Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Eve - 2016

Happy New Years Eve,

We just returned home from visiting my 93 (soon to be 94) year old mother whom we love deeply. We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with her, and share a bit of New Years cheer, even if it was 4:00 in the afternoon... champagne is good at virtually any time of the day with the one's that you love.

So here we are, just hours away from the New Year, where did 2015 go?   It seems like just yesterday that I was giving my notice to JP Morgan, but yet it was almost 2 years ago now.  Like everyone, we've had our ups and downs over the past year, but on balance we wouldn't trade it for the world. 

We'd just like to take a moment and pause, in a world that seems somewhat out of control and broken in many respects to thank each and every one of you that has supported us over the past year.  Sales aside, your friendships and words of support and encouragement are worth far more than the almighty dollar could ever provide.

For those of you that I have managed to offend over the past year or two, or five, or eight.... please accept my sincerest apologies.  I wish that I could find a way to simply click the reset button, but sadly there aren't a great deal of those types of reset buttons in real life, so all I can do is say I'm sorry and I'll try to do better.

So what does 2016 hold?  I have absolutely no idea, I wish I did.  There are however a few things that I've learned, and intend to fully incorporate into 2016, the 1st of which is...

Words matter.  Especially when attempting to communicate through email or conversations.  I'm notorious for wearing my shirt on my sleeve, both good and bad.  If I enjoy your company, I'll be the first to say I love you.  Alternatively, and I'll admit it, I'm not very good at communicating when times are tough... call this improved communication effort,  my 2016 New Years resolution. 

So, lets talk a little about custom orders,  I'm not quite sure how it will all work from a practical standpoint, but here's what I'm thinking this 12/31/15.  Every stick that I make requires "X" number of hours to make.  Friday Night Sales are fun, and everyone loves a sale, myself included.  That said however, it still took me "X" number of hours to make the given stick.  I'm thinking my focus this New Year may be more on the custom side, as me guessing what you want has proven to be "iffy" at best. The list has in the past gotten rather long, but I think I'm at a point (or am hopeful that I can be at that point) where I can actually manage a custom list with a reasonable turn around time.  In the meantime, here's wishing you a safe and Happy New Year,

We Love you,

Doug & Erin

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Years Day / Friday Night Sale

It's getting to be that time again, things are slow so we're going to kick off the New Year right!
 
The next Friday Night Sale will be held on New Years day, January 1, 2016 beginning at 1:00 PM CST (US), 8:00 PM (CEST). We will de-activate all inventory Friday morning for price adjustment with an overall discount of approximately 20% - 25%. 
 
Good Luck! (Please check your own individual time zone to make sure the start time aligns with 1:00 PM Central Standard Time in the United States.)

 
PS... I've still got quite a few open spots on the board if anyone is interested.

Update:
Shajolley, you've got the 1st spot!
Terrimc36, you've got the 2nd spot!
Herrbstststurrrm, you've got the 3rd spot!
Eugene, you have the 4th spot!
Undineohm, you have the 5th and final spot(s)!

The custom list is now closed, however I will try to announce open spots on a more frequent basis. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

I've got all kinds of space on the board if anyone is interested in a custom.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is available, however it cannot be engraved.  An example of what will work would be a full body paua with banded borders.  In this example, the paua is being engraved, not the ebony, and the banded borders I cut by hand.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.  However, combining various elements of existing designs is fine.
  • In order to save on shipping charges, I'll accept a maximum of 2 orders per customer, and the first 5 to reply thru ETSY conversations will get the customs.  
Update:
Shajolley, you've got the 1st spot!
Terrimc36, you've got the 2nd spot!
Herrbstststurrrm, you've got the 3rd spot!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Weekend Customs

Good Saturday Morning,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is available, however it cannot be engraved.  An example of what will work would be a full body paua with banded borders.  In this example, the paua is being engraved, not the ebony, and the banded borders I cut by hand.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
Update:

KibiC, you've got the 1st spot!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Santa

Until the day comes when either Scott or Sean bless us with a grandbaby, this is the best we can do.  Our little Ivy, she's so sweet!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Customs on the 1st day of Winter

Good Tuesday Morning,

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is available, however it cannot be engraved.  An example of what will work would be a full body paua with banded borders.  In this example, the paua is being engraved, not the ebony, and the banded borders I cut by hand.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
Update:

Mariaasa, you've got the 1st spot!
Shawnah, you've got the 2nd spot!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Custom Time

Good Saturday Morning,

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is available, however it cannot be engraved.  An example of what will work would be a full body paua with banded borders.  In this example, the paua is being engraved, not the ebony, and the banded borders I cut by hand.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
Update:

Nora, you've got the 1st spot!
KibiC, you've got the 2nd spot!
Kattabalou, you've got the 3rd spot!

