To All the Enthusiastic Customers who Suffered though our Sale Yesterday:
I apologize for wasting your valuable time.
We literally have thousands of transactions to fix. The multiple “submits” have basically killed the inventory, created multiple duplicate charges that need to be reversed…and it gets worse–
Our IT company that runs our shopping cart quit on us yesterday when we screamed for help.
Those are details however and they will all get fixed in the next few days. Orders will get shipped and for those of you who see multiple charges on your card for the exact same amount, they will all get reversed–despite the appealing notion of me disappearing to a tropical island with your money, particularly an island without an extradition treaty with the United States… (We have one customer who hit submit 30 times and has 30 pending transactions–his name rhymes with Alex… Oh boy.)
The real issue is the huge public relations mess. Believe me, WE KNOW many of you are pissed.
So, last night I turned to somebody who handles public relation issues for a Fortune 5 company. This guy is in charge of all the New York City PR for AT&T, and those customers are perpetually torqued, or so it seems. And this guy just happens to be my son, Brian.
He talked. I listened–which has NEVER happened in reverse. So here is what we are going to do;
Next week I leave on my annual work retreat and will not be back in the office until the first week of February (somewhere in the lower 48 in case you are wondering…). The very first thing I am going to do is design a tool for ANYBODY who has placed orders from that “Clearance” page and we are going to build it, and send it to you folks for free. I call it the Quad “F” solution. We get a big “F” for how this all went down. We get to “F”ix the mess and you get a “F”ree tool…the fourth “F” is coming…
Today, as we cancel the duplicate orders, items that appeared out of stock should reappear. Those items that we know are out of stock will be taken down. The “Clearance” section may disappear in interim spurts as we fix our inventory. It will come back. Furthermore, because this will take a couple of days to fix, our Quad “F” solution is live until I get back in “F”ebruary.
I don’t give a hoot how much this is going to cost us. I hope you accept my apology and I assure you the free tool will be cool. It is not like we have another option.
I also want to apologize to our staff–they are doing their best.
To All the Enthusiastic Customers who Suffered though our Sale Yesterday:
Folks, the toilet is overflowing here in a big way! PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ORDER MORE THAN ONCE.
That said, the pipeline through our site can’t handle this volume. Lets all assume your orders are screwed up–we will fix them one by one. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.
Your Frustrated BCTW Team…
SALE DAY UPDATE: ITEMS H90 AND UP MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE WHEN THE SALE OPENS, BUT THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. -JOHN
Wow. The Drivel Starved Nation loves a sale!
Our 2013 sale opens tomorrow at 5:00 PM Pacific time. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that we just discovered a glitch in our webstore shopping cart that may impact a small percentage of our customers; the shopping cart refuses to accept more than 20 items.
So, I recommend that you do not go over 20 items before you place an order–yes, I determined this awesome solution all by myself….
If you are an out of control shopper, and we hope you are, this may require you to place a second or third order, which of course means you will get charged for shipping on all parcels instead of one. Because shipping is all weight based, it is not as bad as it sounds, but it will be more than a single parcel.
If this happens to you, we will issue you a store credit for the excess shipping charges. You get the most expensive box, we will take care of the rest.
“War doesn’t determine who is right… only who is left.”
Our biggest HP-6 Sale will open later this week. This is as good as it will ever get–you heard it here first. This blog post is nothing but a courtesy so you can prepare for our “Crash the Server” party later in the week.
If you are not part of the HP-6 family, now is the best time ever. All you need to do is order an HP6-v2 body and peruse this list below. These deals are terrific.
For those of you who are part of the HP6 family, well… YIPPEE!
For those of you who ordered anything listed below in the last 30 days, contact us for a price correction.
For those of you who think you can call our awesome phone staff and have them hold things for you. Don’t. This stuff, and the hardware in the blog post that precedes this post, are all at our fulfillment facility. For those of you accustomed to bribing us, well you can try, but it won’t work.
