In stock: Kit, ID, Little Swift, Buzz, Super Ego, Ristretto for iPad, more

Thanks to our awesome Seattle factory crew, the following bags are back in-stock and shipping within one business day:

Snake Charmer in all colors, including Sapphire and Crimson
In stock: Kit, ID, Little Swift, Buzz, Super Ego, Ristretto for iPad, more

Buzz
Kit in all colors, including Cardinal, Forest, and Navy
ID in all colors, including Cardinal, Forest, and Navy
Super Ego in Black/Cardinal/Steel and Black/Forest/Cayenne
Little Swift in Vulcana Hemp/Recycled Rubber
Cache for iPad 2
All
Yarn Stuff Sacks
The Ristretto for iPad/iPad 2 in all colors, including Linen/Olive and Navy/Cayenne
All Western Flyer Packing Cubes
All Aeronaut Packing Cubes
Side Effect in Olive, Plum, and Steel
Imago in all colors, including Navy/Cork/Wasabi and Cardinal/Hemp/Steel

In stock: Kit, ID, Little Swift, Buzz, Super Ego, Ristretto for iPad, more

CB’s Peanuts in every order! (Until they run out.)

CB's Peanuts in every order! (Until they run out.)

We’re including a bag of CB’s peanuts (fresh roasted in Kingston, WA on Monday) in every order placed today through this weekend — until they run out. If you think you like peanuts, just wait until you try CB’s — these are, by far, the best we’ve ever tasted, which is why we wanted to share them with you guys.

In stock: Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Clear Quarter Packing Cube is now shipping in all colors: Solar, Ultraviolet, Steel, and Iberian.
In stock: Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

In stock: Clear Quarter Packing Cube, Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard is also now shipping.
The TOM BIHN Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

Video: How Cork is Harvested

We use real cork fabric from Portugal in our Swift in Cork, Little Swift, Imago, Clear Organizer Wallet, and Cork Organizer Pouches. Cork is naturally water-repellant and very durable; other than the natural darkening of the fabric that occurs over years of use, you guys report back to us that your cork bags look as new as when you began using them.

The Imago in Olive/Cork/Steel

A single cork tree with a lifespan of up to 200 years can be harvested for its bark every nine years, and cork forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, providing a haven for wild birds and the Iberian Lynx, among other species (although we don’t know why the lynx is named that, because it doesn’t look like our Iberian red at all; it doesn’t even have the white grid pattern.) For more on the environmental and social impact of the cork forests of Portugal and their harvesting, watch this World Wildlife Fund video.

Want another way to support cork forests and the folks who earn their living harvesting them? Look for wines that use cork (instead of plastic) stoppers.

Photos by misterN: O-rings on the Ristretto for iPad

Photos by misterN: O-rings on the Ristretto for iPad

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New Color of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Iberian Red

New Color of Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth: Iberian Red

Iberian Red joins Lapis Blue, Asphalt Grey, and Peony Pink as colors of our Ultrasuede® Screen Cloth.

You’re Invited: Block Party Thursday in Seattle

You're Invited: Block Party Thursday in Seattle

We’re having a block party and you’re invited!

When: Thursday, July 28th, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: 4750A Ohio Avenue South, Seattle, 98134

Every summer, our awesome neighbors — Grand Image, 3form Light Art, Resolute, Choice Linens, Seattle Granite, and Two Beers Brewery — host a Modern Design block party. We just moved to the building in January: this will be our first block party and we think it’d be pretty cool for all of you Seattle folks who can make it to attend. Each business will offer different snacks and beverages and give tours of their space and explain what they make. We’ll have CB’s Nuts (fresh roasted in Kingston, WA) and one of Tom’s favorite German beers.

Note: Our Seattle store is also open tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11am – 2pm. If you can’t make it to the block party on Thursday, we’ll still make sure you get a bag of CB’s Nuts to take home.

You're Invited: Block Party Thursday in Seattle
Yum: CB’s Nuts peanuts, fresh roasted in Kingston, Wa.

Barbies out, Field Journal in

Barbies out, Field Journal in

“My daughter loves to draw and write poetry. She’s 10 and this past Christmas, we decided to forgo the typical Barbie complete with house, car and 7 fab outfits, for a Field Journal notebook in her favorite color- Red. at $75, I think we got the better end of the deal. (and also some super groovy color pencils) She has LOVED it! She drags it everywhere she goes, she’s stuffed all the outside pockets with extra notes, and wildflower books. She calls it her purse with a purpose.”
Posted by lacyfinn in the TOM BIHN Forums.

Barbies out, Field Journal in

Video: Tom’s friend Robert’s Kinetic Sculpture

This is a kinetic sculpture build by Tom’s very talented friend Robert Swarner. Robert came into Tom’s shop in Santa Cruz in the early 90’s wanting to learn about sewing so he could build his own climbing equipment. They’ve been friends ever since. For a brief period of time Robert sewed for Tom, but they found drinking margaritas together was more fun. For fun, Robert has been an artist, a machinist, a sky diver and a big-wall climber in Yosemite, and for a living flies helicopters.

If you can prove to Robert you understand what this thing does, we’ll send you a Friend of Tom pouch. Submit your summary in 45 words or less to: darcy@tombihn.com

Click Read More to read Robert’s explanation of the sculpture.


“This is a mobile. The rotating part is on a nut that spins down that screw
under gravity. The computer watches its position on the screw and when it
gets to the bottom, it turns on the motor, spinning the screw to return the
nut back to the top, ad infinitum.

I wanted to know if I could propel the nut that way using only its momentum
to push against. Usually if you’re moving a nut by turning a screw, you
restrain the nut against rotation. Here I’m just turning against momentum.
I also wanted to see the sinusoid motion of a rotor reacting to wind, and
the reaction of a Delta 3 hinge in a system that is slow enough to watch.

The system is unstable without the rotor bit, and the aerodynamic drag that
goes with it. When I ran it without the rotor attached, the nut accelerated
down the screw, the motor came on, and further accelerated the rotation of
the nut, and something bad would have happened if I hadn’t turned it off.
Because of aerodynamic drag, the nut decelerates to its terminal speed while
it’s descending. Even though it accelerates while the motor is turning, it
reaches a stability in its RPM during the descent. This made me really
happy we don’t live in a vacuum. Aside from being short of breath, it would
be terrifying to move things around without drag.

The hinge that I mentioned is common in tail rotor designs. The problem
with rotor systems moving on edge like a Frisbee is that the airfoil sees a
headwind half of the time, and a tailwind the other half. This is why a
Frisbee always rolls to the retreating side.

The Delta 3 hinge allows the blade to flap as this is happening, only in
this case the flapping axis is 45 degrees from the axis of the rotor. If
the airfoil flaps away from the centered position, the blade is forced to
pitch back toward that centerline, and it is self-stabilizing. You can see
the rotor reacting to gusts of wind, and sailing up and down. The hinge
helps to stabilize it back into a flat orbit.

The airfoil is a cut section of an Agusta helicopter main rotor blade.
Everything but the lead screw, the nut, and the blade section was
manufactured by me.”
— Robert

ncb4: After all of five minutes with my new Synapse, I am in love

ncb4: After all of five minutes with my new Synapse, I am in love

“What a wonderful bag! I may even find myself packing the Synapse differently and using it for overnight travel. Thought I still don’t count myself as a backpack convert. The only backpack I can envision myself using is the Synapse, because no other backpack out there can compare to its thoughtful design and construction.”

Read the full thread by ncb4 in the TOM BIHN Forums.