Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Fancy Bronze Treasure Glass

Hi Folks,

It's a snowy world out there right now. Winter has certainly arrived and is putting us into a deep freeze for the next couple of months. I envy those little creatures in the forest who can curl up and sleep until spring.

As I get my bearings for the new year, there are some new projects in the works and I will be starting on them soon. I have a few steel tools in progress that I need to get finished up and sent out to heat treat. So I will be doing a bunch of grinding off and on this month. Mini Wedgies are already pretty far along and I need to get back to them as my first order of business this year. There is a second large pry bar tool coming called the BarClaw which I will start working on as soon as I get Mini Wedgies done. I also have a couple more small batch odds and ends I'm working on, so it will be an interesting January and February, but with my usual fits and starts.

Today I have some Fancy Bronze Treasure Glass magnifiers for you. These have a cool scallop design milled on the face but otherwise they are exactly the same as the initial batch. There will be a few fancy titanium Treasure Glass magnifiers with the same scallop design coming in a week or two as well. Very fun and different projects!

Fancy Bronze Treasure Glass will run $70 each plus shipping, and it is not a huge batch so two per customer max please. Thank you for coming by today and I hope you're staying warm and safe out there.

Sold out, thank you again everyone!

   
 

 
 
 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Bronze Treasure Glass!

Hi Everyone,

Happy 2022! It's hard to believe we are in another new year...it's starting out a cold one here this week with overnight temperatures around 0F. Quite typical for January in New England though.

I'm slowly getting myself oriented after my recent marathon end-of-year sales. I will have to spend some days in the shop getting new tools going, so expect some sporadic activity as the month goes on. But I already have some very interesting new stuff planned, so stay tuned. 

And now for something completely different! Today I have a super cool older project for you. I actually made these nifty little guys several years ago, but when I realized how much work they were going to be to finish (arrrrgh!) I set them aside. Sure enough, they proved to be a total nuisance to assemble, but it seemed like a good project to save for a frigid winter week. And so here we finally are.

The Atwood Treasure Glass is a small pocket magnifier lens set in a metal bezel. These cool little tools were turned from solid bronze bars and have a rich patina which gives them a wonderful antique look. The edges have my signature rifle knurl, just like the earlier SpinCoin project. These were drilled to accept a small split ring and so that they can be hung on bead chain, or alternatively a lanyard can be tied onto them. I highly recommend a lanyard as these can be slippery in cold dry fingers...The glass is lightly glued in place and then held fast with a large rubber o-ring gasket. Because of the delicate glass on these, stamping turned out to be a rather bad idea, so they are simply plain.

The simple meniscus style one inch diameter glass on these completes the old time effect and reminds me very much of the glass lenses on certain antique cameras. None of the glass is perfect and I literally discarded hundreds of lenses in order to find the very best ones. So if you look just right you can expect to see minor hair line scratches, shadows and tiny blemishes on all of them. The magnification is very low power, maybe 2x, so it is doubtful you would be able to start a fire with one although perhaps in the right hands under totally ideal conditions it could be done. Nevertheless, these are great for simple inspection tasks and they work nicely handheld in conjunction with a phone camera for some fun creative photography effects. 

This first wave will run $65 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for coming by today and I hope your New Year is already shaping up to be a great one!

Sold out, thank you so much!     

 



 
 
 
 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my friends! I hope you all have a safe and healthy New Year celebration tonight. It's been one heck of a year and I sure hope for everyone's sake that the next one is a lot less fraught...

So, one last sale for the year...Today I have three dozen titanium Prybabies with anodizing and A51 AfterGrinds. These look amazing! There are several cool lefties in this group as well, so please drop me a line if you're seeking a fancy lefty.

The Ti Prybabies with AfterGrinds will run $70 plus shipping and the link is below...thanks for coming by today. I'm beyond grateful for yet ANOTHER terrific year of tool making, and I owe a big thanks to all of you who made it possible! :) 

Gone in a flash! Many thanks! :D

 
 



 
 
 
 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

A Few More Titanium Medallions

Hey Everyone, how about an evening sale for those who can never catch the day time sales? :D

I have a few dozen remaining Titanium Medallions left that I was able to finish anodizing up this afternoon. The usual wide range of colors and crazy stamp themes. They run $60 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by tonight.

