The Peak Oil Company

The Peak Oil Company

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Our labels are done

Thanks to Eleanor at Kick and Screen, we've got some really nice care labels printed up, and a screen with a squeegee and ink to keep on trucking with, and try out all sorts of different fabrics. These care labels will be sewn into the lining, as a third pocket, and signed by the maker with a date and place written in as well.

We have patches, stamped leather, and ribbon ready to go too. Can't wait to see how they jazz up a finished jacket.

From family tent to jackets and bags

We stopped by East Warburton last week, and bought an old canvas family tent. We knew it was beyond repair for its original purpose :( but grabbed it for its recyclable canvas. It's 1970s flavours of green and blue have faded back, and once we made a jacket and bag from some of it, we threw it in the wash to see what would happen. Result: a kinda stone wash, lime green jacket, held together by black stitching and patches of new ripstop canvas. Next we'll oilskin it to see what we end up with. If we could find a reliable source for these old canvases, they'd would make a beautiful line of limited edition products. Nice to know the pattern worked with the heavier material too.

Kanga tales, skin, ventile and oilskin: New materials arriving for our first orders

Kangaroo tales!

The kangaroo tales and skins arrived today. Up from Tasmania. We're looking forward to using this unique product in the jackets we're making for recent eorders from the UK and Alaska!

Large kanga skin
The tales are raw and uncoloured. The skins are died with tree bark. We'll oil and wax them all before use with the jackets. The leather will feature in the hood and maybe the collar and cuffs. We'd really like to make a full kanga skin jacket, and keep the fur on in places. Excellent for the likes of Matt Machine we expect!

Kangaroo skin is known for its toughness while remaining soft and light.

As for the other materials, the ventile arrived last week. It's a beautiful fabric to touch, cut and work with. Think 1000 thread sheets you might've slept in at an expensive hotel, then double the quality.

3 colours of ventile

We're still testing the longevity of the ventile's performance, which is why the jackets are selling at cost at the moment.

The oilskin arrives next week, and then we're good to go!

Wax Converters


Wax Converters is probably Australia's best known producer of cotton and polyester canvas. In our bid to use Australian products in Peak Oil designs, we head out to Rutherford to meet Jim and learn more about the products and processes at WaxCon.

Jim is a lovely man who gave us well over an hour of his time to hear about some of our goals, and show us his products. WaxCon handles very large scale production including Defence contracts, so we really appreciate his generosity in considering the very small scale work we might bring him.

We were particularly interested in 2 of his products: Fortress (a 100% cotton with a dry waterproof treatment that leaves the fabric looking like oilskin, but without the oiliness); and Avanti 2000, or Dri Pel (a tight woven cotton that if scortched would be identical to the UK product Ventile, and a heck of a lot less expensive).

We learned that 500m are the minimum orders for these two fabrics, and we can order any colour we want in that. WaxCon can do printing too. Printing is off photographic roles of 75cm circumference printing area. There is a setup fee of $650 per colour and a minimum of 1000m.

We were a little disappointed to learn that while the weaving of the heavier canvas products is done in the WaxCon factory, the base cotton of these finer fabrics is done off shore. Wax Con is mostly set up for colouring, coating and treating the fabrics we're interested in. So now we want to find out if there is a factory weaving high grade cotton in Australia, and see if Wax Con will take it and treat it. Wax Con has a lab too, so some day maybe we'll ask them to trial the treatment of hemp and linen.

Jim gave us enough metres of Fortress and Avanti to use in our sample making.. So we're heading back to see Julio to tweak the pattern and make samples with this fabric.

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