One of the last...
It's sad that Brian is closing shop, but I am so glad he was able to reach the goal of getting the career he worked so hard for. OES set a standard for tarp quality. I hope he returns some day.
Seeing how the cottage businesses work, especially labor intensive things like making tarps, quilts and what not--it's understandable that you don't get immediate response or it takes weeks to get a product. I've seen first-hand how busy things can get, it's insane.
When I set about trying to get a tarp from Brian, knowing he was closing shop, I wasn't expecting much. He said he had a couple in stock that he had left, so I told him the one I wanted. A month later (and some communication mishaps), I received the tarp in exactly the color I initially wanted.
Now I don't know if Brian made one or if I got lucky and it was the color I needed, but this guy ran OES on his own, while working. I have a lot of respect for a person that does both and I have a lot of patience because I know he has to be busy.
I just wanted to say thanks to Brian for the quality work and to say that these types of businesses can't necessarily do a quick turn-around or contact you in a timely manner, but it's worth the wait.
I wish Brian all the best and hope to see OES reborn in the future.
Absolutely +1 on all accounts!! My OES tarps remain my favourites to this day. Congrats on yours!
I'll agree having a OES Ultra Spinn tarp from Brian. It's my go-to tarp.
A 12' ridgeline and big coverage all for 11.5 ounces. It's such a good tarp; that's what prevents me from justifying the jump to cuben.
Brian actually started his business in high school! He is a legend!
Kudos to Brian for his quality products and his reaching his professional goals!
I remember him selling his soda can stoves, on e-bay, if I remember correctly. He's come a long way. Congratulations!!
And from his website:
Update March 7, 2012
After selling through my entire stock of tarps, I'm pleased to announce the future availability of a batch of MacCat tarps in the near future! I am currently running fabric tests now and should be able to get a batch ready soon. Pre-orders will be available once testing is complete and I can guarantee availabilty.
He also had cuben tarps in very limited quantities as from store status.
Originally Posted by MAD777
It could sell for $1000 as collectors item:lol: