Saturday, June 28, 2014

As I stated when I started making these items this is my hobby  I work on the items when I feel like it. If you choose to call it a small business, fine as I am the only one making these items.

Over time there have been reasons that I have not been able to work in the shop. Some of you have called these excuses. I don't need to make excuses because if I don't feel like working I DON'T. I am my own boss and give myself time off when I want, maybe days or weeks at a time.

I have a list of customers and what they ordered in my shop. When I feel like working I work my way down the list.

I have shipped over 42 Table Top sets, 36 frame sets of various sizes and many other items. My goal is to get my products to everyone who has ordered.

I just don't understand why people would use threats and coersion  to get their products ahead of other people who placed orders before them. This makes the other peoples orders even later.

DO NOT contact or bother my wife. She DOES NOT make these items, I do. She gets upset, then I get upset, then I don't even bother to go into my shop, sometimes days at a time. You are just delaying yours and other peoples items. So don't bother her. If you do, I WILL move your name down the list.

I have many customers who do understand what hand made means and that it does in fact does take quite some time to make. My stuff is made slowly with care to ensure the greatest quality, not like some cheap stuff from China. If I make a mistake, I throw a good piece of wood away and start over, my loss in time and money.

I just don't understand how some people think. You will NOT find anything like this or of the quality that I put into each piece.


Friday, May 16, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

 The Good. 
Debby and I met 16 years ago and we are still together and very much in love.

 The Bad
Two weeks ago we had some high winds come through our area. Four trees in my yard were blown over. One hit my neighbors house, one hit our house, one took out the back fence and one destroyed our pool. I have shifted my efforts to trying to repair the damage. 

The Ugly
Our above ground pool was totally destroyed. I'm not sure when we will be able to purchase a new one. During the summer we loved to spend time in the pool, us and both dogs.

Sometimes life is tough, but we have to deal with it!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Someone sent this to me a few days ago. It renews my passion of making wooden items. I do truly love making fine things out of wood, watching a piece of wood being transformed into a beautiful item. However I do have to spend more time doing woodworking around the house for my wonderful wife. We have a few new spring fix-up projects planned plus more riding on our scooters. Thank You all. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

If anyone has a question about any of the products, please send me an email for a quick response. Thank You, Jerry
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How they are made

I'm going to list some of my products and the number of steps to complete them.  Many of the machining steps require complex fixture setups. Some of these fixtures require hours or days to accurately set up. Any mistake will result in wood scraps.

Each fabric bar goes through 12 steps of machining or hand operations. If a mistake is made in the final operations the wood and many days and weeks of work is lost. The hand sanding to a fine finish takes a day to complete.

Each tension bar requires 18 steps of machining, many complex operations. The wooden knobs alone takes a day to complete. Final sanding takes several hours to complete.

The Table Top stand assembly consists of 11 individually machine pieces. There is a over 60 machining operations both my machine and hand to complete one of these. Many of these require complex setups.Fine sanding of all of the parts takes two days to complete.

Since some of these operations require a complex setup, I try to machine several parts at a time. This does affect the delivery, but also saves time for everyone.

The profit margin is very small. Actually for the time spent making these products, there is virtually no profit. What I do enjoy is the look and feel of the finished product. Many hours are spent hand sanding the wood using various grades of sand paper until the wood is very smooth.

Based on all of these variables it is impossible to give a fixed date of completion. Completion times vary by many factors, many out of my hands. I can only give an educated estimated delivery date.

Mistakes cost everyone time and money. I work slowly and carefully to avoid this.

I have spent weeks and months designing these all of these products to make them easy to use and last a life time. Many have been designed using AutoCAD to ensure all parts fit and work together. All of my products are guaranteed against breakage with a free part replacement.

 I don't have a big shop or people working for me. I have to make every piece one at a time. Some days I have other things to do or just don't have that creative mindset..

Just read this and try to understand what  "hand made" means.

Thank You,

Monday, October 7, 2013

This is Elizabeth Sheffield designed by The Scarlet Letter. It is being stitched on Lakeside Linen's 40ct Buttercream. This is a WIP my wife is currently working on. She does the stitching and I make the frames and stands.

