The Loaded Trunk was founded by Jonna Robison, an interior designer with a deep curiosity and passion for traveling the world, connecting with artisans in different cultures and sourcing unique and beautiful objets d’art. Published seasonally, the magazine features a curated collection of travel, lifestyle, nature, art and design inspiration for a life well lived.
inspired by nature
bring it home
The Beautiful Beaches of Laguna
A Luxurious Escape to the Sahara Desert
Swedish Strawberry Cake
Springbar is a small company, based in Salt Lake City, that has been making canvas products, cut and sewn in their Salt Lake shop since 1944. Jack Kirkham’s Springbar® tent, in production for nearly 60 years, has a cult following worldwide.
I love companies with a story, a great brand and strong ethos, and this company is just that…
Jack Kirkham purchased the AAA Tent & Awning shop in 1944, where he dove headfirst into the canvas business, making goods for outfitters, ranchers, herders and miners. In the 1950’s, when camping for pleasure gained popularity among Americans, Jack put more focus on building tents. He thoughtfully spent time developing new tent construction ideas, until he invented the Springbar Tent in 1961 and later changed the company name to Kirkham’s Outdoor Products. Last year, the late Jack’s son, Jack Jr, partnered with Dwell Outdoors and the name of the company changed to Springbar®, where Jack Jr continues to work as Lead Tent Designer.
I really enjoyed visiting the Springbar factory and chatting with co-owner, Pace Measom, who was gracious enough to guide around the factory. Little did he know, when I stopped by the warehouse last spring to pick up a tent, the can of worms he opened when he asked this curious gal if I wanted to have a peek in the factory. Did I ever! This kind of place is right up my alley… getting a glimpse of the process and people behind the scenes. I returned this fall for a more in depth tour and was able to learn more about this fantastic company — and I saw my tent actually being made, which was a thrill. It was a hive of activity. About 15 employees work in the factory itself, cutting canvas and sewing a variety of tents in a range of standard colors. They often make small batches of multiple color combinations, perhaps ten tents at a time, signed by the maker, and when they’re gone they’re gone. Springbar also makes hot tents, which are equipped for their folding stainless steel Winnerwell stoves, to stay toasty during cold weather camping.
The pole sets are also made in SLC and the canvas is finished at the best canvas finisher in Georgia. The quality of Springbar’s products is stellar, as they quite literally set the bar quite high. Currently making approximately 1000 tents per year, they are truly a small boutique tent company, focusing on durability, quality and design.
To keep up with demand, Springbar also has a factory in China where they make certain products (the Highline and Classic Jack series), as white safari-style tents are very popular with customers in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea.
Springbar has plans to open a small shop soon in their factory/warehouse space.
I snagged a Traveler tent to take glamping in the desert of southern Utah.
Byer of Maine was founded in 1880 in Bangor, Maine by a Russian immigrant family. They continue to produce traditional cots, wood and canvas furniture, among other goods. I love the wood and canvas camp cots as well as the butterfly chairs and folding table from their Pangean Collection, pictured in the desert camp.
Good & Well Supply Company makes 100% vegan & 100% eco-friendly candles, soaps and other body products, as well as adventure-themed gifts. I especially like their National Park line of candles. They smell wonderful and are great to take camping or when you’re at home and need a dose of the great outdoors.
July 3, 2021
The Loaded Trunk is a travel and lifestyle magazine founded by Jonna Robison, an interior designer with a deep curiosity and passion for traveling the world, connecting with artisans in different cultures and sourcing unique and beautiful objets d’art. Published seasonally, the magazine features a curated collection of travel, lifestyle, nature, art and design inspiration for a life well lived.