The February 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is out on the news stands and in the hands of subscribers. Inside, there is a great review of our Saddle Bag by managing editor and College of the Redwoods graduate, Brendan Gaffney. The Saddle Bag has been one of our most popular items in 2017 and has been very well received by all since it debuted at Handworks in May. To celebrate its appearance in Popular Woodworking Magazine, and to show my sincere appreciation for all of the support this year, our remaining stock of Saddle Bags will be $10 off for the rest of 2017. We've got around two dozen Saddle Bags in stock and ready to ship. To take advantage of our sale, just enter the code SADDLEBAG2017 at checkout. The sale ends at the stroke of midnight, as the last seconds of 2017 tick away. Thanks again for supporting our small, family run business this year! We are looking forward to what 2018 will bring. Happy New Year everyone!
Hey folks. We've had a lot of orders come in lately where people have requested that their order gets mailed out in time for Christmas. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate those requests. The deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery was October 31st. We are almost a month passed that at this point. There aren't enough hours in the day for me to complete all of these additional orders in time. It's physically impossible, so please, stop asking.
Now, we do have a few items in stock that could be ordered and delivered in time for Christmas. Things like our Saddle Bags, Moxon Vise Hardware, Shirts, and Ranch Hand Mugs are in stock and ready to ship. Items like our Tool Rolls and Aprons are made to order and will not be ready in time for Christmas. At this point, any orders placed today won't get started until late January or so. Like I've mentioned before, the holiday season is hands down our busiest time of year. We've got quite a backlog at this point and are working feverishly to get them out the door in a timely fashion. So, it's time for me to stop typing and get back to work. These tool rolls and aprons aren't going to sew themselves.
Free Shipping on ALL orders over $50!
Hey folks, it's that time of year again! After giving thanks yesterday with family and friends, it's time to give thanks to our customers! Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and we are celebrating by offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders over $50! Even International customers can take advantage of this promotion. Starting at Midnight tonight, all the way till Midnight Saturday evening, use the code SMALLBIZ2017 at checkout for free shipping. To sweeten this deal even further, we have a limited number of items that are made and ready to ship. Just look in our "In Stock" section on the website to see what's available. We will have a variety of tool rolls in all configurations, some waxed Classic Aprons, a whole bunch of our popular Saddle Bags, as well as Moxon Vise and Saw Vise Hardware kits! Once our in stock items sell out, they are out. You can still place an order for all other products and take advantage of the free shipping. However, any orders for items that aren't in stock will not be made in time for Christmas! Remember folks, when you buy from a small business, you are directly supporting families. Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful support over the last four years!
Don't forget y'all, of you want to place an order with us in hopes of receiving it by Christmas, the deadline is tonight at Midnight CST. Any orders placed before then will be shipped and delivered before Christmas in the lower 48 states. Anything afterwards might not make it in time, though we will do our best to get as much out the door as possible. This applies to all of our tool rolls, aprons, and Campaign Furniture leather packages.
For those of you wanting Saddle Bags or Vise Hardware kits for Christmas, those will be listed on the website soon. Those items will be in stock and will ship as soon as the order is placed.
Well it's mid September once again and you know what that means......time to start thinking about the holiday season! To receive guaranteed delivery by Christmas for the last two seasons, our ordering deadline has been set in the middle of November. This year will be a little sooner. 2017 has been a record breaking year for us, both in terms of overall growth and number of orders received. In order to accommodate the additional workload this year, our deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery in the US will be mid-October. No set date just yet, we will play that by ear as the date approaches and our list of orders becomes more clearly defined. But you've got about a month left, I know that much for sure.
In other news, we have another round of two dozen Saddle Bags that are just about ready to go up on the website. Look for those in a few days. Don't know what a Saddle Bag is?? Read more about them on our website here. Or, read a recent review on our Saddle Bags by Lost Art Press if you'd like an unbiased opinion. You can read that here.
I do have plans to make another large batch of Saddle Bags just prior to Christmas. So if one of those have been on your list and you don't see them listed when you are placing your order, don't fret. I'll be doing my best to make sure that Saddle Bags will be available for all!
