Wednesday, August 26, 2015

End of the Stainless Steel Roll Bars

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is having a great summer! It's the hot and humid part of the summer here so a good time to get stuff done. And stuff has indeed been getting done.

The heavy duty T-Wrex pry tools I talked about months ago on the Toolbook have finally been sent to heat treat as have a batch of newly designed P15 Roid Prybabies. Those will be back in a week or two. Closely following those I have a big batch of special titanium Mini P15 Prybabies underway and I'm hoping to get the first ones finished soon. A few other special surprises are also in store so it's going to be one heck of a September and October ahead.

Today I have a small batch of stainless steel Roll Bars. These are leftover from the winter batch and there are just a few left. These are 303 stainless steel and it's doubtful I will be making any more of them at least in the foreseeable future so if you've been wanting one this is your big chance...

The stainless Roll Bars run $48 plus shipping and the order link is below. Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great week folks!

Stainless Roll Bars are gone, thank you so much folks!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Paypal Stuff Is Almost Fixed

Hey Everyone,

The earlier issues I was having with Paypal not letting me know about all my transactions the day that I received them appears to be 100% fixed. No more issues have come up in the past two sales.

That's the good news. The annoying news is that a whole bunch of people who ordered in the past two sales did not receive the usual notification email from paypal saying that the item had shipped. Also included in that email is the tracking number, naturally. So I have had dozens of people emailing me asking for tracking.

OK, I called paypal and they created a ticket for the problem. They have looked into it and are fixing it right now. This is triggering some delayed emails so you might get an email in the next day or two about the G6 Prybaby saying that it shipped. Just ignore it, as you probably already have the G6 in your hot little hands anyway. :)

Hopefully that straightens these minor issues out since I'd so much rather be grinding tools than looking up transactions and sending people emails....


Speaking of grinding tools, I am well on the way now with the T-Wrex pry bars and they will be going out to heat treat in a day or two once they have gotten their final tumble. Also, I have been working for two days on the new P15 Prybabies. These are heavy duty, Roid thickness, and they are now fully prepped and ready to do the bevel grinds.

So, much to look forward to and I'm very busy here this week grinding tools. Have a great weekend folks!



Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Old Skool Kool

Hi Everyone,

It's shaping up to be a gorgeous early August week here in western Massachusetts. The temps are only going to be in the high 70's for the rest of the week which is really a bit cool for this time of year. I'm not complaining though, it will be good sleeping weather not to mention working weather!

Well, today I have a nice surprise for you. I actually started these little gems back in December of last year so that tells you how long some of these projects sit around before I can finally get my act together and get them moving. But this is how it is in a one man shop and when you have so many different projects underway. My natural inclination is to work on the most recent and therefore "exciting" ideas but of course I was equally excited when I cut these all those months ago. It's not always easy but I have to keep telling myself, "Focus Peter, focus!" :)

Anyway, today I have the great pleasure of offering the G6 Prybaby. These are made of titanium in the usual substantial 5/32 thickness (.160 for all you number wonks with calipers). You will note the old fashioned milled V notch and, and, and... making an appearance after many years of absence, the iconic rear screwdriver tip! If I make more of these in steel I will probably be going to the stronger new style V but not sure yet, this may be the only batch of this model that I make since I have so many other Prybaby designs and variations in the works.

This is a mid sized tool so at exactly 3 inches long it's slightly smaller than the old G5 Prybaby and a good bit smaller than the P10 and P13 models. Because of the reduced size I made the wrench openings with just five sizes so they range from 1/4-1/2".

After much debate I decided to depart from all the color anodizing I've been doing lately. Partly because I have a lot of other anodized things planned but also I know there are a lot of people out there who love titanium and want to be able to carry and use the tools instead of relegating them to the status of shelf queen. So for those folks this is going to be a terrific lightweight user tool. And also it gives the people who like to modify their stuff a nice blank canvas on which to play. In keeping with that idea I decided not to sand and tumble these to death but rather left some small surface irregularities and minor marks. Like I said, pure USERS all the way!

The G6 Prybabies will run $70 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. The batch is not large so it will be a one per customer sale please. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy these great tools as much as I enjoyed making them.

G6 Prybabies are gone for now! Thanks very much everyone. :)

Saturday, August 01, 2015

A Zombie Christmas in August!

Hi Folks,

Well, it's hard to believe it's August already. How the heck does it happen? Somehow these summer days have been slipping by at a very rapid pace and they're showing no signs of slowing down either.

Well, I had originally planned to do this particular sale in July because to me a "Zombie Christmas in July" just sounds a little more like something the Undead could really get into. But somehow I ran out of days so I guess all those zombies will just have to make due with a later date.

These Five Flute beads are super nice. They have a bit of a semi matte sheen to them and a wonderful deep red anodizing. I believe it is Type II anodizing simply because my source doesn't offer Type III in red. However I think they are more than durable enough as they are now. I have chosen the Zombie/Undead/Toxic/Nightmare or whatever you wish to call it, green and black cord and the combination is very dramatic indeed. Perfect for those who wish to spend their evenings staggering across lawns and eating brains. :)

The Zombie Red 5 Flute beads will run $30 plus shipping and the batch is not very large so I will make this a two per customer limit please so that more folks get a chance to snag one. Perhaps more can be made down the road but right now I'm just not sure when....anyway, thank you AS ALWAYS for stopping by and stay cool this month!

