John Economak: Too Stupid to Quit

Too Stupid to Quit: 30 years of Unconventional Tools
with John Economaki, founder and president of Bridge City Tool Works

When local furniture designer John Economaki developed a severe allergy to wood dust, he turned from making furniture to making heirloom hand tools for woodworkers. Drawing on his background in industrial design and knowledge of construction needs, Economaki established Bridge City Tool Works in 1983. In this talk, John will discuss how he uses the most contemporary digital technology to design tools to stand the test of time.

John Economaki is the founder and president of Bridge City Tool Works . They produce innovative and immaculately crafted heirloom tools for woodworks and collectors worldwide. Made in America, all of the tools are produced in limited quantity numbers and are made to order, meaning that they only produce as many of a tool that is pre-sold before production begins.

The company’s products, sketches, and tools from the past thirty years are on view at the Museum of Contemporary Craft until February 8.

SCIENCE PUB PORTLAND – Hollywood Theatre is a monthly event open to all ages. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, January 7