Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Stamped Titanium Ringbabies

Hey Everyone,

Well the summer is already flying along, can't believe it's the middle of July already. After a long dry spell this spring we've had a ton of rain here lately and even more is on the way apparently. I just wish we could send some of this excess moisture back out west where they so desperately need it. My garden is certainly loving it though, as are the mosquitoes...

Projects have been moving along. I'm slowly making my way through the steel Mini Prybabies and will be trying to get them out for hardening in a couple of weeks after the summer shut down of heat treat. The Zr R25 tools are well underway and they should be all prepped out and ready for milling by next week. Same with the second small run of Zr QuickDraws. I just completed two drawings and will be cutting a new Mini Wedgie design this fall, along with another brand new tool. And the cute little Baby Sharks are nearly finished...just need to do the sharpening and figure out sheaths. Oh, did I say...sharpening and sheaths? Hehe.... ;)

So today I have the second wave of titanium Ringbabies done. These came out great, with lots of different stamps, both old and new, and some awesome contrast anodizing effects. For ano lovers there are some terrific bright colors here, and also some unusual combos such as neutral C-51 with purple, some interesting copper and salmon tones and even a couple with super high voltage Honeydew Melon/ Blush type effects. I do have a half dozen lefties if anyone wants to email me for them, and there are also a half dozen stamped ones without anodizing for those who are allergic to colors. :)

Titanium Ringbabies will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you're making the most of this wonderful window of summer and being careful to stay healthy and safe! 

All gone, thank you so much!

 



 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Zirconium Mini Superbugs

Hi Everyone,

Happy Summer! Man, it has arrived with a vengeance too...stepping outside to water my garden this morning was like walking into a sauna. We keep going from very hot spells to very cool temps so it's going to be a long hot crazy summer ahead I think.

I've been quite busy working on projects these past couple of weeks. I just finished stamping and anodizing ti Ringbabies and those will be coming up next. I finally got a small batch of white delrin beads done. A big load of the upcoming BabyShark tools just went out to heat treat yesterday and I began the grinding on steel Mini Prybabies finally as well. I also did some preparation on the Zr R25 rulers and some more Zr QuickDraws but those will be awhile away...so lots of goodies are already on the menu for this summer.  

Today I have Zirconium Mini Superbugs done. These are all stamped and then torch colored in the traditional blackened style finish. A great little minimalist tool that makes it easy to carry a standard 1/4 bit anywhere at all times.

Zirconium Mini Superbugs will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by this week and hope you're staying cool and have a great holiday weekend planned ahead!

All gone, thanks so much everyone! 

 
Small sampling of stamps:


 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bronze Medallions

Hi Everyone,

Happy summer! I know it isn't quite summer yet, but man it has been a scorching week here. We've had some crazy back and forth temperatures ranging from freezing cold, and then directly to burning hot weather this spring. My tomatoes did not appreciate it, that is for sure, although my gardens recovered nicely. Supposedly we're now due for some moderate days in the 70's and that sure would be nice to see. 

Sorry for my long radio silence these past couple of weeks. I've been working steadily on projects but for one reason or another haven't gotten any to the finish line....the good news is that I have gotten a ton of stuff done so lots of tools are now on the verge of completion. Zr Mini Superbugs are almost ready, just waiting on the o-rings so I can start packing them up. I am almost done stamping ti Ringbabies and then then they can get anodized and finished up. Titanium Medallion coins are now ready to stamp and then they can get anodized. Steel Mini Prybabies are still on the bench but are next up for grinding, as are the remaining steel BabySharks. Will be lots to send out to heat treat in a week or two...Steel Wheelman tools are in limbo since I discovered the other half of the batch, so might wait to send those to heat treat until later in the summer. And there are several other things in progress too, as always.

