Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

U-Pick Blueberry Ride

Kevin’s 2017 haul at Sue’s Blueberries.

Kevin’s 2017 haul at Sue’s Blueberries.

Let’s pick some blueberries! We love riding out to one of Portland’s U-Pick farms to load up on our favorite summer snack. But since we’re dealing with an agricultural product, weather, and small family farms, it can be tricky to plan all the details. Our plans may change day of, so stay tuned via our Instagram for updates or give us a call at the shop (971.808.5795).

So here’s the plan: meet at the shop for coffee, roll out by 9:30 to beat some of that midday heat. We’ll be riding to Bonny Slope Blueberries in the Tualatin Valley. The ride out there isn’t too far (~12 miles), but more challenging considering the climb over the Tualatin hills.

This is a social, no-drop ride, about 30 miles round-trip, with about 2000’ of total climbing and a fair amount of gravel in Forest Park. We welcome all riders from all levels. There is some riding on busy roads, so make yourself visible with daytime lights and reflective stuff. We will ride together at an intermediate pace and take advantage of safety in numbers. Probably there will be post-ride beers somewheres. You are responsible for your own safety and for making sure your bike and your body are up for the the ride.

What to bring:

  • CA$H for berries—they are $3/lb at Bonny Slope and it is not unreasonable to pick 8+ pounds of berries if you are a berry maniac like us. The farm is cash only.

  • Bags or containers for berries—most farms have buckets for picking, but it’s up to you to transport them home.

  • Sun protection—sunblock, a bandana, light layer and a big hat are recommended.

  • Plenty of water—stay hydrated! There may not be drinking water available on the route/at the farm.

  • Snacks/picnic lunch—we’ll probably picnic at the farm.

  • Safety/visibility—helmet and hi-vis/reflective gear recommended.

  • Basic flat fix/tool kit.

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Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

1 Year Anniversary Party

It’s been one whole year and we’re still here! Come celebrate with us. We’ll be grilling vegan hotdogs outside, you can build your own ice cream sundae (vegan or dairy) inside, and we’ll have our usual lineup of tasty beers and good company.

Golden Pliers was conceived, opened and is sustained on the energy from our vibrant and supportive cycling community. We love you and extend our forever thanks for helping keep our dream alive.

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May
25
8:30 PM20:30

CALIFORNIA GOLDE: film screening + Q&A Comedy Show w/ Ultraromance

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ATTENTION: A dream-like short film that loosely documents a ramble through the Sequoia National Forest, all shot on Super 8 by filmaker Sandy Carson.

We will be having 2 screenings this evening, with a Question and Answer Comedy Session between the two screenings with the one and only and patchouli Ultraromance!

Us kinda being a bike shop place/salon, we got limited seating/standing, so come by before 8:30pm to snag a primo spot!

Ok, see yuhs then!!

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May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Ride with GPS Presents: Route Planning & Navigation Tools

Photo courtesy Ride with GPS

Photo courtesy Ride with GPS

Interested in getting way way out there, but not so stoked on getting lost? Ride with GPS creates tools that help you plan routes, find and follow routes others have made, and make the most of your trip. Our pal Jordan will be in the shop to show us how to use everything in RWGPS’s tool belt.

Feel free to bring a laptop, smartphone and/or Garmin to the event if you really want to dig in to Ride With GPS—it’s certainly not required, but may be useful. Space is limited and often fills up quickly, so please pre-register for the event. Cost is $5. If the fee is a barrier for you, please email becky@goldenpliers.com and we’ll work it out!

A little about RWGPS: They’re a Portland company, and a number of their staff are our friends and clients. They ride a lot and they always seem to be listening to their users, constantly trying to make their tools the best out there. When we first opened Golden Pliers, RWGPS closed their office for the afternoon so their entire staff could ride in for root beer floats. So we think they’re pretty dope, and we want to support this company.

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Golden Pliers Presents: 420!
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Golden Pliers Presents: 420!

Ah, 4/20 what a special day! To some its a very special holiday even! To celebrate, we’ll have those brand new dongs from DangleBongs, important safety stuff from Dept. of Safety, “weed brownies” from Shoofly Vegan Bakery, hemp beer from New Belgium, CBD drinks, and at close (5pm) we’ll rip out of the shop and go for a stoney-baloney bicycle ride to Nuggy Butte. Sound good? Cool, see yuh here/there!

