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apicius9
07-30-2014, 02:25 PM
Sorry, Myron ;) I know somebody who actually freezes her credit card when funds are low - in a bag of water, so she cannot use it for impulse buys. As for selling, I am thinking of selling a few dozen blanks across my stash toward the fall, just to recoup some of the capital sitting dead on my wood shelves right now. But it's not my highest priority, gotta get handles done first.

Stefan

Dave Martell
07-30-2014, 09:15 PM
I will never buy any more wood again. Ever. I'm done. That's it.




I just can't believe this. :razz:

apicius9
08-19-2014, 02:50 AM
Just got back from the Big Island. Let's rephrase that: From NOW on I will never buy wood again. :)

Stefan

rami_m
08-19-2014, 02:52 AM
Just got back from the Big Island. Let's rephrase that: From NOW on I will never buy wood again. :)

Stefan

How long did the promise last this time?

apicius9
08-19-2014, 03:01 AM
What can I do, there are koa trees all over the place;)

Stefan

daddy yo yo
08-19-2014, 03:19 AM
Just got back from the Big Island. Let's rephrase that: From NOW on I will never buy wood again. :)

StefanLIER !!!

SolidSnake03
08-21-2014, 04:04 PM
Some of thr best handles ive ever seen!

apicius9
08-27-2014, 02:23 PM
The level of personalization in advertizing on Facebook is getting frightening. Just got this today:

24579

Stefan

apicius9
08-27-2014, 02:26 PM
Some of thr best handles ive ever seen!

Thanks!

Stefan

icanhaschzbrgr
08-27-2014, 02:41 PM
Cool shirt but they missed "re" in the beginning of "handle" word

Erilyn75
09-06-2014, 04:43 AM
Love that shirt Stephan!!

apicius9
09-16-2014, 09:01 AM
Quick update again:

As most of you know, I had taken on more than I could handle (pun intended... :) ), and things have piled up over time. At this point, I have given up a bit - NOT given up on trying to finish whatever I committed to, but given up on making predictions about how long things will take. All the predictions I made in the previous year were totally off, so at this time I just keep plowing along as good as I can, finishing whatever I have on my list, and then checking back whether handles are still needed or wanted. I actually did work pretty regularly in the past months, but I have so many handles on my bench that it's a very slow progress. It might look better to do them sequentially, one after the other rather than in larger batches, but I am deciding as I go along to see what looks to be the most efficient strategy. Between working a full-time job and a teaching job, I am doing my best but seem to be overly optimistic about the speed at which I can do my best. Occasionally, my old nemesis depression has also been raising its ugly head again in the past months and affecting my overall drive and motivation, so it is sometimes difficult to tell apart whether I am just exhausted or depressed. And finally, I have never been heavier and more out of shape which certainly does not help. Not whining or fishing for sympathy, just thinking that I owe those of you who trusted in me to follow through with what they ordered an honest explanation.

Just to give you an idea: between a larger order, the handles on my order list, extra handles I threw in here and there, and a set of cheaper handles I wanted to offer, I have about 140-150 handles on my bench - and about 120 of those already look like handles and are jn the final stages of being finished. So, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but the train is still moving slower than I had hoped... Fortunately, there are others who have jumped in and started offering handles for those of you who are - understandably - less patient. My goal is definitely to reduce my order pile and then limit the number if custom orders I take on, making more of my own ideas in my own time instead, hoping someone finds them interesting enough to buy one here and there.

Thanks for reading. I will keep you posted as things are moving. I am hoping that I will have to show a few pieces - custom orders and extras - in the coming month, but my priority is on getting a larger order out the door and off my shoulders. That should set free all kinds of energy. We'll see...

Stefan

mkriggen
09-16-2014, 12:44 PM
Just keep plugging Stefan. I don't think a lot of people realize how productive you really are, it would take me about a year and a half to produce 150 handles.