Today I have the Bronze Medallion coins done. I collected coins as a kid, so between all my youthful coin collecting and my adult appreciation of ancient artifacts, I wanted to create something fun that was a hybrid of those interests. I had a sheet of bronze lying around so I decided to turn it into lucky pocket pieces...About the size of a silver dollar, these remind me a little of the old Chinese coins with the square holes in the center crossed with some of the gold pieces and large pennies of the 1800's. Maybe with a dash of Space Pirates thrown in for good measure. Yeah, I went there, Space Pirates and their Pieces of Six! :)

I had a lot of fun stamping these guys up with my ever expanding collection of metal stamps. I have some very cool new ones although they vary in the materials that they can be used on. Some are best in the softer metals so these bronze coins were a perfect palette. I'm really digging the new Bigfoots, flying saucers, little elephant, mushroom, nautical star and literally dozens of others. There are also a few bawdy and irreverent images such as the middle finger and even boobs for a "lucky night" theme coin, haha...I was cracking myself up more than once in recent days and no two Medallions are quite alike in the stamping combinations.

These bronze coins have a heavy distressed and antique finish on them. I gave them multiple chemical baths and tumblings to achieve a range of deep patinas and it gives many of them a look of something that was dug up last week after centuries of lying in the ground. They are all dated 2021 though so I guess that gives their true age away.

Bronze Medallions will run $55 each plus shipping and the link is below, no limit on them. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone is doing great this spring and that life is beginning to return to normal!

*********Sold out, thanks so much folks!

A few examples, back sides:
Front sides:
 
And no, antique coins are not included, hehe...


 
 

Monday, May 17, 2021

GasZilla!

Hi Everyone,

Well spring sure did take it's sweet time getting here this year, but we are finally getting some perfect days here in New England. We're still a little bit dry so would be nice to have some rain, but at least we are finally getting some warmer days and some sun. My garden is certainly enjoying it and I already have pepper and tomato starts in the ground, lettuce is getting picked for salads and melons and cucumbers are poking their little leaves above ground.

All that outdoor activity needed to get done these past two weeks, but I have been working my brains out in the shop as well. I'm grateful for your patience lately and I promise you, your patience is about to be richly rewarded as we get into the warmer months and I retreat to my cool basement shop for finishing work this summer. :)

Updates: Steel Mini Prybabies are on deck for grinding and then they can get stamped and sent to heat treat. Zr Mini Superbugs are next in line for torch coloring, and those will be coming along very shortly. I'm part of the way through stamping the next Titanium Ringbabies. I started work on the bronze Medallion coins and they are coming out super cool, more on those very soon...I just got done with milling a new steel item, called the BabyShark, and those are going to be sent to heat treat soon.

This has been an epic period for metal stamps. I recently expanded my library of stamp images and have gotten some incredible new ones, including some exclusive customs that I have had made just for us. I can't wait to share these with you...

Well today I have a cool little fiddle tool for you. The Titanium GasZilla is a nifty little reversible gas wrench with O2 on one end and acetylene B tank on the other. It features two 5/16 wrench openers and center 7/16 wrench. I have played around with designs like this before and I keep coming back to it, so I decided to make a small run. These are just a lot of fun and you won't be able to put it down...they are stamped with a wide variety of images, and are mostly stamped on both sides. I gave them some crazy contrast anodizing but there are also a handful of plain ones in case anyone wants to email me and ask for them.

Titanium GasZilla tools will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you're staying safe and healthy this spring!

All gone thank you everyone!

I need to clean my camera sensor, just ignore the little spot! :)



 
 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Plain Titanium Ringbabies

Hi Everyone,

Well it's a bright and sunny spring day out there today. It's a bit cool, but much warmer days will be here very soon and that will give us all something new to complain about, hehe...everybody loves pleasant temps in the 70's, including pesky biting black flies who are waking up already.

I've been quite busy over the past two weeks. I put in some marathon grinding, stamping and finishing sessions so several projects are now much closer to the final finish line. I could easily have spent another week trying to wrap some of them up, but I think I ought to take a little break for now. 