This Summer Sunburst from Nancy's Needle. It is being stitched on #18 Sandstone Mono Canvas. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Craftsman's Creed

The Craftsman’s Creed
I am a craftsman. I am dedicated to perfecting the art and science of my craft, which I have chosen freely.

I am constantly, relentlessly searching for ways to improve my craft. I am dedicated to learning from the masters who have preceded me in every way I am able.

I create valuable things that other people want or need. I generously offer my work as a gift when it is wise, but my purpose is to help those who value my work enough to pay for what I have to offer. No one has an unlimited claim on my craft, knowledge, or the fruits of my effort. I work for people who value and support me.

I honestly promote what I have to offer, consistently and to the limit of my capabilities. I make no apologies for promoting my craft. I am proud of my work, and it is my duty and responsibility to reach people who may benefit from my craft. I can help them no other way.

I do my best to ensure that every single person who trusts me with their time, attention, or money is happy with their investment. If they are not, I will do whatever is in my power to do right by them without delay.

Skills are a craftsman’s credentials. I care more about a person’s character, what they know, and what they can do than where they grew up, where they went to school, or how many letters they have after their name. I choose to work with other craftsmen: people who are skilled, not simply schooled.

I respect other craftsmen, and I generously assist them however I’m able. I have no respect for the fool who searches for a way to enjoy the fruits of labor without effort, or the scoundrel who seeks to enrich himself by deluding others. Value, not wealth or fame, is the true measure of every craftsman.

I take good care of myself. My mind and body are the tools I use to advance my craft, so I take care of them. Rest and recovery are essential to my life: a worn-down tool is of no use at all.

I never stop pushing my limits. I am constantly testing and experimenting with new ways to expand my capabilities. It is my way of life.

I refuse to waste precious time and energy on trivial matters, trivial problems, and trivial people. I choose to focus only on the most important of demands: those that help me advance my craft or take care of the people who depend on me.

The world is an uncertain place, which I can not fully predict or control. Regardless, I will do everything in my power to prepare for every challenge and weather every storm. Nothing in this world is powerful enough to stop me from continuing to practice my craft.

Anything that I can do to improve my craft, I will do. This will keep me busy until the end of my days: a challenge I gladly accept. I am a craftsman, and always shall be.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Introducing the magnetic document holder for my Table Top stand. It will attach to either side of the stand. If you are using the clamp on the right or left side it will clamp easily to put that chart where you need it. It comes with high power magnets to hold your magnetic board, not included.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The New Universal Clamp Attachment.
A brand new item for stitching those small projects, no matter what they are held on.

Friday, August 2, 2013

I finally got the big band done with the house and people. Lots of over 1 stitching in this section. The men in this section seemed harder to do than one might think but here it is. There are little buttons on the jackets that are all over 1. It took forever but I am happy with how that all turned out. I will reward myself with a little more stitching on the side bands with some of the flowers. They are so pretty.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Table top / Frame review at the Northwest Sampler Guild.

Karen Dearborn posted to Wooden Treasures

June, 10 2013 near Victoria, British Columbia

Hi Jerry - thought I'd send you some feedback from the Northwest Sampler Guild retreat I attended this past weekend.

All the brochures you sent with my stand were taken by the ladies attending retreat. Some of the women there have millennium frames and two of them told me that they liked the metal screw side parts and the other innovations that you'd made. I've never used a millennium frame, so don't know what they mean, but they were very complimentary.

One of the women said that she thinks your work is a better quality than the millennium frame that she has, plus it's half the price of what she paid for her frame years ago.

I'm pretty sure you'll be getting orders. Lots of them.

People were also very impressed with your stand - especially because you don't have to screw the frame into the stand. Every other frame at the retreat was of the kind where the frame has to be screwed in. Your design was seen as a huge improvement - people like the way the frame rests on the 'arms' making it easy to re-position plus get access to the back of the embroidery easily.

I feel proud to have been able to show off your work.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Welcome to my Blog. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. I will be notified and will get back to you here or by email. Thank You - Jerry

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • I just finished filling in the lady in this band with some color. This whole area here is being stitched over 1 and it takes awhile but I love how it looks when finished.