Bridge City Tool Works

John Economaki / Bridge City Tool Works exhibit and a special edition NBSS tool 

John Economaki established Bridge City Tool Works in 1983. Thirty-two years later, Bridge City Tool Works is recognized worldwide as the source of exquisite tools for hand woodworking. His work has been described by collectors as "tools with a soul."  John's work, including tools and furniture he made, was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon and traveled to the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle before coming to Boston. The title of the exhibit -- and the related book shown above -- is Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works. The exhibit was curated by Nicole Nathan in collaboration with Economaki. Quality is Contagious traveled to the Bellevue Arts Museum and heads to NBSS in March. 

Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works
March 11 - May 15, 2015
Windgate Gallery
North Bennet Street School 


Reception with John Economaki
Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm
RSVP to cjankowski@nbss.edu.

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Exhibitions are costly and, as a non-profit, we have to raise the funds to cover the installation, travel expenses and insurance. To help underwrite the costs, Economaki designed a limited edition TS-1.5 Try Square. The tool is 6.5” long, just under 4” in height and features a stainless steel blade with an 8:1 internal cutout for laying out dovetails. The innovative handle design interjects a fun combination of colors giving it a unique voice in the tool world. Individuals who contribute $250 or more, receive the NBSS square, sure to be cherished for generations to come. For contributions of more than $400, supporters receive both the tool and a copy of the exhibit book. 

"John Economaki is the manifestation of a life of creative practice – through his furniture, his designs for Bridge City Tool Works, and his approach to living. John approaches everything he does so with the same methodology: intellectual curiosity through the lens of artist and maker, designer and entrepreneur. The exhibit communicates all aspects of John Economaki’s approach to work and life by combining his furniture, tools, sketches, prototypes, Joe Felzman’s photographs, videos and interactive programs to give visitors the opportunity to understand the life and work of this innovative Oregon-based entrepreneur." 

Nicole Nathan,  Acting Director,  Museum of Contemporary Craft  

The limited edition TS-1.5 Try Square is 6.5" long and includes the NBSS logo on the blade and the NBSS seal on the handle.

NBSS Special Edition Tool

To make a donation and reserve a tool, click here.

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“I am a huge fan of North Bennet Street School and can’t think of a more relevant venue on the East Coast for the exhibit – it is really quite an honor.”

John Economaki