For everyone keeping up, I'm getting back into it. A bad batch of raw material that only produced half usable stock set operations back a bit. Business is slow but good and I do have some stock available. A new small batch of material has been acquired and production is coming back. I'm told by my wood distributor that this will be the last for a bit and I'm looking for new suppliers of quality hickory. I do have some bois d'arc in limited supply coming into the shop and also have some folks helping me with supply of bitternut and hognut pecan along with a supply of sweet pecan. This will be all from central and southern Louisiana and May not be available until the fall. It's been a slow build and I'm fine with it. Thanks everyone for the support in this endeavor. I truly appreciate it. Have a great weekend!
That bad batch of wood that should have made about 1300+ drumsticks made a bunch of bananas! It stung pretty good and the supplier telling me that hickory was getting hard to find left me feeling uneasy. I got a tip to call a wood supplier in Illinois. I made the call, but it will cost as much in shipping than what the wood is worth. I'll keep looking for closer suppliers. However, I may buy a truck and go get a load of good hickory. The truck would pay for itself over time. Also I could buy some other machinery when I find a good deal on it and go pick it up. Hmmm...
Maybe I'll buy something like this....
I've been staying busy, believe me!! I've got a few irons in the fire at the moment. I'm definitely hustlin' to catch up on some stick stock to get me to the next batch of wood...wherever I may find it. Hopefully it doesn't cost a lot so I can continue to pass the savings along to you.
Early day tomorrow so I'm takin' my hat off.
Thanks Dan...you know who you are.