This custom time game is now closed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Custom Time

Good Morning,

I hope everyone is doing well this chilly Wednesday morning.  I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is available, however it cannot be engraved.  An example of what will work would be a full body paua with banded borders.  In this example, the paua is being engraved, not the ebony, and the banded borders I cut by hand.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
Update:

Marcee, you've got the 1st spot!
Angelaxyz - you've got number 2!
Mariaasa, You've got the 3rd spot.!

The custom list is now closed.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fridays - Our favorite day of the week

Good Morning All,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the holiday season, Santa's not far away.

I want to apologize for the abrupt cloaking of the blog for the past week, we had a few unanticipated distractions, but it's all good.  As you can see, you haven't missed anything.

So, this is our favorite day of the week, we have our Friday night get together with friends, I get to raise my head above ground level for a few hours.  Before the get together this evening however, I get to raise my a head a little higher, as in 2 stories higher.  There's an elderly gentleman (89 years old) who is a member of our Church, and I work with the "Helping Hands" committee.  He's a sweet old guy who just needs some help, and today myself and one of our Pastors are going to go clean his gutters.  For those of you that haven't had the distinct privilege of cleaning gutters, it's a nasty job, especially on a 2 story house.  We live in a 1 story house, and I paid someone to clean ours, so what's wrong with this picture :)  Afterwards it's off to visit my 93 year old mother who lives in skilled nursing, and then we go drink a few beers with our friends.  Suffice it to say, we're not going to be kicking out many sticks today, and hopefully neither I nor our Pastor will fall off the ladder, as that probably wouldn't be a good thing.

Let's talk about customs.  I've had a number of conversations this past week, and have taken quite a few custom orders, and I'm backed up a little bit.  For the time being, I'm not accepting new customs until I've tackled the internal list we've been keeping.  I should have the list cleared sometime next week.  For those of you that I've spoken to, thank you for your kind and encouraging words, and I meant what I said as it relates to your custom orders.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend, I'll be back next week with an update on future custom orders. 

Doug

Friday, December 4, 2015

Custom Time

I have 2 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 2 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 2 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
...and 24 hours later, we have the 1st spot taken. I have more openings if anyone is interested.

Shawnah, you've got the 1st spot
SarahM, you've got the 2nd spot.

the list is now closed.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3rd Customs

Good Morning,

Hope everyone is doing well, Erin just reminded me that today is my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me.  We seem to be in a bit of a slump lately with slow sales and few custom orders.  While I'm certainly not a market analyst, I suspect it's due to Black Friday / Cyber Monday along with all of the other big box retailers trying to move their stuff.  Well, just like them, we need to move our stuff also, as we've got bills to pay just like everyone else.  So, I'm going to tweak the custom guidelines a bit.  Until further notice, I'm removing the 30 day time limit on customs, if I just finished a custom for you and you want another one, send me a note. 

Also, as it relates to current inventory, we'll be clearance pricing everything tomorrow around 1:00 PM. Similar in nature to a FNS without removing any inventory in the morning for price adjustments.

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  

Update:

pepperonisam19, you've got the 1st spot!
Lauren, you've got the 2nd spot!
Shawnah, you've got the 3rd spot!

...and only because it's slow, Mariaasa, you've got the 4th spot!

The list is now closed.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Custom Time

I have 2 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 2 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 2 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update: the custom list is now closed.

Nedda, You've got the 1st spot!
CaileyJH, You've got the 2nd spot!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Weekend Customs

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Thanks, and have a great day!

Update:
Isk8r813, you've got the 1st spot!
Browncurlz23, you've got the 2nd spot!

We took 2 customs today, and TT is now closed, as is the custom list. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Customs

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Marcee, you've got the 1st spot!
frankendomez99, you've got the 2nd spot!

