The VICE Starter Pack for Becoming a Backyard LumberjackApril 6, 2021
Timber, sweet Brawny bois and ghouls! Spring is upon us. The salmon are jammin', the forests are blooming, and even The Country Bears are getting vaccinated (here’s how you can, too). We’re busy stripping our old, bunk patio furniture in our John Deere G-string with a corncob pipe in our mouths, and taking a puff pause to let you know: Lumberjacks are taking over TikTok. providing thee warm weather energy this year:
As all the critters and cicadas prep for their own Hot Girl Summer, we realized that we also need some outdoor revamping reflective of our soon-to-be-vaccinated, big lumbersexual daddi energy that is surging. Given that travel is still weird, and the pandemic is still here (saying it once more, for the folks in the back), a great way to feel our Yosemite oats is to find all the outdoor decor that can bring a kiss of National Park joy to our fire escapes, yards, and patios.
Heretofore, our outdoor spaces have looked like some combo of Waterworld and the Island of Misfit Toys (IYKYK). No more. The following grills, Pendleton blankets, and dark wood chairs are pieces that say, “I have my shit together, and I cook my meat closer to the Earth’s core than you.”
You’re here for a sturdy set
There’s always that one friend with the wobbly set of patio furniture. Don’t be that friend. This patio set is made of hearty eucalyptus wood, brings in a little rattan for some texture and levity, and makes us feel like we’re sailing on an inheritance yacht into the sunset.
3 Piece Seating Group with Cushions, $225.99 at Wayfair
The lowkey statement chair
You’re not trying, but you kind of are, but no one would know that as you reign over your outdoor space from this mucho architectural, mid-century PVC chair, going off on how you want to be buried in Alexander Calder cufflinks.
Handmade Midcentury Style Outdoor Lounge Chair, Charcoal with Coral PVC in Stock, $
675 $475 at 1stDibs
You like lawn games that involve sharp objects and heavy drinking
OK, maybe you've played horseshoes, or bocce ball, but that's kid shit. Have you ever played "Stump"? It's a lawn game wherein you go around in a circle and take turns flipping a hammer and then trying to hammer a nail into—you guessed it—a stump, as fast as you can. It's either from Germany or East Coast boarding schools, depending on whom you ask, and is lauded as both "The Best Drinking Game Ever" and "The World's Most Unsafe Drinking Game." Anyway, it's really fun, and you can actually buy a stump to play it if you don't happen to have any old trees to cut down in your yard in the interest of drinking activities.
Hammerschlagen/Stump Lawn Game, $350 at Etsy
You smell like sap and pit-charred quail
Big Francis Mallmann energy for this one. It’s rare to find a Pendleton anything under $100, and this throw is super affordable, a nice dusty 70s yellow, and perfect for places where the nighttime temp really dips (it’s made of “virgin wool”). It even turns into its own leather carrying case. “Called ‘steamer rugs’ during the early 20th century,” explains Pendleton, “these blankets were a warm, welcome companion for those who traveled by horse-drawn carriage, train or boat.” Or subway!
Pendleton Kent Motor Robe Throw with Leather Shoulder Strap, $99.50 at Overstock
A cooler that deserves its own place setting—but not in a Real Housewives dinner party way; more in a “damn, I wish someone would bury me in that” kind of way. This mega cooler not only embodies a sort of grill-daddy, retro pool party energy, but also keeps enough beers icy-cold for everyone in the group text.
Permasteel 80 Qt. Patio Cooler, $216.12 at Overstock
Because maybe you own a sauna
This light yet sturdy Peace Blanket makes us feel like an off-duty alpinist with a mysterious past and a lot of cashmere turtlenecks, despite the fact that the sellers are kind of waxing babycore by calling it your “adventure binky.” No -core shaming here, but how would a baby buy this?
Trek Light Gear Positive Vibrations Blanket, $108 at Trek Light Gear
For your first Last Supper of the summer
Because Jesus was basically a carpenter who knew how to throw a great dinner party, this picnic table is made of solid sawn (yah, we’re not sure what that is, either, but sounds legit) lumber, and comes as close to assembled as you can get (nor do you need to buy any tools to assemble it). Think of all the charcuterie boards, dough kneading, and pickle back shooters this boi will host.
72 in. Deluxe Picnic Table with Treated Legs, $119.98 at The Home Depot
Improve your vision, or something
We’re declaring axe-throwing the new sudoku. Not only is it a great activity for honing your focus and hand-eye coordination, but it turns every backyard into some lumbercore version of Ultimate Beastmaster. Don’t forget the hatchet.
Axe Throwing Target Kit, $399 at Etsy
Soak off those Paul Bunyans
You’ve waited all your life for this moment: The barn owl flies you across the piny mountain forest, your feet weary and eyes full of stardust, and as he slides you into the steaming waters of the cedar wood tub that will one day be your coffin, you begin to feel the grime of the day soak off of your woebegone tones. A feast of detritus for your passing caterpillar kin! You benevolent, fragrant lumberlord. You would find a Norse god soaking tub.
ALFI bFree Standing Cedar Wood Soaking Tub, $1,670 at Build with Ferguson
Happy log-splitting, sweet summer child.
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