KC Falconry Visits Goodwinds

October 14th, 2014

A couple of months ago, in the height of blueberry season, I was sitting at my desk holding baby Freddie when I heard a loud “CAW!” from out in the parking lot.  Goodwinds is located in an industrial part of town right next to the freeway, so “CAW!” was definitely not a normal sound to hear.  I looked outside to see a gentleman holding a bird of prey right outside his truck.  Turns out it was Kenley Christiansen from KC Falconry, come to pay us a visit and pick up an order of braided Dacron line.

Kenley

KC Falconry makes braided falconry equipment, like  anklets, leashes, jesses, extenders, and harnesses, all available on their website at www.KCFalconry.com.  Additionally, Kenley and his falcons travel the country to provide pest control for farmers.  Here in Skagit County, blueberry growers used to use timed air horns to scare away the birds that would ravage the blueberry crop.  Kenley, who has been raising falcons since he was 13 years old, now brings his falcons to hunt and drive away the pesky birds.  Can you imagine how happy the neighbors of the blueberry farms must be at this innovation?  No more air horns going off every fifteen minutes throughout the season!

falcon

We at Goodwinds LOVE to learn about the cool things people do with our products.  Thanks, Kenley, for stopping by and sharing with us.  If you or your company does something interesting with Goodwinds’ products and would like to be featured here, drop me a line at amelia@goodwinds.com.

Deleonardis Blades

August 13th, 2014

We absolutely LOVE hearing about the cool things that people do with our carbon and fiberglass rods and tubes!  One of our great customers is Deleonardis Blade Company.  Paul Deleonardis makes beautiful custom knives and pins the handles with carbon rods.  You can check out more of his knives on his company’s FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/DeleonardisBladeCompany.

Damascus Blade

Goodwinds Hosts Diaper Drive

April 7th, 2014

Goodwinds is proud to be a donation site for the Skagit Diaper Drive, happening this week, April 6-12, in Skagit County!

Skagit Diaper Drive

The brainchild of our very own Amelia Cook (co-owner of www.goodwinds.com), the Skagit Diaper Drive is intended to help families in need.  Diapers are expensive, and according to a recent Yale study, families in need often cut back on food and utilities in order to afford diapers for their children.  Some daycares won’t let children be dropped off without an adequate supply of diapers, so parents miss work if they can’t afford diapers, perpetuating the cycle of need.  Amelia worked with Community Action Agency of Skagit County to set up the donation sites and publicize the event.  Community Action will distribute diapers to needy families through WIC and the 13 Skagit Food Banks.

If you are in Skagit County and would like to donate, you can drop new disposable diapers, loose or in packages, at our office at 2629 Henson Road in Mount Vernon, WA.

Thank you for your support!

Introducing Chrissy!

March 31st, 2014

Yes, we now have a Kristina and  Chrissy!  But it’s not too confusing so far because one of them has a bearded dragon for a pet:

Chrissy

Although Baby the Bearded Dragon doesn’t come to work very often, we are always happy to see her when she does.  And we’re extra happy that Chrissy has been working for Goodwinds!  She has a background in machining and it doing a fantastic job cutting and packing orders.  We feel so lucky to have such a wonderful Goodwinds family.  Welcome, Chrissy!

Introducing Kristina!

March 21st, 2014

We’ve had a couple of big staffing changes at Goodwinds in the past few months – lucky for us, we gained two great new employees!  Today, we’d like to introduce Kristina Currier:

Goodwinds' new Inventory Manager, Kristina Currier

Goodwinds’ new Inventory Manager, Kristina Currier

Kristina took over as our Inventory Manager in February.  While she’s still learning our vast database of carbon, fiberglass, and parts, we already know that she is a valuable team member.  Kristina has a lovely husband and 18-month-old daughter who sometimes bring her flowers at work, and Kristina’s smile and enthusiasm light up our days.

If you are one of our fantastic vendors, you’ll likely be speaking with Kristina soon, but everyone is invited to welcome her to Goodwinds!

Goodwinds LARP

September 11th, 2013

Goodwinds has launched a new portal for boffer weapon supplies at www.goodwindslarp.com.  Are you a LARPer?  Do you build boffers?  We have durable fiberglass epoxy tubes for boffer cores at great prices.

 

What is LARP?  LARP stands for Live Action Role Play and we have several LARP customers here at Goodwinds, all of whom are looking for a few things: cores and accessories for boffer weapons.  Filament Wound Epoxy Tubing, our lightweight fiberglass tubes, are ideal for the center, or core, of a LARP sword.  Typically wrapped with a foam pool noodle, the fiberglass tube is stiff enough to hold up but lightweight enough to be easy to carry as a boffer.  We also sell a variety of sticky-back tapes in multiple colors so you can customize your weapon.

Check out the new page and let us know what you think!

Customer Profile: TableHockey

May 17th, 2013

Wow!  Goodwinds customers sure do some amazing things with carbon and fiberglass!  Check out www.TableHockey.com and these wonderful table hockey games – each made with Goodwinds fiberglass rods.  These excellent mechanical hockey games are beautifully made by master craftsman Rick Benej, a good customer and a super nice guy.  Don’t you want one of these fantastic hockey games in your game room?

Fiberglass Art at the Dallas Love Field Airport

May 2nd, 2013

Goodwinds is proud to have provided fiberglass rods to artist Brower Hatcher of Mid-Ocean Studio for an amazing installation art project at the Dallas Love Field airport!  Described as “a whimsical torus of intertwined fiberglass rods,” Hatcher’s sculpture, entitled Sky, is 70 feet in diameter and is suspended over the airport’s concessions area.  It features LED lighting and 3000 embedded flying objects, from birds and bees to biplanes and clouds.  Take a look at this masterpiece!

 

 

This makes us want to take a little trip to Dallas!  Nice work, Brower!

Goodwinds on the Schmooze Cruise

April 10th, 2013

Goodwinds is very excited to be a part of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County’s Schmooze Cruise on April 19-20!  What does this entail?  If you are local or visiting, we will be giving tours of our facility and telling our story of business growth every half hour.  The Schmooze Cruise is designed to introduce businesses looking to open new facilities in the next couple of years to Skagit County.  In addition to Goodwinds, visitors will tour eleven other manufacturing sites to learn about the broad range of industries and amenities available here.  The public is also encouraged to attend the tour.

 

As a part of this fantastic program, we were honored with an article in EDASC’s insert into the Skagit Valley Herald on April 7.  You can read about it here: EDASC Article

 

See You in Paris!

March 8th, 2013

Next week, Paul de Bakker, Goodwinds’ Composites Engineer and Sales Rep, will be making the rounds at the JEC Europe Composites Show.  Goodwinds will have space at the Washington State Booth in the U.S. Pavilion and if you’ll be there, Paul would love to meet you.  He’ll have carbon samples to hand out and plenty of time to chat about projects, prototypes, and replacing your steel, aluminum, or plastic rods and tubes with carbon or fiberglass.

The advanced composites and aerospace industries have grown immensely in recent years and we anticipate JEC to be incredibly busy – if you would like to meet up with Paul, please contact us at info@goodwinds.com so we can set up a meeting.

A bientot!