Synapse 19 packing list for summer dayhikes

Here’s a photo of Darcy’s summer dayhiking packing list (Synapse 19). She makes no claim to be the most expertly prepared hiker; this is just the stuff she’s found that works for her. Also shown is stuff she throws in the Shop Bag to leave in the car at the trailhead.

Full packing list (and more photos) is in the Forums.

Packing the Synapse 19 for summer day hikes

Dinner

Our kind of pizza place

The beauty of the familiar

The intimate beauty of the familiar.

“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.

Block Party at the TB Seattle Factory: You’re Invited

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).

When/Where/Why:
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.

You're invited to our block partySampling 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.

Video: Tom talks design and build

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Video: Bartacking the Synapse 25

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.

Best box art ever?

Best TOM BIHN box art ever

“I asked the TB crew to “draw your favorite thing ever” and this was the result!” — Posted by Rocks in the Forums

The Setup: Tom’s Interview

The Setup is a collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done. Read Tom’s interview.

The Setup: Tom's Interview

Thanking our investors

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.
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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:
Greg Bihn
Dan Bihn
Barbara Bihn
Mike Bihn
David Meeks
Alayne Meeks
Rob McCormick
David Giannini
Robert Swarner
Jim Snook
Peter Kambas
Don Nasser
Patricia Camp
Kieron Porter

Thank you.

Tom's Signature

Tom and Tao on the Consew

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.

Trevor’s Box Art: Seattle Cityscape

Trevor's box art: Seattle Cityscape

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