EVERYTHING posted in these two blog posts will all be listed under the “Clearance” tab on our site when the sale goes live. Actually, you can do alot of 2013 Holiday shopping with these prices… For those of you on forums, pass this on–you will be a hero! Look for an email from us for the exact date and time. These are liquidation prices available to all. No Founder’s discounts–we may be dumb but we ain’t stewpid!
|’0000’ STEEL WOOL (250G)||$ 15.00||$ 8.10|
|CS-12 REPLACEMENT BLADE (E/M)||$ 39.00||$ 5.60|
|BR-6 Zero Glare Bench Rule||$ 18.95||$ 6.25|
|JS-2 REPLACEMENT BLADE||$ 45.00||$ 16.20|
|JS-3 KATABA SAW||$ 89.00||$ 33.40|
|JS-3 Replacement Blade||$ 45.00||$ 11.45|
|BR-12 Zero-Glare Bench Rule||$ 22.95||$ 8.95|
|PV-1 Pin Vise||$ 139.00||$ 55.35|
|HP-3/HP-4/HP-5 SPARE IRON||$ 29.00||$ 10.00|
|CT-10 REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 19.25|
|JS-6 Crosscut Saw||$ 88.00||$ 25.40|
|JS-6 Replacement Blade||$ 49.00||$ 14.90|
|HP-6 Rabbet Profile Kit||$ 129.00||$ 40.60|
|HP-6 1/16” CORNER BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 1/8” CORNER BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 1/8” REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 3/16” CORNER BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 1/4” CORNER BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 Rabbet Depth Fence||$ 69.00||$ 8.00|
|HP-6 1/16″ Corner Cove Profile Kit||$ 149.00||$ 53.00|
|HP-6 .0625 CORNER COVE IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|1/8″ Corner Cove Profile Kit||$ 149.00||$ 53.60|
|HP-6 .125” CORNER COVE IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|3/16 Corner Cove Kit||$ 149.00||$ 53.00|
|HP-6 3/16” Corner Round REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 .1875 CORNER COVE IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 .250” CORNER COVE IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 Brass Rabbet Depth Fence||$ 52.00||$ 7.00|
|HP-6 1/4” Corner Round REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 DUAL FENCE SYSTEM||$ 100.00||$ 44.00|
|HP-6 WOODEN GUIDE RAILS||$ 65.00||$ 34.90|
|HP-6 CROWNING REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 1/16” Corner Round Replacement Iron||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 3/16″ Radius Profile Kit||$ 139.00||$ 53.60|
|HP-6 .25 Radius Profile Kit||$ 139.00||$ 53.60|
|JS-7 Dozuki 240mm Back Saw||$ 139.95||$ 29.00|
|JS-8 Replacement Blade||$ 49.00||$ 19.00|
|Japanese Saw Tool Wrap||$ 19.95||$ 5.80|
|HP-7 REPLACEMENT BLADE||$ 50.00||$ 10.00|
|Bubble Level- Blue||$ 27.00||$ 15.00|
|Bubble Level- Champagne||$ 27.00||$ 15.00|
|Bubble Level- Orange||$ 27.00||$ 15.00|
|Bubble Level- Red||$ 27.00||$ 15.00|
|HP7 WALNUT DISPLAY CASE||$ 149.00||$ 35.00|
|CT-17 WALNUT DISPLAY CASE||$ 149.00||$ 35.00|
|PV-2 Pin Vise||$ 139.00||$ 55.35|
|MULTI-BEAD HONE (.100 & .125)||$ 49.00||$ 12.00|
|V, CROWN ; CORNICE HONE||$ 49.00||$ 10.00|
|HP-6 3/16” CORNER BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|CORNER COVE HONE (.0625 & .125)||$ 49.00||$ 11.30|
|CORNER COVE HONE (.1875 & .250)||$ 49.00||$ 11.30|
|DADO SCORING CUTTER HONE||$ 49.00||$ 11.30|
|HP-6v2 .1875 Cornice Profile Kit||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.1875 CORNICE REPL. BLADE||$ 45.00||$ 11.30|
|HP-6v2 .25 Multi-Bead Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6v2 .168 Multi-Bead Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.168 MULTI-BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 45.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 (.168 & .25) Multi-Bead Hones||$ 49.00||$ 11.30|
|HP-6v2 .0625 Cornice Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.0625 CORNICE REPLACEMENT BLADE||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 .100 Multi-Bead Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6V2 .100 MULTI-BEAD REPL IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6V2 1” R CROWNING SOLE & IRON KIT||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|1”R CROWNING REPLACEMENT BLADE||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 .5 D Face Bead Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6V2 .5 D FACE BEAD REPL. IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6 .375D FACE BEAD SOLE & IRON KIT||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6V2 .375 FACE BEAD REPL. IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 (.5 & .375) Face Bead Hones||$ 49.00||$ 11.00|
|.25 D FACE BEAD SOLE & IRON||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6V2 .250” FACE BEAD REPL. IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 .125 Face Bead Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|HP-6V2 .125” FACE BEAD REPL. IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 (.25 & .125) Face Bead Hones||$ 49.00||$ 11.00|
