29. June 2010 00:39
Phew, it has been a busy June here at Bailey's. In addition to sending our Summer catalog off to the printer, we hosted two major events at our facility in Woodland, California. The first one that I'll cover in this post was the Steve Backus Chainsaw Carving Boot Camp which took place June 12-13. Before I begin, I would like to thank all of the students who came from near and far to attend the Boot Camp. This was our second such chainsaw carving event, and I think they just keep getting better. Steve (along with his protégé, Mike) and Pat McVay taught twelve students over the course of two days how to carve a Salmon and a Standing Bear. The early feedback from the students has been overwhelmingly positive. Many of them told me they were surprised at how professional their carvings turned out after two short days of instruction. Others were amazed at the incredible leap their chainsaw carving skills took after such a short time. I've posted a few images below to give you a flavor of the fun and learning that took place. My sincere thanks to chainsaw carvers Steve and Pat, and photographer/videographer Peter Wiant for another highly-successful event. Be sure to keep an eye out in our catalogs for future events. Lastly, a special note of thanks to Steve Backus, Pat McVay and their associate chainsaw carver, Steve Orne (Steve did a great Bear carving demo for the students on Sunday) for the cool Bailey's "chainsaw" stump carving they contributed to our Woodland facility.
10. June 2010 20:25
This post is not about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. However, regardless of anyone's political bent I think everyone can agree that what has happened is an environmental disaster of epic proportions. With that said, I would like to shine a light on a company producing fossil fuel alternatives for 2-cycle (no-smoke) oil mix, 4-cycle outdoor power equipment engine oil and chainsaw bar oil. We've sold Green Earth G-Oil products for a couple of years now and they have continued to gain acceptance and a loyal following among Bailey's customers. All of these oils meet the highest standards applicable for their uses. They are also rated ULTIMATE BIODEGRADABLE, the highest biodegradability ranking as determined by ASTM Standards (2.1 ASTM D-5864). Best of all, these oils are made in the USA and are produced using a patent pending technology for conversion of saturated fats from plant or animal origins into high value unsaturated oil. Green Earth also makes a 5W-30 motor oil that is gaining acceptance and distribution at auto supply outlets and oil change stations around the country. While Green Earth products are not the complete solution to offshore oil drilling problems or our dependency on foreign oil, they're certainly a step in the right direction. I encourage you to find out more about G-OIL by visiting their website.
1. June 2010 22:24
I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with the management of Prison Blues and Oregon Corrections Enterprises. These are the people who are responsible for one of the most innovative prison programs I've ever seen. I'd like to take a moment to share some of the history of Prison Blues and my impressions of the overall enterprise.
Prison Blues started with two ingredients: 1. A federal government grant funded by drug money seizures, and 2. A plan to defray incarceration costs. Mindful of the impact prison industries have on private sector businesses, the State of Oregon conducted a thorough study to establish a viable product for production. The conclusion was that Oregon's manufacturers would not suffer from a prison garment industry. The factory was created in 1989 to manufacture blue jeans, yard coats, work shirts, and T-shirts for inmates. The factory is run as closely as possible to one on the outside, though with higher security issues. The environment is bright and energetic, designed to maximize productivity, and the workers appreciate the time they spend at work.
Prison Blues is the most highly sought job at Pendleton Prison. The inmates earn a prevailing industry wage and they keep around 20% of what they earn. They pay taxes and are eligible to earn bonus incentives for quality and productivity. Like the private sector, inmates are expected to pay their own way with their earnings. Eighty percent is withheld from their earnings to pay for their own incarceration costs, victim restitution, family support, and state and federal wage taxes. This significantly reduces the burden on taxpayers. Inmates can use their earnings for voluntary family support, to buy items at the prison canteen, or for deposit in a savings account available to them upon their release. As you might imagine, all of these factors have a very positive effect on one of America's biggest rehabilitation problems: recidivism (reincarceration after release). I can tell you first-hand that the clothes made by the inmates of this Oregon Prison, are some of the most durable you will ever lay your hands on.
I think it's safe to say that the people running the Prison Blues enterprise are more interested in rehabilitation than they are making windfall profits. I personally applaud their efforts and urge you to give this line of quality USA made clothing a try. Considering the current state of affairs here in California, I'd be very surprised if our Governator wasn't knocking on their door asking for advice. Find out more about Prison Blues by visiting their website.