Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rest of the Copper Lanslides

Howdy Folks,

Hope your Christmas was a fun one! We had a nice time with our family and everyone managed to get home safely just before all the snow hit and the flights were canceled.

Anyhow, I'm scrambling to get a few more sales ready before the end of the year. I'll have to shut down for a few days at New Years to catch up on paperwork and do my inventory stuff...not looking forward to that but it has to be done every year. It will be a good time to take a few days off as well and just plain take it easy.

Well today I have the end of the copper 5 flute Lanslide batch finished up. I probably won't be doing these again so this will be it for them. I will have some bronze 5 flute ones coming up next though and eventually some pure white virgin teflon ones although those might not be done until January. Lots of cool stuff is coming though so stay tuned. :)

Sold out, thanks again!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I was hoping to sneak one more sale in before Christmas but it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. Those last minute holiday preparations have taken over. So I just want to say THANK YOU to all my friends out there! I can't believe how wonderful these last few years have been and I'm deeply appreciative for all of you and for all that you have done for me.

So to everyone out there the world over, I wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Larva Tools

Hello Folks,

It's shaping up to be a busy week. I probably won't be able to get to all that I have in the works but that means that I'll have stuff for after Christmas as well and into the New Year. ;)

Today I finally have the first wave of Larva Tools ready...The Atwood Larva Tool is a compact pocket Pry bar made of 5/32" thick S30v steel with raw bar finish. Includes a 1/4" hex drive opening and grippy scalloped edges. Small and simple, measures just shy of 3 inches in length and 3/4" in width. These are compact and heavy duty little guys. They run $45 plus shipping and the link is below:

First Wave is sold out, thank you! Will try to get them all mailed out this morning.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Copper Lanslides

Howdy Everyone,

Sorry for the endless delays. There's only one of me and way too much stuff to do this time of year. Anyway, I have some of the copper Lanslides done. This is a first wave and there are more running even as we speak so a bunch more to come over the next week along with aluminum bronze. These copper Lanslides are gorgeous, with that rich reddish color and I have put them on black cord to really highlight it. Of course they will patina fairly quickly and folks can either let them go naturally or polish periodically if desired. Beautiful stuff! Additionally, the 5 Flute design seems like a really nice one to play around with for making some batches of these using different metals and other materials. :)

A word on the recent whistles...I forgot to mention that since aluminum bronze and brass look so similar in a freshly turned piece I decided to add a pinstripe to the keyring hole area to distinguish the materials. The brass whistles lack the pinstripe, the bronze have it. Now, I added the pinstripe halfway into the batch so not all the bronze whistles have it but from here on out they all will. I also did a small run of slim titanium whistles with the pinstripe just because it looks so cool and those ti whistles will be forthcoming sometime in the next week. Anyhow, hope that adds some clarity to the situation.

So, thanks for bearing with me and I'm working as fast as I can without stressing myself out completely! :)

Gone! Good grief guys! :D

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blue Five Flutes

Good Evening Everyone! Hope all is well out there tonight. I've been working on the rest of the titanium Lanslides today and have these beautiful satin blue 5 fluters done. They are tied on a variety of cord colors, mostly yellow reflective and orange camo. They are $15 each and the link is below. I'll have the copper ones done tomorrow on black cord. Thanks so much!

Blue ones are all gone, thank you! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Five Flute Lanslides

Howdy folks,

OK, I have some titanium 5 flute Lanslides done today. These are plain satin. I have more coming which will be anodized blue but none are done yet. I also have copper ones coming later this week. But today I have plain satin...these run $15 plus shipping.

Plain satin are all gone, thank you! :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

DoubleHeader Wrenches

Hi Folks,

It's going to be a busy week ahead as I am cranking for the final stretch of the year.

This morning I have more Metric DoubleHeader wrenches done. Made of Crucible’s CPM 3V premium tool steel hardened to 58-59 Rockwell and cryogenically treated, this 4 1/2" long, 5/32" thick compact multi wrench tool features twelve metric wrench sizes: 6,8,10,12,14 and 16mm on one end and 5,7,9,11,13 and 15mm on the other. Additional ¼ and 5/16 wrench openings and oxygen wrench also included. DoubleHeaders run $55 plus shipping.

