“The Stradivarius of Bellows:” Johnny Beard Bellows
The very first Johnny Beard catalog consisted of Johnny’s pen and ink drawings of each bellows style and descriptions carefully hand written in calligraphy by Rosemary.
Johnny Beard Company started out with three different styles of fireplace bellows all designed by Johnny and handmade in an historic bank in Oolagah, Oklahoma. Johnny Beard began selling his creative fireplace bellows to retail shops in the southwest and soon all over the country. In 1979 they relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma where they set up their bellows factory. An ink drawing of this workshop can be seen on the tag of every Johnny Beard bellows. Several expansions and many years later, Johnny Beard Company still operates out this old workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[[1010sm]]