We had 2 customs today, enjoy your Thanksgiving evening, the custom list is now closed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Friday Night Sale

The next Friday Night Sale will be held on November 27, beginning at 1:00 PM CST (US), 8:00 PM (CEST). We will de-activate all inventory Friday morning for price adjustment with an overall discount of approximately 20% - 25%. Everything will be re-activated at exactly 1:00.  Please check your own individual time zone to make sure the start time aligns with 1:00 PM Central Standard Time in the United States.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Custom Time

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Thanks, and have a great day!

Update:

KibiC, you've got the 1st spot!
Powertreats, you've got the 2nd spot!
Mortmain, you've got the 3rd spot!

The custom list is now closed, I'll probably be announcing again in 2-3 days.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekend Customs

Good Morning,

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders, and these will serve as my weekend projects.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Thanks, and have a great weekend!

Update:

Lauren, you've got the 1st spot!
Christine, you've got the 2nd spot
Yvonne, you've got the 3rd spot.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

I'll have 3 open spots on the board by the end of the day if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 people to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the customs.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Dweamgoil, you got the 1st spot!
Nora, You've got the 2nd spot!

The custom list is now closed.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Customs

Good Afternoon,

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 people to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the customs.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Jegtnes, you've got the 1st spot!
Mia, you've got the 2nd spot!
Sleepingduty, you've got the 3rd spot!

The custom list is now closed.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday Afternoon Sale

Good Morning,

I know it's late notice, in fact too late to officially announce a Friday Night Sale, as we prefer to announce FNS's on the preceding Wednesday.  All of that said, if anyone is interested, we will be marking existing inventory down the usual 20-25%, beginning at 1:00 PM this afternoon. 

There is nothing wrong with any of the sticks from a craftsmanship standpoint, we just need to move older inventory. 

Thanks for checking in, I'll probably be announcing a custom time opening tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

I have 2 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 2 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 2 people to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the customs.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Nichole, you've got the 1st spot!
Terrimc36, you've got the 2nd spot!

The custom list is now closed.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Friday Night Sale

Good Afternoon,

The next Friday Night Sale will be held on November 6, beginning at 1:00 PM CST (US), 8:00 PM (CEST). We will de-activate all inventory Friday morning for price adjustment with an overall discount of approximately 20% - 25%. Everything will be re-activated at exactly 1:00, and if past sales are any indication you will need to act quickly since the majority of inventory will be sold in a short period of time... Good Luck! (Please check your own individual time zone to make sure the start time aligns with 1:00 PM Central Standard Time in the United States.)
 
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

World Champions!

Good Morning,

As if being a self employed hairstick maker isn't challenging enough, it's particularly difficult when your hometown team wins the World Series!  Now I need to change the stick below and remove ALDS and ALCS Champions to World Champions.  Definitely a first world problem.



I made this stick the morning after we locked down the ALCS and we had it posted briefly, and then decided to give it to our organist at Church.  She has been sporting all kinds of hair toys over the years and we finally decided that she needs a TT, so what better time than when we're getting ready to go to the World Series.

The late nights and all of the hype has definitely impaired production lately.  While we didn't attend and opted to watch it on TV, the parade in KC yesterday was unbelievable with almost 1 million people in attendance.  We had a late afternoon lunch yesterday with friends and the city was a sea of blue.  Exhaustion finally caught up with me and I was in bed last night at 6:30 pm, and I just got up 45 minutes ago, I can't remember the last time I slept for almost 10 hours.

Being well rested and now looking at a board with 3 open spots, it can mean only one thing... it's Custom Time! 


As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

  • Existing designs only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first three to reply thru an ETSY conversation get the custom orders.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

    Update: 
    Congrats:

    Franzisakazenwadel, you've got the 1st spot!
    Allthatglimmersgold, you've got the 2nd spot
    Rondragon, you've got the 3rd spot
    This custom game is over for the day.

    Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Customs

Happy Halloween,

I'm up for a couple of custom orders on this spooky Saturday morning if any of you ghosts or goblins are interested.   For anyone considering paua, we only have purple, pink and angel wing white currently in stock.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.

Existing designs only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first two goblins to reply thru an ETSY conversation get the custom orders.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Halloween customs are now closed.

Congrats Undineohm and Jeleah, you've got the spooky customs!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Weekend Customs

Good Morning,

Don't forget we have our Friday Night Sale scheduled for 1:00 PM this afternoon. 

I have 3 open spots on the board if anyone would like to place a custom order.  The first 3 requests through ETSY conversations will get the custom orders, and these will serve as my weekend projects.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 3 to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Thanks, and have a great weekend!

