Mik Lawrence Blanks
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!
2019 GCT Booth
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!
AZ Shipping Box #1
Amid the Coronavirus concerns I am sorry to report that the Columbus and Syracuse Woodworking shows were
AZ Shipping Box #2
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
Pen Making Seminar
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
Holiday Show Booth Preparation
It is that time of the year again, Grand Central Holiday Fair is coming up in 29 days. The panic and stress is really kicking in now. I have to get ready to take over 1,300 pens to this show and I am not yet there. I have about 700 ready so I will be in high pen making mode for the next 29 days! I am making pens morning and night and going to the warehouse during the day. As you can see I have my booth in our sun room and touching up the paint with special fire retardant paint (NYC fire regulations). Next week, I will start to lay out the new graphics and put the pens in place to make sure it all looks good before we take it to NYC on November 16th.
This weekend I will be demonstrating casting and turning acrylics at the Ohio Valley Woodturning Symposium and during the other demonstrations, you guessed it I will be making pens! So, if you are in the area stop by the symposium in West Harrison Indiana and say hi! Happy Turning – Barry
Another great Pen Making Class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking this year. As you can see – Lots and Lots of pens made, over 200 in total! This was my 7th year at the school and the diversity of classes offered coupled with the eagerness of the students to learn keeps me excited to return! Every year my students both stimulate and show me ways to do things I have not thought about.
I want to thank all of you who attended for a great week of Fine Writing Instrument making!
Thank You and Happy Turning – Barry
Marc Adams Classroom
The Anniversary sale is still going strong!
For this final week we are offering all the items that we had on sale the three previous weeks, plus new additions!
These past few weeks have been very busy getting ready for this week’s SOLD OUT, week-long Fine writing Instrument class at Marc Adams Woodworking School in Indianapolis. This is a top notch woodworking school that everyone should consider attending. This will be my seventh (7) year teaching there with another full class of 16 students. We will create over 10 pens during the week, while learn different skills such as:
segmenting using the Gisi technique, sharpening your tools with CBN wheels, friction and CA glue finishes, tool techniques, and much more.
That means we make up 18 sets of everything, this includes 2 spare sets – just in case. We’re packing notebooks, pen kits, bushings, blanks, sanding materials, instructions, PowerPoint presentations and more. I am preparing everything with the help of my elves here at the warehouse in Pennsylvania. In the class we will be drying and stabilizing wood blanks, clear label casting pen blanks, making exotic pen blanks using material such as shredded credit cards, abalone pieces and strips, watch parts and many other unique items!
Next year in 2020, I am already booked to teach to two (2) different classes. One at Marc Adams again in August, and the other at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in June. Stay tuned for exact dates in the coming future and if interested, sign up early because they fill up fast.
Happy Turning – Barry