ESK Shop Log
We're always busy in the shop creating.
Whether it's the customization of a vintage Airstream or the development of a new logo, we put strong design sense and a high level of craftsmanship above all else. Every day brings something new, so follow along.
JUNE 12, 2016
Our favorite Scotty is having a blast at different events this summer! That shine looks great against other classics. We think the makeover was a success!
JUNE 6, 2016
Making Georgia Shine Again
We were excited to dive into this polish, as the '62 exterior is near flawless. With minor dings, no tape, paint, sap, or signs of sanding... it is bound for a beautiful finish.
[ M A Y ]
MAY 30, 2016
Inspired By Our Clients
MIMI PAGE STUDIO OVERVIEW
We were lucky to spend some time with our client as she set her new space up. Here is a selection of the jewelry she creates that inspired the design and soul of this reno. We pulled from their natural elements, touches of metal, and natural tones. By keeping the surroundings fresh and neutral, the subtle colors and textures of the pieces stand out.
Mimi Page Jewelry is made with found objects, beautiful beads, and precious metals. They are hand made, each one being unique because of it. Her current styles range from stones set in silver, to metal flower motifs. If you are interested in owning these looks for yourself, or requesting a custom piece, visit her online shop!
MAY 28, 2016
Return to Shelter Island
STAGE FIVE / FINAL DELIVERY
It was an absolute pleasure working on this Argosy, transforming a bare shell into a chic container ready to house an artisan and her wares. After a few ferries we arrived in a quaint town tucked away in an island of trees and beautiful architecture. You could see form the moment we arrived this area loves all things vintage. Classics were parked around every corner, and we even spotted a woman taking a stroll on her mint green vintage bicycle. We were greeted with open arms, and were able to take our time setting things up and helping our client settle into the new space. Her belongings fit into the trailer as if they had been meant for it •••
MAY 18, 2016
Not Goodbye, Just See Ya Later!
MINI MAKEOVER / 1962 SCOTTY, FIATSCO
Whew! Fiatcso was finally able to go home. After a little switch of the broken element in the client's vehicle, all the lights are once again working. That is a good reminder that is is not always the wiring in the trailer itself. When you have tried everything, look to the simple solution. Foreign cars that need a special adapter to be hooked to trailers can be the culprit. It was for the best we think, now it has been replaced and it is now the perfect blue sky day for a drive
The original side panels, made of aluminum, polished up beautifully. The tinted windows highlight their cool shape and add some depth to the exterior, matching the now black tongue. Fun Fact •••
MAY 8, 2016
Roll With The Punches
MINI MAKEOVER / 1962 SCOTTY, FIATSCO
The name of this trailer could not fit better than it does right now! No matter how prepared you are, random things can go awry. So we've learned to roll with the punches. We were hoping to send them off today but the universe had other plans. Maybe it knew the questionable weather would turn into a storm and ruin it's freshly polished shell!
After going through all of the lighting in Fiatsco.. we can't find anything wrong. At this point we believe it is •••
MAY 5, 2016
Having some fun today creating vintage graphics!
MAY 4, 2016
Bring your Human To Work Day
Shop dog reporting for duty! Making sure us humans stay on track. #AccountabilityPartner
MAY 2, 2016
Putting The Puzzle Together Again
STAGE FOUR / INSTALL BUILT-INS
Now that we are happy with the driftwood finish, Justin sets to installing the pieces. They are built just outside the trailer in the wood shop area, being fitted along the way to make sure they hold tight to the curves of the walls. Piece by piece they are brought into the Airstream and fastened in place.
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APRIL 30, 2016
REWARD THE LITTLE THINGS
An additional step, for those of you tackling lengthy processes such as this, remember to reward yourself for jobs well done along the way. To achieve a high level of craftsmanship, it takes a lot of dedication and time as you experiment or scale a technique to cover a large quantity of material. Turning this pine board to driftwood took days, ones that started early and ended well after the sun went down again. If you don't remember to enjoy the process or stop and rest with a cold one, walk outside, or hug from a loved one, the grind can get to even the best of us. Remember that every stage completed is a small milestone. One that gets you closer to a beautiful result if you stay the course and don't burn out along the way.
APRIL 29, 2016
Can't Find It? Make It.
DRIFTWOOD STAINING TUTORIAL
With a strong beach theme, we knew we wanted driftwood to have a strong presence in this space. When we checked out the pre-made options or "driftwood" stains on the market, we weren't impressed. One of the biggest issues was the darkness of the wood. They seemed to simply rely on a grey toned stain to convey driftwood, without showcasing the subtle complexities and lighter, worn textures driftwood is known for. SO we decided to make our own. Here is the process we made up and ran with •••
APRIL 28, 2016
On the rare occasion, we get to take a little touch up project between builds. We met this little vintage Scotty at a KOA event last year and instantly bonded with her owner. Before camping season kicked off, we are going to refresh the exterior and added some fun details! The vintage box will be polished to match.
