Preview: The Anarchist’s Gift Guide
Fair warning: Paid subscribers to “The American Peasant” are going to get all 16 Anarchist Gift Guide recommendations on Nov. 7. Then the rest of the world will receive them one per day – as they always have – starting on Nov. 10.
Why am I doing this? To thank the paid subscribers, from all regions of my heart, for supporting “The American Peasant” during its first year. Your support has made a difference to our bottom line, and it has given me a longer leash with my writing.
So if you are considering a free trial to this substack, or perhaps paying for access to this substack, this would be a good time.
To give you a small taste of some of the items on this year’s list,1 I have a little preview of one item.
Aluminum (Usually Medical) Clipboards
I am a clipboard addict. I keep at least five of them going for different projects, everything from our glue recipes, to current chair designs to (back in the day) my commission book.
Most clipboards suck. They are a sheet-metal-and-wire hinge affixed to a piece of hardboard. They do the job, but they wear out quickly or break easily.
This year I stumbled on a cache of old aluminum medical clipboards, and I bought a bunch of them for about $5 each. These are insanely good. The hinge/clip is essentially an integrated piano hinge. Open the cover and it stays open so you can write. Bend the cover back and it opens the hinge. Genius.
There are a bunch of different brands. A lot of the ones I got were labeled Chart-Lok by Omnimed, but there are many other brands out there.
These clipboards are also preferred by the military and government scientists. So you know they are overbuilt and plentiful.
You can find them on eBay (you can also buy them new for too much money). My recommendation: Be patient – there are lots out there.
You’ll be glad you did.
If this is your first gift guide, know that I hate gift guides, which are mostly pay-to-play cupcake reach-around bull crap. Sponsorships. Affiliate links. And crap you don’t need. The Anarchist’s Gift Guide is different. I work hard on it all year. I buy every one of the items I recommend. I don’t receive any kickbacks or sponsorships. If a manufacturer asks to be on the gift guide, I can guarantee they will not be in the gift guide.