|HP-6v2 .1875 Surface Cove Profile||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.1875 SURFACE COVE REPL. BLADE||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6V2 .25 SURFACE COVE PROFILE||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.25 SURFACE COVE REPL. BLADE||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6v2 Surface Cove Hone||$ 49.00||$ 11.00|
|HP-6v2 Magnetic Clamp Pad||$ 8.95||$ 5.10|
|HP-6V2 1/16 Dado REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 59.00||$ 21.30|
|HP-6V2 1/8 DADO REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 59.00||$ 21.30|
|HP-6V2 3/16 DADO REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 59.00||$ 21.30|
|HP-6V2 1/4 DADO REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 59.00||$ 21.30|
|HP-6V2 .125 CORNICE SOLE & IRON||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.125 CORNICE REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|HP-6V2 .125 Multi-BEADING SOLE Kit||$ 149.00||$ 58.40|
|.125 MULTI-BEAD REPLACEMENT IRON||$ 49.00||$ 18.25|
|CS-12v2 English Replacement Blade||$ 39.00||$ 14.35|
|Woodworker’s Guide To Compound Miters||$ 8.00||$ 3.00|
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”
– P.J. O’Rourke
SALE DAY UPDATE: ITEMS H90 AND UP MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE WHEN THE SALE OPENS, BUT THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. -JOHN
Warning! Be patient with this post–there are almost 100 images below.
We are gutting our parts department to make room for our new video studio–which we have been working on for the past 18 months without much progress because of space constraints. The vast majority of the inventory below is custom designed and not available anywhere else.
How big is this sale? If everything pictured sold (it won’t) we would take a loss of over $100,000. Everything you see below is “as is”–we made zero attempt to clean or polish what you see. Most were photographed with a rule as a reference so you get an idea of the size. When appropriate, we have included the thread sizes. Some of this stuff we have large quantities, others, not so much. The sale will go live later this week and the exact date will be announced via email. All is first come, first served. We will leave what you don’t snap up at our fulfillment center for a couple of weeks and then it will all be scrapped. So, happy hunting to all the MacGyver fans amongst the DSN!
Lastly, this is only the hardware and misc. stuff.
The finished goods sale will be posted later today. If you see something here that we missed let us know and we will update the image.
PS: We did our best to make this accurate–so we are not guilt of nothin’! Also, we have been told that our shopping cart updates quantities in “realtime” but this is the first big test–so again, no guarantees that your order(s) will be filled 100%. But we are kind of confident…sorta.
Item H1: A2 hardened plane irons with micro-lapped backs. All you need to do is put on a micro-bevel and you are ready to go. We will award $100 to the first person who designs a plane with multiple irons that works like a Gillette Track III razor. There. 0.195″ Dia. hole, 1.2″ width. OAL- 4.35″ Set of 5: $50.00
Item H2: Stainless steel flange bolt (shoulder screw). Use when you want stainless threads in wood or other soft materials. Head can be abraded flush with substrate material. Typical adhesive is cyanoacrylate. 1/4″-28 TPI. Flange diameter 0.537″ Set of 2: $3.00
Item H3: Threaded brass posts (studs). I would make my own Pachinko machine with these… but that is just me. #4-40, other end receives 1/16″ hex key. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H7: Rosewood knobs with brass ferrule and 7/16-14 tpi stud. The wood is not perfect–either sap or hairline cracks that can be filled with Super Glue. Make your own router plane! Or…? Set of 2: $6.00
Item H10: Brand new bearing set. This is a singleton, we have just these two bearings. No, we will not split them up! 35mm ID, 70mm OD, 17mm D. Pair: $6.00
Item H11: Rosewood cheeks. Use for infill, knife and tool making. .783″ wide, .229 thick, OAL: 5.86″ Set of 5: $8.00
Item H18: Stainless steel flange stud. Wherever you decide to use this, it will work perfectly and look good too! 10-32 internal, 7/16-14 external. Set of 2: $5.00
Item H20: Left and right handed screws. Used when you want the female threads to move in opposite directions. One end is threaded for a knob. Use to make your little centering vise! Part is trapped in a hole and retained with a ball bearing. 5/16-24 LH and RH, Receives 1/4-28 knob. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H25: 1/4-28 threaded brass studs. Lots of uses, won’t rust and fit many of our knobs. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H26: Steel t-bevel blades–they look like crap but are only dirty. Polish and finish anyway you want, blued, plated or painted. Set of 3: $5.00