We have two dozen Saddle Bags that are ready to go. We will list them at 8pm CST tonight. We do plan on heading to the post office in the morning, so all Saddle Bag orders placed by then will ship tomorrow!
A quick note on Saddle Bag shipping. They differ slightly from our other items in that they are very complex and are only efficient to make in larger batches. As such, I only list them on the website when they are currently available and ready to ship. All of our other items are easy to make one at a time, or in a mixed batch with other items.
This information really only affects you if you place an order for a Saddle Bag AND another item that's not in stock. Our online store only applies one shipping charge to each order, so each order will ship once ALL items in that order are complete. For example, if you order an Apron and Saddle Bag tonight, the Saddle Bag won't ship until the Apron has been finished as well. Currently our turnaround times are sitting right at 8 weeks. If you want the Saddle Bag right away, place an order for one of those, then a separate order for any other items you may be wanting. Again, this only applies if you plan on ordering more than just a Saddle Bag. Thanks!!
We've been working hard on this latest batch of Saddle Bags, four dozen in total. They are nearing the final stages of production and should be ready to post on the website at the end of this week. We would like to thank everyone for the stellar response to our Saddle Bags. We always knew they were handy in the shop, it's nice to see that everyone else enjoys their benefits as well!
Lost Art Press just wrote a great review of our Saddle Bags, you can read about them here!
You can also learn more about our Saddle Bags by visiting our website.
Once these are listed and available for sale, I will make an announcement here on the blog and on social media. Thanks so much for the continued support!
Folks, we are sold out of both our Moxon and Saw Vise hardware kits. Don't worry, we will be making more!
We will be partnering once again with HammerFab for the fabrication of the hardware kits. Levi has turned out some exceptional work for us in the past and will continue to do so on the next round of kits. This next round will feature some improvements in the manufacturing process. Previously, all of our components were cut manually, one at a time. While this worked out initially, it was labor intensive and there were the smallest variations from piece to piece. Nothing that affected the function or aesthetics of the hardware, but small variations nonetheless. We will now be utilizing laser cutting technology on some of our hardware components. This will be more efficient in terms of production, while providing pieces that are the exact same, time after time. That type of consistency and repeatability will be great.
We are just getting the ball rolling on this next batch of kits, so it will still be a while before these will be available. Once we have a more accurate time frame for their release, I'll be sure to post about it.
The Saddle Bag is a convenient way to keep all of those essential items that don't really fit anywhere else close at hand. Designed with pencils, rules, dividers and such in mind, the Saddle Bag can be mounted to nearly any vertical wooden surface. It mounts using four brass screws(included) through leather reinforced hanging points.
One of the unique features on the Saddle Bag are the two pass through pockets on each end. Designed with combination squares in mind, the pass through pockets allow longer items to be stored in the Saddle Bag without any issues.
The Saddle Bag will be available in all four colors of waxed canvas that we offer. Like all of our items, the Saddle Bag is constructed using our proven combination of waxed canvas, double stitched seams, and hand peened copper rivets. The price of the Saddle Bag will be $70.
We are going to approach Saddle Bag sales a little differently to start off. I'm still working on streamlining the production process to make it as efficient as possible. The best way for me to accomplish this is by making larger batches, instead of taking orders for them and making them as required. So, as soon as we get back home from Handworks I plan on making a large run of these, maybe two dozen or so. Those will then be listed on the website for sale. Once that batch sells out, I'll make another. Stay tuned to this blog or my social media posts for further info regarding availability. Come see us at Handworks this Friday and Saturday in Amana, Iowa to see the Saddle Bag in person! We have a dozen in stock, maybe you can bring one home with you!!
