Video: Materials Testing

A few of the ways we’ve come up with to test our materials…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the TOM BIHN crew!

From the entire crew here at TOM BIHN: Happy Halloween!

Can’t show you the prototype packs we’re testing…

But here’s the view from the trail.

TOM BIHN prototype pack testing

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