Sold out for now, thank you so much! :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Titanium Whistles

Hi Folks,

I've been working on whistles and Lanslides and first up are some satin finish titanium whistles. I have another round of these coming as well and will do some anodizing this weekend but these are plain satin today. They come on a keyring and are $95 plus shipping. ..link is below. Thanks for stopping by and for your patience!

Plain ones are sold out, will do some anodized ones in a day or two. Thanks so much!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Bronze Whistles

Hi Folks,

Wow, it's been a crazy week between the flu and all the rest of it. Anyway, I'm back on track and getting stuff done in the shop this week finally. It's going to be Whistle Central around here for a few days with titanium coming next and then a big batch of brass. Then I have 5 Flute Lanslides coming in titanium and also some 5 flute beauties in copper which are running this afternoon. Bronze 5 flutes will run in a week or so, still waiting on the material which is why I had them run some copper ones while I had a little window of machine time.

Anyway, today I have the first wave of bronze Whistles done. When the rest of the bronze comes in next week they will run me some more of them but I have just three dozen at the moment. This is an aluminum bronze alloy and when freshly turned it doesn't look all that different from brass. However, it is more corrosion resistant, a little harder and it will develop a dark rich patina that is different than brass. I chose this material because the other grades that are available either are oil impregnated for use as bushing material or they have a high lead content for machinability so I thought this would be the best choice despite it's higher cost. You wouldn't really want the other grades in your mouth as a whistle.

So, bronze whistles will run $50 each plus shipping and the link is below:

Bronze are sold out, thank you!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


OK, I'm starting to get over my flu that I've had for the past week, it really kicked my ass.

For December and before Christmas I will have:

Bronze whistles
Brass Whistles
Titanium whistles
Bronze 5 flute Lanslides (material is being shipped now to make them late next week, turns out it was delayed)
Larva prytools
5 flute titanium Lanslides(setting up today)
Last two dozen Snakebites
Last of the metric Doubleheaders

Might have time to sneak in one more heat treat before they shut down for Christmas break in which case it would be CrocoNut tools or G5 Prybabies.

Being cut this week are more Poltergeists, Mini Poltergeists and some proto designs.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Stainless Steel Whistles

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your well wishes, I'm feeling a lot better today. :)

I have some 303 stainless steel whistles done and ready to go. These are the slightly slimmer ones which all the whistles will be from here on out. They have a nice brushed satin finish on them and come with a keyring. These are $45 plus shipping. Once this wave is gone I still have another tray of stainless ones to put together so a few more will be coming. I will have the bronze ones done next week and then another wave of brass will closely follow as well.

Thanks so much folks, the ones I had finished are sold out!

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Happy Thursday Folks! Hope you all are feeling better than I am...I've been under the weather for a few days with a nasty cold but today I seem to be feeling a lot better. I'm hoping to get a full night's sleep tonight and be in even better shape coming into the weekend.

Anyway, I've been getting some work done this week. The Larva tools went out to heat treat on Tuesday so those will be back in two weeks and ready to go in time for Christmas.

I've been kicking butt on whistles this week as well as finishing up the stock I have here and am almost done with all of them. The next wave of whistles comes in from the shop tomorrow or Monday. I've got just a few bronze whistles right now but two more bars should be arriving today and so there are whole bunch more of those slated to be run. I believe they are just about done with the next brass ones so those will be coming on next week. I have more titanium whistles nearly completed downstairs and a few more will be run with the remaining ti stock I have at the shop.

Bronze Lanslides will get run next week right after the whistles are done. There are some mini Brewdrivers remaining from the batch earlier this year that are also going to get finished before the end of the year. G5 Prybabies might get squeezed in but more likely they may end up being a first week of January release. Dace are a long ways off, mid winter completion on those.

Pardon me while I go and cough some more... :(