Friday, April 4, 2014

Whomped with work

If I've been a little quiet on the blog this week, it's because we're whomped with work. Right now we have two outstanding orders -- a modest 20-piece, and a whopping 175-piece order.

Here we're working on the 175-piece order (which came in before the 20-piece). With such a large production run, we decided to break it up. This is about 100 pieces, give or take a few.

At this stage, we've glued up the bodies.

Gluing on bottoms (a phrase that usually takes some explanation outside our family).

Letting things dry. Tomorrow is a sanding day, which usually falls on Don, poor guy.

Anyway, that's what's been keeping us busy. We're just heading into our busy season, though we never really slowed down this winter, which is highly unusual. Normally our business is dead-quiet during the winter (with the exception of our wholesaler who does the Arizona Renaissance Festival in February) but this winter has been wildly busy. Almost too busy. No break for us! Not until October!


  1. I went to the Mesquite prepper show and was disappointed that you were not there. I asked the folks at Backwoods Home if you would be there at some time in the future. Just planting a seed! I guess that is a pun intended based on your cover photo:-))

  2. Patrice,

    I'm happy to hear you're getting all kinds of work. Your Tankards are amazing, and your customers will be totally happy.

  3. Looks as if you have the whole family in on that deal! Wahoo for you! That is does one order them?

    1. I'm afraid you can't order any. We're exclusively wholesale except just before Christmas, when we put up a temporary retail page. Sorry!

      - Patrice

    2. Well, I suppose I'll have to wait 8 months, but I definitely want one! I had the retail page bookmarked some time ago, but there's nothing on it now. Expect an order from me in December. :D

  4. More orders is always good news, right? Hopefully it will prevent the leanness your pocketbook has had in past years.

  5. probably God is preparing the money for a need He foresees.
    what will you do for extra hands when daughter is at school?
    deb h.

  6. That is a very good problem to have!

  7. Being busy is a good problem to have. I noticed your seedling rack in the background. Do they get all their light from the window? Does this daily dose of real sunlight make it easier to harden them off outside under direct sun?

    Love your blog. Keep up the great work!