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Friends on Bikes Presents: Forest Park Ride
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Friends on Bikes Presents: Forest Park Ride

Calling all women of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color! Join us at 10am on Sat. April 20th for a ~24 mile adventure ride through our favorite forest in town, Forest Park! This will be an intermediate, conversational pace, no drop, mixed terrain ride with climbing. We’ll primarily be riding on the Leif Erikson trail in Forest Park. Whether you’re an experienced rider looking to make new friends OR a rider who’s dirt curious, join us! We will be starting and ending at Golden Pliers Bike Shop but feel free to peel off at anytime.

*no drop means no one gets left behind
**this ride is reserved for women of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color

Start time: 10am, rollout 10:30am
End time: 1:30pm
Start and end location: Golden Pliers Bike Shop
Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29582298
Mileage: 24 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate, no drop
Tires: 28c plus recommended
Bike: Cyclocross/gravel/adventure/all road
What to bring: Helmet. Rain gear in case it rains. Water.

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Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Fundraiser Pizza Party & Auction for WTF Bikexplorers

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We’re so stoked on the accomplishments of WTF Bikexplorers that we decided to throw a big ol pizza party to help them reach their fundraising goal! Come hang next Friday, April 5th starting at 6pm / auction at 7:30 / prize drawing at 8:00.

Our awesome co-hosts include our bike shop pals Gladys Bikes, Metropolis Cycles, and Cat Six Cycles.

Don’t have much to contribute? That’s okay, you can still party to support the cause. We’ll have pizza from Red Sauce, snacks from Las Primas, beer from Upright Brewing and desserts from Shoofly Vegan Bakery—100% of proceeds from these snacks & drinks go straight into the WTF fund!

We’ll be auctioning some really fun “experiences” at the event, including a bicycle fit appointment provided by Endurance, a tattoo appointment with local artist Squiggly Bastard, and a pizza making course from Red Sauce.

WTF Bikexplorers will draw winners for their raffle (head over to their site to get in the drawing and see the dope prizes).

See you Friday!

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Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Adventure Cooking 101 with Fernweh Food Co.

Our pal Ashley Lance will be in the shop schooling us on making delicious and nutritious packable food. Ashley is the founder of Fernweh Food Company, a startup that reimagines backcountry food while reducing/eliminating packaging. Ashley’s passion and creativity for good food in the outdoors is matched by the depth of her knowledge in food science and nutrition. She’s like the Iron Chef of the forest.

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Adventure Cooking 101 is an in-depth overview of the basics of cooking outside. We will review everything from what to pack (both gear and food) to how to pick out the right food for your adventure. We will also discuss recipe resources, the best places to shop for adventure foods, and how to put together a perfect meal plan. This class is great for those who are looking to step up their backcountry cooking game or for those those who are brand new to bikepacking or backpacking.

The cost of registration is $30. In addition to two hours of small-group instruction, each participant will get to leave with a one-of-a-kind Makeshifter Snacky Sack ($9 value!) and a small-batch made Fernweh Food Company meal ($8 value!) of their choice.






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Mar
26
5:00 PM17:00

Group Ride to WTFs in Bike History Talk w/ Tessa Hulls

Golden Pliers is hosting a social ride to this event open to all riders who self-identity as women, trans*, femme and non-binary. The ride will be mellow, about 7 miles, at a conversational pace. Meet at Golden Pliers at 5pm for a drink if you’re so inclined, roll out at 5:30. We’ll roll down to Cartopia on Hawthorne to grab some food, and continue to Evo for the event, which begins at 7pm.

The presentation is free, but donations for the WTF Bikexplorers Summit will be accepted at the door.

About Tessa’s Presentation:

Women, trans, femme and gender non-binary riders have been using bicycles as tools for both adventure and social liberation for well over a century, but their stories are largely missing from the record. Using a combination of historical photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, this talk dives into the feminist history of cycling and shines a light on a cohort of adventurers who took to their bikes to knock down gender barriers in the late 1800’s.

From stunt cyclists clearing 45-foot jumps in 1903 to proto-bikepackers crossing the Swiss alps in proper Victorian dress, the individuals highlighted in this talk accomplished incredible feats on two wheels. But beyond that, they used the freedom they found through cycling to fight for the expansion of gender rights. These pioneering cyclists were also state senators, aviators, doctors, mechanics, and sportswriters in an era when women weren’t even allowed to vote or own property.

