I have a few thoughts that I would like to share about what is going on.
I think I have enough work to keep me going until the middle of next month, and then I will have to begin making knives for the show I have at the end of march.
So, I am also announcing that I will be taking no orders for a delivery date earlier than april 15. I am not closing down order taking entirely, just letting you know now that I am going to be busy for awhile. If you have a project in mind for me to make, I would be happy to discuss it with you.
I have several times last year promised more than I could deliver, so I am making a conscious effort to remedy that.
I also wanted to talk a bit about the Badger knife club show. held in Janesville Wisconsin, the weekend of the 30th of march. I have been doing this show for many years and it is always a good time. Early on, when I was working another job, I would take vacation time to go to this show and others. I still see it as a bit of a vacation, even though it is a sales and marketing event for me. I know that with the expansion of the internet, doing knife shows is no longer necessary, and this is the only knife show I do. I do attend other events, but they are not really knife shows in the way this one is. It entails over 1000 miles of travel and weeks to prepare for, but I still love to go. It is a way for me to keep in contact with the larger knifemaking community as well. I have old friends that I visit with at the show, and there are always new friends to meet and see.
Last year I made 21 knives to take to the show and I sold seven there. I have never had a sold out show, although there is always hope. I would like to have an equal number for the show this year. So I may have a few knives available for sale after the show. This also gives me the opportunity to try out some new ideas, handle combinations and other things that I am not free to do when I have a backlog of orders. I also get to exchange ideas with other makers, and sometimes some real cool stuff comes out of dinnertime conversations after the show.
This was just some of the stuff bouncing around in my head while I was in the shop today.