Friday, October 31, 2014

HA3 Terminators

Happy Halloween Folks!

We're flirting with winter here in New England this weekend. It looks like it will finally drop below freezing at night so I can pretty much guess what lies ahead. At least those darned ticks will go to sleep soon and leave my cat alone.

First a report on the Sweethearts. I'm delighted to announce that we raised $2360 for the Cure SMA charity and the donation has been sent to them! Hopefully that money will go towards research and support for families dealing with this difficult illness. Thank you again everyone. The tremendous strength of character, generosity and kindness that you all possess shows itself time and again. It's a beautiful thing indeed. ;)

Today I have a small batch of Terminators to offer. These are aluminum with rifle knurling and natural HA III hardcoat. They are feather light and look fantastic on the Yellow Jacket cord. I've been saving these for quite a while as the batch is pretty small. I kept hoping we could make a few more to get the numbers up but it doesn't look like there will be enough machine time coming up anytime soon and I would rather use the available time for ti 5 flute beads anyway. So off they go...

The HA3 Terminators will be $30 plus shipping and it will be a two per customer limit on them please. As always, thanks for stopping in today and have a great weekend!

These are gone, thank you!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stainless Sweethearts

Hi Folks,

You may recall that I was coming down with a cold during the last sale more than two weeks ago...well, I'm still recovering from the darned thing! What a nasty one, a very energy draining virus and the worst cold I've had in many years. Anyhow, I'm finally feeling much better and my energy is mostly back.

As many of you know, my little 2 year old niece Elena was diagnosed this spring with a rare genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This debilitating illness affects the nerves controlling the muscles in her body. Luckily her condition is of the less severe variety but nevertheless it is doubtful that she will ever be able to walk and she has a number of associated disabilities that will require constant lifelong care.

My sister Megan realized that the family would need a van with handicap accessibility and was quite shocked to discover how expensive they are. So they held a couple of fundraisers over the summer including an online one. I had posted a small link to it on the blog here (which I have recently taken down). I can tell you that we were all absolutely blown away by the MANY kind and extremely generous donations as well as the supportive words. Truly we cannot thank you all enough! It's very humbling indeed.

Well, Megan's original goal of a brand new van turned out to be a little ambitious but she finally settled on a more affordable used Honda Odyssey with low mileage. The family is currently having it outfitted with the necessary wheel chair accessible gear and it should serve them brilliantly for several years. Elena is doing pretty well all things considered and I look forward to seeing the whole family around Christmas time.

Today I have a cute little item to offer. I came up with this idea over the summer while thinking of my family situation and I gave it a lot of thought. The Atwood Sweetheart is a simple lightweight key fob design in 304 stainless steel, just a hair under 1/8" thick. The tool does feature a cap lifter but I think it's most important and meaningful function may be a bit loftier. Is there anything better than love in this world? I think not... With that idea in mind, half of the proceeds from the Sweethearts will be donated to charity, in this case Cure SMA, ( which is the only organization devoted to Elena's illness. In future runs of Sweethearts, I might do something different as far as a charity target but this seems like a great place to start.

The Sweethearts will run $45 each plus shipping and the link is below. Once again, on behalf of my sister Megan, niece Elena and our whole family, I thank you all so very much and God Bless!

Sweethearts are sold out for today but I have a few more coming shortly. Thank you all once again!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tipplers: Second Round

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the long silence. It's been a busy fall so far, albeit a little started with a few days away which were nice but then progressed to a series of machinery maintenance issues in the shop which are now solved. In addition, the change of seasons often brings colds and I'm about to come down with a miserable one if other family member's experiences are any gauge of the situation. Finally, autumn only comes once a year here in New England and those nice colors and light are here for just a brief time so I've been out shooting photos like crazy for the past week when not dealing with all the rest of it. Anyway, it's back to the grindstone for now.

Now that my tumbler with the leaky and cracked bowl is fixed up again I can get back to working on several projects which have been delayed. I will have more copper 5 flute beads with added embellishments coming up soon, also those Roll Bars I had mentioned a while back, more ti Atwrenches and some new key fob items.

Today I have more of the 303 stainless steel Tipplers finished. This is the second half of the batch with the same elegant design as the previous ones. As before, these will run $65 each plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by everyone and for your endless patience. Have a great weekend!

Tipplers are gone for now, thanks so much everyone!

Monday, September 22, 2014

SAE Tombstones

Happy Monday Folks!

Looks like we're heading for a little bit of Indian summer here this week. I'm going to try to take advantage of the pleasant temps to do some photo shoots later this week so it will be mixed as far as PPT action is concerned.

Today I have the SAE Tombstones done. These are the same as the previous metric version insofar as the material is CPM 154 with raw bar finish. The wrench sizes are 1/4-7/16. Again, it's a tiny batch but another one is already cut and will be underway soon.

Also coming up, probably early next week, will the next round of Tipplers. More 5 Flute Lanslides will be coming as well.

