I got the idea from my dad back in
1999 when he started for canvas company. His nickname around town was
“Sea Bags” and it really stuck. My best friend and I scraped up with little money we
had and bought a couple of junky old machines and hung out our shingle. Sea Bags
is a company that makes bags and other useful items out of old sail boat sails.
It was just a fantastic way of using really beautiful material and turning it
into something that was functional. We’re located at 25 Custom House Wharf. It’s
one of the only commercial wharfs in Portland open to the public. When I
joined Hannah in 2006, there were three of us and now there are 25. Some of these
designs are gonna feel a little bit daunting in terms of how we produce them.
We get the sail in first that either comes from a private donor or we go out
and actually hunt them down. We strip the hardware off of it. We keep
everything. Our sail cutter can figure out how many panels he can get out of
that particular sail. After the panels are cut they go into the kitting or
design department. That’s when designs are actually applied to a piece of sail cloth
and from there the product will move to stitching. That’s when the bags are
actually constructed. I don’t think that we’ll ever run out of ideas as to how to
make our Sea Bag look different for the season. I figure as long as people keep
sailing, we’ll be fine.