Item H29: Large adjusting wheels with swivel pads for block plane cap H38. 1/4-28 external. Set of 2: $6.00
Item H30: Blank brass medallions. Polish the non-beveled side, take to a jewelry store and have them all custom engraved. Glue into a 1″ recess and give your work a professional look. Set of 25: $10.00
Item H33: Black oxide coated steel whatchamacallits. Call for quantity discounts! #10-32 tpi. Set of 2: $2.00
Item H36: Threaded knurled knobs with infill pockets–fill and dress with the wood of your choice! 1/4-28 internal. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H38: Cast brass block plane cap, polished. DOES NOT INCLUDE radial knurled pressure wheel as pictured–see H29. Design your own block plane! Each: $13.00
Item H40: Radial knurled, large brass threaded knobs with rosewood infill. Beautiful knobs. 1/4-28 internal. Set of 2: $7.00
Item H44: Blind brass inserts. These are great for door hardware and as hole liners that will receive a pin. 0.243 ID x 0.304″ OD. Set of 5: $4.00
Item H45: Brass transition washers. Use in hardware or anytime you transition from a planer surface to a pull or knob with a radial shank. 0.266 ID. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H46: Decorative brass knurled stud.Press into appropriate hole and presto! You have a threaded stud. 1/4-28 external. Set of 2: $4.00
Item H49: Brass threaded decorative nuts–surly you can think of a use? 1/4-28 internal. Set of 5: $4.00
Item H53: Oil impregnated bronze sleeve bearings. Use when you need lubricity without the mess of oil. For 3/8″ shaft. OAL” .743″ OD 0.496″. Set of 2: $1.50
Item H54: Oil impregnated bronze sleeve bearings. Use when you need lubricity without the mess of oil. For 3/8″ shaft. OAL” .237″ OD 0.496″ Set of 5: $2.00
Item H57: Radial knurled brass ring nuts–these are really cool looking in the right application. 3/8-24 internal. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H58: Radial knurled index pins. Use for jigs and fixtures and anything else I can’t think of at the moment. 5/16″-24. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H59: Solid brass rack and pinion set. Rack nests into 1/8″ groove. Fun! For the creative and inventive. Pinions fit .125″ shaft. As Pictured: $7.00
Item H60: Decorative guide bushings for Item 61. Allows the guide rod to slide smooth. 0.251″ ID. Set of 10: $7.00
Item H61: Smooth stainless guide rods. Use for fixtures, hinge pins, lock pins, etc. Fits part H60. Handy to have around the shop. Set of 10: $12.00
Item H62: Brass decorative washer inserts. Use where you want to insert a flathead screw. These are designed to be removable and can be held in place with “O” rings, or they can be used with an adhesive. 0.267 ID. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H63: Brass threaded adjusters. Typically, these adjusters thread into a female thread and allow the flange portion to be raised or lowered accordingly. I.D.: 0.377″. 1/2″-13 tpi. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H64: Brass threaded stud with transition flange. Used in wood turnings when you want to attach components. 3/8-16. Set of 2: $5.00
Item H65: Knurled brass ring nuts–primarily used to jam an adjacent threaded component. 1/2-20 internal. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H67: Brass threaded stud with transition flange. Used in wood turnings when you want to attach components. 9/16-18 external. Set of 2: $5.00
Item H68: Sliding rod and flange kit. Use for jigs and fixtures–rod slides in shoulder bearings. Set of 2: $5.00
Item H69: Knurled stainless inserts–you tap for desired thread size. Typically pressed into a blind hole–no adhesive required. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H70: Medium rosewood infilled brass knobs with radial knurl and 10-32 stainless threaded stud. Set of 5: $6.00
Item H71: Medium ebony infilled brass knobs with radial knurl and 4-40 threaded stud. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H72: Medium ebony infilled brass knobs with radial knurl and 1/4-28 threaded stud. Set of 3: $5.00
Item H75: Custom made 3 jawed keyless chuck with stud. Use for jigs and fixtures or custom drilling inventions. 3/8-24. Each: $9.00
Item H76: Small brass shoulder knobs, Use for small tightening jobs, as pulls, or as a fixed knob for sliding components. #4-40. Set of 10: $5.00
Item H77: Small brass knobs, rosewood infill, radial knurl with nylon tipped studs. Use for small tightening jobs where you do not want to damage the tightened component. 1/4-28 tpi. Set of 10: $10.00
Item H78: Small brass knobs with straight knurl and through threads. Use for small tightening jobs. #5-40 internal. Set of 10: $10.00
Item H80: Large brass knobs with rosewood infill. These are gorgeous, radial knurled knobs. 5/16-20. Set of 2: $6.00
