennonite farm in central Tennessee. Super smooth, it’s great neat but also makes a superb Old Fashioned. $60; highwiredistilling.com

 

Two Grey Hills Navajo Rugs from Toadlena Trading Post, New Mexico

 

Toadlena Trading Post

Textile connoisseurs know that there are 13 regional designs within the seven weaving districts in the Navajo Nation, each named for its trading post. The most coveted come from the Two Grey Hills district and Toadlena Trading Post in New Mexico. Run by Navajo rug trader Mark Winter, Toadlena works directly with weavers who turn native sheep wool spun as finely as thread into gorgeous neutral-toned rugs. From $200; toadlenatradingpost.com

 

Skillet from Heart & Spade Forge, Virginia

 

Heart and Spade ForgeRoanoke, Virginia-based blacksmith Jed Curtis forges each skillet by hand from raw materials sourced from local steel mills. Each piece takes roughly eight hours of deliberate effort and a quarter century of obsessive practice at the anvil. Skillets are forged not cast, giving them near indestructible integrity and a naturally nonstick cooking surface. The handles are hot riveted to the skillet bodies for a fit up which will never loosen with time. Starting at $200; heartandspadeforge.com

 

Wooden Surfboard from Grain Surfboards, Maine

 

Grain SurfboardsChoose from more than a dozen board styles, from a retro pintail to speedy fish, then work with shapers based in York, Maine to customize options such as fins, wood pattern styles, custom laminates or any other modifications that suit your surf style. Boards typically take three months to produce but will ride for a lifetime. From $2,050; grainsurfboards.com

 

Drift Boat from Cajune Boatbuilders, Montana

 

Cajune BoatsJason Cajune makes just two to three boats per year, spending anywhere from 250 to 400 hours painstakingly building each to order from a simple woodshop in Paradise Valley, just outside of Livingston, Montana. The woods are all hand-selected and Cajune works with each customer to gauge everything from the type of water the boat will be used on to the types of trips it will take. Starting at  $40,000; cajuneboats.com

 

Barware from Terrane Glass, North Carolina

 

Terrane GlassAfter working as a glassblower all over the country, Colin O’Reilly settled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, drawn to the region’s beauty as well as its rich silica deposits which he uses in his glass. O’Reilly is known for his eloquent, ergonomic barware, including whiskey sets, snifters and cocktail pitchers. He also works one-on-one on bespoke orders, drawing up sketches and making prototypes for discerning customers. Price upon request; terraneglass.com

 

Damascus Knife from HJ Haas, Colorado

 

HJ Hass KnivesHeather J. Haas hand forges Damascus knives using an exacting technique that involves hammer-welding strips of steel and iron then repeatedly heating and forging them into hypnotic wavy patterns. At her workshop in Denver, she takes custom orders for pieces ranging from steak knife sets to French-style chef knives. Starting at $400; hjhaas.com

 

Skis from White Room Custom Skis, Vermont

 

White Room SkisOwner and ski addict Vin Faraci is known for crafting highly functional skis that cold double as art. Whether you spend winters chasing powder in Alaska or cruising groomers in Vermont, he’ll help you design your dream set of front-side carving, all-mountain, free ride or powder skis. The cores are constructed from hardwoods harvested near the shop in northern Vermont and customers can help design the eye-catching inlayed wood veneer artwork. From $975; whiteroomcustomskis.com

 

Sneakers from No.One, California

 

No.One ShoesNBA stars like Kevin Durant are fans of No.One’s bespoke kicks. The boutique shoemaking lab in Venice, California employs a team of just four cobblers and works with exclusive, family-run tanneries. Their sneaker linings, for example, are made of plongé lambskin from a Chanel-owned tannery in the South of France. Price upon request; no-one.la

 

Steel-Frame Bike from Independent Fabrication, New Hampshire

 

Independent FabricationIndependent Fabrication’s bespoke steel-frame bikes have earned a cult following among bike snobs for their combination of exacting science and artistic custom paint jobs. After an initial interview with the rider discussing everything from frame options to bicycle preferences, a team of craftsmen based in Newmarket, New Hampshire weld a frame within a fraction of a millimeter and finish it in a matte solid tone or bold high-gloss stripes. Price upon request; ifbikes.com 

 

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