I was telling you guys about my signature on the bit , as well we have numerous other products in the pipe line , and they will also be signature items.
Having my name on something really doesn’t concern me in the least , I guess it’s a nice thing, and perhaps I should find some satisfaction in it , but having spent my life working , and struggling , as all of us have , for me it just isn’t a big deal , for me what is a big deal , is being able to sift through all the stuff that is thrown at us on a daily basis , and see what is what , and in my case , being able to produce or present something that honestly works is far more important , as well as trying to get it at a decent price, that’s the tough one , I realize most of you are hobby guys , so like the bit , 50.00 and change is a lot. In my world where things get worked hard and constant , its different , I have to go with the better , more expensive products , otherwise they don’t hold up . The other side of the scale for me ,is I have to use the same products you have available , because other wise , the next step up is huge industrial , not a lot in the middle , so I learn what works and what don’t , its like finish products , they are worlds apart , to be honest most are garbage , simply put , like the plywood I was talking about yesterday , and I hear folks complaining about the price of the good stuff , unfortunately it isn’t like eating a hamburger instead of a steak , where they are both good , in most cases things like finishes, glues , bits, blades , hand saws for dovetails, these are things that compromise can be the difference in success and failure , if a spray gun will spray a nice pattern, atomize the product well , it will do , but if what you are spraying wont dry , is watered down ,garbage , well you get the point.
When I tell you we have some products in the pipeline , here is what we have done , in some cases we have things being made for us specifically to my specifications , some are , skip all the useless bells and whistles , give me something that is made right , works , will hold up , all the fluff has to go , why pay for something , that you will never use ,.
The reason I am telling you all of this , is when we release a product or tool, it’s not because we want in the tool , or product business , it’s because it cures a problem, that has either been poorly addressed , or avoided , that’s all , and in most cases , like the bit , no one wants to change anything, even if they know it’s better , just want to do the same thing over and over again , or make something out of plastic that should be steel, and not to mention the mark up on some of this stuff , OH MY , I guess what im trying to say is , someone has to step up to the plate , I just didn’t know it would be me , I have told you before, I’m just a woodworker , all this video , internet stuff , found me , I didn’t go looking for it, my goal was, is and will remain , to simplify this woodworking , finishing thing , and to help folks enjoy it, and be successful doing it … and that’s all there is to it , so as far as my name on something , or my picture in some book , the only part of it that gets me excited , is it gives me the ability to get to the powers that be , to get things fixed and done .
An example is my taper jig , we have had a lot of emails , asking if we are going to make them again, we have done all the plans and so forth and put it out for free , BUT , if we do them , we can get the material in quantity , as well as have the hold downs made , and probably make it for what most would spend in material , and we don’t have to do fancy packaging and all that , just a simple jig that works ,works super well and is safe … so are we going to do it , not sure you tell me …( guessing in the 100.00 range) and yea I guess it would be a signature thing , because to sign it would not be hard , after all im the one who actually physically makes them.. every singe one ..
so now you know , I’m just like you , I work for a living … lets keep it simple