“The special quality of beauty in crafts is that it is a beauty of intimacy. Since the articles are to be lived with every day, this quality of intimacy is a natural requirement. The beauty of such objects is not so much of the noble, the huge or the lofty as the beauty of the familiar. People hang art high up on the walls, but they place objects for everyday use close to them, and take them into their hands.”
– Yanagi Soetsu
Via Brenda Dayne.
Every year, we get together with our neighbors here at our Seattle factory to take part in a summer block party — and you’re invited. We’ll be serving Bee Pollen Ice Cream (and maybe Honey Ice) from the local Several Gardens Farm, talking about bags, talking about things other than bags, and just having a good time. It’s also a chance for you to meet our awesome neighbors (Grand Image, 3form LightArt, Two Beers, Resolute, and others).
Thursday, July 18th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm
TOM BIHN Factory: 4750A Ohio Ave S, Seattle, 98134
And we think we covered the why part, but we’ll just say it one more time: Bee Pollen Ice Cream.
P.S. Our Seattle Factory Showroom/store will be open that day from 10:00am – 8:30pm.
Sampling the test batch of Bee Pollen Ice Cream. Best ice cream we’ve ever had, made with Several Gardens Farm’s own honey and bee pollen.
Bartacks are reinforced stitches that we use liberally in high stress areas on our bags: where shoulder straps or grab handles join the main body of the bag, where a critical seam ends and begins — anywhere necessary to make 100% sure the stitching on your bag never fails. In this video, Kieu adds several of the 24 total bartacks to our Synapse 25 backpack.
Kieu’s the master bartacker here in our Seattle factory: if there was a bartacking Olympics, we’re pretty sure she’d get the gold. Check out her focus on her work in this video and note that she slowed down to about half her usual speed so we could film the process.
And those of you with backorders for the Synapse 25 might be glad to know that this video was shot last week: our factory crew is hard at work making the first batch of Synapse 25 and we expect them to ship soon.
“I asked the TB crew to “draw your favorite thing ever” and this was the result!” — Posted by Rocks in the Forums
Every person who has ever purchased a TOM BIHN bag is, in a way, an investor: I cannot put into words how grateful I am that you folks allow me and my company to do what we do. You’re helping us create some good jobs, as well as allowing me to have the time of my life. Thank you.
In the early years of my company, in a time before Kickstarter, I relied from time to time on the generous support of my family and friends. I’ve been thinking a lot about that recently. Often that support took the form of help purchasing a new piece of equipment, or a small infusion of cash to meet a shortfall in income. Sometimes it was a piece of advice, an extension on my rent, or simply an encouraging word. Our business is more or less a success now, and it’s often too easy to forget the tough times we’ve weathered and the kindness that got us through those tough times.
Of far more significance than of the actual dollar value of these investments was the faith that was behind them. They reflect the belief that my family and friends had in me and my endeavor; the belief that I was on the right track and that things would work out — even when sometimes I had serious doubts myself.
A big thanks to those who have helped out and whose faith got me here:
Left: Here I am sewing on my Consew 206RB sewing machine, circa 1988. My workshop was in the corner of David Meeks’ bee barn in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My brother Greg helped me purchase this machine in 1980. On it I sewed miles and miles of seams; and on it I made all of my early packs (excepting those I made before 1980 — those sewn on my Grandmother’s ancient Singer.)
Right: The 206RB is still in daily service in our factory: Tao sews the trim of every Organizer Pouch on it. Every one. It’s like a monument to my family’s belief in me.