GIFT #5 : Bush Smarts

Tools And Toys For The Out Door Set

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I love every single item from these guys


If you know me at all you now I love getting out into the woods.

And I love great design.

In Bush Smarts, these two loves combine.  

My buddy, John Davidson (no, not that John Davidson) and his partner Kevin Sterling (yes, that Kevin Sterling) run this wonderful company out of their respective places in Manhattan and the Hudson River Valley. They curate, they design, they manufacture, they source. It’s these two fellas, their excellent taste, and their genuine passion for a life lived at least partially in the wild. 


Best hiking and everyday socks I own. I have six pair.

Best hiking and everyday socks I own. I have six pair.

I’ve got a fair amount of their gear in my personal collection. Two hats, a belt, one knife, two wooden spoons that should be on display at MoMA, a folding plate, a killer pair of leather suspenders and I was in on the first iteration of their excellent backpack. It’s a joy to use and it’s got pride of place hanging on the back of the door to my apartment. Every time a leave it whispers to me,

“John Muir was right. Get out there. You’ll know you’ll feel better if you do.”


The Kupilka, suitable for coffee, cocktails, cold spring water, hot campfire stew…. did a I mention cocktails?

The Kupilka, suitable for coffee, cocktails, cold spring water, hot campfire stew…. did a I mention cocktails?

Did I mention cocktails…? 

I’ve got their really sweet coffee kit featuring two of these Kupilka Cups.

You haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed a fireside cocktail chilled with the last of the spring snow that you hauled back from a higher elevation hike that day.

detail of my Yakima Camp Blanket by Pendleton
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If you or someone in your life needs a little more outdoor in their lives, Bush Smarts is the answer. 


“Keep close to Nature’s heart...

and break clear away, once in awhile,

and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.

Wash your spirit clean.”

~ John muir ~  


Give the gift of a clean spirit.





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Christopher Gurr is an American theatre artist and educator known for playing a wide range of roles on Broadway and across the U.S. as well as the more readily accessible reaches of Canada.

Native Southerner, Midwest educated, with chapters in Northern California and southern Appalachia he currently makes his home in New York City.

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