Holy unwieldy post titles, Batman!
So far, I have failed to slow down or pause studio work! Finished the shows, and have been catching up on special orders. And stockpiling supplies for some serious production work.
Somehow during all this, I managed to get into an invitational networking group, get in on an excursion to see the Hateful Eight in 70mm with expert projectionist, make breakfast plans for xmas day, may have agreed to some NYE action (oh, wait, that was pet sitting!), and start planning next year's art and business stuff.
OH, and I made a couple of things. I completely forgot to get a photo of the fireplace bellows I made, but I DO have a picture of 15 knives I am about to make swank handles for, as well as a nice sunrise.
Okay, that's it. I've done 2015, at least as far as public appearances with things I've made. 9 shows, which is somewhat short of the "one a month" goal I set for myself this year, but a lot closer than the 4 I did the previous year. Haven't done the accounting, but I hope to find out I broke even for the year on supplies vs. sales. That seems like a good thing for a little art business to aim for, at least in the beginning.
This morning I finished a custom order, a lockback pocket knife with Chicago Bears colors (and Siberian Elm wood), with DAD etched on the blade. Delivered this morning, to some really gratifying appreciation from the purchaser. Holiday party tonight, and then I am going to end the year finishing customs and organizing the studio.
Oh, and planning out 2016. I have a few plans for next year already lined up, but I'll share more about those later. For now, a couple of pictures of that Bears knife. Happy Holidays, whichever you like to keep, and look forward to a lot more fanciness out of my studio next year. Thank you for all your support!!
Mr. Micah of Big Creek Designs has asked me to join him in a booth at this new pop-up market. I'm always happy when a craft show has a coffee vendor. This show IS a coffee vendor. They'll be lucky if they can get me to leave at all!
I am going to bring only ornaments to this show -- glass, crochet, and a few other little bits and pieces that defy categorization ... except that they look fabulous on an ornament hook.
And, just so you know, I like my coffee black but I am not above a mint mocha. In case that comes up.
Not like stage furniture, but as in proper respect. I wanted to call out some folks who've really done a great deal to help me get where I am / going.
Jake Jacobson, Austin Marland, and Dave Bake of World of Wood (formerly, and always in my heart, Albuquerque Exotic Woods) have done great things in teaching me about wood, how to make friends with it, and what's so amazing about it. Lots of people are drawn to and like wood generally, but with the help of these three, I've learned the how and why of it, as well as a lot about how to bring it out for the world to see. I'm sure Jake's pulled splinters out of his hands with more woodworking wisdom than I'll ever have, but it sure is fun chasing it!!
Through the shop, I also met Don Dyer and Micah Nauck, both of whom are enthusiastic and talented woodworkers. When I'm talking and working with these guys, we cannot stem the flow of ideas, both for woodwork and for business. (Business often being the hard part of creative types.) I have a feeling we'll be working together in various ways for many years to come.
I've met some very talented designers and crafters at shows, and I probably ought to just start listing the new ones after shows, but one I'm going to call out here, because I have run into him at so many shows, and who is very patient about me picking his brain about business stuff, and who is into at least as many different creative directions as I am, is Michael Wieclaw, who I know as Metal Mike of Metal the Brand. The way he has focused on and built up his business amazes and inspires me. When he said he'd hired some people to help him, I wanted to shake him and say TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW. And then I pretty much did.
Probably the lovechild of a three-toed sloth and a busy bee.