It was a wonderful week with nothing to do except make pens and have fun! All of us wore masks at all times, we had dividers between lathes and we were aware of our surroundings. Plenty of pens were made, new friendships were formed and best of all we were safe! I want to thank all my friends who came to the classes and I look forward to seeing you next year! Stay safe – wear a mask and Happy Turning – Barry
“Weekend at Marc’s” – With all that is going on in the world with
COVID-19 and life’s other issues, it was FANTASTIC to get away and not watch television or listen to the radio. All I had to do was to make bangle bracelets with my new friends and boy did we make bangles! We all wore masks and did the responsible things we had to in order to be safe and in spite of wearing a mask we talked and laughed and had FUN! So the take away for me was it was not hard to wear a mask all day and teach in order to be safe and continue to do what I love to do! I am looking forward to this coming week long class with my friends!
Happy Turning- Barry
It is a 12 hour drive to get to the school in Franklin, IN. and I am just a short distance from reaching the school to teach two classes. A weekend Bangle Making Class and then a week long Pen Making class. As you can see my car (an expedition) is jammed with bangles, pen kits, stabilization chambers, Cactus Juice (thanks Curtis), pen blanks, CA Glue and supplies to last the the 7 days. This will be the 8th year I will be teaching for this great school. In spite of the COVID-19 issue, the class is 80% full and we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. I am looking forward to FINALLY getting out of my house to have some fun with my friends at the school.
I will keep everyone apprised as the week moves forward. But for now I have another 3 hours to go so I am heading out to have some FUN!! Happy Turning – Barry
In early April I ordered Mik Lawrence’s watch part blanks and he shipped them on April 15th. By that time, the Covid-19 pandemic was taking its toll on everything worldwide and so our blanks sat at the airport in Melbourne Australia for weeks not being able to catch a flight to the USA. Finally on June 10, seven (7) weeks later, we received them. I was so glad to see them I posted them on Facebook and within 24 hours they were all gone!
Luckily Mik had sent me more blanks the day I received the last ones. I just got them today so, as promised, my blog followers are the first to see these really great pen blanks. I can tell you from experience, these sell FAST at my craft shows! My customers love them and so will yours!
Happy Turning – Barry
The versatile and stackable Dogbone molds are back in stock . The Dogbone is made from high quality HDPE and will not warp when used with high heat resins! You can stack as many as six (6) Dogbone molds in a pressure pot if using one. Or just use one of these molds to create your own pen blanks using either Polyester Resin (without a pressure pot), or Alumilite casting resin!
I apologize, we promised that when a new product comes out we would show it to the blog subscribers first but last week it went out to the general public and sold out in a few minutes. We just received in a new supply of the Puppy Paws inlay kits so I am letting the blog people know first this time.
The inlay kit is easy to do and it looks great with either the pewter or the brass pen kit.
Happy Turning and Be Safe! – Barry
It has been over 12 days since we were informed that the Woodworking Shows were shut down.
It has taken that long for our shipping boxes to get returned by the trucking company. We received them today, and welcomed them back. They have over 4,000 pounds of pen kits and pen blanks stored inside and we are diligently removing the products to restock the website.
To celebrate their arrival, we are offering a ten percent (10%) discount on everything in the Arizona Silhouette store to our blog members starting March 24, 2020, and running through March 31, 2020.
Upon checkout use the code AZBLOG-20 in order to receive the discount.
Remember to stay safe, and have fun in the shop while you can!
Grand Central Holiday Fair 2019 Results
Since Thanksgiving was so late into the month of November in 2019, there were six less selling days than in 2018. Those are days, and revenue, that you cannot make up unless you sell more pens than the previous year. When comparing the actual dates from 2018 to 2019 we did sell more pens for the same number of days in 2018. The average number of pens per day increased to 25 per day versus 22 per day. We sold 900 total pens in 2019, but 945 in 2018. Since we didn’t have those 6 extra days, we came up short. Better per day sales, but less total sales. If we had those extra 6 days we could have anticipated selling about 150 more pens!
What were some of the causes for the “per day” sales increase? I will discuss this in a later post – stay tuned!
Amid the Coronavirus concerns I am sorry to report that the Columbus and Syracuse Woodworking shows were
cancelled as well as Totally Turning in Saratoga Springs.
Last Thursday Lenora & I flew to Columbus, rented a car, went to the show and set up the booth which takes about 4 hours. As we were leaving to go to our hotel, the Ohio Fair Grounds informed us that the Governor of Ohio had declared a state of emergency, immediately shutting the show down. So we had pack up all the supplies, and put them back into the boxes and have them shipped back to us at the warehouse in Bensalem for arrival next Monday.
When full, Box 1 (as shown) holds approximately 2,500 pounds of pen kits and accessories. Box 2 holds about 2,000 pounds of supplies, here it is just before filling it back up again!
I will now have time to fill you in on the Grand Central Holiday show, and start making some YouTube videos that everyone has been asking for. If you have any suggestions for topics that you want to see on a video, please feel free to email me with those suggestions.
Thanks for the input – Happy turning – Barry
The Woodworking Shows have started, and my seminars have been full, so I apologize that it has taken so long to get this blog to you.
The Grand Central Holiday Fair was over December 24th, and I did not get home until Christmas day morning after closing up the booth. On the 26th, we were back up in NYC, packing up the booth to put it in storage. Hopefully we will get to use it again next year at Grand Central. Four days later, we had to have our shipping crates loaded for The Woodworking Shows with over 3,500 pounds of pen kits, blanks and supplies. To say that we have been just a bit busy is an understatement!
Two weeks ago was the Baltimore Woodworking Show followed by the New England Show and we are getting supplies ready to leave for the Kansas City Show this weekend. I just wanted you to know we are alive and kicking, and In the next few blogs I will start to detail the information about the Grand Central Holiday Fair but for now we will see you each weekend at the Woodworking Shows.
Happy Turning – Barry