Among the projects at hand are Zirconium Superbugs which are ready for heat coloring and final finish. Also, there is a small batch of new GasZilla tools in some leftover titanium I had kicking around. These are a neat little fidget/opener and they just need some anodizing to get them done. I also spent a lot of time on a nifty new steel item which is about to get milled next week. Zirconium R25 tools have just been cut, as well as another small batch of Zr QuickDraws so those will be coming in the summer. 

I realized last week that I had mentioned NOS bike tools awhile back. Those are steel Wheelman tools, not the big captive bit tools from years ago which are all long gone...anyway, as for the steel Wheelman tools, I just found a second box of them so now am undecided whether to finish the first group which is already well along or hold off and try to send them all to heat treat at once. We shall see... 

Today I have some Titanium Ringbabies done. They are very similar to the steel ones I made a couple of years ago, but I made a few tweaks. These are a bit longer, and are without a V notch so they have a broader flat pry tip without interruption. A cool little pry tool, sort of reminds me of a derringer... I decided to leave these with plain hand rubbed stonewashed finish and without stamps or accent grinds for the folks who prefer minimalist tools without embellishments. The other half of this batch is on the bench now awaiting stamping and anodizing so will be coming soon...also, there are a couple of lefties among these today if anyone wants to email me. 

Plain Titanium Ringbabies will run $60 each plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thank you as always for stopping by today, and I hope everyone is now either in line for their shots or already getting them. I had my first one two weeks ago and am very grateful and relieved!

All gone for today, thank you so much!


 

 
 
 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Zirconium QuickDraws!

Hi Everyone,

It's shaping up to be a glorious spring day here in the Northeast. Sunny skies and supposed to get into the low 60's this afternoon. There are some small tufts of green grass appearing in the lawn and the birds are tweeting up in the trees. It's going to be a nice week here finally.

Not too much to report on projects, but they are ongoing. I need to spend a few days in the shop and see what I can get done later this week...

Today I have Zirconium QuickDraws finished. These came out beautiful! The engraving is very deep and crisp, and they are a deep black in color with low luster sheen. I noticed that the plastic baggies were making some dull spots on a few of them after they sat for a few days, but just give them a quick rub with WD-40 or light oil of any kind that you have lying around and they will immediately go back to a deep satin black.

The Zr QuickDraws have a wide variety of stamps on them, and there are a couple of plain ones with no stamps for anyone who wants to email me. They will run $70 plus shipping and I will make it a limit of two please this time...will be cutting more in a month or two for a second round. Thanks for stopping in today and I hope your spring is shaping up as well!

These are gone for now, thank you so much everyone!

 



 
 

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Titanium Mini Superbugs

Hi Everyone, and Happy Spring!

Well it's a gray and cool April Fool's Day here in New England. But warmer days are clearly on the way for real. This has always been my favorite season of the year. I just love it when the little plants start coming up, the grass begins to green and the sun starts getting stronger.    

Well I've been all kinds of busy this week. I managed to get a lot more prep work done on a variety of projects...Lucky Bronze Medallions are cooking along and they are almost done with milling. These large coin tools will be a lot of fun and something different...I am almost through the Zr QuickDraws and will have them coming up next. Zr Mini Superbugs are almost ready for decorating and a final finish. Titanium Ringbabies are prepped out and ready for milling. Steel Bike tools are prepped and ready to grind. A second long forgotten project will be saved too, details coming soon on the Ruff Kutz Series. And two new projects are slated to be cut next week in Ti and Zr, so there is just a ton of interesting new stuff in the pipeline this year. 

Today I have the Titanium Mini Superbug batch finished. These little guys are adorable. The design is very similar to the original BedBug design from years ago, with an ergonomic pill shaped body that is easy to carry and grip. I incorporated my new style captive bit holder in the bit slot so they are safe and secure but easy to deploy, all while keeping the package as light and compact as possible. The shortened form factor allowed me to add in a cap lifter so the final piece is only slightly bigger than the originals.