Be well my friend,
Mikey

TheOneHawk
09-18-2014, 03:54 AM
I can't speak for everyone, but I know I'm willing to wait for a quality product. I'll wait as long as it takes.

icanhaschzbrgr
09-18-2014, 07:17 AM
Stefan, is there anything we can do to help you? Some cheering? Or fund raising for new tools?

apicius9
09-18-2014, 08:22 PM
Thank you, guys. If people here weren't generally so nice and understanding and said nice things about my work, I probably would have given that up a couple of years ago, although I still have fun once I get to it. So, cheering is always good, but otherwise I just have to plow through. Maybe I can outsource some of the work steps on some pieces, thinking about that right now. While I can use the cash, at this time it's more important to get the pressure of running behind off my back, than maximizing profit. Of course, you can always buy a lottery ticket and share if you win something ;)

Stefan

apicius9
07-24-2015, 02:05 AM
Hi there, just thought I'd post an update because I have not been hanging out here as much lately. After all kinds of drama, things were pretty stable for a while, the main problem being that I hate my job and in spite of having been flown in for a few interviews on the mainland I did not land anything, jobs going to the younger people. But that's probably not too different from what others here are experiencing. What changed over the past few weeks is that my work contract ends at the end of September, and against all expectations it is unlikely to get extended because the bureaucrats managed to lose a million $$ in funding because they did not get their act together. Since my current job does not even cover all my expenses, I increased my debt over the years and I am always about 1-2 months away from bankruptcy, so that could be an issue... When I applied for the last local academic job a couple of months ago I was told the position would not be filled while the department, at the same time, offered it to a friend - too stupid to realize my friend and I would exchange notes. I can see that they needed somebody with her degree on paper even though I am more experienced, but shabby nevertheless IMHO. Then a few weeks ago I got notice to move out of my apartment within 30 days because the house is getting sold. My car turns out to need an expensive repair on the brake system and new tires to pass the inspection. Yesterday I got a letter from the IRS who want money from me (rightfully so, I just had hoped I could delay it). So, I am ready to stay in bed for a couple of weeks and pull the blanket over my head. Does anybody happen to know next week's winning numbers for the Powerball? ;)

Anyway, I am still doing little things here and there in the shop, I have a couple of more things to send out, a few corrections to make on some handles, put on a replacement handle or two, and a bunch of other small things. I am trying to squeeze those in as I can, but I think packing moving boxes will have to become a priority pretty soon. After that, it's back to juggling work, job applications, and working off my order list. Oh, btw, my handle website just got hacked - again - and the host shut it down. I will have to have it cleaned by pros but that is not the highest item on my list right now.

Stefan

Dream Burls
07-24-2015, 10:17 AM
So sorry to hear about your troubles Stefan. You know this forum has a great support system when needed. Please let us know what we can do for you.

aboynamedsuita
07-24-2015, 11:27 AM
I've heard that bad luck comes in threes, but this is something else. I'm sorry to hear that things have taken a turn in the wrong direction, but as was said there is a good support network here (not sure if we can help with the lottery numbers though)

WildBoar
07-24-2015, 11:30 AM
Sorry to hear of your troubles :-( It's usually hard for me to feel sorry for someone who lives in Hawaii, but man that is definitely a huge pile of poop dropped down on you.

Any DIY possibilities on the brake repair to save some $? Pad/ disc/ caliper replacement is pretty easy if you have the tools. You might even find a car forum for your make/ model and see if there is anyone local with some experience who is willing to help you out.

Dave Martell
07-24-2015, 12:05 PM
I think that you have even worse luck than me.

apicius9
09-24-2015, 05:46 AM
Hi everyone, just a quick update although there is not much to report. I moved, living in a place that takes me back to my student dorm times. My work contract ends next week and I have no idea where it will go from there - waiting to hear about a contract extension decision as well as decisions on two other jobs I applied for - neither of them anywhere close to making me happy or paying enough to survive where I am. A bunch of other job applications are open, but they are for hires sometime next year. So, still working on things, juggling things and trying to survive month to month.

