“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it at night.”
— Henry Ford
A while back in this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog, I promised to share an announcement with the Drivel Starved Nation regarding next summer–today is that day! But first some drivel…
2013 marks our 30th Anniversary and the only reason this anniversary exits is that for the past thirty years I have been too stupid to quit one of the greatest Sisyphean companies that has ever been conceived. Some of you may remember our unofficial motto; Bridge City Tool Works: Going Out of Business Thirty Years in a Row…
To mark this milestone, Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft is staging the exhibition, Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works.
The exhibition is looking back thirty-five years and will include several pieces of my furniture as well as a history of our tool making–it is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me outside of the birth of my children.
I have known about this for about six months and continue to feel completely gobsmacked–and for reasons that may not be completely obvious. You see, this exhibition is really about you.
From our very first order in 1983 to today, not a second has passed where I have lost sight that my future has been in someone else’s hands. An American endeavor of designing/producing and marketing gallery quality hand tools had never been done before–this is completely impossible without your support. This exhibition is a celebration of the small subset of the tool buying public that shared in my dream that tools can be a canvas of expression that inspires. I really don’t know what else to say but thank you.
So, if you are looking for an excuse to visit the Pacific Northwest next August, the weather should be stellar. The preview will be Thursday evening, August 15th at the Museum, and opens to the public at 11 am, Friday the 16th. It will run through January of 2014. Where it travels from Portland will be announced at a later date. I have been told the Museum will open the roof for the reception which is really cool.
In addition, our book: The Tools of Bridge City Tool Works: 30 Years Through the Lens of Joseph Felzman will be published by the museum and unveiled Thursday evening. And more really cool news–Joe was just awarded the biennial “Hasselblad Master” award which is one of the highest honors in the world of photography–there were 12 recipients worldwide. Without your support, made possible by Joe’s images, Bridge City would not exist. We have been working together since 1977 and words can’t describe how happy I am for him right now.
On Friday evening the 16th, we will host a private gathering at my home and like many parties at our house–if we are lucky–you will get to meet personnel from the Lake Oswego Police Department. If you happen to answer the door after they knock, please don’t scream to the folks on the deck that the “male stripper has arrived!”
I hope you can make it–your tools are going to be on display in a museum. How cool is that?