Sorry for the silence of the last couple days, but we've had a pretty intense work schedule as we slam through a massive production run of tankards, getting ready for my annual sales trip to Portland.
Here are some of the steps necessary to make our product.
The tankard sides, taped on the back and ready to glue.
Body, glued up (the surgical hosing keeps it together while the glue dries).
A pile of glued-up tankards.
Gluing on the bottoms.
Bottoms glued on and drying.
Crookeds and spirals, cut but not glued.
Crookeds and spirals, drying.
After the tankards are sanded, we glue on handles.
The house is always in chaos this time of year.
Preparing to shoot the exterior coating.
First shot of varnish, on.
Interior coat on and drying.
Anyway, these are just some of the steps preparatory to my trip.
And my goodness, we're tired. Most of the shop work falls on Don, and my hardworking husband concludes each day covered with sweat and sawdust and varnish spray.
And his job isn't finished after I leave for Portland. We have two more customers needing a total of 275 more pieces within the next month, so the work continues.
But we're grateful for it. As the saying goes, it beats the alternative!
UPDATE: Several readers have inquired about purchasing a tankard. With the exception of this show in Portland, we are now exclusively wholesale. However we plan to have a few available for individual purchase in late fall, so please bear with us until that time. Thanks!