Zombie Reds are gone, thank you so much everyone!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wheelman Winners!

Wow, once again I am amazed at the great turn out! Thank you so much for your interest. :)

OK, here is the list and I will be sending out emails shortly:

Thanks again folks, really appreciate it and have a great week!

Fancy Wheelman Sign Up Sale

Hi Everyone,

Well, the heat and humidity has finally found us this week. That's OK though, I'd still take this weather any day over the freezing cold of winter. But it's a good week to stay down in the cool basement shop and get some projects moving.

Today I have a few fancy Wheelmen available. It has been a while since I have done up any tools with the old style patterning and I'd like to get back to doing a bit more of it. My patterning equipment has been out of commission for some time and although it is not 100% back in business I'm slowly getting there. I still have a bunch of stuff to rebuild and am always on the lookout for new finishing methods too...patterns below include Coral Reef, Reverse Coral Reef, Jungle Stripes and Bubbles. 

Since there are only 14 of these tools we will do this as a Sign Up Sale. Please remember that it's a strict one entry per person limit and any duplicates will be discarded. Winning entrants can choose which tool they want or leave it up to me. They are all nice though so I think everyone will be happy. :)

The Fancy Wheelmen will run $85 plus shipping and the link to sign up is below. The Sign Up period will run until 12 Noon Eastern time. After that I will shut down the sign up, draw the winners by random number and send out emails to them shortly afterwards. Please make sure your email is valid or I will have no way to contact you. And please do check your email as well as the winner list so you don't miss the purchase link. 

The Sign Up period is over, thanks so much to everyone who participated! I will post the list of winners shortly.

List of Entrants

Sign Up Sale Rules

Friday, July 24, 2015

Reminders and Info

Hi Folks,

Just a friendly reminder that I have all sorts of goodies coming up over the next several weeks. Working frantically on them right now...probably no sale today however as it is a family holiday.

With that in mind, please help me out and ensure you get your stuff in a timely manner by making sure that your Paypal addresses are up to date. I had to chase a few folks down recently for bad zip codes, old addresses, etc...

Also, lately Paypal has been having a bit of trouble. On the last two big sales I had orders suddenly appear two days afterwards. These were orders that were made during the time the sale was open but for some reason were lost in the system. Even though I reloaded the Paypal Payments Received list many times while making mailing labels and again a day later these orders never showed up. Finally, a week or two later I got emails from folks saying they never got their item, so I went back and sure enough, NOW those orders are there in the list. It's a bit frustrating to get through the whole sale and get everything packaged up only to find out that some orders got missed because of weird internal issues at Paypal. Luckily I had a few extra tools and was able to fulfill the lost orders.

So, with that in mind, be aware that after a sale is over I will be making mailing labels and doing up the packages. Usually I am done in anywhere from 4-8 hours. When I create the label you will receive an email from Paypal with tracking. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24-48 hours (give them time just in case the system is backed up) please drop me a note and make sure that I got the order.

I'll be going easy for the next sale or two with a couple of small volume SUSales just to make sure paypal has their act together. ;)

Thanks again everyone and hope you all have a great weekend!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Wheelman Key Fobs

Hi Everyone,

It's a warm summer week here in the hills of Western MA. I don't dare complain too much about heat though because I'd always rather see it hot than what we go through at the opposite time of year.

Projects are humming along nicely. Once the decks are cleared of the current offering I will be turning my attention to finishing those T Wrex tools and sending them off to heat treat later this week. Then I'll start grinding the Mini Wedgies after that. SEVERAL totally unexpected little surprises came up last week so stay tuned for more info on those, but I can tell you right now that there's going to be a LOT of happy Atwoodites later this summer if I can get all these done. Hint, one's a metal that begins with T and another that begins with a letter that's later in the alphabet. ;)

So today I finally have the Wheelman Bike Tools finished. This is a minimalist version of the old model. While I liked the originals very much, I felt they were quite huge and heavy. Plus, the dual over and under bits were a little too much for the O-rings to handle. So, I went back to drawing board and came up with something a bit simpler.

The Wheelman tools are designed to ride on the keys as a key fob. They feature a 15mm axle wrench, all three common spoke wrench sizes, a cap lifter, a 1/4 hex opening, a tire lever/pry tip and a lanyard or key ring attachment point. In addition, I have given these aggressive side grips. The material is .160 (5/32) titanium and they measure 3.75 inches long by 1 inch wide at the widest end so they are fairly substantial in size.

This first batch is all titanium and as usual with my ti batches the colors vary widely from solids to color fades. There a ton of variations here. Another much bigger batch in steel will be coming later this summer or early fall once I get my lazy butt in gear and start grinding them.

The Wheelman tools will run $70 plus shipping. It's a one per customer sale for this run please and the order link is below. Thanks for stopping in, and also for your endless patience and enthusiasm for my little creations!

Wheelmen are gone for now, thank you everyone!