As I was searching around the Kickstarter site I came across this book proposal by Christian Wilson from Boston MA called “Human by Trade.” I wanted to give the project its own post, because its funding date isn’t that far away and I think it’s a really great idea. Since we focus a lot on tradespeople, I’d hate to see a book that celebrates them go unpublished.
The coffee table book is a photo journal of people across the country who use their hands to make a living and in many cases a craft. Whether you are a boat builder a brewer or a bicycle mechanic your hands are as important as any tool you will use and tell a great story all on their own. As it states on the web page: “Human by Trade” is a photojournalistic exploration of tradespeople and a detailed look at the experience and legacy their hands reveal. Below are the worn and stained hands of a silversmith.
Fruit of the Loom has decided to close a factory in Jamestown, Kentucky and lay off 600 people in a county that only has about 8,000 workers. The work is being moved to Honduras. The company believes this will help them to make more money – but that will only be true if you keep buying their products. Here are ten alternatives:
We’ve updated our list of “exceptional leather objects” just in time for gift-giving. All Made in the USA.
And I don’t want to forget Kenton Sorenson whose wallet I mentioned in a previous post is just breaking in beautifully. KS now offers this complete Dopp Kit (above), Shaving Brush Roll and Safety Razor Sheath.
Very interesting: Joel Kurtzman, author of Unleashing the Second American Century, says not to worry about these 5 myths:
Myth #1: America is broke
Myth #2: High unemployment rates are here to stay
Myth #3: China is ascending while America is declining
Myth #4: America is a spent power
Myth #5: America doesn’t make anything anymore
Check out the video from the Daily Ticker: