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A couple of SF members toured the Rancourt factory not long ago and posted a massive writeup (including photos) in that thread.  It's well worth checking out.
What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

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I think people are interested because they have seen video and article evidence that select people have toured in the past. Typical iGent fascination. I am with you BeSpiff, not really desperate to see typical old school manufacturing.
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What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.


Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

 

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

 

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.

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Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.
It's Alden. Fixed that for you. Hahaha.

Kidding. Kidding.
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 What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

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Depends on your likes an interests. Old US manufacturing machinery and techniques interest me. I also like the raw materials, the smells, the atmosphere.

 

I would watch a butcher make bratwurst too if I could.

 

The age of handmade things in America is dying. Its fascinating to see that some things are still made by hand with care.

+1, I have an interest in lots of things handmade, brats included... watching its production might improve my diet!

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A couple of SF members toured the Rancourt factory not long ago and posted a massive writeup (including photos) in that thread.  It's well worth checking out.
What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

I think it's part nostalgia and wanting to know where the magic happens, kinda like taking a tour of Skywalker Ranch.


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I love bratwurst

 

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Been a while since I posted shoe shots but I did want to share a couple of recent projects. First is a conversion of my shell monks from black to antique welt. My first attempt with these were ok but I recently had topy's added and the cobbler painted over the welt with dark brown. He thought he was doing me a favor. Whatever he used was harder to remove than the original factory finish. Here is how they turned out......



This shot compares them to my Leffot tankers. Not an exact match, but passable.....



I've also been working on a recent EBAY acquisition of Ravello full straps from Alden of SF. I basically flipped my color 8 full straps for these....



To further illustrate the variability in ravello, here is a shot with a pair of Marlow's that were labeled as dark brown.....



Hard to detect any difference. Lastly, a shot with my Whisky LHS's and whiskey R.Martegani made for Leathersoul (shameless plug, these are in my signature).....


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They do seem to allow MA State Troopers as they have a special fitting area for boots for them, so perhaps our best bet is to join police academy?


Their boots for the State Police are pretty sick (new MTO order??) biggrin.gif


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^^ Whiskey shell??
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What is the recurring fascination with wanting to tour the Alden factory in Massachusetts? I love bratwurst, but I sure don't want to watch my butcher make it.

For intel, I think it could be more interesting to strike up a conversation with the factory workers at the local watering hole.  (Am I stereotyping to assume they would be at one?)  You'd probably learn a lot more about what goes on in there.  On the other hand, perhaps management relies on them to maintain their operational opacity.  In that case, you'd do well to hide the agenda and not wear your Aldens.  :smarmy:

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Not really all the workers must perform their duties blindfolded to maintain secrecy.....wait a minute that explains the QC. Concessions must be made to keep trade secrets like the crooked stitch technique safe.
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