Well, it's a new year, and in the standard tradition, Wendi and I have sat down and set some new goals. We talked about some new ideas we want to try and where we want to go with penz and other offerings. So, I am very excited to share with you what we cam up with. We have a lot of new goals, and it's going to take some work and persistence on my part to meet those goals, but I am ready for the challenges.
So, my first goal is to be more active with my blog and on Social Media in general. I am no longer going to post here on a whim here and there, but I'm setting a schedule. I will be blogging at least once a week (scheduled on Wednesdays). Sometime near June or so I am going to bump it up to twice a week, maybe sooner. With that being said, I will have more content than just new pen styles and other items, I'll also be sharing information such as finishing techniques for other turners, general pen info, how to make laminated woods and inserts, and more. (If you have any ideas or questions you would like answered, please feel free to comment and I will do my best to make it a topic.)
My next major goal is very exciting to me. We are going to be offering a bunch of new items here at Snazzy Penz! Not just new pen styles, but other items such as pill boxes, golf ball repair mark tools, purse hangers, salt and pepper grinders, and more! In order to do that, we are launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the new equipment that I needed, some of which we already bought. The Kickstarter Campaign is scheduled to go live on Jan 15, and will run for 30 days, so I'll post more info on that when we get closer. In this campaign, backers will be able to support us, and in return are going to receive some fantastic custom penz! Choose the design, wood, and color and your preference.
More New Things
Another goal is to create a central website and business name for all of the things we do and want to do in the future. We are going to call it WA2 Studios. The name is special to us because it is basically our initials W.A. & T.W.O. We chose this because we do everything together, running the pen business, our other hobbies, and just hangin' out, we share as much time together as we can. So, I am going down and getting the business license tomorrow for the new name, and will keep you posted as to when we get that site up. It will include info on and links to Snazzy Penz, Woodworker's Loft, Artista 365 (Wendi's Art Site), and eventually my Bentwood Rings.
So, as usual, I got ahead of myself. I just let the cat out of the bag on the new ideas we are shooting for. Along with turning, I also enjoy using my scroll saw, especially the new one I got for my birthday! So, I will be starting a new site call Woodworker's Loft sometime mid-year. I have to make some product for that and get some inventory, but it is coming soon, I promise you that.
Along with that I am also working on a prototype for making wood rings... like the kind you wear on your finger. The technique I use maintains the strength of the wood's natural grain, and creates a very durable and strong ring, not to mention hypoallergenic for those who can't wear nickle/metals (and they are just beautiful.) So, my goal is set to have the prototype done by the end of January and at last a half dozen produced for the craft shows I have coming up in March and May. So, keep a look out for that site to go live near mid year as well.
So, that's it for the set goals we have so far. There is possible talk of maybe a YouTube channel in the works as well where I will do some turning videos, but we'll have to see how the rest of things pan out first. Wendi has already started a personal channel, Hangin' With Wen that you can check out, and she's starting another Art Vlog in February for Artista 365. Maybe she'll get me talked into doing one, but I'm just not ready to make that commitment yet.
So, as you can tell, I have a busy year coming up. Goals are set, and I don't plan on letting any of them slip. Now I've made it public, so I have to stay on track! I look forward to giving it all I've got. God Bless you and yours.
I love to work with my hands and take pride my attention to detail and finishes. I believe you're never too old to learn new skills and continue to learn and grow in my craft. I love to try new ideas to see if they will work and learn from each one that I do. You can never know everything about anyone thing. There's always something to learn.