Considering the number of blogs out there, it’s amazing that there are so few DE bloggers. I’ve found exactly two. If you’re manufacturing and blogging, do sing out. Once there’s some momentum, I’ll add a sidebar to list you all.
For now, meet Adam over at Twisted Spokes (thanks Julie & Phil). He makes messenger bags and shows bag construction in process as well as providing links on sourcing and advice. From his site I found a nifty step by step on bag making from Inertia Designs.
The older of the two blogs is Zolowear by Darien Wilson of Austin TX. Darien’s been a part of our community for quite some time although she doesn’t comment being so busy but I’m glad she’s got a blog so I can keep up with her progress. Darien makes baby slings although she also makes slings for kids to carry their dollies. The challenges of manufacturing that Darien describes will be very familiar to many of you. The cutey on the left is Darien’s boy Clark. At right is Darien.
And speaking of manufacturing and blogging, I sometimes traipse over to NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) for a Red State -their words, not mine- view of manufacturing. Bill’s not too fond of them either. Still, I don’t know why NAM so gleefully links to Despair Inc when many of us suspect that Dr. Kersten most likely used some of their most prominent members as source material. Speaking of Despair Inc, Dr. Kersten has posted some new training videos that are a real laugh -if only they weren’t all too realistic. You can lose half a day over at Despair.com; a classic internet site. This has always been my favorite page over there.
Regarding NAM, there’s some interesting stuff on their blog. They’ve posted a bunch of video clips in a series entitled Cool Stuff Being Made on how different things are manufactured; everything from hearing aids (vintage clip, not PC), chocolate -from bean to bar-, clothes (Patagonia), even cars courtesty of Toyota. Back in the 50’s, NAM sponsored a weekly television show called “Industry on Parade” billed as “a pictorial reviews of events in business and industry” so they even have some vintage clips they reclaimed from the Smithsonian. The vintage stuff is just loaded with all kinds of eco-socio-political not-so-subtle messages meaning classic examples of cold war era marketing via education.