Yesterday was a big day for us. We opened up orders again for the first time in almost three months. After slogging our way through a healthy list of backorders these last few months, we were excited to see some new orders come through. So excited that we offered Free shipping on orders over $50. Apparently we weren't the only ones excited about taking orders again. After the dust had settled, we ended up with almost 100 orders placed yesterday. I thought I was being pretty optimistic in my estimates prior to opening orders. I was hoping to get 20-30 orders that first day. Enough to keep me good and busy but not enough to swamp us. Well, we are swamped. I'm still going to attack these orders with a full head of steam, working my way through the list as fast as possible. The only events we have planned for the next several months are Handworks in May and the "One Old Sorehead and One Nice Guy" sale at Dowd's Tools in Dallas in June. I should be able to spend quite a bit of time in the shop and less time on the road. Our garden has had most of the major work done to it as well, basically all that's left is to watch the fruits of our labor grow. I'll be able to focus most of my efforts in the shop, sewing away.
So, this brings us to turnaround times. I had mentioned in a blog post a few days back that our turnaround will be more fluid from now on. Surges in orders can and will affect the turnaround. Well, yesterday definitely classifies as a surge. Biggest surge yet, in fact. I'll be making all of the necessary changes on the website regarding turnaround times today. Any orders placed from this point on will have a ballpark turnaround of 8 weeks. Could be a little more, could be less. But two months is our new number. We will be sitting down over the next day or two to determine our production schedule based on the new orders from yesterday. Some of the orders that came in at the end of the day will have their turnaround times stretched to 8 weeks instead of the 4-6 weeks that was stated on their invoice. If your turnaround time will be different, we will send you an email letting you know. We appreciate everyone's support and understanding in this. We don't like having to extend turnaround times like this, but we also want to be up front and honest with our customers.
Alright, enough typing. It's time to start cutting fabric.....
We experienced some issues with our free shipping coupon code last night. It wasn't working for people and we have no clue why. The technical support from Squarespace has been less than stellar at this point as well. I've tried to reset the code, so when you place an order, use Spring2017 at checkout. That's Spring2017 with no spaces! If the shipping charges aren't removed from your order, please notify us and we will refund those charges. I'm so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Well I've spent the last two days working on the website while also finishing up this last round of orders. Website work is a pain. There's no other way to describe it. I can see why so many people contract this out to someone else. Maybe one day we will be to that point. Until then, you've got me. At least I'm a better seamstress than a web designer! The website is ready for business. It will officially open this evening at Midnight, CST!
So here's what's new on the website. First off, we can now accept PayPal at checkout. Woo-Hoo! A lot of people use this as their preferred method of payment. We are glad that we can now accommodate!
Second, we added a Product Review section on the webpage. It's got most of the reviews over the last few years for you to read through. If you're into that sort of thing. If you've posted a review of our products and don't see it listed, please let me know and we can get it added to the list.
We've got a healthy stack of tool rolls that are finished and ready to ship. They will be listed in the In Stock section on the front page of the website. Once those are gone, all tool roll purchases will have to be done the old fashioned way. Order the roll, it comes up in the queue, I make it then mail it out. These In Stock rolls will ship out in 1-2 business days. I don't anticipate them lasting long, so get them quick!
As stated before, all orders placed in the first 24 hours that are over $50 will ship for FREE! Even International orders. At checkout, enter coupon code "SPRING 2017". Once again, thank you so much for the support and encouragement. See y'all at Midnight!!
We're back!!! Well, almost. We are finishing up the last of the orders in our queue at this moment and will be ready to start taking orders again at the end of this week! Our website will officially start accepting orders at 12:00AM CST this coming Friday, March 31st.
There has been a lot of interest in our products while we have had our orders turned off. We've received boatloads of emails, messages, and comments inquiring as to our status. We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. We couldn't do what we do without your support and never-ending encouragement. As a token of our appreciation all orders over $50 placed in the first 24 hours will be shipped for free, even International orders! You guys have been great and we want to return the favor. So from 12:00AM CST, March 31st through 11:59PM CST that evening, ALL ORDERS over $50 ship for free! Just use the coupon code "SPRING 2017" at checkout.
