|Project by BTimmons||posted 01-15-2015 10:04 PM||3378 views||26 times favorited||22 comments|
I haven’t posted any projects for quite a while, but don’t let that lead you to believe I haven’t been busy! Between my Etsy store, my .com site, local festivals, and large wholesale orders from a handful of select retailers, I’ve probably made about a thousand of these things by now. Not even joking.
The Christmas season really took me by surprise. I honestly wasn’t prepared for the amount of demand. A couple of days before Thanksgiving, it’s like the Small Business Fairies flipped a switch, and boom. Everyone wanted one. The orders kept rolling in, and it got to a point when the “cha-ching” sound from the Etsy app on my phone made me groan rather than smile. Things have calmed down a lot since, although it’s far from dead. The local festivals have really been fun, especially the first beard and mustache competition I went to as a vendor. You meet some interesting folks at an event like that. It was at a brewery, and free beer was involved. Not gonna turn that down. Liquid social lubricant makes me a better salesman than my usual stoic, introverted self.
From the beginning, I’ve been meaning to use the comb thing as a means to an end, to work up to custom furniture. Thankfully, with the holidays behind me I have more time to branch out into other things. But it has allowed me to upgrade several items in my shop, as well as make several lifestyle upgrades. Can’t complain.
When I started doing this back in May of 2014, less than half a year ago, I had no idea just how much this thing would take on a life of its own. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish a fraction of what I have if it weren’t for my wife. She’s been my office manager, website designer, shipping department, marketing manager, accountant, salesperson, wood buyer, and motivator in chief.
I’m a lucky guy. Now I just need more recent pictures and video of myself on my site now that I’ve grown a beard. If you’ve read this far, thanks. Have a cookie.
-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com