While things don't look great, I still managed to crawl out of a deep black hole of depression. In July and August I would not have taken any bets on surviving the next week. Depression really sucks and takes every bit of energy out of you. But I moved beyond that, still far behind where I would like to be, but I am working on it.

I hope I will eventually have a few more positive things to say. To all of you who are still waiting for something from me, I am trying to catch up - and please feel free to contact me, I know I owe several people still handles, answers, etc., and I am trying to catch up.

Stefan

add
09-24-2015, 06:12 PM
Have not posted here in awhile and came across this, really pulling for you Stefan.

Please stay well and hang in there best you can. :)

(btw, still using that Steve Mullin/Pack River chef knife I got from you a few years back)

apicius9
09-29-2015, 09:39 PM
Ok, 8h before my contract expired I was notified that my job will get extended for a year. Still the job I never wanted, but I can now continue to apply and do not have to move to the beach while I am doing that. Probably will get drunk tonight. Small steps, but a little more light than a couple of months ago.

Stefan

aboynamedsuita
09-29-2015, 09:44 PM
This is good news, and very timely too. Hopefully it takes some of the pressure off for the time being.

Dave Martell
09-30-2015, 01:15 PM
Ok, 8h before my contract expired I was notified that my job will get extended for a year. Still the job I never wanted, but I can now continue to apply and do not have to move to the beach while I am doing that. Probably will get drunk tonight. Small steps, but a little more light than a couple of months ago.

Stefan



Damn, that's too close of a call there.

mkriggen
09-30-2015, 01:45 PM
Ok, 8h before my contract expired I was notified that my job will get extended for a year. Still the job I never wanted, but I can now continue to apply and do not have to move to the beach while I am doing that. Probably will get drunk tonight. Small steps, but a little more light than a couple of months ago.

Stefan

This is why guns are not allowed in the workplace. I know a little bit how you feel, this is the first time in three years that I haven't had my hours cut in half for Oct to Jan waiting for our grants to kick in. As the saying goes...this too shall pass.

Be well my friend,
Mikey

alterwisser
10-01-2015, 01:46 PM
Halt die Ohren steif! I know you feel. Just not having the energy to motivate yourself doing even the most mundane things.

apicius9
11-28-2015, 05:20 PM
Just came into the shop briefly to prepare a few things and looked at how much work it will be to take the shop down - makes me want to run away screaming...



1) This is probably about 1/4 of my stabilized wood. There is at least twice that much cut to blanks that is not stabilized, yet. And then there are the boards and blocks...

2) Some of my stabilized koa

Dave Martell
11-28-2015, 06:49 PM
Bring all that koa to PA! :evilgrin:

steelcity
11-28-2015, 09:23 PM
So that's why there's none available.

steelcity
11-28-2015, 11:42 PM
You trying to control the market?

Mac53
01-29-2016, 08:38 PM
Good Evening Stefan,

My name is Mac on the forum and I am looking for some handle wood options for my Watanabe cutlery. After reading some of your posts I realize things are a little difficult at this time but would you be able to offer some options? I realize your website has also taken a hit and hope this is the proper way to contact you about my needs.

Regards,
Mac

bkultra
01-29-2016, 08:44 PM
Good Evening Stefan,

My name is Mac on the forum and I am looking for some handle wood options for my Watanabe cutlery. After reading some of your posts I realize things are a little difficult at this time but would you be able to offer some options? I realize your website has also taken a hit and hope this is the proper way to contact you about my needs.

Regards,
Mac

Stefan has recently moved across country (HI to PA) and started a new job. You might want to contact him via a PM. I'm not sure how much time he spends on the forums or if he will see this post.

Mac53
01-29-2016, 11:33 PM
Stefan has recently moved across country (HI to PA) and started a new job. You might want to contact him via a PM. I'm not sure how much time he spends on the forums or if he will see this post.

Bkultra - thanks for the follow-up. Mac