It is Good to be Home — and a WWII Story or 2…

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."— Gustav Flaubert

Drivel Starved Nation!

I just returned from spending three weeks in Europe participating in a publicity tour for Bridge City Tool Works and all the new distributors.

Here are all the stops; London, Axminster, Exeter, Paris, Arnhem, Amsterdam, Munich, Stuttgart, Wurzburg (I think), Frankfurt, Barcelona, and finally Lisbon, Portugal. Needless to say, I am beat. Spain and Portugal were sightseeing stops before heading back to Portland… Continue reading

Pencil Precision, My Obsession with the Ubiquitous…

“Look at usual things with unusual eyes.”— Vico Magistretti

Drive Starved Nation!

First, there is something going on with this blog that is keeping ME out of the loop.  So don’t be discouraged if your comments show up late, I am working on getting that fixed.

Second, thanks to all who commented on my Africa pics, I will let some more leak out later.

Tomorrow I leave for Europe for three weeks.  This is a publicity tour for all of the new Bridge City distributors and I will be discussing our planes and other tools in the pipeline I still cannot talk about. Yet.  Looks like we start in London and visit six countries on this trip. I will be traveling with Jack Xu and Mark Strahler and one thing I will confirm is the exact date for our second epic China field trip in 2020. Continue reading

Pencil Precision Update and other News from Your Favorite Tool Potentate…

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.” — Albert Szent Gyorgi

Drivel Starved Nation,

I have not posted in months, not because I don’t have anything to say, or hide, I have been crazy busy.

But first, I owe an apology to about a half dozen DSN members who submitted questions and/or comments on this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog that went unanswered by me. They got caught up in a Spam filter on this blog site. I answered them all today. Oops.

Pencil Precision Update…
It is no secret that this project has taken on mythic proportions regarding lateness. No excuses here, it has been on the back burner due to the transition and one other significant issue… me. I got flummoxed on locating a reliable source for STRAIGHT GRAIN stock for the pencils. That has been solved. And beginning today, Monday Sept. 23, all of my attention this week is cementing the other vendors which is surprisingly complex. Parts for this project are made in the USA, China, Japan, and Germany. The “me” part of this story is that I used to have a staff that researched and pursued all of these disparate components which now is solely my responsibility. Regardless, refunds are always an easy thing to do if you feel so inclined (I hope you don’t but completely understand!). As soon as all of the PO’s are cut, I will update everybody via this platform. Continue reading

Pre-Order Window for the NEW HP-9v2 Block Plane and the NEW HP-12 Smoother is Days Away…

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where quality is expected."— Steve Jobs

Drivel Starved Nation;

I am pleased to share that the pre-order window for our new HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane, and the NEW HP-12 Dual Angle Smoother will open next week. You will receive an email announcement with all the details if you have signed up to receive them. Pricing will be announced at that time (duh).

Both of these incredible bevel-up planes with stainless steel soles will come complete. This means there are no accessories to purchase, with the exception of spare irons (I do recommend having a spare iron, I always found it annoying to be forced to sharpen an iron in the middle of a job…). Speaking of the irons; Continue reading

The Perfect Bridge City Blog Post – Lots of Pictures… (NSFW!)

"When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things." — Joe Namath

Before I start my picture avalanche, I have a couple of items to share;

1) The new HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane and the new HP-12 Dual Angle Smoother will open for pre-orders in the USA some time next week.

2) For those that missed the awesome field trip to China we organized a couple of years ago, we are doing another in September of 2020. There will be a limit of 40 and I will post full details in the next week. We will visit Shanghai, Nanjing (home of the new Bridge City Center and the Hung Mu museum) and last stop will be Beijing. Continue reading

Greetings From Nanjing, the Good and the Bad…

“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”— Chinese Proverb

Drivel Starved Nation,

I arrived in Nanjing about 10 days ago, the jet lag is the cause of uncertainty. Continue reading

The NEW HG-4 Honing Guide from Bridge City Tool Works…

"“The crazy creatives are the creatives who never go completely mad. They aren't so easily disheartened by the seemingly endless amounts of scrutiny that creative individuals tend to receive because they, like insanity, are the ones who feed off of opposition and negative feedback and manage to continue along with a healthy ambition. It is the crazy that teaches us to use our gifts wisely and own all the attackers.” — Criss Jami

Drivel Starved Nation-

Before I begin a rage filled diatribe, I must first share a Grandpa report…

Last week, 4-year old grandson “Speedy” (aka William) and family came over for dinner. Behind the house are several kiddie gardening tools including a little kiddie hoe, and the popular bird feeders.

“Grandpa, I think the birds are hungry.”

“Do you want to help me fill the bird feeders Speedy?”

“No” he says. “I need to pound dirt with this hoe, but I will watch you do it.” Continue reading

The All NEW HP-12 Dual Angle Block Plane from Bridge City…

"The people dancing are considered crazy by those that can't hear the music."— George Carlin

Drivel Starved Nation;

Lots of drivel to report today!

As mentioned in my previous post, I am in receipt of the first article HP-12 Dual Angle Bench Plane which will hit the shelves later this year. Here are my initial reactions to this new tool with pics; Continue reading

First Look at the Improved HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane from Bridge City…

"The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer."— Fridtjof Nansen

Drivel Starved Nation!

Last Friday I received a package containing the new HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane and the new HP-12 Dual Angle Bench Plane. These are first article versions for my inspection. The changes I recommend will be implemented before I arrive in Nanjing next week.

This is the first time I have seen the new packaging and obviously the tools. But before I begin, do you remember all the internet crap slung my way when we first introduced this tool? I do, and I wish I could forget it, but I cannot.

There, I feel better already. Continue reading

New from Bridge City Tool Works: HP-12 Dual Angle Smoothing Plane!

"Whatever you go into, you have to go in there to be the best. There's no formulas. It's all about passion and honesty and hard work. It might look glamorous, but it takes a lot of hard work. The blessing with the arts is that you can do it forever." — Hugh Masekela

Drivel Starved Nation!

I have some new drivel for you today. But first, an update regarding this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog…

As you likely know, Bridge City has a new website. When the old site was ported to the new site, including this blog, some functionality disappeared. I have heard from several Drivel Starved Nation members regarding the difficulty in searching old posts and that is now on a list to get fixed. In addition, the ability to subscribe to this blog (which sends you a notice whenever I post something worthless) has also disappeared. Thanks for making me aware and I have passed this info on to head honchos Mark and Karen. Worthlessness is a precious commodity, and it must never be stopped! Any more complaints? john@bridgecitytools.com is where the answer man is napping….

As mentioned in my previous post about the new HP-9 Dual Angle Block Plane, I am headed to Nanjing at the end of May to supervise the production of several new tools. In addition to our new block plane, I am sharing with you a sneak peak of our new HP-12 Dual Angle Smoothing Plane;
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