KibiC, you've got the 1st spot!

Mortmain, you've got the 2nd spot!

and finally...

SarahM, you've got the third and final spot!

The custom list is now full.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friday Night Sale

Good Morning,

The next Friday Night Sale will be held on October 23, beginning at 1:00 PM CST (US), 8:00 PM (CEST). We will de-activate all inventory Friday morning for price adjustment with an overall discount of approximately 20% - 25%. Everything will be re-activated at exactly 1:00, and if past sales are any indication you will need to act quickly since the majority of inventory will be sold in a short period of time... Good Luck! (Please check your own individual time zone to make sure the start time aligns with 1:00 PM Central Standard Time in the United States.)

On another note altogether, we finally figured out how to post our listings to our newly created TT Facebook page if anyone is interested.

https://www.facebook.com/Timberstone-Turnings-124250301000034/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Have a great day!

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday Custom

Good Morning,

Would anyone like a custom today?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Congrats Lauren!  You've got the custom

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Customs

Good Morning,

 Another great night last night with old friends and new acquaintances.  Plus, our Royals won the 1st game of the A.L.C.S. with game 2 this afternoon.  I've got one custom that I'm just now finishing along with a holly vine and blackwood ghost right behind them. 

We seem to have inventory, so I'm going to wrap up these three and then I'm on to some additional custom work.  It's been a while since I've mentioned "the board", and yes there are 3 open spots, so let's get them filled up.  I'll take 3 custom orders today with my only request being, please keep them simple, existing designs only, no mix-matching of various designs or anything requiring me to create new artwork.

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony is not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st three to reply thru an ETSY conversation get the custom spots.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Have a Great Saturday!

Congrats:

Willowyn, you've got the 1st spot!

Laylaala, you've got the 2nd spot!

JoGamba, you've got the 3rd spot!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

It's been a while, we've had a lot of stuff going on recently. Would anyone like a custom today?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Congrats Kattabalou!  You won the custom.

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Little Past with the New

Good Evening,

So for any of you that have actually been following this blog, at last count I think it was a sum total of 6... but hey, I'm the consummate optimist, the glass is half full, I'm thinking I can only go one direction, or I may be Friday Night delusional.

Tonight was another mini reunion night at the Tavern, so for  those of you that have zero interest in our social life, this is the time to look for something else on the world-wide web.

First, Steve and Ann, you were missed.

Neil - You're my bud, sorry you're going thru the discomfort, I hope you feel better.
Karen - Welcome aboard, G.C.!
Deb and Keith - Glad to finally have the opportunity to chat a little.
Jody - You're the man, I have no earthly idea how to begin to comprehend the associated issues with the internal combustion engine.
Dave - We have much to discuss.
Sam - I'm going to tune in tomorrow, I had no clue, and I'm looking forward to hearing your voice.

And finally,

Gina... How in the world do you do what you do?  I get the whole recruiting thing, it's a stroke of genius!  Honestly, I have no clue how you pull off your magic.

OK, so if I missed anyone, I'm sorry.  In any event, we got home after our mini reunion and Erin asked if I could replace the metal part of the wine stopper I made years ago, back when we first started TT in 2006.  I've tucked the metal parts away somewhere in one of my shops, but this is what I did find, Erin now has a new wine bottle stopper!  Signed and dated sometime in 2007.... we just love our Friday Nights!

Have a Great Weekend!







Thursday, October 1, 2015

Custom Time

Good Morning,

Would anyone like a custom today?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:  Congrats Suricat, you've got the custom!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

We Love our Customers

Good Morning,

We couldn't help but notice that the camera's have been clicking for the past few days, so let's bring them all into one spot, thank you ladies for the wonderful family photos!  I hope I haven't missed anyone.

Have a Great Day!



Lunasea





Quasi





DweamGoil
 
 



DweamGoil





Two Wheels
 
 
Two Wheels
 



Jeleah




Sleepingduty
 
 
 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our Favorite Night of the Week!

Good Evening,

So we just got home from what has become our favorite night of the week... cocktails and conversation with old friends and new bonds, rekindled from the 40th year reunion.  I love you guys, it is literally our favorite day of the week. 

So after getting home, much to my surprise, another family photo! 

Slynr that is one good looking group photo of my offspring!
 
