OK, OK, let’s get to the ‘goods’ of SEWE. Most of you readers have seen the Instagram images of all the stuff you see at SEWE, so I want to focus on some of the really cool and unique things I saw while spending some time in the low country.
First up – Ball and Buck showed off their customized Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. This jeep is a true testament to American craftsmanship. Bird Buggy does the work, turning an old scrambler into something like you’ve never seen. Add in brass hardware, old school camo, and a totally rebuilt engine, and you are looking at one bad ass ride. There was a lot of drool all over this bad boy:
And in other Ball and Buck news: their iconic old school camo Blind Bag is back in stock. This is one of my favorite bags – not just for the field, but for quick weekend trips away or as a general tote bag for bumming around town. Hurry – they sell out quick.
Another star of Brittlebank was Over Under. They really pull out all the stops for SEWE. The Jacksonville, FL based company does a great job of integrating field wear (a.k.a. Lodge Wear) into everyday wear. Here are some goodies:
Oh, did I mention that they teamed up with Bird Buggy for one of the coolest Scouts you’ve ever seen? Literally – no stone unturned. Dog GPS. Pistol holsters. Camo seat covers. Blaze seat tops to mimic the Over Under Field Coat. Custom scene paint jobs. It’s incredible:
Their new camo waxed Field Coat is absolutely incredible. I seriously can’t wait for this bad boy:
The Galliard Center is much more booth-friendly. A lot of fantastic brands set up shop under a roof and in some conditioned air. The good folks at Hook & Gaff, Tom Beckbe, Wren & Ivy, Grady Ervin, and a bunch of knife companies set up shop. Here are some highlights:
One of the best new ‘brands’ I saw was Fishing on Jupiter. Artist Kyle Brown does a FANTASTIC job:
Much more to come on Kyle and Fishing on Jupiter.
The Orvis artist Tim Johnson was actually working on some cork. Really cool to see:
Shotguns were a thing:
Russell Moccasin had set up shop, and was absolutely slammed with folks waiting to be fitted the entire time we were there.
The star of the show: their full alligator Zephyr boots. These are seriously slick…incredible.
I love old books:
…and would love to own all of Havilah Babcock’s books. I completely whiffed on buying this one “My Health is Better in November”. I really should have pulled the trigger.
I’m a huge fan of Hook ‘N Hide. I have a couple of their buckles, but was REALLY excited to see their new hunting dog collection. Take a look at these bad boys:
The fine folks at Kingfisher Leatherworks showing off their new wine totes. Totally customizable:
“No Braggin’ til you’re Draggin'”. Yep:
I wish there was more space to talk about more of the goods I saw. Every year it seems that everyone is upping their game…I can’t wait to see what sort of heat they bring in 2021.