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.
18. May 2010 18:39
Bailey's is proud to introduce our new PartFINDER. This comprehensive tool allows you to look up Illustrated Parts Lists (IPLs) for hundreds of chainsaws, trimmers and blowers, just to name a few. Heck, we even have snow blower parts in our system! Currently we offer Husqvarna, Echo, Poulan, Dolmar, Oregon, Weed Eater and Lucas Mills in our PartFINDER, but we'll be adding many more in the coming months. Just find the PartFINDER button on the left side of our home page and click your way to your manufacturer, then your product and model. From there, just click the button to drop your parts into your cart. It's just that easy. As always, if you have any problems or questions that can't be answered on the website, you can call us toll-free at 800-322-4539. We're here to help.
5. May 2010 00:01
Jessie Groeschen, author of Art of Chainsaw Carving: An Insider's Look at 18 Artists Working Against the Grain, will be leading a demonstration of master carvers just north of the Bailey's Laytonville headquarters this Thursday, May 6, at the College of the Redwoods campus in Humboldt. Jessie is a long time friend of the Bailey's crew and we wish her all the best on this new endeavour. She'll be joined by master carvers Pat McVay and Zoe Boni. The carving demonstration will be followed by a lecture and book signing at the Accident Gallery in Eureka. Get details and read an article on the event at The Humboldt Beacon. To learn more about Jessie Groeschen visit her website.
15. April 2010 22:18
Click here for a map of our Retail Outlet location.
- Retail Outlet Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM, Closed Saturday and Sunday
- Retail Outlet Address: 1222 Commerce Avenue, Unit D, Woodland, California 95776
- Directions from I5 North: Coming from the North on I5 take Exit 538 for CA-113 N toward Yuba City. Turn Left at N East St. Turn Left at Commerce Avenue and turn right into our driveway. We are located in the building at the end of the parking lot.
- Directions from I5 South: Coming from the South on I5, take the CA-113 exit toward Yuba City. Turn Left at CA-113 North East St. Turn Left at Commerce Avenue and turn right into our driveway. We are located in the building at the end of the parking lot.
- Payments: Our retail outlet accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, Debit Cards, Money Orders, Cashiers Checks or Bailey's Gift Certificates. At this time, our retail outlet is unable to accept Cash, Personal Checks or PayPal.
Bailey's is happy to bring you our first Retail Outlet. Our new store is based in our Woodland, California warehouse and features 2,000 sq feet of the full line of outdoor power equipment from Husqvarna, as well as an OEM Service department to support this expanded line. In addition to all the professional chainsaws Husqvarna offers, we now carry a full line of ZTR's, lawn tractors, trimmers, brushcutters, blowers and accessories...just about everything Husqvarna has to offer professionals and discerning consumers. And since the store is part of our primary distribution center, customers in the Sacramento area now have immediate access to everything we have in stock for one-stop shopping for all your Landscape, Arborist, Logging, or landowner needs. We also offer same day Chipper Knife sharpening service and mower blade sharpening. We are very proud to offer all our customers our Professional Service at our always competitive prices. Our store hours are Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, closed Saturday and Sunday. We are conveniently located just off I-5 just four blocks from the 113 Yuba City exit at 1222 Commerce Avenue, Unit D. We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here for a map of our Retail Outlet location.
See you in Woodland!
9. April 2010 00:16
Now there's a pretty sight! These beauties come to us from a removal and courtesy of a local Davis, California arborist. They'll be used to mill slabs at our Lucas Mill Boot Camp and transformed into works of chainsaw art at the Steve Backus Chainsaw Carving Boot Camp this June. Still sitting on the fence about attending? With wood like this to work with, I wouldn't wait much longer! Space is limited.
Many thanks to Rion Casey, our Retail Outlet Manager for arranging such awesome wood. I know our Boot Camp students will appreciate his efforts!
P.S. The guy eyeing the logs in the photo above is Brian Merson, our outdoor power equipment mechanic extraordinaire - he's a specialist in Husqvarna, Stihl, Honda, Echo and virtually all small engine repair work. If your equipment is in need of service, just ship it to us and he'll professionally repair it and ship it back to you. But that's a topic for another post...
22. March 2010 18:39
Just about everyone is familiar with Ax Men, the hit logging reality series on the History Channel. I was pleased a few weeks back to discover that another series that hasn't received quite as much publicity, American Loggers, is back for a second season. If you haven't seen this show, I encourage you to check it out on the Discovery Channel. The subject of this show, the Gerald Pelletier Logging Company of Millinocket, Maine, have been long-time customers of Bailey's. Discovery Channel bills this series as Seven Brothers, Four Sons, No Rules - perhaps a bit overly dramatic (there's plenty of rules these guys have to follow!), but it is a heck of a good show. Much of the series focuses on the dangerous job of log trucking on The Golden Road, between Millinocket, Maine and the sawmills in Canada. These guys carry 275,000 lb. loads of timber up and down snow-covered roads. Occasionally, they run "doubles" and these loads approach 400,000 lbs.! I'm glad to see that this year, they're spending a bit more time covering the incredible processors that cut, delimb and cut logs to length - they literally do it all, quickly, efficiently and with minimal impact to the environment. You'll also get to see feller-bunchers, skidders and log loaders in some pretty extreme conditions. I've been to several logging sites here in the Pacific Northwest, but American Loggers gives us a glimpse into world that many never see - especially those of us here in the West. American Loggers has the usual cast of colorful characters with equally colorful nicknames and in my opinion, there's plenty of action to keep people watching.