About the presenter:
Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/researcher/adventurer who is equally likely to disappear into a library or the wilderness. Tessa became hopelessly addicted to bicycle travel on a 2011 solo tour from southern California to Maine, and her two-wheeled wanderings have led her all over the continental US, plus swaths of Alaska, Ghana, Cuba, and Mexico. She fuses her love of bike exploration with her creative practice as a freelance specialist on the deep history of rugged femininity, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Rumpus, and Atlas Obscura’s Kickass Women series. She has received grants from The Washington Artist Trust, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and 4Culture, and has been awarded residencies at Caldera Arts, Ucross Foundation, PLAYA, and others. When not bicycling alone across countries or presenting illustrated lectures about the exploits of female adventurers in the early 1900’s, she is working on a nonfiction graphic novel about her journalist grandmother, Sun Yi.

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Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

WTF Meetup

The Portland WTF (Women, Trans*, Femme) BikExplorers are gathering for a beginner-friendly bike overnight to Stub Stewart State Park on March 2nd. This meet up is for those registered for the camp out, so we can talk routes and gear and make new friends.

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Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Oregon Outback Photo Show + Route Info

Photo by Kevin Purcell

Photo by Kevin Purcell

Want to learn more about riding this route, touring in Eastern Oregon, or self-supported bike travel? Join us for an information swap / presentation / photo show focused on the Oregon Outback Route, a 364-mile gravel odyssey of spectacular views and widely varying ecosystems spanning the north-south length of Oregon. This remote, sparsely populated country presents challenges in its rugged terrain, inconsistent water sources and infrequent resupply locations. If you’re considering riding the Outback it’s best to plan carefully and gather as much information as possible…we’re here for you!

Donnie Kolb (aka VeloDirt), the creator of the Oregon Outback route and other Eastern Oregon gems, will join us and share an overview of the route.

Kyle Heddy of Treading Light Photo will treat us to dreamy photos of his 2015 Outback trip.

We’ve also assembled a panel of folks who’ve ridden the Outback over the years—some of them more than once—in various permutations. Whether you’re riding it in 4 days or 7, spring or fall, in a group or alone, we’ve got folks who’ve done it and are happy to answer your questions and share their experiences.

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Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

Our Mother the Mountain Season Kickoff Social Ride

Golden Plier is hosting the meet up before OMTM’s annual season opener ride. We’re normally closed on Sundays, but we’ll get the coffee brewing and have snacks ready to fuel your pre-ride needs.

Photo by Ron Lewis

Photo by Ron Lewis

Our Mother the Mountain Social Ride

We're going to slowroll into 2019 by hosting another winter social ride + hangout on Sunday January 13th. We had such a great time last year we thought we'd give it another go! It's a great chance to put names with faces, reconnect w/ old friends and ride some bikes around for a bit. Fun, right? 

Necessaries: 
OMTM 2019 Winter Social
Sunday January, 13th. 11am
Golden Pliers Bicycle Repair & Supply

This time around we are going to mix things up, sidestep the muck in Forest Park and keep things interesting with a cutty industrial romp through the alleyways and stumbletrack connecting north Portland + St. Johns. The format will be a treasure hunt of sorts, starting at Golden Pliers and wrapping up at Lucky Lab Beerhall in NW.

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Jan
5
to Jan 13

Rain Gear Drive for p:ear Bike Works

Golden Pliers is a drop-off site for this rain gear drive, sponsored by Women Bike/The Street Trust and benefitting p:ear Bike Works. We’re all about getting more people on their bikes and we’re thrilled to partner with these organizations in this effort. Help p:ear Bike Works and Rosewood stay warm and dry this winter! Bring in clean, new or gently worn: COATS, RAIN GEAR, and anything that helps you keep warm and dry on a bike!

*High need for waterproof pants, jackets, and shells*

Details:

All donated items will go to p:ear Bike Works to benefit p:ear youth and Rosewood community members. No one in need will be turned away but p:ear will take extra efforts to connect women, trans, femme, and gender non-conforming community members with donations. p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives.

*If you want to donate but can not easily access these locations, direct message Women Bike or email pattyo@thestreettrust.org to coordinate an alternative.

