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Thread: An Update on Past, Present, and Future Orders

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    An Update on Past, Present, and Future Orders

    I am pleased to say that I am comfortable with quality of stuff I am sending out, so now it is time to turn my attention to efficiency.

    Up to this time, I have approached projects with a certain quality of outcome in mind without any regard to time it took to complete a project. My justification was that I had to have a product before worrying about a bottom line. So now it is a good time to address the latter.

    I am going to continue doing all processes in-house by myself, with possible exception of laser cutting blanks. This year I am set to purchase some new equipment (including salt pods) to speed up things without sacrificing quality. Right now, I estimate that I do more than third of all work by hand (hand carving, shaping and finishing sayas, hand finishing blades, hand finishing handles, setting final geometry of the blade on stones by hand, etc). If I can reduce that to 25% or less, I should see some time gains and that is my objective.

    So, how does this relate to you? Well, all of you who have orders with me that are long overdue, will see them done before most of these changes take place. I will make up for a long wait with free work and discounts as I have done in the past and I hope it will leave you satisfied.

    Recent orders will be completed withing weeks (I have less than ten). New orders will be completed on a more predictable schedule. I didn't want to take any new orders till I started these changes, so this is a reason why I have been hesitant to start take advances.

    I apologize for not meeting some of your expectation on completion time. Quality work could take long to complete, and my optimism on completion time in this case has done more harm than good.


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    Senior Member mattrud's Avatar
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    Good Luck Marko, I am sure you will put out some great knives and get them out in a time you are happy with.

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    It sounds like you've made great progress. Congratulations and good luck! I, for one, am looking forward to when you are able to take more orders.
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    You do great work and the wait is worth it for your customers. Trying to get everything running in an orderly fashion isn't easy is it?

    Good luck. -M

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    Senior Member Line cooked's Avatar
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    Nice to hear you are in happy place. I am eager to see waht you turn out. Good Luck!!!

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    Thanks, folks -

    Actually, I am looking for another space for a workshop. Summer is coming and humidity in the basement is hard to control.

    If I get the space I want, I will be on the ground floor and I will have a storefront. Maybe I will put out a sign. Forum members in the area will be welcome to come for a visit.


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    Senior Member ThEoRy's Avatar
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    That's awesome! Glad to see things are picking up momentum. I'll have to get in line now for sure.
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    If you get that storefront you can only gain by putting up a sign but limit the "drop-in" meet and greet to a few hours a day or something so you don't have to stop in the middle of a process etc. I hope i made some sense with this, my brain feels like a piece of bubblegum after this day at the "office". :P
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    I guess, I wasn't very clear. By storefront, I meant a street level access to the shop. I won't have a counter or anything, but there will be a sign, so if people would like to stop by, they can. Right now my shop is in the basement, in a building that is tucked away in the back of a residential building. Hard to find and not very welcoming.

    Plus, high humidity (basement) makes it not a good environment for working with natural woods, so I look forward to moving, despite the hassle - I already accumulated quite a bit of stuff.


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    Great news, Marko. Makes me wish I still lived up there.


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