Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and best holiday wishes to you all. It's been a very fun year and I just want to thank you all for the wonderful support and so many kind words. I have a ton of crazy new designs coming up for 2020 and I can't wait to share them with you. In the meantime, I hope you all have a warm, safe and joyful holiday week ahead, and thank you once again! :)


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Six Flutes!

Hi Everyone,

It looks like a winter wonderland out there today. We had a pretty substantial storm that hit us all day yesterday and dumped about 6 inches or more. I just came in from shoveling the driveway and cleaning up after the plow. It wasn't too bad though, light and fluffy. Now it's supposed to be quite cold for a few days.

Thank you so much for all of the kind words on the Twisted Tim projects. I appreciate all the great feedback and I'm always so happy to get cool items like these out into the world. I'm currently mulling over some new but similar designs and so you can be sure there will be more intriguing tools like those in the near future.

I'm still working away diligently on several things and hope to keep rolling with the sales this week. Today, in the spirit of the season, I have some really nifty Aluminum 6 Flute Mega Beads with brilliant green anodizing. They are actually a little darker shade of green than the photo shows but lighting is tricky this time of year and it makes colors tough to capture accurately. Anyhow, I chose some red camo cord for them and the result is a sort of Tactical Santa look. Very fun stuff.

The Christmas 6 Flute Megas will run $30 each plus shipping and there is no limit on them. A portion of this sale goes to the Food Bank of Western MA. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Sold Out, thank you so much!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Twisted Tim v90

Howdy everyone!

Well it's rather gray and gloomy today but at least they're calling for rain rather than snow. So it shouldn't be too messy this weekend.

Twisted Tims were a big success, and thanks so much for all of the kind words and interest. I can't wait until folks have them in their hands and can see the many variations.

Today I have another small batch of these but with an added twist...the tail end is at 90 degrees to the body. These might be my favorites so far. Up the road on future runs I have to try to figure out the best way to do the stamps to take full advantage of the twists, but really, all of these came out super cool. Also, I was curious how they would ride on a key ring, and although they take up a little bit more space, it's barely more than the straight twisted ones.

Twisted Tim v90 will run $85 plus shipping and again, it's a tiny batch, so one per customer on them please. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend ahead!

All gone, thank you again everyone!


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Twisted Tims!

Hi Folks,

Yup, I'm back again...

Today I have something ultra cool for you. Something totally unique that you simply could never find anywhere else. I have been wanting to make a little tool like this for many years, and finally decided this fall to make some designs that would work well with the metal working techniques involved. This is the first of several versions. ;)

The Twisted Tims are made of upcycled Armor Plate Titanium, and are nearly 1/4" thick. The features include a 5/16" wrench, bottle opener, screwdriver, extra leverage pry tip and 7/16" 12 point wrench. They are small, with the OAL around 3 inches.

After prepping and stamping, these were heated with a torch and then carefully twisted by hand and straightened, all simply by eye. What I love is how this work demonstrates the plasticity of the material, the ductility of hot metal. It's not something you usually would see outside of traditional blacksmithing because it's too small and fussy to be made with modern production methods...you'd have to be a lunatic like me to take the time I guess, haha. So worth it though.

The twisting makes for cool distortions of the stamps and I had some interesting moments trying to figure out how they would end up since twisting makes the images upside down when brought to the other side. Many of them have name stamps on both sides so are ambidexterous too....Most are anodized, but the colors are generally muted due to this specific grade of ti and also because of the heat affected twisting zone. I also have a small number without anodizing available upon request.

Anyhow, these were just a ton of fun to make and I know you guys are going to love them. :) A second version is on deck already, and then a third design is halfway done and on the bench for finishing after the holidays. So more will be coming shortly and then again this winter.

The batches are small, so naturally it will be one per customer on these please. They will run $85 plus shipping and the button is below. Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Sold out, thank you so much everyone!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A51 Mini Prybaby19

Happy Wednesday my friends!

It's another cold overcast day here in the Northeast, just now turning sunny, so typical for this time of year. At least we got rid of some of the snow yesterday, enough to clear away and make room for the next storms. There is enough on the ground that we might be socked into a solid white landscape until spring though.

I've been nibbling away at a few projects here and there over the past week, in between the sales. There is much that I won't get to before the end of the year, but that's just fine because it means January and February will be very busy. This winter I will have newly redesigned TightWads, steel Mini Metric Prybaby19s, ti Tommyknockers, new bead designs, new captive bit tools, new finishes, and much more...

Today I have a small batch of stamped steel Mini Prybaby19s with A51 grinds. This is a very small batch, just a couple dozen, and so it's one per customer on them please. They will run $75 plus shipping and the button is below.

Gone in a flash, thank you so much!

Monday, December 09, 2019

3/4" Titanium Wring Tools

Hi Everyone,

Well it's a rather dreary and drippy day out there today. We have quite a lot of snow on the ground right now, but it's raining lightly this morning and so the white stuff will become compacted and make a thick icy crust by the time it all ends tomorrow night. Then it will get back to being sub freezing temperatures again for the foreseeable future. Nice to see the tree trimming guys out on the street this morning getting rid of some of those pesky branches before they can become a threat to the power lines.

Today I have the 3/4" Wring Tools done. These are made of the same cool  recycled Armor Plate Titanium, but in a slightly smaller size (Medium as opposed to Large) for those with slimmer fingers or smaller hands. They are stamped with the same wide variety of stamp combinations. There are a half dozen with no stamps as well. For this group I took them further in the finishing process and gave them a gorgeous high luster finish which I really like. I left them plain but have a couple with bright anodizing available if someone wants to request it. These make for a nifty little fiddle tool...there are still a handful of the previous Wring Tool releases available as well if anyone wants to email me and I am more than happy to hook you up.

The 3/4" Ti Wring Tools will run $60 plus shipping. The batch is not very big, but there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today folks, and I hope your holiday season is going well so far.

These are gone for today, thank you so much!   

Friday, December 06, 2019

Raw Bar A51 Atwrenches

Hi Everyone,

Well we got a pretty good snow storm here over the weekend, around 15 inches or so I reckon. It will be interesting to see if this is a very snowy winter or not.

I've been finishing some stuff up this week and will have several batches of items coming up over the next week. Twisted Tims are very unusual and not to be missed. BagBoy clips are done as well. I have 3/4" Wring Tools with stamps finished, and there are some cool beads ahead too.

Today I have the remaining CPM 154 Steel Atwrenches done. These have a light raw bar finish and Area 51 grinds. No stamps on these, but there are a pair of lefties in the group. The batch is very small, less than 4 dozen total, so one per customer please.

Raw Bar A51 Atwrenches will run $70 plus shipping and the button is below. Thanks for swinging by today and stay warm this weekend!

Gone in a flash, thank you! If anyone wants to email me however, there are a small handful left from the two previous batches...