Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wilson Machine Works

Wilson Machine Works is a Seattle-area business that has been around for five generations. Take a minute to think about that - five generations.

How many businesses do you know of that have not only existed for five generations but have also thrived? The shop holds a stack of patents that is nearly as thick as a city phone book. Their bread and butter over the years has been the maritime and aeronautical industries, hence the sheer size of the equipment the shop houses. They can fix your cycle and automotive fabrication "woops" without a second thought.

Three years ago I convinced the Wilson family to let me document a bit of what they do on a day-to-day basis. This was after they fixed the stem on my Vard forks and these are just a few of the pictures I shot. I hope to put them in a book someday.

There is definitely a feeling of comfort that comes from being around people who can fix anything the world breaks. I hope that people like that exist forever.