On the shop front, I closed up shop for the week of Thanksgiving while I went away to visit folks. It was definitely much needed break. The week prior I was having challenges getting things done. My mom was on my mind and I was missing her terribly. I did, over the past 3 or so weeks, get a few tasks accomplished. I replaced a dusk til dawn sensor on my outside lights, moved the pool table project into the front and rewired one of the dust collectors I picked up several weeks ago. the dust collector was a good challenge. The previous owner had it wired pretty weird and after some careful inspection I managed to figure out the color coded wires and wired accordingly. It definitely sucks! I also did get to take a ride with my brother and pick up that saw. A trip that had been getting postponed. It's not as big as I was led to believe, but it will be a worthy mid sized saw to cut stock for the sticks.....and it is in working order.
I have been talking to a lot of family and also some potential clients on the business end and everyone seems very enthusiastic and excited about what is happening. There is potential for a product in the market. I can't speak to much of it yet since I do need to do some homework to see if it would be a potentially profitable venture, mainly cost analysis. It would be a fun project that could touch many peoples lives. It is also a venture that kept a well known drum business in bread and butter for quite some time. I hadn't thought about it until the idea was brought to light and it is a good idea. Also, learned a lot about printing of sticks. With the help of my son in law Ryan, I was fortunate to meet with a very knowledgeable fellow on the topic of personalization. There are some options and one in particular looks very interesting with strong potential with a low cost for startup and long term maintenance. It also makes for some very cool options for personalization as well as designs and can be utilized for more than just printing sticks. I will post more as it develops.
Again, I'm very thankful for all my family and friends. All the people I've met lately regarding the lathe... John at Goodspeed, Ray and Ernie at Maynard Machine, and a BIG thanks to Jeff. Hopefully someday we will talk again and help one another as we have in the past. There is more to life than sticks.