The past month or so has been like the old saying..."hurry up and wait." Everything that has been happening has been moving slowly and the exercise of patience is once again coming into play. The "green elephant" is partially disassembled with the tail spindle removed. After much searching, I finally found an old friend of mine that was able to turn down the tail spindle to fit the .750 die for drumstick spindles. Thanks Dexter!
Also, finally received the the ram rebuild kits from Goodspeed. I was pleasantly surprised when i answered the door the week after thanksgiving and the UPS man handed me an envelope FULL of O-rings. There are evidently a bunch of o-rings in the rams. I'll be jumping into this later this week.
To top off an already fabulous end of the week last week, I spoke with Maynard about the back knives. After several revisions, I have finally come o a good design and Ernie seems to feel the same. They started production on the knives Friday and should be done with them before the end of the year. I am VERY excited! there will be several different "standard" BackBeat models. I will still have to figure out some finishing processes. I suppose I'll have to exercise more....you guessed it....PATIENCE! I'll figure it out soon enough. It gives me something to think about and ponder.