The Mini Superbugs are anodized in a wide range of bright contrasting colors and effects. Same with the stamps, a wide variety of  images, mostly single stamps. There are no particular lefty/righty ones here as the tools are symmetrical and I have stamped them in a variety of ways.

Titanium Mini Superbugs will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today and hope your weekend ahead is excellent!

Sold out, thank you everyone!

 


 
 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Zirconium MikroStiks

Hi Everyone,

Well it's cloudy and a little rainy here this morning. We've enjoyed a few early season warm days lately and the very last snowbank by the driveway has been reduced to the size of a dinner plate. I've been busy for the past few days getting my gardens ready for the spring and cleaning up the yard in between long bouts of grinding tools.

So with all this recent activity in the shop, I'm getting closer to the finish line on numerous projects. Ti Superbug tools are essentially done and will be coming up next. There are two brand new tools scheduled to be cut next week, and in the meantime I have Zr Superbugs to work on over the coming days. Also Zr QuickDraws which are shaping up very nicely and will be done in a week or so. Ti Ringbabies are well underway after an epic grinding session yesterday and have been fully prepped for the milling steps... And milling will start next week on an exotic Lucky Medallion pocket piece, more details coming soon as I get them fleshed out further. Lastly, I came across a forgotten box of steel Bike Tools from years ago and decided to rescue them, so those will be coming in a few weeks.

Today I have Zirconium MikroStiks done. These are very similar to the previous releases, but I decided to leave out the center hole so there would be more stamping area. They are a little thicker than the previous ones too, so feel super sturdy and chunkier to hold. The stamps vary widely as usual, and these are all heat blackened. I have a few plain ones available for anyone who does not want a stamp too, so just email me if you are looking for plain.

Zr MikroStiks will run $55 plus shipping and there is no limit on them, link is below. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week has been going great!

Sold out, thanks so much!
 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Hi Everyone,

I sure hope your week is going great. It's rather dark and gloomy here today. We remain in a cold spell holding pattern here in the northeast, but it looks like by next week our temperatures will finally start becoming much milder. That will be a huge relief, because we still have quite a bit of snow around the yard, although large patches of brown grass are now showing through. Spring will not be denied!

So, I am making very good progress on the many projects that are underway. I have several tool projects completed, but taxes and numerous other annoying(!) paperwork tasks prevented me from posting sales over the past few days. And now we have arrived at St. Patty's Day, so I want to post these now before we get into the next tool sales. Every year I say I will post something green for SPD and it never ever seems to happen because of the previous mentioned taxes, or I didn't have a batch of ti stuff done at the right time, etc. There is always some reason why I can't get it together...But this year I'm finally doing it, by golly. :)    

Alrighty then...today I have a small batch of St. Patrick's Day Stamped 6 Flute Mega beads done. These are anodized aluminum and are triple stamped with a wide variety of my tiny stamps. Super sweet and a sure sign that spring is on the way...I will be hoisting a Guinness later tonight to celebrate!

St Patty's 6 Flutes will run $35 plus shipping. I only have a few dozen, so I will make it a two per customer limit on them please, and as usual, the purchase link is below. Thanks for dropping by today and hope you are staying healthy and safe out there.

 Gone in a flash, thanks again folks! :)



 

  
 
 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Green Delrin Magnums

Hi Folks,

Well March is moving along rapidly which is a good thing, because we're all getting rather sick of frigid temperatures, biting winds and stubborn piles of snow on the ground. We'll finally see some mild days this week, but then it's back to cool temps again for a while. The light is much stronger now though, and spring is definitely on the way. 

The Post Office remains a source of frustration. Most packages seem to be arriving on time, but there have been a few glitches lately. I hope they can get their act together because this is getting old fast. So far nothing has gotten lost however, just been late.

The projects are going well...the ti Mini Superbugs are almost all anodized so will be coming shortly. Zr MikroStiks are done and coming up next. Zr QuickDraws are well underway and should be finished by the end of the month. I have cut a couple of new tools lately and I need to get going on preparations for those in the coming weeks. Steel Mini Prybabies are on the grinding bench now and are next up for grinding and stamping, probably will be looking at the end of April for those. And there are some small misc items that I will be finishing shortly.

