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Well we had our second of 4 shows today. I woke up this morning with a massive backache (and it is still here), I can tell you I feel bad for anyone out there that experiences this on a regular basis. But anyway the truck got loaded and we drove down the street and I started to get things set up. Got everything in place. It was a rather slow start to the day but traffic picked up and we came out well. Big seller today was more of my wife’s crayon rolls and also my pens made a gre...
First off it was nice to get back into the shop for a a few hours yesterday and today. It has been a very busy 2 weeks. I had to travel to Florida at the last minute to help out with my grandfather who now has dementia and is going to be staying in a nursing home. A very tough week, then cam e home just in time for our trip to New York. American Girl Doll Store is impressive and so is some of the stuff they sell for the dolls. Look for projects to be posted soon for the newest addition to my ...
I was fortunate to have been given a lathe by my brother-in-law after he introduced me to turning pens. I have never used my shed for woodworking and I hadn’t worked on wood since the 70’s. I googled pen kits and found a starter kit reasonably priced and made the plunge. The first two went pretty smooth. The third one split on me and required some repair work. I salvaged some small wood pieces left over from other pens, cut and glued them into place before turning to th...
I’ve thought carefully and done a heck of a lot of research on marketing, and brand building, and all that business related stuff. I’ve raised enough money to get started. I’ve built up an inventory. And now, FINALLY, i’m almost ready to start a business selling turned pens. It’s just going to be a side job. An additional source of money, and a bit of practice in the world of business.i still need to do some things though. #1. I NEED A NAME : iR...
This isn’t exactly a woodworking thing but thought some others might be interested in it. Over breakfast yesterday I noticed someone reading the paper and a picture of 4 pens with some catchy title next to the pic – I got nosy and found out The Atlanta Pen Show was this weekend. I like to turn pens and I collect as well so I decided to head over this afternoon. Nice place for some browsing and checking out styles, etc. There were (of course) many of the big name companies ...
Fellow Jocks, two quick notes here. 1) Please don’t take this as a political statement. I know we come from all over the world and each have our own beliefs. No matter what we feel about the Middle East, I appreciate our men and women that serve our country – I’m very proud of them and this is here to showcase my miniscule ‘Thank You’ to them.2) This blog is written for the men and women that get these pens, I hope you enjoy it as well but thought some of th...
I found this video to be very informative. As a beginner turner, I can use as much instruction as I can get my hands on.
in the shop. I am of course continuing onward with my preparations for the craft fair. I got all of my tic-tac-toe boards hinge pins installed and just need to sand them down. I bought some Soy based stain to possibly use on the ox-yoke puzzles, have a sample drying right now. Has anyone ever used this stuff? Any thoughts? I managed after changing out the paper on my disc sander to get all of my blanks ready. I have a pen mill but really don’t like how hard it is to judge the end of ...
Well it is that time of year again and my daughter is back in the shop with me to turn Christmas gifts for her teachers and a few family members this year. She has I think a total of 8 projects that she wants to make this year. We started on Friday making pens for her teacher and 1 of her Girl Scout leaders who teaches at the same school so they each get school color Lanyard pens. I am so proud of the progress she has been making. I am still doing an initial start on the bla...
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