Hey, hope this post finds you well. I’ve been meaning to write, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last you heard, I was starting the task of building a nicer plane. I’m finding the maple to be a joy to work and I’m having design ideas faster than I can make planes. Dropping the ash is proving fruitful, as business and opportunities have really picked up.
On April 1st, I got the green light to display at a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event. I was so surprised when I found out, that for a moment, I thought I was getting April Fooled. The Event was held at F&W Media, home of Popular Woodworking magazine. Lots of people came through and I saw some familiar faces from WIA. My kits and blades sold very well.
While at the event, Chris Schwarz took video of me setting a chip breaker. The video ended up being no good, but luckily the trick was. It was posted on the Lost Art Press blog, along with a quick blurb about my kits and planes. I can now confirm the existence of the “Schwarz Effect” and will say his post spiked my one day sales and page views, enough to skew my insights graph indefinitely.
As if all that wasn’t enough for one weekend, I also got interviewed about my planes. This was especially cool, because I have never been interviewed before, not even as a bystander or witness. The questions came from the Drunken Woodworker, David Picciuto. If you haven’t seen his wrap up show, check it out…GOOD STUFF!
The kits have been my best sellers and to aid in the assembly, I made some youtube videos. These are first drafts and were all done in one take. Wanted to get some visuals out there and hope to remake these soon.
The rest of my time has been spent filling orders and exploring designs. I’ve found that breaking free of my previous, self imposed restraints on wood and shape, have opened a flood gate of ideas. I’m excited to see where this goes.