Item H81: Brass w/Ebony infill stainless ball end screws. Use when you want to trap a dished washer or you want to apply minimal friction to a sliding component. 1/4-28. Set of 5: $18.00
Item H82: Rosewood infilled, radial knurled Norris style lead screws. 1/4-28 RH, 10-24 LH. Set of 5: $18.00
Item H87: A2 Plane Iron Lapped W:” 2-1/8″ L: 5-3/4″ (designed for bevel up plane but will work upside down, both faces are lapped.) Each: $20.00
Item H88: A2 Plane Iron Lapped W:” 2-1/8″ L: 4-1/8″ (designed for bevel down plane but will work upside down, both faces are lapped.) Each: $25.00
Item H89: These are induction hardened 20mm diameter linear rods that have been hard chrome plated. Random lengths between 15-18″. Design your own linear rail system! The discoloration you see is dirt. FYI: weight is 11 lbs. Set of 4: $12.00
Item H90: These were HP-6 fence posts that were out of spec (threads are too long) Stanless steel, 1/4-20 Set of 10: $6.00
Item H91: Stainless steel stepped widgets. Use to make your own pinball machine–stretch rubber bands or O rings between two posts. Large OD 3/16″, small OD .200″ use number drill for hole. Set of 25: $8.00
Item H92: Large brass knob with 1/4-20 stud. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H93: Large brass knob with Juara wood infill. 1/4-20. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H94: Large knurled brass knobs with rosewood infill. 1/4-28 tpi. Good for toolbox pulls. Set of 5: $5.00
Item H95: Beeswax Set of 5: $5.00
“Those who don’t read the newspapers are better off than those who do insofar as those who know nothing are better off than those whose heads are filled with half-truths and lies.”– Thomas Jefferson
Happy New Year DSN–in this, our 30th year of operations!
What better way to initiate a new year than with a massive inventory clearance sale the likes of which you have never seen?
You heard it hear first…in preparation for the remodel of our prototype shop/video studio, we have made the decision to gut our parts department. We finished photography this week . I will post imagery early next week so you can peruse this stuff before the sale opens. Everything from springs to plane irons, it is all going on sale. Just the parts alone have a cost basis of somewhere between 100 and $200K. For you MacGyver fans, this will be awesome!
No, this is what you should not buy from us. What you should not buy from us is anything relating to the HP-6 Mini-Multi Plane–our entire inventory of sole kits is going on sale. And if you do not own an HP-6, we have opened pre-orders for the bodies. This is going to be a really big deal if you like saving $$$.
Oh, one more thing. I DO LISTEN! We are going to make all four corner radius kits for the HP-6 to fit the HP6v2 body WITHOUT SCREWS. More later.
Check back on this totally awesome and worthless blog next Monday to learn what is going on sale and see pics of all the misc. stuff. The Big Sale is scheduled to open exactly at 5 PM PST next Wednesday.
“If Pizza sizes were given in area and not diameter, you’d see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
This is my last post for 2012–I think. My plan is to come back to work on Jan 2 or 3rd and that will be the beginning of our 30th year of tool making.
For the 2+ billion people who regularly follow this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog, a 35 year retro exhibition of my work–or your tools, depending on perspective–opens in August–it is an incredible honor, with one really cool twist…
As with most museums, the focus is on education and over the duration of the exhibition the educational focus is going to be primarily on the Jointmaker Pro. The cool twist? The Museum has initiated a call for entries to be juried for inclusion in this exhibition. Here are the details;
- All submissions must somehow incorporate the Jointmaker Pro in the process.
- There is no restriction on size, but exhibition floor space is limited. My advice; smaller is better.
- The potential for your work to be included in the Museum Sales Gallery, on an ongoing basis, is a strong possibility! That is really cool.
- You will be financially responsible for shipping to the Museum and the shipping costs to return your work–if needed.
- Your entry, or entries must be delivered by March 1, 2013. Winning entries will be included in our book, entries after that date will not.
- All entries will be judged by the Museum Curator.
- If your work is accepted, and it is for sale, you will be sent a check by the Museum sans commission if sold. (I don’t know what the commission rate is but 40 -50% is the norm.)
The rules are simple. Carefully pack and ship your entry to;
Curator of Collections & Registrar
Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 Northwest Davis Street | Portland, Oregon 97209
Inside the box, include all of your return shipping info and a note that this is an entry for the “Quality is Contagious…” exhibition.
