Coil + Drift & A Thank You To…

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I love it that Brooklyn is practically the headquarters for artists, craftsmen, artisanal geniuses, and designers.  I can’t help but want to share with you some of the great “makers” I come across.
Today we get to share a great Brooklyn designer/builder with you and give an AWESOME thank you gift to Lisette, from Seattle (she also happens to have a lovely blog.)  Thanks for your comment this week and for all the support you send our way!  As always, we appreciate the community that you all have created here through your discussions on important matters.  We think it’s just incredible and we’re so honored to be a part of it!! 
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The thank you gift today is this Porter Cycling Crate!  I seriously love this so much.  It’s designed and made by John Sorensen-Jolink of Coil+Drift and fashioned after the old-world Dutch porter crate.  John builds tables, desks, book shelves and more made entirely with reclaimed wood from NY State.  And because he is also a bike lover, he started making these bike crates out of the smaller pieces of leftover wood from his furniture designs.  So brilliant. (John also manages Rolling Orange, the amazing Dutch bike shop in Brooklyn.)
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I love how conscious his design and process is!   Not only is the wood reclaimed, but the wood for the bike crates is salvaged from his other furniture projects. 
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Each crate is sealed with natural tung oil to withstand the elements.  And I love that each one is UNIQUE and full of character due to the various pieces of wood.  
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John uses some really cool copper nails so they will age and color beautifully over time.

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This is home.  We cross this bridge a couple of times a week.

I got to meet up with John in his Williamsburg workshop and he is seriously the nicest guy ever.


The crate is designed to be attached to almost any rear bike rack.

And each crate is branded with John’s signature.

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The Porter Crate comes in two sizes:  Commuter (12″x12″x16″- $95) and the Weekender (10″x10″x14″ -$85).  These can be purchased in the Coil + Drift Etsy shop.
Also – – my original plan was to do these Friday thank you gifts just until the end of August. But…we’ve been loving it on our end!  I feel giddy about it every Friday.  Have you enjoyed it, too?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  For now, I plan to continue it!  🙂   

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  1. Emily August 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    please, please do! it sometimes gives me that extra push of courage to say somethin' i'm thinking, knowing it might pay off with a little treat–in addition to the honor of being part of the conversation, of course!

  2. Deborah August 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    yea! it has been fun. i like seeing the products that you suggest and then reading the comments of the people that getting these great gifts! 🙂

  3. kh August 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Yes! Please keep telling us about these wonderful products. I'm loving it. They're all so wonderful. With every one I find myself thinking "That would be an awesome gift for ________" or "I can't wait to try______." Totally loving learning about them all. Grazie!

  4. Kristin Brown August 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Yes, I'd love it to continue! It's such a great way to highlight unique businesses and products AND keep the conversation going AND brighten up the lives of whoever receives the gift. Such a great idea on your part. 🙂

  5. Liv August 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Oh I love those crates! My brother just surprised me with a bike this summer (just a cheapo one but it's still a bike!) and I'm looking for storage for the back/a basket for the front.

    I always love being able to give things to my modest group of readers, so I say keep on keepin' on if you enjoy it!

  6. The Griffins August 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I haven't participated before but I love the Friday Thank Yous. It's an amazing thing. As are these bike crates! I wish I had a bike just so I could have one. I love your blog and the ideas behind it.

  7. Stargirl August 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Yes, the Friday Thank Yous are wonderful! I received my French press. Money is tight, but as soon as I have a little extra, I will get some cocoa beans and try it out! Thank you Mara. I appreciate it. 🙂

  8. amomma August 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the plug for a really cool bike shop! And just in case you haven't heard of these guys, I am in love with my yellow cargo bike and ride it/run errands in it EVERY single day! Check them out At

  9. Lisette September 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Wahoo! What a happy surprise to see my name today. I am delighted to be the winner of the Coil and Drift bike crate. Thanks for the shout out too!

  10. John Sorensen-Jolink October 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    It was such a delight to meet you and show you my studio and I'm so glad that Lisette likes the Porter Crate. Thanks for all the love at Coil+Drift and stay in touch! -John (owner, Coil+Drift Studio)

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