I am only one man and am aware that the order list has been growing more than I can cope with alone. I have been making plans to keep various streams of work open and evolving. Custom orders, the one off pieces, and Utility line pieces. I did this because I have been intending on training one maybe two people to help and the Utility line would be a very good first step in learning for an apprentice. However a source of potential investment has not come through for me which is a real shame as now is the moment I feel. So I must change my plans slightly to make things efficient with just myself and try to earn the money to make a start training someone the slow and sure way.
I fully intend on taking custom orders again early 2014. For now however I will feel a lot better catching completely up on work which I have taken deposits for. Names on my list after that will take priority for 2014 orders.
In the mean time I will be working on the new menu for 2014 as it very much needs updating. I think it will not include mono steel knives, as it is other areas which I feel I excel and need to focus on until I have a helper on board.
The pricing and options will be updated. Its not so much that the prices will be going up but the products have evolved completely since making the list.
I would like to work on one off pieces new patterns, and hopefully make an entire set of very high end knives, complete with storage. This time I feel is important to keep things fresh, custom order choices will benefit from this in the future.
This may seem an odd decision especially following getting some press, but I feel this is what I have to do to do the best I can at this moment in time. And its not for ever.
I will leave the prices and options list up on my site so I can work on updates as I go, but remove the form for now and replace it with a contact box and a note to say I will be opening custom orders again in 2014.
Please feel free to let me know how you feel about this, I see you as my friends and respect your opinions.