There will be a few minor changes to the website once we open orders again. Most importantly, our turnaround time is going to be a little more fluid. Our standard turnaround was 4-6 weeks. Through December and January we received a large surge of orders, much more than we had anticipated. On top of the normal holiday rush this surge increased our turnaround to 12 weeks in a matter of days. We are adding a little more flexibility this time around. Our turnaround will still be listed at 4-6 weeks, which shouldn't be a problem to keep up with under normal circumstances. However, it will be noted on every order that turnaround could potentially jump to 10-12 weeks if another surge happens. I figure being honest up front is better than trying to explain after the fact. Due to the small batch sizes that we are limited to, it's not difficult to fall behind when a lot of orders come in unexpectedly. Until we can find a larger space and hire some employees, that's just going to be a fact of life for us. There is only so much that the two of us can do. With our business, homeschooling our children, and working on the ranch, we are spread pretty thin. One thing is for certain though, we will continue to do what we do, and do it with passion.
We will have new shirts available on the website. The shirts are pretty much the same design as before, they just have our updated logo on the rear. Previously they said "Handcrafted Heirloom Furniture & Accessories". Now, they more accurately state "Aprons, Tool Rolls, & Shop Accessories". The new shirts are 100% organic cotton and are Made in the USA by Royal Apparel. They were expertly screenprinted by our good friends Flannel & Floral and are available in two colors, Charcoal Grey and Navy Blue. Sizes S-2X.
We will have some tools rolls available right away when we open orders back up. They are some of our remaining inventory from the Spring woodworking shows. We have a few of each type of tool roll in various colors. They will be listed in the "In-Stock" section. These will be ready to ship out immediately, once they are gone, they are gone. As always, we make each item as it's ordered. If you've ordered from us before or if you follow us on social media, you are aware of how we do things. If you are not, you can learn a little more about our operation here.
So, in summary....
-Orders open at 12:00AM CST, March 31st.
-Free Shipping on orders over $50 for the first 24 hours. Use code "SPRING 2017" at checkout.
-Turnaround times still at 4-6 weeks, though can increase at any time due to demand.
-100% Organic Cotton shirts now available! Made and screen-printed in the USA!
-Limited number of tool rolls in stock. Available to ship right away but claim one quick, they won't last long.
Well here we are once again. Another successful holiday season under the books and a new year under way.
First and foremost, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the never ending support! We had our busiest holiday season yet with orders flying in from all over the world. Each year has become more and more busy, and this year is no exception. With the response we had, our backlog is approaching 8-10 weeks. Once it gets to this point, it's time to suspend orders on tool rolls and aprons for a bit until I catch up. This definitely isn't the ideal way to handle this situation, but there really isn't a better option. Until I can find steady, competent help out on the ranch, this is how we have to manage things. I can only make so much on my own. So next week, January 18th will be the last day to place an order for a tool roll or apron. All of our in stock items will still be available for purchase; Vise hardware, mugs, shirts, etc. We have a whole new batch of shirts coming in soon from our good friends Flannel & Floral in Alabama. We also just received a fresh round of vise hardware from Hammerfab. So only aprons and tool rolls will be affected. Get your orders in now, we might not open things back up until March or April.
We have a busy busy Spring planned, which is one of the reasons why orders are being suspended. In the month of March we will be guest demonstrators at two Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Events. The first will be in Dallas at Wood World of Texas on March 3-4. This will be our third year at this event and we are excited to be back! The second event will be in Houston at Clark Kellog's studio on March 17-18. This will be my third year here as well. Clark's shop is pretty sweet, you should make an effort to come to this show if you can. I always bring inventory for these shows, usually 2-3 dozen tool rolls and various other items. I will also take orders for aprons at the show, even if not accepting them online at the time.
Also this Spring we will be working more in our garden. If you recall, we established a 5,000sq ft organic garden last year. In our first year with a project of that magnitude, we had some ups and downs. Definitely more ups! It was a great experience all around, one that left us hungry for more. So this year, we will be expanding the size of our garden. By almost twice as much. Lofty aspirations??? You bet. Though that seems to be how we operate around here!
In May we make the trek up north to Amana, Iowa for Handworks 2017. We will be set up in the blacksmith shop with some amazing artisans. This is the can't miss hand tool event of the year. Everybody who's anybody will be there. This year proves to be something special as we have quite a large international contingent of woodworkers attending. Should be loads of fun. We made our first trip there in 2015 and had the good fortune to see the Studley exhibit as well. That trip set the bar pretty high, but it think this show will be something special.
