A New Venture…

Well, I’ve started a new hobby (or should I say business?).  For those of you waiting for something to do with motorcycles – here it is.  I’ve had to leave my motorcycle out in the rain to make room in the garage for my new venture.  Apart from that, not much to say about bikes.  Nothing to see here.  Move along folks…

My wife Polly recently started an on-line paper crafting business.  She sells handmade cards, notions, etc. as well as some commercial items.  The name of the business is PNW Crafts, which stands for either Pacific Northwest Crafts or Polly ‘n’ William’s Crafts.  I tend to lean toward the former.  She’s been doing a pretty good business selling stuff to friends and on our web site which currently goes through etsy.com.  However, as you can tell by the name, when we set it up we intentionally did not limit it to just her stuff.  The plan was for me to get into some woodworking as I retired and include that stuff in the store as well.

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Well, I wish I could say I’d retired, but I haven’t.  But I have started on my woodworking.  Turns out that Polly was planning to do a couple of craft fairs this fall/winter with her stuff, and I thought it would be a good idea to start my woodworking early and include my stuff in the craft fairs, as well.  I’ve started with turned crafts such as pens, keychains, etc.

So I went and bought a small lathe from Amazon, along with some pen-making starter kits from both Amazon and a place called Penn State Industries.  They cater to people like I was about to become…

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I promised I would make Polly a pen first thing, just for her, so that very first night I made my first pen…

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I’m told, however, that’s not how it’s done.  I at least made it purple, her favorite color.  Perhaps if I had used purple Duct Tape instead of electrician’s tape she would have been happier with it.  There’s just no pleasing some people…

Of course, at the time I received my lathe I had still not received my pen making supplies.  So I improvised a bit more and made her yet another pen…

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STILL not acceptable.  Hey, it’s purple again!  What does she want, perfection?  “The pen sticks out too much from the handle, sweetie.”  Well, la-de-freakin’-da.  That’s twice she’s shot me down!  She only gets one more chance!

Well, I finally got my pen kits and such, and have been happily turning large pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood and a lot of even smaller pieces (which she insists I vacuum up for some reason).  A side effect of all this is that I stay out of Polly’s way because I spend more time in the garage than in the house. Dunno if that’s a good or bad thing, but it is what it is…  The area I’ve taken up in my garage has expanded, but if I try really hard I can still squeeze my motorcycle in…

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I’ve included a few of my creations below, but most of them will be posted on our web site.  Right now I’ve posted them all to our Facebook page.  Once I get prices figured out I will be putting them up for sale on our web site, or at least the stuff we don’t sell at the craft fairs.

Bolt Action 24kt in Desert Camo acrylic with insetComfort Grip 24k in laminated woodComfort Grip 24kt in PadaukFunline Slimline White Satin in Purple Swirl AcrylicSlimline Pen & Pencil in Padauk24kt Keychain in Rosewood and AcrylicCapacitive Touch Stylus Chrome in RosewoodStainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop in OakPocket Toolkit in BubingaMach3 Razor Handle in Padauk

Oh, and by the way, she apparently liked my third attempt at a pen for her…

Princess Pen Clear Crystals in Purple Grape Acrylic

I personally don’t see the difference.  All three were purple, after all.  But what do I know?  Maybe it was the Swarovski crystals or something…

Oh – one more motorcycle anecdote – I now look in the ditches on my way home for good pieces of wood that might make good turnings.  I recently strapped a three foot branch of Madrona to my bike’s trunk to get it home and make stuff from it!  Polly says I’m addicted.

Have Fun and Ride Safe,

BakaNeko


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