I don’t have a book for you today, but a video. From Milwaukee filmmaker Brian Artka, it profiles David Mitchell, the owner of the Mitchell Leather Factory and retail shop on Water Street here in the Third Ward of Milwaukee—just a few blocks away from us.
A part of downtown once known for its factories (the building we’re in was once a hosiery manufacturer), David is the last representative of the neighborhood’s manufacturing culture. It’s a story of family tradition, fine craftsmanship, love of and pride in one’s work, and a factory that would no longer be here if not for the efforts of a single individual. When Seth Godin talks of Linchpins, he is talking about men like David Mitchell. If you didn’t think manufacturing could be beautiful, well… check this out.