16. March 2010 17:34
FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED SPECIAL OFFER!
Our Redwood Region trade show demo units will be available for sale in Ukiah!
LUCAS PORTABLE SWING BLADE SAWMILL - We will be bringing a 6" Lucas Mill Model 618 to the show. You can save in two ways. First, if you pick it up at the show you'll save on shipping and second, we're offering this demo unit for $1,000 off the current price! Just pay for the mill ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Saturday for only $9,995! Our operators will even give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. This machine will only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one available at this price, so if you're interested, give our Lucas Mill specialist, Doug Coughlin, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 228.
LOGOSOL PLANER / MOULDER - We will also be bringing a 3-Phase PH260 Planer / Moulder to the show. Again, you'll save on shipping if you pick it up at the show and you'll save because we're offering this demo unit for $600 off the current price! Just pay for the unit ahead of time and pick it up after the show on Saturday for only $9,995! And just like the mill, our operators will give you a free quick lesson if you show up a little early. This machine will only have a few hours of use - just enough time to break it in for you. There's only one available at this price, so if you're interested, give our Logosol specialist, Doug Morgan, a call today at 1-800-322-4539 extension 298.
9. March 2010 23:42
Okay, so some web searches yielded a few first-hand reports of Mrs. Palin's speech. Unfortunately, I still cannot find a recording of the speech which would have been truly interesting to watch! As one might expect, she endeared herself to the logging conference crowd by holding her hand up to show what was written on her palm. What did it say, you ask? "Loggers rock!" - an apparent dig at what she called the "lame-stream media" who recently ridiculed her for writing speech "crib" notes on her hand at a Tea Party event. Toward the end of her talk she complimented logging industry folks when she referred to an administration that talks about green jobs. Of our industry, she said "You guys were doing green jobs before green jobs were even cool!" Although Palin tailored some of her speech especially for the logging industry, her message apparently also sounded like someone running for office. She recounted a lifetime of accomplishments, from city council and mayor to governor and vice presidential candidate. Okay, like I said, that's it. Unless someone can find me that elusive footage on youtube or elsewhere. Ha!
On a slight side note, I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Pihl (of Ax Men fame) at the conference when he stopped by our booth. Mike, his company and many of his crew have been Bailey's customers for years and you'll never meet a more down-to-earth, sensible and cordial guy. A bit surprising, considering some of the shenanigans he deals with on the jobsite! He said that he did get to spend some time speaking with Sarah Palin and that she was smart, personable and truly cares about the forest products and logging industries. He said they spoke about the concerns of loggers and the logging industry. Mike said it was an incredible opportunity to speak to someone with "that level of influence." While I don't know the specifics of their discussion, I'm confident that he made one heck of a spokesman for all of us. Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Casey Comer, one of our Lucas Mill operators and mechanic extraordinaire, had Mike sign the top cover to his Husky 372. Pretty creative, if you ask me. I settled for having him sign the back of my Bailey's catalog.
20. February 2010 00:56
We've partnered with Makita for the rest of February and the month of March to offer some incredible incentives on their line of outdoor power equipment. Thanks to a special deal we've put together with Makita we're offering an additional "instant" manufacturer rebate of $20-$30 off every Makita chainsaw, trimmer and blower that we sell. The rebates are instant and marked off our already low everyday prices. There's no forms to fill out or send in, just drop the product into your cart or give us a call toll-free at 1-800-322-4539. You'll want to hurry though, because these rebate prices are limited to the stock we have on hand. These prices really are incredible. For example, you can get the 5-star rated, 64cc DCS6401 for only $469.95! You'll be hard pressed to find a price this low on a new 6401 anywhere else. The specials aren't limited to chainsaws, though. You'll save on their trimmers, brushcutters and blowers, too. Best of all, aside from chainsaws, all of Makita's outdoor power equipment is 4-cycle - so there's no mixing oil and the machines are quite a bit quieter than their 2-cycle counterparts. Gear up for Spring and save some big bucks in the process.
Until next time - good cutting,
10. February 2010 19:16
Join us at the Sierra Cascade Forest Products Construction & Equipment Exposition this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We'll be bringing our famous Lucas Mill to the Conference. This is the 61st exposition and sure to be plenty for everyone there. It is promoted as the "Largest Equipment Display in Northern California!" Not only that but there will be a Logging Competition, "Wild Things" Wildlife Show and interestingly a Backhoe Rodeo. All this for free at the Redding Convention Center in Redding, California. Stop by our outdoor demonstration area to see the Lucas Mill in action and meet our friendly staff. As an added benefit for attending, if you place an order with us at the show over $200 you'll get free UPS Ground shipping (small print: Certain restrictions apply and we are not setup to accept cash at the event - credit cards or checks only, please).
Redding Convention Center
Sarah Palin Keynote Speech Update... It hasn't been easy to find information about this speech which took place this past Monday. Perhaps the Redding, CA speech was overshadowed by the news about the "crib" notes she wrote on her hand at the Tea Party speech in Nashville the previous week. In any case, I was hoping to find the Sierra Cascase speech on youtube, but a search at this point yields no results. I did find a couple of first-hand accounts that said she was given "a Rock Star's welcome." I personally thought it was unusual to schedule a keynote speech three full days prior to the actual opening of the event, but I'm sure that had as much to do with Mrs. Palin's schedule as anything else. Other details of note: The two speeches she gave at the Redding Convention Center were completely sold out. 4,000 people paid between $54 for a balcony seat to $74 for a floor seat to hear her speak. If you find a video posted for the speech, please send me a link via our Contact Us page.