Today I have a big batch of Delrin 5 Flute Magnum beads finished. These are a deep green color, which seems very appropriate for this time of year. There are still a handful of blue Magnums here as well if anyone wants to email me...

Green Magnums will run $25 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going great!

All gone, thank you so much!

 
 

 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Vintage Steel G5 Wrulers

Hi Everyone,

It's a chilly gray day here in New England. The snow is falling lightly and we are due for maybe an inch or so, nothing out of the ordinary for a February day. The good news is that it's only a month or two away from more moderate weather, so we will probably survive...it's been a rough one for the folks down south though and hopefully power and water are restored soon!

I've been picking away at the projects this week. Zr MikroStiks are getting close to the finish line. I have a few misc small batches of items nearly done, as well such as the older ti Bermuda Triangles with stamps. I'm on the fence about ti Superbugs whether to anodize or not, but will make a decision this weekend.

So today I have the New Old Stock Flat Steel Wruler tools done. These were cut about 10 years ago and have been sitting around forever...They are made of hardened 420 stainless steel and the design is based on the old G5 Prybabies, indeed they were cut around the same time as that batch. I flipped the SAE wrench set so it is upside down which allowed room for a straight top edge for a ruler scale. As you know, I have produced several ruler tools over the years, but this tool was actually the original concept design.

The original G5 Wrulers had a laser engraved ruler scale on them, but the laser guys totally screwed them up and they were simply not saleable. I set them aside in disgust...but then at one point I wanted to save them so I ended up surface grinding the markings off. Then they sat around in a box for several more years while I mulled over what to do with them next. 

Recently I decided I would once again try to save them rather than throw them away. So I had my buddy at a local machine shop engrave some new lines for me with a CNC mill. The steel had previously been hardened, so he had a bit of difficulty with the milling and it was more time consuming than he had anticipated. Consequently, we settled on just a simple 3 inch scale on the front side only. It isn't as big of a batch as I had hoped for, but maybe we will do the rest at another time. 

Luckily I was able to restamp my logo into them by hand, but there are no decorative stamps in this batch....The finishes vary, but expect to see a vintage antique satin type of finish, some with surface grinding grain and various character marks. Nice little user tools.

Flat Steel G5 Wrulers will run $55 plus shipping and the link is below. Limit of two please...thanks for dropping by today and I hope your weekend ahead is safe, warm and pleasant!

Sold out, thank you so much!

   

 
 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Blue Delrin Magnums

Hi Everyone,

Well, after a relatively painless January we are now getting some proper New England winter weather this month. We've got about a foot of snow on the ground and it looks like another foot is coming our way as a couple of new storms are brewing over the next week. I'm glad I took a chance and bought an electric snow thrower this year...it has performed better than I thought it would which was a rather pleasant surprise.

The projects are moving along slowly but surely. I just finished prepping out the Zr QuickDraws and those will be engraved soon. I'm almost done stamping up the ti Mini Superbugs so those will be coming very soon as well. Flat G5 Wruler tools are being engraved this week so are coming in a week or two. I did some preparation this week on the Zr MikroStiks and those are on deck for stamping after the Superbugs...I also just cut a batch of Zr Mini Superbugs. 

Still not much further progress on steel Mini Prybabies, but at least those have now all been milled and will be coming in the spring. I just sent out two small sheets of titanium that have been sitting in my garage for several years and those will now be turned into a small batch of ti Ringbabies. And I've been doing a lot of drawing lately, so I'm in the middle of developing some brand new ideas for later this year...

Today I have a big batch of Magnum 5 flute beads for you. These are made of Royal Blue Delrin, which is an unusual color and quite difficult to get. Generally Delrin in only readily available in black or white, so getting some different colors was a major score. These have a single Atwood stamp on them.

Blue Delrin Magnums will run $25 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by as always. Hope you all are staying positive and testing negative! 

