Sorry for not keeping up with the blog like I should, but we have been very busy lately!
We got accepted into the Grand Central Holiday Fair in NYC. Only 40 artisans were accepted from the hundreds of applicants! The Holiday Fair opens November 13th and runs thru December 24th. That’s right 42 straight days from 10 AM till 8 PM every day! Needless to say, I have been a very busy boy making LOTS and LOTS of pens for this show. In between making all these pens, I’ve been attending other shows, and will be a presenter at two upcoming woodturning symposiums.
So, in my *spare* time, I just want to share some of the more popular pens that have been selling very well for me at these craft shows.
||Sierra Grip/Gatsby type of pens always perform well made with either acrylic or stabilized wood.
||Steam Punk pen. Always a popular seller with it’s mix of metals and intricate design.
||Because of the popularity of “Game of Thrones”, the Dragon pen has been selling very well.
||The Venetian pen has been very popular for the people who wanted a rollerball / fountain style pen.
I promise I won’t take this long to keep you updated!
– Happy Turning
Yes, We are going to try it again on Wednesday July 25, 2017 – take a day off the last time we tried to take a day off and take the grand kids to the shore it rained. The weather is supposed to be good tomorrow so we will be closed and re-open on Thursday July, 26, 2017.
If you need anything, I will help you on Thursday – thanks- Barry and company!
There are still a few spots left in my upcoming Fine Writing Instrument -Pen Turning Class next week held at Peters Valley School of Craft. It is a week long class and we make at least 12 pens including a rollerball and fountain pen. Stabilization, Clear Casting, Alumilite Casting, Segmentation and much more! So if you are free call Peters Valley and sign up for the last few spots and we will have fun!
On a bummer note – we have cancelled our trip to the Wildwood boardwalk due to inclement weather. So – we will be open tomorrow Thursday July 6 – the grand kids are disappointed but we will make it up to them!
Fireman’s pen with inlay kit
Fireman Pen Kit Back In Stock! Yes, we have a VERY limited supply of them in fact by the time you read this they may be out of stock again. However, we are expecting a very large shipment of them the second week of July but for now we do have some – so get them while they are HOT! (sorry for the bad pun!)
On another note – this Thursday July 6th I am actually going to take a day off and take the kids to the Jersey Shore to eat junk from one end of the boardwalk to the other and ride all the rides! So if you call and no one answers that is why – we will be back on Friday but on Thursday we are going to have fun!
Monday morning starts another week long Fine Writing Instrument class followed by a
Newly Expanded Facility!
weekend Bangle Making Class. As you can see my Expedition is loaded with supplies for the students for this 7 day stretch. Marc Adams just added this magnificent new turning center. The sold out 15 student class will have a lot of work to do but it will be FUN!
I will keep you updated – Happy Turning – Barry
New Survival Pen
Just Arrived the New Survival Pen – Three items in one! You can start a fire, break glass and take names with this new pen! The unique cap portion of the pen contains a carbide glass breaker. The lower barrel contains the flint fire rod when struck against the clip, it cause a spark which is used to start a fire! This pen just may save your life someday okay not so dramatic – but it is pretty cool!
Tina Wissen continues to offer her whimsical style in creating
her own polymer clay masterpieces!
Well it is back to work for me after this last weekend Craft Show – I have to replenish the stock before Memorial day where I will be at Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA May 27, 28 & 29. Happy Turning – Barry
Outside Booth Setup
This is my tent booth setup for outdoor shows. We are inside a large covered tent so it is a tent inside another tent and it is raining like crazy! Even the best of plans can not beat Mother Nature! Here I am all set up and expecting great crowds at the Artrider show this weekend and today (Friday) the show closed due to torrential rain and very strong winds!
Well, there still is Saturday and Sunday and the weather is expected to improve, we can only hope it does!
Candy’s Dragon Scales
With the Woodworking show season over, it is time to concentrate on the Craft Show season and these blanks are always a good seller. Candy Dean’s dragon scales look really good on the Dragon Pen and Steve Kondo’s segmented blanks are always popular either on the Sierra’s or on the Venetian or Arcadia pen kits. we will add some more polymer clay blanks tomorrow from Candy and from Tina! Stay tuned and Happy turning! – Barry
Steve’s Segmented Blanks