Sold out, thanks again folks and have a good evening!

 
 


 

White Delrin Mini 5 Flutes

Hi Folks,

Wow, I'm really winding down here for the year...I must say that after a frustrating few months where nothing was getting finished, it feels great to get so much done recently. I will have all sorts of interesting stuff ahead this winter too, so the good times will continue, amid the ongoing chaos that is our world today. ;)

Today I have a big batch of White Delrin Mini 5 Flute beads done. These are a great size, and super light weight obviously. One of the coolest things I have seen is that people use RIT dye and make custom colors and effects with these, so that really opens up a lot of possibilities. A blank palette for your own creativity perhaps?

White Delrin Mini 5 Flutes will run $25 each plus shipping and there is no limit on them. The link is below...once again, I can't thank you all enough for a stellar year, despite all the adversities. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy this winter!

All gone, thank you so much folks!


 

 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Basic Steel MiniBars

Hey Everyone,

So, the Atwood Marathon continues...I was digging through some shelves recently and came upon a couple dozen of these steel MiniBars. These little cuties are slim and small, so they carry easily and are perfect for many small tasks. They feature a large pry tip with deep nail puller and a 7/16 wrench in an elegant and compact package. Many pieces in this group have some small character marks but they certainly are all perfectly usable and should be out in the world instead of sitting in a dusty bin in my shop! 

None of these are stamped, these are strictly plain tools. Also, there was a handful of stubby ones when I made the original batch. Those are all gone but I am thinking of making a run of Stubbies this winter. ;)

Steel MiniBars will run $50 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for so much enthusiasm this year my friends, really appreciate it as always! :)

Gone in a flash, thank you very much! 



 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Heavy Fidget Spinners

Hey Everyone,

Well, another gray and dreary end-of-the-year day out there today...at least it's very warm, almost 40F! :)

I'm still scrambling around to see what I can finish for the year...I will have another small sale or two yet to come before I take a short break for the New Year week paperwork catch up. The one thing I do hate every year is the paperwork aspect of my business! It's always a nuisance, but has to be done obviously if I am to keep going. ;)

Well today I have a very small batch of Stainless Steel Fidget Spinners that I never got around to finishing a year or two ago. These are super thick, 1/4" 316 stainless steel with a heavy striated texture on them. They are all stamped and there's only about two dozen of them here. You will recall I released a titanium version of these a few years ago, but this group is much thicker, and obviously much heavier. They would require a tall spinner core, and I do not know if Scott is still making them or not, but check out his cool TorqBars and send him a note to find out more info on the inserts if you don't already have one. I do not have any spinner cores available, they come from Scott and it is strictly a DIY project...These are reamed closely so the tolerance would make for a TIGHT fit on the spinner core...

Heavy Fidget Spinners will run $70 plus shipping, and it's one per customer on them please...thanks for dropping by today and have a great week my friends!

Sold Out, thank you again my friends!
 


 

Monday, December 27, 2021

Titanium "Bit Coin" Medallions

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas weekend. It was a great one here, quiet and uneventful. We had a two day long ice storm but no more power failures, just a winter wonderland with a thin layer of sparkly ice coating all the bushes and trees. That's all melted away and now it looks like it will be rather mild for the next few days with the next chance of snow forecast in a week or so. Our poor snow plow guy hasn't made a dime yet this year, but I'm sure January will be different.

Today I have a big batch of beautiful Titanium "Bit Coin" Medallions finished. These have a wide variety of crazy stamps on them, and they are all a little different. The patinas are super fun and give them an aged appearance that matches well with the various images. There are some with bright contrasting colors and also many with neutral C-51 anodizing as well for an interesting antique treasure coin effect. A great way to commemorate a very difficult year, and let's hope 2022 is a whole lot better! 

Titanium Medallions will run $60 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you're enjoying some nice relaxing days this week.

All gone, thank you so much folks!

 
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