 

Have a great night and weekend, and to my SMS friends, we look forward to next Friday and those after that, you guys are the greatest!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pope Francis

How Apropos! 

March 2013, and we had to sell it in a Friday Night Sale. 



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Have a great night!

Another set of fine looking sticks.

 
 
Very nice family photo Kherome, you rock!

 
 
I forgot to mention the other highlight of the day other than seeing Kherome's picture.  The holly finally arrived and it's some good looking stuff!

Wednesday Custom

Good Afternoon,

After spending the last 3 hours at the DMV to renew our plates, I'm ready to do a custom, any takers?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable
Update:  Congrats sundde07, you've got the custom.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Custom

Good Morning,

Is anyone interested in a custom today?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable
Update:

Congrats Jessica, you've got the custom!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday Custom

Good Morning,

Is anyone interested in a custom today?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable
Update:

The game is now closed.  We had 2 quick responses, Sylvia and KibiC you're both on the board!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Early Friday Morning Custom

Good Morning,

Thunder woke me up this morning around 2:30, and I've got machinery to protect (unplug).  So today is going to be a long one.  Let's do a custom!

On another note, remember a few weeks back when the holly rumor spread like wild fire, which I subsequently squashed?  Well, this time it's true.  I purchased premium grade holly yesterday, let's just hope it actually is premium and not spalted, it should be here next week.

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Icy Cascade, you've won the custom!

Since it's going to be a long day, CaileyJH, you've also won a custom!

The game is closed, I'll probably post another one over the weekend sometime.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Tax Advisor

No Ivy, we can't write off your  bonies

It's that time of year, I've procrastinated as long as I can.  This was last night, I have to be finished by next Friday... I hate this annual exercise. 

Just thought we'd share.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday Custom

Good Afternoon,

Would anyone like a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:  Sleepingduty, the custom is yours!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Custom

Good Afternoon,

Would anyone like a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Terrimc38, you've got the custom!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Custom

Good Morning,

So we had no takers on Thursdays game, have we got any players this morning?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update

Congrats Linda, you've got the custom!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Games

Good Evening,

OK, the Labor Day games and TT are closed.  We had 2 custom orders and only one participant in the "Where's the Bottom" game.  For those interested, the bottom was $154, roughly a 22% discount.  The purple one was never captured, I took the price down to $125, a 35% discount.  So, it looks like we've got a loser on our hands, but that's ok... Christmas is coming and my sweet Madeline (grand-niece) likes my left overs.  As far as I'm concerned, if it's not going to sell, I'd rather it not sell at it's retail price... the alternative is it not selling at a discounted price, and that just hurts my feelings.    :)


Have a Great Labor Day Night, and there's a rumor that Ivy whispered / licked into my ear... there might be a "Surprise Custom" tomorrow!

__________________________________________________________________________


Sorry about the time, I got busy and forgot... that kind of thing happens at my advanced age.

___________________________________________________________________________


Happy Labor Day!

While my mind is still lingering in 1975 from the reunion, it's time to get back to work.  So, let's play some games, it's a double header game day.


Where's the Bottom?

If you haven't participated in this fabulous game in the past, here's how it works.  We've got 2 aged  sticks in inventory (aged to the extent that they are less than 1 week old), pictured below, and they've gotta go.  Each stick is currently priced at $195.  Beginning at 1:00 PM, US, (CST), I'm going to start playing with the prices, they'll go down, they might go up, they'll go down again... you get the idea.  I'll be adjusting the prices about every 5 minutes until someone bites.  At that point, we've found the bottom!





So, the Where's the Bottom game starts at 1:00, but Custom Time starts now.  I've got 2 open spots on the board, would anyone like to play?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the Custom Time game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the first 2 people to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the customs.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a Great Labor Day!

Update:

Congrats Mortmain, you've got the 1st one!

and this concludes today Custom Time game... Lauren you've got the 2nd spot.




Sunday, September 6, 2015

Big Weekend

Good Morning, 

Today's posting is dedicated to my old friends, we'll get back to the business of Timberstone Turnings tomorrow.

