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Meet the Founder of Bridge City Tools at a Free Workshop

 In Chris Schwarz Blog, Woodworking Blogs

John Economaki, the founder of Bridge City Tools, is coming to our shop on Thursday, June 7, to demonstrate some new tools from his company and discuss hand tools in general during a free evening event at our offices in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We have a limited number of spaces available (fewer than 20 at this point), but if you respond quickly, we’d like to invite you to attend.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. After a nice hot meal, John will show off some of the new tools that Bridge City is working on (including, we hope, a couple tools that haven’t been announced) and take questions about his company, his philosophy and hand work in general.

Then we’ll move the festivities to our workshop where you’ll be able to try out some of the Bridge City tools and check out our woodshop. We’ll also be holding a raffle for a new Bridge City VP-60 plane, a $1,500 variable-pitch bench plane that allows you to change the angle of attack of the blade anywhere from 30Ã?° to 90Ã?°. Raffle tickets will cost $10 each, and all proceeds will go to the Roger Cliffe Memorial Fund, which helps woodworkers who need tuition assistance to attend the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

If you’ve never heard John speak before, I encourage you to attend. He is one of the brightest minds in the business. Seriously. And the last time John and I got together it resulted in a very heated, twisting and interesting argument that my fellow staff members still talk about (John won that argument, by the way).

As I mentioned above, the event is free, but you must act quickly to reserve a spot. If you want to attend, please send an e-mail to Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick at We’ll accept names until all the spots are filled and then we’ll post a notice on the blogs that all the spaces are full. No phone calls, please.

So clear your calendar. Hope to see you there.

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • BL Smith

    Ditto on the raffle tickets – I’m probably an 18 hour drive from Cincinnati. Sounds like a good time though.

  • P. M.

    I would love to go but I’m north of the border, and about 8hrs driving from you. Unless you open a video blog to see what’s going on that day wont be able to be there.
    I’m sure you’ll be posting the highlights of the visit so I’m already waiting for it!.
    BTW if you can extend the raffle to the online visitors I’d buy some tickets.


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