Palikka: Seattle's New Favorite Game

Inspired by the Finns, Wallingford's new gamemaker has Seattleites chucking wood.
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The Northwest has a long history of knocking down logs, and while we no longer have endless forests to plunder, we do have…Palikka.

The brainchild of Wallingford resident Santtu Winter, Palikka is based on the popular Finnish game Möllky, which Winter purchased while visiting his parents in Finland in 2006. Loving the game but wanting to put his own spin on it, Winter spent the better part of a year creating Palikka (which means “block” in Finnish).

The premise is simple: Chuck the “tossing log” at the 13 hand-size wooden pins, which are placed “three large steps” from the throwing line. Each pin—crafted locally (on Winter’s porch, in his in-laws’ garage and in friends’ backyards)—has a point value. Knock ’em down and add ’em up; the first person to reach 50 wins.

Winter describes the game “like a deck of cards—you can play many different ways with the same pieces” (see palikkagame.com for instructions on how to play classic and new Super Palikka). This month, you can toss a log with Winter and his fellow University of Washington alums before Husky games (10/15 and 10/29; check website for details), but be warned—consumption of alcohol may impede your toss.

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.