It's been a few days since I last checked in, and there's a good reason for it.  This weekend was my 40th year high school reunion, wow... what a flood of memories and emotions.  The vast majority of the folks I've re-connected with are people that sadly I haven't thought too much about since the day I walked out of Shawnee Mission South High School.  The "In Memoriam" video quite literally brought me to tears, Steve you did an outstanding job.  While I've been on Facebook now for a number of years, up until last Wednesday you could count the number of posts I've made on one hand, as I've never really embraced the medium, I thought it was largely a waste of time.  Now, I keep an open tab on the laptop for Facebook along with the other 10 or so tabs that are open every day, and I've actually been sending out "Friend Requests".  I certainly didn't see this coming.

So, a brief note to any of my old Raider friends that might be reading this, these past few days have been quite melancholy for me but at the same time, it's been a very meaningful experience.  While it took more brain cells than I thought I had, (Lord knows I've killed enough over the years), I was eventually able to begin putting the faces back in perspective, and it's a good thing.  Scott, Dave, Ann, Kelly and to all of the other committee members, here's a big Thank You for what you did... you guys Rock!  To everyone else that I saw, and to those that I saw but didn't recognize, please, let's not let another 40 years go by, heck, based on the way we use to play, I'll be lucky to make it another 10!

I truly miss you all and wish you only the best in the days and years to come.  Finally, thank you to everyone I knew in High School, you're part of my DNA and each of you contributed in your own way to who I am today.

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OK, so now back to the present.  We still have these 2 sticks in inventory which because of the reunion I haven't done any pricing adjustments.  I needed something to show my old friends, because whenever I tell anyone what I do, it's a universal "deer in the headlights look", as in "You do  What"?   Let's face it ladies, this is truly a niche market, one that not many people have an appreciation for, but fortunately you do.  Watch for my announcement tomorrow, I'm thinking that we may be playing a game, plus I've got a few open spots on the board.

Have a great Sunday, and thanks for allowing me to share my experience.






 
 
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday Morning Custom

Good Morning,

Anyone interested?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Congrats Mariaasa, you've got the custom!  OK, so I went ahead and took 2... Flohkrause you've got a custom also.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Afternoon Custom

Good Afternoon,

No one was interested this morning, so lets see if any is interested this afternoon.

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Update:  OneBlueWeim, you've got the custom!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Morning Custom

Good Morning,

It's that time of the day where I start working on tomorrow... Do we have anyone interested this morning?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:  It's yours Morganaa

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Evening

Good Evening,

I just looked at LHC, and I apologize if we've somehow indicated that Holly is available. 

All we have in stock, and I don't have a great deal of it is spalted holly.  I've been searching for premium holly now for well over a year, to no avail.  The spalted holly that we have in stock was a purchase I made several years ago that was presented online as pure white holly... it wasn't, it was spalted, I was bait and switched and paid a premium.  For this reason, I don't purchase woods online, other than from trusted sources.  My preference is, and always has been to purchase all varieties of woods locally where I can examine the wood, prior to purchase.

Again, sorry if there was any confusion.

Wednesday Morning Custom Time

Good Morning,

Do we have anyone interested this morning?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:  Congrats Wildcat, you've got the custom.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Custom time

Good Morning,

 Anyone up for a custom today?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:  AmIGoingCrazy, you've got the custom!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Afternoon

Good Afternoon,

What a fantastic day in Kansas City, we're talking southern California nice.  70 degrees, zero humidity and not a cloud in the sky, it seems like we get maybe 4 or 5 of these kind of days per year.  Well, that meant only one thing, a Harley ride to Lawrence (home of the KU Jayhawks), for lunch with plenty of back road sights and smells.  135 miles of pure bliss, and Ivy had her picture taken on the back of the Harley no less than 100 times... she just makes people smile with her hair whipping in the wind.

So, we get back home only to discover the same 4 sticks in inventory that we had when I woke up this morning... that's just wrong on so many levels and it needs to be resolved.  As most of you know, I don't like looking at inventory.

I had to actually do a little ETSY studying, something I really don't like doing... the studying part that is.  I learned how to create a "Coupon Code", and I named it "TTGET15".

I'm announcing it only on the blog, no where else... why you ask, because I can.  As far as I'm concerned, if you're going to the effort of looking at this, you might as well be the beneficiaries.  If there's a stick currently in inventory that you like, enter the coupon code at checkout and you'll automatically receive a 15% discount (at least that's what it's suppose to do, and if it doesn't we'll fix it so you get the discount).

It's 5:15 PM my time, and I suspect I'll be ready for bed around 8:30... pretty exciting guy huh?  When I'm shutting the computer down for the night, that's when the sale ends.  So, if you've been on the fence, now's the time, there's no telling when we'll have another sale.