The SAE Tombstones are $55 plus shipping and it's a one per customer sale again please. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a stellar week ahead!

These are all gone, thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bronze 5 Flutes!

Hi Folks,

It's a bit cool and drizzling very lightly here today...great day for a sale!

Updates: Not too much to report actually. I'm still recovering from all the activity last week with the sales and then catching up on paperwork and taxes. However, more shot glasses will be coming up soon as well as the SAE Tombstones and the new Roll Bar tools. The second round of Tombstones in both styles have been cut and I have just started working on them. It looks like we might have another batch of raw bar ahead but I won't know for sure until I get a little further along. Fingers crossed...    

Today I have some more of the beautiful 5 Flute Mega Lanslides done, this time in bronze! I have given them a long gentle tumble in mixed polishing media and they have taken on a lovely patina with a slightly olive color. Really sharp looking. Most of them are on a pale moss colored 550 cord which is a great complement to them, but they look good on anything.  

The Mega 5 Flute beads are $25 plus shipping and the batch is sizable so no limit on them. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is a great one!

Sold Out for now, thank you everyone!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Metric Tombstones

Hi Folks,

Happy Wednesday! Gray and overcast here today with a hint of cool fall in the air. I can't believe summer is already drawing to a close. I didn't do half as much as I thought I was going to but I did manage to see the beach twice (briefly) so that's progress I guess.

I'm scrambling to button up the current projects. More Tipplers are coming in a week or so once they are cleaned up and I can get to my finish work on them. I have more pin striped Mega Lanslides on the way as well, this time in bronze. A new item, the Roll Bar is on the way for next week...And of course the Tombstones are in the mix too. And to top it off I'm exploring several new drawings. Someday, who knows, maybe I'll even catch some sleep!

Today I have the first wave of Tombstones done. These have a light Raw Bar texture that in the right light sort of reminds me a little bit of concrete steps. Raw Bar is a term I coined for steel that has not been surface ground. So in this case the CPM 154 steel is exactly as it came from the hot rollers of the mill and you can expect a certain amount of scars, character marks and other imperfections. They looked good enough though that I couldn't bear to grind it all off and the added benefit is I preserved the full thickness of the parts instead of losing 10-20 thousandths from surface grinding.

Incidentally, I think Crucible has been changing their rolls out more often these days or something because I'm not seeing as much textured steel coming through as in years past. I talked to them about this a few years ago and when I asked the guy for textured sheets he couldn't believe it at first because generally people are calling him and ragging on them for sending sheets out that are too rough. So here I am asking for the rougher ones... go figure. :)

Anyway, these are Metric Tombstones with odd number wrench sizes 5-11mm. They feature a broad pry tip/scraper edge and cap lifter in a hefty but compact 4.5mm thick, 62mm long, 19mm wide package. That's 3/4" wide, 2.4" long and .176 thick for you metrically challenged folks. :) These little gems carry nicely on your keys but they look great on the included bead chain too and they are drilled for easy neck carry.

The batch is unfortunately quite small so these will be one per customer please. The good news is that a second batch of equal size is scheduled for cutting so more will be coming down the road. I have no idea what the steel will look like on the next ones so whether they will be raw or not I do not know yet. And the SAE batch is also forthcoming, same exact batch size and a second batch of those are on the cutting schedule as well.

The Metric Tombstones are $55 plus shipping, link is below. Thanks for stopping by my friends, I do very much appreciate the continued support and never ending enthusiasm for my little creations!

Metric ones are gone for now, thank you everyone!



Monday, September 08, 2014

DotShot Tipplers

Hi Everyone,

Fall is a great time of year here in New England. The days get cooler and the leaves start to turn their bright and beautiful colors. It's also the start of the NFL football season and that is always good news for Atwood tool fans because I usually get a lot of packaging done while watching the games. Yesterday was no exception...

Today I have the first wave of 303 stainless steel Tipplers done. These little beauties feature my DotShot or Satellite pattern, without the knurling this time. They are truly gorgeous and I'm super happy with how they have turned out.

The Tipplers weigh in at a hefty 117 grams, or just over 4 ounces. They have a capacity of one standard shot. These cups have been "passivated" which is a special cleaning process that removes free iron and sulfur on the surface. Passivation greatly reduces most of the metallic odors, however you may notice a slight metallic smell remaining. That will disappear over time and with use.

These vessels are dishwasher safe but usually a simple hand rinse in soapy water and a soft towel wipe is all that is required for cleanup. I would avoid putting pure salt in them as 303 stainless is not impervious to salt but otherwise they should withstand just about any sort of abuse short of a nuclear bomb blast. Indeed, these cups will definitely outlast us all and our heirs as well! :D

This is a good sized batch so I will make it a two per customer limit. There is another big wave coming next week too so plenty of these are on the way. The Tipplers will run $65 plus shipping, purchase link is below. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have marvelous week ahead!

These are gone for now. Thank you so much everyone! More on the way soon.