If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? It’s no secret that Nemo Equipment is one of favorite outdoors brands. From comfy sleeping bags to some of the best tents on the market, Nemo’s meticulous design is evident in every product. Since they are celebrating their 15th anniversary this month, Nemo’s founder, Cam Brensinger, wanted to release a limited edition product that reflected his love of design and craftsmanship. The Spoon Shaper Kit ($130) reflects Brensinger’s love of wood working, and Nemo’s dedication to personalized, and carefully curated products.Nemo’s dedication to building unique products began with Brensinger’s careful eye for detail and design while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Following graduation, he brought careful design and focus to the outdoors market with Nemo’s first AirSupported tents. That heritage has guided every product since, from award winning sleeping bags to ultralight backpacking tents.The Spoon Shaper Kit reflects both Nemo’s commitment to innovation, and Brensinger’s love of working with his hands on distinctive, personalized products. The kit is purpose built to help you carve and shape a camp spoon (hence the name). Each tool included serves a purpose, with no superfluous inclusions. It’s important to note, no instructions or wood ships with the kit, so you’re on your own to head out on the trail and find some local deadwood to start carving your own spoon.First up is a folding Opinel No.12 Saw. It made short work of some scrap wood as we explored options with pine and apple branches for our own spoons. The Morakniv 106 Woodcarving Knife makes an excellent option to start roughing out your design. The polished wood handle and short blade are as at home shaving small bits off your spoon as they will be on display in your office. Finally Nemo included a hook knife that works very well in hollowing out your spoon’s bowl – beware though, this little tool is incredibly sharp. How to Wear a Suit: Unspoken Rules and 3 Styles You Need to Know 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations Nemo’s 15th anniversary, and beyond, will bring us more of our favorite sleeping bags, tents, and pads. Until then, you couldn’t make a better choice for a personal project or Father’s Day gift than the Spoon Shaper. Grab one fast though, as only a small batch will be available before they are sold out forever.
The first industry-wide analysis of lost coal production resulting from severe flooding has reinforced the gravity of the blow to the economy, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said today. Releasing the QRC’s quarterly State of the Sector report, Roche said the extent of losses to the industry and Queensland in the form of foregone coal royalties would be determined by the speed at which normal production can resume.“The emptying of coal pits full of rainwater and the restoration of rail and road transport are central to ensuring losses are minimised,” Roche said. “It’s not a pretty outlook for the industry or Queensland.“However, as the coal industry demonstrated after the 2008 floods in central Queensland and during the global financial crisis, it can bounce back and must, in the interests of the Queensland and Australian taxpayers.”Against a quarterly ‘business as usual’ baseline of 51 Mt of coal production (export and domestic) in Queensland, QRC analysis reveals that production in the March 2011 quarter is expected to fall by at least 25% and up to 50% under a ‘high impact’ scenario.“The translation of the lost production data into lost earnings is a daunting reminder of the size of the challenge confronting Queensland and Australia,” Roche said. “The state government will be missing out on coal industry royalties of between A$1.6 and A$2.9 million a day for the rest of the financial year. The analysis is also forecasting a hit to Queensland’s Gross State Product in 2010-11 of A4.5-8 billion.“To put that into perspective, Queensland’s GSP grew by A$5.6 billion between 2008-09 and 2009-10, meaning that even at the lower end of the scale, the impact of the floods could see almost a whole year’s worth of Queensland’s economic growth lost.”Roche said that while prevailing high prices for coal would provide incentive for Queensland miners to move back into production quickly, the price benefits could flow straight to global export competitors if a concerted effort was not directed at de-watering Queensland mines and restoring transport links.The State of the Sector report can be accessed at http://www.qrc.org.au/_dbase_upl/SOSDec10_web5.pdf