First, I'd like to thank everyone for the interest and enthusiasm for the drumsticks undergoing development. There suddenly has been a huge outpouring of interest in this stick endeavor locally, nationally and worldwide. It's been wonderful talking with Jeff Rich and his referrals of potential customers is a welcome contribution. Through many trials of erroneous attempts, I got this small batch of straight 5B barrel tip sticks turned out late last week. There are a few things that can effect the outcome of a good product. There are still improvements to be made. I am ecstatic at how far I have come in the process over the last three or for months. It has been a major undertaking just to get to this point. Lots of machine maintenance and hands on self education, learning how the machine works. The past few weeks have been a huge curve.
Monday, I spent the morning running a few much needed errands before the weather set in. I got to the shop and made what I thought were some good adjustments. Turned out they were not. I did clear up a few things with them, but caused some other things to happen. I'm still learning. After lunch, I took a much needed trip to the hardwood distributor. I sifted and sorted through nearly 300-400 board feet and found about 74 board feet of useable stock. They are expecting another shipment next week and I'll be going back for some more. There expecting a shipment of 10 foot boards and I'm not exactly sure how they will fit in the old astro van. I can fit 8 foot boards safely inside. I 'spose I'll just have to let them hang out the back and tie a red flag on them.
Tuesday was a "sneaux" day for much of Lafayette. We didn't see temps get above 30 degrees. Actually the temps kept dropping all day and it was very icy with sleet. I made my morning trek to the shop and started on my day. I started going over some of my notes from monday. I thought I had some really dry wood that I had been turning due to how the chips were flying. Turns out the roughing knife and gouge were getting dull. I have stones for the back knife but not for the ones getting dull. I got on the phone and ordered some. Then I proceeded to shape out an older gouge that I got from Jeff. I got it pretty close but will have to wait to finish it since the "wheel" needs to be shaped. It was productive.
Y'all have a good one and thanks agian for your interest.
Talk to ya soon!