Well, guys and girls – I can tell you already that this is going to be a short blog today. Every time I do something here on Lumberjocks (add a photo, comment or blog entry) it is taking me about five minutes for it to do so. I am happy that I don’t have a lot of pictures to share today. There are days the site just gets like that, and today I have too much to do to wait for it to “wake up!” :)
Yesterday I switched gears and Keith and I did some of the ‘production cutting’ for our wholesale order. I am really happy to say that the Artist’s Club took on my SLDP210 Haunted Masquerade Painting Pattern and will be selling my patterns and the accompanying wood pieces as kits:
I love making these kits because it gives Keith and I a chance to do some production cutting. While many places only take laser cut pieces, we are able to produce high quality cut pieces just as quickly, and at a pretty good cost to them. While some people wouldn’t like to do this type of work (and frankly, I don’t want to do it all the time!) it is a nice change of pace from what we are doing and we have figured out a pretty good system and enjoy it.
Our initial order was 150 kits and yesterday we were able to cut 80 dozen ornaments!
That is about half the order and we have another 80 dozen to cut today. (We always cut some extras)
You would all probably laugh if you could see us at work. Cutting this took us about 6 hours (with a break for lunch) and we each had our own saw humming (Keith on the Excalibur and me on the DeWalt.) The music was playing and we really got things humming. I must say that I really thought it was fun!
We had done our errands early and it took a little time to set up initially, but once we got going we were really working fast. After we were finished, it was about half an hour to clean up and everything is back to ‘normal’ again. I had thoughts of oiling the two last trays, but to be honest, I was tired by the time I had dinner and I didn’t want to do anything else. Besides – the picture above is of our kitchen table and as you can see, there was little place to work, so I called it a night. (That’s my story and I am sticking to it!)
I hope to finish the cutting today, and then pack the order up tomorrow. Keith is going to drill the hanging holes, which will take a couple of hours and I will pack. I may not post tomorrow if that is all we get done, as there probably won’t be much progress on the new patterns.
While it is hard to stop and change gears when I am anxious to finish the new things up, I am very happy for the production work. It helps us through these slower times and it really keeps my cutting up to par. It is SO different than the delicate cutting that I have been doing all week. And as I said – it is rather FUN!
So that’s the plan for today. I am sorry that I don’t have any further pictures on the new things. You just all need to be patient and they will certainly be coming together this week.
I hope you all have a great weekend. It is a bit overcast and windy today. But at least it ‘feels’ like spring. It is a good day to stay in and cut 80 dozen pieces!
Have a great weekend. Have fun and do something creative!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"