APRIL 23, 2016
Keene Beer Festival
ADVENTURES IN AIRSTREAMING
Once we heard an Airstream would be be making an appearance at this year's beer fest, we knew we had to check it out. We popped in during the last 30 minutes of the event which proved smart. Now with a majority of the visitors either sloshed or filing out, we were able to spend the remaining time with the awesome manager of the Stella Artois popup bar. He let us check out the interior and was super friendly. We are happy to see Airstreams used in the fashion and enjoy hearing their backstories. Thank you Curtis for the time and enthusiasm you have for what you do!
APRIL 20, 2016
Rockin' With Zip-Dee
We are fortunate to keep in contact with past clients, even ones from Healthy Homes! It has been great to help this family keep their Airstream in tip-top shape. This round was all about shade! We installed a sleek Royal Blue awning today from Zip-Dee, just before the summer heat takes over. Have fun guys!
APRIL 08, 2016
APRIL 07, 2016
Wrapping Up First Cut
STAGE THREE / POLISH EXTERIOR
Polishing the day away. There were some tough spots on this trailer but with a little patience we worked through it. Although we got this exterior to be very shiny, it still has many imperfections due to being sanded. We can not stress enough how bad this is to do to aluminum. This goes through the top layer which protects it and damages the soft metal underneath. Buffing can only do so much, as the markings will leave a fogginess or catch the light to highlight imperfections.
If you find yourself dealing with a similar issue, it is not the end of the world. Many vintage trailers have crossed paths with a sander or something that marked its shell over the years. In this case it is best to buff what you can, and let it add to the character of the unit. If it is beyond repair, you can always consider replacing panels, painting the shell if it is an Argosy (like this one) or cover it with vinyl. Whatever your solution, there are always many ways to tackle an obstacle to suit your needs and style best.
APRIL 01, 2016
Change Is A-Happenin
MOVIN ON UP
We are super excited to announce we have moved! Now with plenty of space to grow our Airstream Farm, we look forward to new projects and room to do them in.
Stopping though Brattleboro? Stop by the new location and check it out! Schedule an appointment to walk through the shop by leaving a message at 802-490-2287.
[ M A R C H ]
MARCH 30, 2016
Solid Foundation Laid
STAGE THREE / LAY FLOOR
Now that the structure has been updated, the electricity run and the interior skins installed, we are ready for the second stage of production on the interior. This is when things seem to develop fast (since the changes are more visual). We started with laying this gorgeous, faux wood commercial vinyl flooring.
It's rustic style will match the reclaimed wood we are using for the built ins. It's rich color adds much needed weight and texture to the overly white space. The vinyl came in strips that made laying it a breeze, and adds to its realism (opposed to vinyl that comes in a single sheet).
MARCH 29, 2016
We're At It Again
Polish Kings To The Rescue
STAGE THREE / POLISHING BEGINS
Gogo has finally reached her time to shine! We have the bonnets and Airbrite out and have began working on the curb side panels. We can already see how well the high gloss black end caps will look next to the chrome-like aluminum. The first cut is always the hardest •••
MARCH 27, 2016
Transforming With White
STAGE THREE / INTERIOR SKINS
Using white enameled aluminum, we did the traditional vintage Airstream cowlings inside GoGo. We love using iconic details like this in an Airstream that didn't normally have it. With thirteen carefully positioned panels, we now have beautiful fanned centerpieces at each end.
MARCH 27, 2016
Saving The Planet In Style
NEW CLIENT / MAD LEAF APPAREL
We're teaming up with eco-savvy company, Mad Leaf, to re-brand their look and create stylish gear that actually helps the environment. Using recycled bottles and organic materials, they will offer our graphics on clothing that not only looks good but sets an even better example. Follow along with the updates and new designs we create for them here, or on their project page →
MARCH 25, 2016
Tips About Windows
QUICK TIP / WINDOW AND DOOR SEALS
While you have your windows out don't forget to take a look at the window glazing gasket. It's not really black that's mold and mildew that can be hazardous to your health! After you have spruced up the seals •••
MARCH 17, 2016
STAGE THREE / EXTERIOR END CAPS
Instead of being completely painted like many Argosy trailers, GoGo only had the upper end caps painted matte black. These areas of the exterior are actually steel, not aluminum, and can't be polished like the rest of the shell. We decided to keep the black look which mimics the jewelry that will be sold inside.
The lights were rotted and falling out, and the surface of the paint had seen better days. The best way for us to get a smooth finish with new paint was to completely strip the old material away. After grinding each end cap down, we masked off the surrounding area and sprayed numerous coats of gloss black paint. Since we won't be polishing these spots we were able to wire up the lights and test out the new wiring.
[ F E B R U A R Y ]
FEBRUARY 27, 2016
Spending the weekend patching and bucking rivets! This pocket-sized bucking bar is awesome for fitting into small, hard to reach areas.
GEORGIA - RESIDENTIAL
This 1962 Ambassador is currently being renovated into a luxury four- season home with a spacious kitchen, spa bathroom, and modern amenities.