This exhibit is going to travel and if you would like it to come to an area near you, the Museum needs to hear from you. The process of reviewing and receiving grant funds for traveling exhibitions is based in part on demonstrated interest by the public. If this strikes your fancy, please send a brief email to Nicole;
Lastly, and certainly not least, THANK YOU for making 2012 so different from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. All of us here at BCTW are keenly aware of your patronage, support and interesting tech calls…
We all wish you a great holiday season and a very happy New Year!
“We live in a day and age where pizza gets to our house faster than the police.”
– Tim Wang
Well now, been awhile since the Drivel Starved Nation has munched on some drivel–time to fix that!
For the past month I have been immersed in the assembly process of our Precision Fence Systems. It has been so long since I actually got off my butt that I thoroughly enjoyed this respite. I must say, they came out fantastic–and this week I will install mine on one of my three JMP’s. The other two will eventually get the fence system but I have to wait for the next run (sometime next year). (We are missing a crate of extrusions–don’t ask how or why, nobody knows so we are pulling more metal to finish off the metric versions). Check with Michael’s production schedule for delivery guestimates.
I will be teaching two classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking next year, one on the JMP where we will put the saw, our new fence system, and your hand planning skills to the test–everybody will make a copy of my contemporary chess set that will be on display at the exhibition beginning in August. As of last week, this class is over 75% filled, I believe there are four openings remaining. FYI.
The second class is on tool making, and will be the third or fourth year for this class. Besides making some cool tools, you will get to spend some time running a vertical milling machine and working dissimilar materials. As of this writing, there are plenty of open spots. Personally, it is way more fun for me if there are only 11-12 students–so I hope it doesn’t fill up–one of the few times Marc and I disagree…
I seriously hope all you JMP owners take up the opportunity to join me in this exhibition and be part of the book. I will tell you where to send your entries at a later date, but the deadline revolves around the book printing date which has not been set yet. As a precaution, I am strongly suggesting that your entries be completed no later than March 1. I will have a more precise date when I know more.
Regarding the Special Edition Rabbet Plane; we have 12 remaining. Sometime this week we will email our entire file and then they will be gone. FYI.
I love “out of the box” thinking and the work by Designer Elisa Strozyk is nothing short of phenomenal in my opinion. I hope you enjoy the video at the end of the images.
Lastly, there is nothing more insidious than land minds–the award winning film below shows how childhood toys can be resurrected with amazing results…
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
– Henry Ford
First, a big thanks to all for the congratulations regarding the 2013 exhibition–your words and encouragement are really appreciated.
As you might imagine, there is a lot of work to make all this happen, and if you are going to work, why not make it fun? So, every now and then I will post some behind-the-scenes information so you don’t run out of drivel. We never want to run out of drivel… that would be bad.
Today I met with Nicole from the Museum of Contemporary Craft to discuss the educational component of the exhibition. We agreed that it might be really fun to have a couple of Jointmaker Pro’s in the museum workshop area making squiggle marble track. Then, much like our noisy video of the same ilk, we would, over a period of weeks and months, create a giant kinetic marble maze mounted vertically on the wall. The idea of course is to get people acquainted, or in some cases, reacquainted with non-powered tools and spontaneously create a collaborative, and fun sculpture for young and old alike.
Next, we discussed JMP projects and I shared with her the CAD drawings of the chess set I have been working on for the past couple of years. So it looks like that is going to be on display too. (FYI, for those of you taking my JMP class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking next Spring, you will make this project.) A pic of the King and Queen is below. All JMP cuts and block plane work–now you know how the Precision Fence System came to be…
This discussion awakened the muse. I proposed the following contest idea to Nicole; what if Bridge City sponsored a contest for those folks who own, or use a Jointmaker Pro? All you need to do is design and make a project that primarily relies on the JMP and the winning entries would be included in the exhibition and our upcoming book! Furthermore, if your work is gallery quality, Nicole is open to including your work in the sales gallery! How cool is that?
So that is exactly what we are going to do. If you like contests with meaty prizes this is a good one. All entries need to be received by April 15th, 2013–I picked this date because I know it is your favorite date. The museum curator will judge all entries.
So, what is gallery quality? At the bare minimum it is stellar craftsmanship–that is a given. Next, your work needs to evoke an emotional response–which means it needs to resonate, good and bad vibes work–the world is your oyster.
What if there are only four successful entries? Well, then I know we will sell at least 4 copies of our book. Unless of course the entries are all from San Diego…
Let the questions begin…
“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?