Women Bike is a program of The Street Trust that aims to help women, trans, femme, and gender non-conforming Portland area individuals incorporate a bike in their lives. Join our Women Bike group to enter the conversation with 1500 Portland WTF bicyclists and aspiring bicyclists!

p:ear Bike Works is a bike repair and repurposed bike shop in East Portland, mechanics at p:ear are p:ear youth that have graduated from their mechanics school. They partnered with The Rosewood Initiative to help support the transportation and recreational needs of the Rosewood Community. p:ear Bike Works is located at 16126 SE Stark St. 

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Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

Maker Pop-up: Double Darn & Urban Adventure League

Looking for a gift for that special cyclist? Swing by Golden Pliers any Saturday in December and support a local craftsperson. On December 8th we are proud to host:

Double Darn: Handmade cycling caps designed and sewn by one native Portlander

Comfy handmade caps in a variety of patterns, sizes & styles will be available from Double Darn.

Comfy handmade caps in a variety of patterns, sizes & styles will be available from Double Darn.

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The Urban Adventure League (and tfr Industries! and Society of Three Speeds!) is Shawn Granton, a Portland, Oregon based "artist" who loves cycling and urban exploration. Shawn’s comics and illustrations have popped up in many random places around the world, including MOMENTUM and BICYCLE TIMES.

Prints, books & zines available from Urban Adventure League.

Prints, books & zines available from Urban Adventure League.

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Touring in Baja Info Night

Photo courtesy of Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Photo courtesy of Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Space is limited! Save yourself a seat by registering here.

As the days get shorter and rainier in Portland, many of us are dreaming of a warm-weather bike trip. Baja has been a popular destination lately, but there are so many logistical concerns in planning. What do you eat? Tent or not? What if your bike breaks? How much water should you carry? Plus-sized or fat bike? Can you buy camp stove fuel down there?

We’ve assembled a panel of riders who’ve toured in Baja to answer your questions. Their trips represented a wide range of riding styles, budgeting, terrain, routes and problem-solving.

We’d be amiss if we did not acknowledge that our panelists and anyone considering a trip to Baja has the privilege of crossing the border, without fear, for the sake of a vacation. With that in mind we are asking for a $5+ door donation, all of which will be donated to Border Angels.

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
— BorderAngels.org
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Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Maker Pop-Up: Mary Lytle

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Mary Lytle is the very talented illustrator behind Golden Pliers’ logo and t-shirt graphics. She draws inspiration from bicycle adventures, cats and cannabis. She’ll be in the shop with an assortment of gift items printed with her illustrations, just in time for the holidays! Come support a rad local artist and see what Mary’s been cooking up.

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Nov
23
6:00 PM18:00

Benefit Party for California Wildfire Victims

Party Party Party!!!

We’d planned to be closed the day after Thanksgiving, but we decided it’s the perfect day to use our resources to generate donations for those affected by wildfires in California. It’s Black Friday—all the more reason to donate your money to a good cause.

As you may have heard, a good friend of ours recently lost his home, his workshop and his entire community in the Camp Fire. Fortunately, he has a great support system who are making this terrible situation a little easier for him. So instead of focusing on one person’s loss, we’d like to help out the many who may not have any resources to get back on their feet after a fire.

Friday, November 23rd, 6-9pm: Pizza, Drinks, Comedy Auction, Good Folks

All proceeds go to California Fire Foundation’s SAVE program—a fund that supplies firefighters and first responders with $100 prepaid debit cards, to be distributed to those experiencing loss immediately after a fire. After some research, it seems this program is the lowest barrier aid available to Californians affected by the Camp and Woolsey fires. Let’s send ‘em a big ole check!

Stay tuned for further details; donations are still being amassed.

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

WTF Bike Maintenance & Repair Workshop

Image by John Meyers

Image by John Meyers

Want to be more self-reliant on your bike? Learn the basics to keep yourself on the road in a pinch and long-term, so you can confidently go farther and be the boss of your bike. Join us for an evening of hands-on learning and community-building. We’ll cover the most common on-the-road repair issues like flat fixes, chain repair and broken spoke remedies as well as long-term care for your bike.

  • Wednesday, November 7th from 6-8pm.

  • Please pre-register here and pay a sliding-scale fee (if the minimum $10 isn’t doable for you, please contact Becky@goldenpliers.com and we’ll make arrangements).

  • We encourage biking to the event but we don’t have room inside the shop for everyone’s bike. Instead we’ll use a demo bike and slide show to teach the class.