All gone, thank you everyone!



 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Glow Worms!

Hi Folks,

I'm back again. Super cold here this morning, in the single digits F, and I think it dipped below zero overnight. The moon was so bright on the snow covered landscape last night that you could probably have driven without headlights.

I have a quickie sale for you today. There are only 20 pieces of these S30v steel New Old Stock Larva tools with heavy raw bar texture. They have the classic milled V notch and an epoxy/glow powder inlay as well. These little guys have been kicking around for years in a forgotten dusty box and I finally got around to filling the dots just recently.

Larva tools with glow dot will run $75 each plus shipping and it is a limit of one per customer please. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a nice weekend ahead!

Gone in a flash, thank you!
 

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

TableMan Tool Coasters!

Hi Everybody,

I hope you're all staying healthy and safe so far this year. We've been lucky here to have a relatively mild winter so far. Of course since we rarely venture out at the moment, it doesn't matter so much if it snows or not. 

Well by this time the Post Office should have finally gotten caught up with their backlog. I haven't gotten any packages back so I assume most all of them must have reached their destinations by now. That was crazy...but things seem to be moving along normally again, thank goodness.   

I've been working like crazy lately on a variety of projects. This is always a period of planning for the year ahead and I tend to get a lot of ideas for new drawings during the winter months. I'm still thinking through a few intriguing ones and only time will tell if they all end up panning out or not. But I have settled on several interesting new designs. Right now I have a batch of new titanium Mini SuperBugs almost completed. I just got a small batch of Zr MikroStiks cut so those will be coming soon. The 10 year old batch of flat steel G5 Prybaby Wruler tools has aged nicely and is now nearing the bottling stage, hehe. There is a big batch of Zr QuickDraws in the works. And there are several small groups of odds and ends as well, some of which are very special. So there is plenty of fun and interesting stuff ahead to look forward to. 

Today I have something new and different for you! The TableMan Coasters are made of stainless steel with a heavy hammered texture, a work hardening method that makes them super strong and rigid. They both look and feel fantastic. The coasters certainly do have some heft to them, yet are not crazy heavy. These unusual tools have built in cap lifters in typical Atwood style, and a sweet hand buffed satin finish. I used felt or cork dots on the back to keep them from scratching your furniture. This first batch is a test run to see how folks like them, so if there is a big demand (please let me know) then I may make some more...a companion tool in the same material is in the works as well.

TableMan coasters will run $48 plus shipping. Thanks for dropping by and have a great week everyone! 

All gone, thank you so much folks!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Friday, January 08, 2021

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a great holiday despite all the limitations and complications this year.

Speaking of complications, I keep hearing from people who have not received their orders. Well, they are still super backed up at the post office. Truckloads of packages have been rerouted all over the country. For example, I sent a Christmas package to my daughter in Boston, just on the other side of my state, back on the 19th which was three weeks ago. She still has not received it. The tracking shows that it finally left Atlanta a few days ago and is now sitting in Springfield, MA. So, obviously the post office is still totally screwed up and is dealing with a crazy amount of backlog.

So I would say, if you still have not gotten your orders yet, please hang in there, they will get to you soon I am sure. In the meantime I just don't see any point in posting new sales until they get this backlog caught up, and I apologize for the ridiculous delays. I will say though, that packages sent out now seem to be moving along almost at normal speeds, so I guess they are now treating the backlog as a lower priority or something. And obviously Amazon has a sweetheart deal with them which takes priority over all else because most Amazon orders are still arriving in a timely manner.

Meanwhile I am working on new projects, catching up on paperwork and am trying to get some stuff done this week. I have a new Mini Superbug design that is well under way. More beads are coming. I have several drawings that I am reviewing for cutting including the next generation Mini LockNut Monster, new ruler tools and other designs. A new item called the TableMan is about to be cut next week. Milling is almost done on the upcoming new Mini Prybabies. So lots of cool new items will be coming shortly.  

Thanks for stopping in today, and please stay safe out there!