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CSW: Weaving Together an American Symbol: The Family Business

September 18th By Dan

American small business man making a living working hard

Community Story of the Week: 9/17/2013

A day in the life of a weaver is not your ordinary day. While others consider him an artists, Patrick Kline, the President at Family Heirloom Weavers says his job is more like that of a “dirty greasy mechanic.” Family Heirloom Weavers weaves beautiful handmade products out of older antique looms. After spending the time to create his products, Patrick says, “The biggest thing for me is the satisfaction of seeing something that you’ve had a part in creating. That to me is the biggest kick in my job.”

Great-Granddaughter of David & Carole Kline (FHW founders) adding her stitch to the Star-Spangled Banner flag

Great-Granddaughter of David & Carole Kline (FHW founders) adding her stitch to the Star-Spangled Banner flag

We can guess that when your job is as unique and intricate as Patrick’s, you begin to see the beauty in the little things. Each stitch in the fabric represents something different, like a time in history that was forgotten by many. I suppose that is our job to infer what it means. We really like this company (and video) because they are a small business working hard to make it in a world dominated by large businesses that can haul thousands of these per minute. They use old techniques to make their products unique (They probably last much longer too).

This company truly embraces what it means to be a multi-generational American business. One of the large projects that they are currently working on is creating a replicate of the Star Spangled Banner. The original flag was 30 feet by 42 feet (approximately the size of a two story home. This project has gotten Family Heirloom Weavers some good press as well. See it here.

Have you supported a small business that made handmade products? How did it feel when purchasing something that was unique and not mass-produced?

This film was created by Andy Nitchman.

Featured Image is a snapshot from the video.

Image two can be found on the FHW Facebook


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