Have a Great Night!

Update:

I'm not going to make it to 8:30, I'm sunburned and tired... the code remains until tomorrow.

Goodnight, I'm whipped!

Update:  Monday Morning

The coupon code has expired, there is no longer a discount. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Morning Custom Time

Good Morning,

 Finished your coffee yet?  It's that time... any takers?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Congrats Willowyn, you've got the custom.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

 I've got some space on the board... any takers?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Congrats Sarah M, you've got the custom!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Where's the Bottom?

 


Good Afternoon,

Let's play a game, it's been a while.  It's roughly 2:00  PM (CST) my time, and I'm thinking we start a fabulous new game of "Where's the Bottom" game at 6:00 PM.

It's $175 right now, and beginning at 6:00 I'm going to begin reducing the price every 15-20 minutes until we find the bottom. 

Good Luck, so who's going to get today's steal?

Have a great Afternoon!



Oh, what the heck, let's do this one also, it'll save us doing a FNS.

 
 
 
 
And, just because I can... an added twist!   The prices may not just go down, I might raise the price every now and then just to keep you on your toes.
 
 
 
Oh, what the hell...
 
 
 
 
 
Update 7:10 PM
 
Last call Ladies, prices go back up in 15 minutes.
 
Goodnight, TT is closed.
 
 

 
 


Surprise Custom

Since we've got no takers for the custom time slot, Quasi, send me a note!

I've got 2 Paua's that I'm working on that will be finished later today, and if you like purple, today is your lucky day.

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Morning Custom

Good Morning,

 I've got an open spot on the board... is anyone interested?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a winner... Sweet Cipriana!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Custom Time

Good Morning,

 I've got space on the board... any takers?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Congrats Alpine Owl, you've got the custom!

and... Rury Chan you also won a custom order!

Friday Night Sale

Good Morning,

The next Friday Night Sale will be held on August 14, beginning at 1:00 PM CST (US), 8:00 PM (CEST). We will de-activate all inventory late Friday morning for price adjustment with an overall discount of approximately 20% - 25%. Everything will be re-activated at exactly 1:00.  Good Luck! (Please check your own individual time zone to make sure the start time aligns with 1:00 PM Central Standard Time in the United States.)

Have a Great Thursday!

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Custom Time

Good Afternoon,

We didn't have any takers this morning, so let's try again... anyone up for a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.
Update:

Congrats Doodlesmart, you won the custom!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Custom Time

Good Morning,

Anyone up for a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Congrats kibiC, you won the custom.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Custom Time

Good Saturday Afternoon,

Who'd like a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Update:

Congrats Kherome...  you've got it!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

TT Update

Good Morning,

Early on when I started the blog I had mentioned that there was a story behind the laser.  So, for  those of you that remember Paul Harvey, here's the rest of the story.

Some of you may recall that back in January I had ordered a new laser because my old laser was hit or miss at best, plus it wasn't powerful enough to engrave ebony.  From a pricing standpoint, consider the cost of a new laser the equivalent of a new mid sized vehicle, they're not cheap. 

Fast forward to March, the big day came, packaged in a box the size of a smart car (literally, I know this because Erin drives a smart car and it replaced her car in the garage, and it weighed in at about 200 pounds).  The rep and I spent 2 days setting it up and training and life was good, finally.

Now, fast forward 3 whole days, and the new laser has stopped working.  Clearly a case of operator error, right?  Well, of course the rep had a schedule, and he couldn't get back to KC for additional training for 2 weeks, so now we're into April.

The rep visited again, and to his surprise he couldn't get it to work either, so he assumed we had a bad mother board, and ordered a new one.  Don't worry he said, it's a simple installation,  and he was off again.

Well, most things should be simple for someone that's been doing it for 20 years... not someone who has owned it now, inoperably for 3 weeks.  So another 2 weeks go by and he comes back to install the mother board, something that I couldn't have figured out how to do in a lifetime.

He finally get's the new mother board installed, and you guessed it... it still didn't work.  OK, OK, I've got it figured out now he said, we need a new rotary attachment, that'll fix the problem, so they sent me a new rotary.  Yep, you guessed it again, except now, it's not their problem... it's mine.  Clearly my computer isn't strong enough to run this powerful machine, so you need to buy a new computer and here are the spec's.  GULP, hey... what's another thousand dollars, I need this machine.  So now I've got the computer... and once again you guessed it.  Now HQ's technical support team determined that my new computer wasn't set up correctly, so I needed to send it to them for them for it to be configured correctly.  Of course they determined once they had it in hand that it had a bad port, so they replaced it... thus voiding the warranty and any chance of a return.

