Waterproof Your Wardrobe with Otter Wax

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke Editors’ Recommendations As a resident of one the rainiest parts of the country, I have something of a love-hate relationship with natural fibers. I love the way they look and feel, but hate the way they handle in a torrential downpour. I also have a similar relationship with GoreTex. It’s a miracle of modern textile engineering and I love how it handles rain, but the coats made with it just never look as good as those made with natural fibers.It took me a while, but after a bit of searching I found a solution to this problem: an all-natural fabric dressing called Otter Wax.Creator Chris Chase made the first batch of the stuff about two years ago. He was working on a pair of espadrilles that he had just brought back from Argentina, and he wanted to make them repel water like his old Filson tincloth coat. “Tincloth is oiled in the factory for water repellency, and I just thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool to do that with these shoes? I also didn’t want anything petroleum-based because I didn’t like the oily finish it produced, or the smell that it left on the fabric, so I started looking for other ways to do it and eventually came up with the beeswax blend I still use today.”“I was actually looking at my Amazon account a couple days ago, looking at my  order history from back when I got started. Back then I was ordering like four or five ounces of beeswax at a time, and cooking it in a pyrex bowl on my stove. I was making just enough to use on my projects, and then one day I had a friend over. I showed her the shoes, but she was much more interested in the wax I used to waterproof them. She convinced me I was onto something, so I did a little bit of research and found out that she was right – nobody was really making any kind of all-natural fabric dressing like the stuff I was using. So the next day I drilled a hole in the bottom of a crock pot and started making bigger batches.”What’s funny is that Chase’s methods haven’t changed all that much since he got started. The equipment he uses is much bigger now, but the wax itself is still as simple as it ever was. It’s nothing more than a blend of beeswax, plant waxes, and lanolin; you won’t find any paraffin, silicone, or anything else synthetic in the bar. It’s also extremely easy to apply to your garments. You literally just rub the bar on the fabric in question and the friction you create when applying it is usually enough to soften the wax and allow it to spread evenly into the fabric. There’s nothing more to it – no irons, no blowdryers, no additional work of any kind. Chase does recommend that you let your newly-waxed items cure for at least 24 hours, though, just to let the wax settle in. It works great on canvas, tincloth, wool, denim, and nylon shells; and a bar only costs about 13-18 bucks depending on what size you get.Place an order or find a local retailer on Otterwax’s website. How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Expertslast_img read more

New Sri Lankan contingent to leave for UN Peacekeeping in Lebanon

The Chief Guest of the event, Major General Piyal Wickramaratne, Colonel of the Regiment, SLSR and Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) after inspecting it was invited to inspect the parade before the salute in the traditional Guard of Honour was taken by him from a special dais at the venue and reviewed the parade. A new Sri Lankan military contingent is set to leave for Lebanon for UN Peacekeeping operations.The customary Passing out Parade of the 12th Force Protection Company (FPC) for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) set to leave for Lebanon was held at the Regimental Headquarters, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, (RHQ -SLSR) Ambepussa today. In his brief address to the troops, Major General Wickramaratne urged each and every one of the contingent to protect the country’s identity, depicting professional standards, cultural values and dignity, associated with their responsibilities in Lebanon at all times.‘You have been entrusted the most important assignment of protecting the UN Peace Keeping Headquarters in Lebanon and this has been very well done by all previous Sri Lankan contingents who went there. Your service, therefore need to be performed, maintaining highest standards of discipline because it is your conduct that reflects the quality of your profession and the Army, to which you belong,’ the Chief Guest told them. Since the year 2010, Sri Lanka Army has so far dispatched 11 such contingents to serve in Lebanon at the request of the UNIFIL. This mission was started in year 1978 and SL Army sent its 1st Contingent in year 2010. 1st SLSR contingent participated in year 2012 and this is the 2nd Contingent from SLSR. The Lebanon-bound Sri Lanka’s Force Protection Unit (SLFPU) contingent is comprised of 10 officers and 140 other rankers and has been made up of with troops from the Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE), Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC), Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR), Commando Regiment (CR), Special Forces (SF), Corps of Engineer Services (CES), Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (SLASC), Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC), Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME), Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC), Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) and Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps (SLAGSC).The first advance party of the SLFPU contingent (Seven Officers including the Commanding Officer and Forty Three Other Rankers) is scheduled to leave for Lebanon during the third week in February to assume duties. The contingent commanded by Lieutenant Colonel R.W.K Hewage SLSR and other troops will leave for Lebanon during 18-19 February and 6 March 2018.The SLFPU in Lebanon, responsible for security and VIP duties at the UNIFIL Force Headquarters – Naquoura controls all the access routes to the UNIFIL Headquarters and is under command to the Force Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) which is directly under the Force Commander. Troops first presented a Guard Turn Out upon Major General Piyal Wickramaratne’s entry into the parade premises in accordance with military traditions. Centre Commandants of troop contributing Regiments, Commanding Officers of SLSR Battalions, Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Officers and Other Ranks of SLSR and relatives of participants were present to witness the parade. (Colombo Gazette) read more