While Cass and Pom are purely fictional, the inspiration for their business is real: my sister-in-law has sold futons for years. She's always manufactured them, but a couple years ago she opened a factory. It was a tour of the factory that made me think of The Gig.
And there's the machine.
For the sake of scale, here's my 10-year-old standing in front of part of the machine.
And here's a short clip of the machine in action:
This machine once lived in a factory in Seattle, but my SIL bought it, took it apart, trucked it to Portland, and reassembled it. And as soon as I saw it (and met the machinist), I thought, Wow! What a great job for Travis! Here's the machine shop:
The factory has other great machines too, like this quilting machine from the 1940s:
It's okay. They were making a futon for Older Daughter's bed. The guy in the background is operating the tufting machine.
Next week: The Speechless dream