Drivel Starved Nation!
It’s been awhile since my last post and you need to know why. I’ve been
incarcerated buried with work.
This past January I finished most of our orders with the exceptions of the countersinks and Pencil Precision (more on that later). The first two weeks of February I was on my annual work retreat and the last two weeks I was on vacation with my children and all three grandkids. So. Much. FUN!
March has sailed by, the countersinks all shipped the first week, then the heat in the skunk lab died, so I didn’t get anything done in the shop because it was too damn cold (it snowed here in March–weird). The heat was restored last week after
I paid the rent repeated complaints to the landlord. Nothing like threatening to withhold rent works better for instant results!
Sometime in the next 10 weeks I am headed to Nanjing for a month to train the new BCTW manufacturing team on some new products
that nobody needs you haven’t seen yet. And if all goes to plan, they will be released globally before years end. That is all I can say now–I’ve been told to keep my big mouth shut muzzled!
Oh, now I know why March sailed by, I completely redesigned the CenterScribe; here’s an image;
I now consider this tool as good as it is going to get on my watch. In this version, the mortise/tenon attachment is now integrated into the tool, and is no longer an
overpriced accessory. There is something damn cool about instantly laying out a mortise or tenon that is dead accurate and centered regardless of the stock thickness… Anyway, look for this to be in stock later this year. I’m also going to update our awesome doweling jig this year. These updates are complete design rebuilds as all of the tools moving forward are converted to metric dimensions. I wish I had converted to metric 50 years ago, the imperial endearment system is, in my opinion, just stupid. And yes, it is endeared, likely by you and most of the Drivel Starved Nation.
I am taking my time with Pencil Precision because I am still hunting down a reliable source for straight grain Port Orford Cedar. I can share that the pencil industry has most of the domestic timber all tied up, so I am working on a work around. I’ll solve it, but that is where that job is at the moment.
I am redesigning the HP-6 body for the the future. It will be backward compatible with all of the previous profile kits, and the kits moving forward will be compatible with your existing bodies. Same for the HP-10, although I am not re-designing the foxtail body. For those of you who do not know what the HP-6 is, it is a plane with interchangeable molding profiles, as well as dados and tenons.
I actually don’t think I have ever
spent more time in jail been more busy with work than now, and that is somewhat of a surprise to me. Good thing I love what I do, as my other interests are so much more important can wait. I am still teaching myself how to cook and it is going slow. How slow you ask? I have worn out 2 smoke detectors in the past year…
Sometime later this year, I will close the skunk lab and when that happens, you won’t believe what is headed over to eBay. I’ll keep you posted in this Totally Awesome and Worthless Blog.
Lastly, this past weekend I took grandson “Speedy” for a walk. He asked me, “Grandpa, how come I can hear you breathing but I can’t hear me breathing?”
-Your Favorite Tool Potentate