I’m no history expert by any means, but I think it’s safe to say that so much of what made our country what it is today was our ability to build, manufacture, invent and develop the ways of doing things much faster and less expensive than anyone else. Well things have changed. Now Made in America means something a little bit different. It doesn’t necessarily mean the fastest or the cheapest anymore, but it still means quality. For us to be able to compete on price with over seas manufacturing at all we have had to turn our attention mostly to developing automation and reducing the number of people putting hands on the products. I’ve shot in lots of factories in this country over the years and seen huge facilities that seem almost ghostly quiet and empty with the quiet hum of efficient motors working away. But there are still a lot of people that are making their livings in factories all over the country today. A lot of hands on metal, a lot of soot covered faces, splinters and blisters. Here are some images from a recent shoot at Buck Stove, a manufacturer of wood stoves and furniture in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

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A Whole New World

When Bryan asked if we wanted to be a part of an epic adventure in Kauai, Hawaii Kristen and I were on board immediately. I’ve always wanted to go there and in general am way more interested in adventurous nature oriented travel these days. Putting this blog together was hard because there was so much that I wanted to communicate about the experience. It was my favorite vacation ever. The group dynamic as well as each individual personality made the experience what it was, but also the the raw beauty of the sharp and pointy, but lush and verdant mountains towering above beautiful beaches and epic lava rock formations. Although Hawaii hosts a lot of tourists, on Kauai, I was very happy to get a sense of respect for nature and the beauty of the island from both locals and tourists. All around, two thumbs up for Kauai!