Custom Slot Buttons
We've been using Slot Buttons ever since we were first told about them by a customer. And years ago we devoted a page to them. HUGE THANKS to Shannon for tipping us to Slot Buttons.
The biggest problem with Slot Buttons is the extremely limited selection. And when American manufacture is required, the selection narrows to the one type of standard Slot we have been using.
But I do not feel the standard Slots are a good match for our Peacoat or our North Maine Double Coat because these garments call for buttons that are about twice the size of our standard Slot Buttons. It's not that the standard Slots wouldn't be functional ... they would work just fine. But Peacoats have BIG buttons and I don't see WeatherWool ever again using anything but Slots. So production of these two garments requires us to develop something new.
Fortunately, we have had the assistance of several people, and progress is being made. I'll have plenty more to say soon, I think, but for now ... THANKS TIM, MOSE, CHRIS and CHUCK!!
Advisor Chris Christian did some testing of our Lynx Pattern embedded in thermoplastic resin. Friend of WeatherWool "Tim L" is working on this now. These buttons would be dynamite!
Mose O'Griffin, who owns and runs APROE, is also working on custom Slots. These are made of brass. Mose told me to expect some samples in the mail approx December 10.
I love the idea of the brass buttons. The buttons above were made by Mose for a project of his own, and we'll look into making larger ones for the Peacoat and the NMDC. We have wondered whether touching an extremely cold (-40F/-40C) metal button would be a problem. Mose will be applying a patina to these buttons. And Mark Trist, a customer from Australia, suggested a coating such as Cerakote would eliminate the danger of frozen skin.
2 December 2021 --- Ralph