OK, so now we're into June.  Keep in mind that in order for all of this gloriousness to happen I had to pony up a $1,200 deposit in January, and my lease payments are $450 per month that I had to begin paying in February.  So, I'm not real happy about the situation, and trust me, I have a colorful vocabulary, and everyone learned that in short order.

I get the computer back, spend hours re-setting everything up... and it still didn't work, and now I don't even understand all the stuff they've done to the new computer, it's worthless to me at this point.  So now it's time bring in the experts, 2 tech support people fly to KC from Phoenix along with their trunkful of tools and diagnostic stuff, and spend 2 days taking the machine apart.  By 3:00 in the afternoon the 2nd day, I finally broke... pardon my French, but as the machine was sitting there in hundreds of parts, I told them to pack their shit up and get out of my house, I want my money back.

Apparently it wasn't a concept they were accustomed to, so I had to go to the top, and after a month of deliberation on their part,  I received my refund check last week, 7 months after it all started.  So this is my new laser story.

During all of this time however, I still had the old laser and just kept limping along.  Bear in mind, the old laser ruins at least 1/3rd of the sticks I make for one reason or another, up until 2 days ago when it died entirely. 

So here I sit, out thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours wasted and laser-less.  I can drive it to Denver to get it fixed, it's roughly a 10 hour drive.  However at $200 per hour, with an estimated 3-4 days repair time, along with me sitting in a hotel for the duration, doesn't hold much appeal.  So what do I do?

I've begun initial research into a new laser company, but it's a long drawn out and expensive process, and sadly we're not independently wealthy, I have to earn a living now... like everyone else, we've got bills to pay.  I could just take the sticks to my old engraver as we did in the very beginning.  The problem there is that now I'm making sticks for free, as his engraving charges would eat up whatever profit there is on any given stick.  That's the reason we bought the 1st laser to begin with.

So here's what I'm going to do, as my options are quite limited at this point.  We're going back to the good old days of banded sticks.  The only other alternative is for me to brush up my resume, and that is absolutely the last thing I want to do.  That said however, by the same token I'm not going to ask Erin to live under a bridge with me.

So there you have it... "The rest of the story". 

Later today I'll be announcing another "custom time".  Banded sticks are the only options.  If I get a request for an engraved stick, I'm simply going to provide a link to this posting.  Please don't think I'm trying to be a jerk by doing so, I just simply don't want to write this over and over again through ETSY conversations.  The simple truth is that I have a full platter right now in front of me, and lengthy conversations are not a priority.

For those that don't know what a "banded stick" looks like, here's one I did yesterday - https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1052409599

We truly apologize for the inconvenience but I hope you understand the pickle we're in.

Thanks
Doug





Saturday, August 1, 2015

Custom Time

Good Saturday Afternoon,

Who'd like a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Update: 

Congrats Vitaelis, you've won the custom.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Custom Time - Friday Morning... perhaps more today

Good Morning,

 Who's up for a custom?

 As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Update:

L S - You've got the custom!

Suricat - You've got the 2nd

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Custom Time

Good Morning,

I've got 1 spot on the board... who wants it?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Update:

Congrats Quasiquixotic, you won the custom order.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Surprise Custom

Good Morning,

I'm looking for Browncurtz23... send me a note please.

The board is full now, I probably won't be announcing any new customs for a day or two. 

Have a great day!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Morning Custom Time

Good Morning,

It's that time ... who's up for a custom?

As a reminder, here are the rules of the "Custom Time" game.
  • Existing design only, no "create it from scratch" designs.  Ebony and Holly are not available.
  • The only information needed is a link to the sold or active stick, along with allowable changes which are wood type, gemstone / metal/metal flake inlays and length.  If it requires more information than what's listed above, it's considered a "create it from scratch" design.
  • Just one order, and the 1st to reply thru an ETSY conversation gets the custom.  
  • You are only eligible to win once in a 30 day time frame, and the custom order is non-transferable.

Have a great day!

Update:

Congrats OneBlueWeim, you've got the 3rd spot on the board.