  • This event is reserved for cyclists identifying as women, trans*, femme, and non-binary, and will be led by two women-identified veteran cyclists. We aim to hold a safer space for the WTF community, and also see this as an opportunity for people to connect. We welcome the discussions that so often pop up in the WTF community—safety, health, friendship, otherness, and tearing down the patriarchy.

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Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Spooooooky Ride!!

We’ll be meeting up here at Ye Olde Shoppe at 7pm and then rolling to Rimsky-Korsakoffee House for some treats (bring cash!). Afterwards we’ll meander towards the Riverview Cemetery via the Waterfront Bike Trail, expect some real spooky climbing, maybe some ethereal woodland creatures will make an appearance? From there we’ll take Terwilliger to Downtown, then cross the river to the famously haunted White Eagle Saloon. Prolly looking at around 18 miles or so.

This is on Halloween, so hey, dress-up, get creative! And remember to bring a lock, lights, and cash!

See ya then!

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Oct
21
8:30 AM08:30

The Blotto Miller Ride -A 60-ish Mile Ramble

Alrighty, here’s one of our favorite rides in the area. Bucolic countryside meanders, punchy gravel climb-ups, swoopy paved curves, this ride has some of the hits, for sure. Granted, you gotta push it on Highway 30 until you reach Scappoose, but after that it is really quite pleasant. This is a 60 mile, no drop ride. We’ll wait for ya, smoke our pipes, eat snacks, and crack open some coldies.

The route will look like this:

Willamette>St.John’s Bridge>Dirty Highway 30>Dutch Canyon>Otto Miller>Skyline>Brooks>Keizer>Old Germantown>Skyline>Skyline Tavern Project>Saltzman>Leif Erikson.

Anywho, it’s best to be prepared, this will be a long 6-7 hour ride (probably, think of all the smoke/snack breaks).

*You are responsible for yourself. Dress for the elements, make sure yer bike works, make sure you can do a ride like this, bring tubes and tools, med kit, lights, food, water. Ok?

50% grav-grav, 50% bitumen.

Recommended Tire Size: 32+

We’ll meet at Ye Olde Shoppe ‘Pliers at 8:30am and probably get rolling at 9am.

Sound good? See ya then!!

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Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

BIKE FITS FOR THE PEOPLE!

In collaboration with our friends at Endurance PDX,  we are offering a monthly comfort fit session here at the shop with 5 available 1-hour openings per date. The goal here is to get people access to a comfortable bike fit for themselves and their budget. Improper fit can be one of the biggest barriers to getting folks riding and we want to make that easier. Fee is a sliding scale from $30-$80, with all monies going to a charity of our choice.

Get in touch to reserve your slot with us either via electronic mail or you can call us on the telephone and get set-up that way. Bikes are supposed to comfortable freedom machines; let us help you get there!

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Stretch + Ride with Blooming Heart Wellness

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Do you like to stretch? Do you always feel like, damn I should stretch more? Do you get kind of a weird feeling going to a yoga studio? Yeah, us too. Luckily our buddy Jacquie is here to help us all be better to our bodies. She’s leading an all-levels yoga class geared toward those who just need to stretch more. Jacquie bikes too, and will focus on all the places cyclists need to take care of after a ride. After a good stretchin,’ the group is invited to connect at Golden Pliers over snacks and drinks.

We’re also encouraging people to ride to the event—contact us if you’re interested in leading/organizing a ride before yoga.

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Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Pumpkin Patch Ride

Meet at Golden Pliers, 11am

Ride out by noon

Meet at Golden Pliers for spiced cider and donuts before we ride to Sauvie Island to select the perfect pumpkin. We’ll have a cargo bike and a trailer so we can help y’all bring your pumpkin back to town. Big bags, big baskets, platform racks, cargo bikes and trailers are encouraged, but make do with what ya got! Our favorite part of this ride is the problem-solving and camaraderie that happens within the group as people select their pumpkin and figure out how to carry a crazy load back into town.

This is a social, no-drop ride, about 25 miles round-trip. There is some riding on Highway 30, so make yourself visible with daytime lights and reflective stuff. We will ride together at an intermediate pace and take advantage of safety in numbers.

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Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

The Art of the Camp Stove exhibit

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Golden Pliers presents an exhibit to showcase all the different ways to fry an egg or boil water! Stoves vary from DIY alochol stoves to classic Swedish camp stoves of years past. Submissions will be on display, with folks nearby to chat with on the how, the what, efficiency, weight, compact storage, all the stuff stove nerds geek out about!

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