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.
This year's collector ornament has finally made it to the website! This year I decided to do an ornament with some color! The wood is many thin sheets of veneer dyed in primary colors and then laminated or glued together. When this is turned, it produces a stunning visual effect. I opted for a shape that was different than the typical round or egg shapes, as I thought it would add more interest with the laminated blank. I only made a select few of these, and I think they will go quickly, so come and get yours soon to get it by Christmas!
Come see us at the Crafter's Network Craft Show tomorrow in Mt. Pleasant! We will have new items - Seam Ripper Necklaces, Golf Ball Mark Repair Tools, Christmas Ornaments, Key Chains, and more!
Come out and see new handmade pens and some of our new items at the Del Web Christmas Bazaar. We'll have Christmas Ornaments, Key Chains, Golf Accessories and more hand turned items this Sunday, November 13th, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. There will be lots of vendors with handmade items that will make great Christmas gifts for that hard to shop for someone! 325 Palmetto Point, Summerville, SC
Check out the new Sierra Styles - black and gold trim is a beautiful contrast, and the Contour Grip helps keep from getting those pesky writing cramps. We will have more colors and options coming soon in these two styles. Check them out on our Sierra Ballpoint Pen Page.
I've added some more Trimline Ballpoint Pen Options... check out the new colors and styles! Come see more at our webpage for Trimline Penz!
So, getting through some of my backlog of penz I made over the last few months. I finally have some time to sit down and update the website. Check out two of my favorites here - roller ball penz. These handmade penz write so smooth thanks to the liquid ink and the ceramic ball in the Schmidt refills. These beauties would be excellent Christmas gifts for anyone who likes a smooth writing pen. As I catch up with inventory and craft shows for the Christmas season, I'll update you as often as I can.
Set up for the St. Joseph's Church Craft Fair. New items - seam ripper necklaces, smart phone stand/stylus, and golf ball mark repair tools!
We'll be here from 9:00 until 3:00, so come out and say hi and help support our local Crafters!
1695 wallenberg blvd, charleston, sc. behind the Total Wine and More shopping center.
So, it's been a while since I've posted anything. After the trip to Arizona to see family, Wendi and I decided to do some work to the house. Most of our spare time has been working on the house or the many trips to Lowe's and Home Depot to get supplies. Anyway, Just thought I share some of the penz that I made a couple of moths ago that I didn't post before.
I was asked to do this one for Adam. Him and his Squad wanted to give something to his LT because he was transferring. This is a new style "Salute the Troops" Bolt Action Ballpoint Pen. I used an inlaid Air Force Logo blank and then customized it with a saying on the opposite side. It came out pretty nice, and Adam's LT really liked it.
Another special request I had from an old shipmate of mine who has gone on to make Chief. Zach Dunavant, here's the one you were looking for. This is a Salute the Troops Bolt Action pen made with an intricate inlay of the Navy Chief Anchor. The Anchor and USN are made from Holly and the major part of the blank is Maple. I'' be posting again soon some new stuff.
I'll also be setting up at the Crafter's Network Craft Show in Mount Pleasant on the 17th, which is next week. It will be at the Bi-Lo Pavillion in Mt Pleasant from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. So anyone in the area, please come out and support us!
No, its not a pen, these are our new Seam Rippers. Those of you who have done any sewing might have had use for one of these to remove existing stitches from a project. I have made these in a ergonomic design to make it easy to push into the seam with little effort. We will offer a couple of different styles, currently a single seam ripper and a dual ended version. The single has a clip on it to allow it to be carried in a pocket or clipped to a piece of material for easy access. These make great gifts for anyone you know who does any kind of needle-craft, sewing, or even leather tooling.
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.