These woodworking events require a lot of prep work from us. Building inventory, packing up everything, making the drive cross country, it all takes a ton of effort. Three events in a short period of time takes a lot out of us. That's one of the big reasons for suspending orders this time around. If we are going to make all of these things happen, it will require a great deal of effort and a little bit of luck. Hopefully we've allowed enough time for both to happen!
Hey guys, just wanted to toss out a reminder that our deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery has passed! We are still getting emails from people requesting that their order be shipped in time for Christmas. Folks, any order placed at this time will not be made until February. We have received over 60 orders in the month of December alone. Because of this unprecedented outpouring of support, we have had to increase out turnaround time to 6-8 weeks. I am currently in the middle of our last batch of orders before Christmas. If your order was placed on or before the 16th of November, it'll be shipped out early next week. Once those last guaranteed Christmas orders are shipped, my wife and I are going to take a much needed week long respite from work. We only take one vacation a year, and it's coming up fast. After 51 straight weeks without a break (not even nights or weekends), I believe we are due!
So please, be mindful of our turnaround times. We don't have a large factory, full of workers churning products out. It's just me and a 400sq ft shop. These things take time, but the wait will be worth it. I promise.
We finally got around to having some decals made. The first is a logo decal with some of the branding work by Joshua Minnich. The other is a #HandToolThursday decal featuring some custom hand lettering from Jennifer Bower.
Our decals are printed on high quality vinyl right here in the USA by Sticker Mule. Our vinyl decals feature a premium coating that protects them from exposure to wind, rain, and sunlight.
The Texas Heritage logo decal is 3" Round and the #HandToolThursday decal is 6.7"x 1.5" Each decal is $2.
I created #handtoolthursday over two years ago with the intent to foster and nurture what seemed to be a slowly dying appreciation for hand tool use. Over two years and 27,000+ posts later and it seems the interest in hand tools isn't dying at all, it's found a new life though modern technology and social media!
To celebrate #handtoolthursday and all of the wonderful knowledge that has been shared, I partnered with talented engraver and artist,Jennifer Bower. Using the script on my 19th century Stanley router plane as inspiration, she created the #handtoolthursday decal using her exceptional hand lettering skills. I think Frederick Stanley would wholeheartedly approve!
We've been receiving a lot of emails lately, inquiring as to whether orders placed now will be delivered in time for Christmas. Just so everyone knows, our deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery passed two weeks ago. We just finished running a very successful Small Business Saturday sale, bringing in quite a few additional orders. At this time, any orders placed for tool rolls or aprons, in any style, color, or configuration won't be started until after the New Year.
We don't operate like most businesses. We don't have employees. We don't contract out our work. We don't buy anything pre-made or pre-fabricated. All of our items are made by hand, every step of the way, by me. My lovely wife handles most of the email correspondence, the accounting, and the embroidery. Without her, our turnaround time would be double what it is. All other aspects of our business, the making, prototyping, social media-ing is performed by me. Heck, we are so picky about our work that I even make my own labels for our items, one at a time from vegetable tanned cowhide.
We know that our turnaround times can be long, I get it. There are times we have to shut down ordering altogether just so I can catch up on orders and keep the backlog manageable. With all of that said, I promise that the end result will be well worth the wait.
As always, thank you for the continued patience and unrivaled support. We are living the American Dream and it's all due to you.
We are finishing up with our backorders and have opened the website back up for ordering! To guarantee delivery in the US by Christmas, orders must be placed by November 15th! If y'all have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com. Ok, enough chit chat. Time to get back to work!
This was a decision that didn't come lightly. We don't like to suspend web orders, but sometimes we really don't have a choice. We had reopened orders back in June and have been flooded with an overwhelming response in the last few months! With Christmas on the horizon, ranch life and homeschooling in full swing, and an ever growing list of apron and tool roll orders, we felt suspending orders at this time was the right decision. Ordering for tool rolls and aprons will remain open until Monday, September 26th at midnight.
The suspension of orders only applies to items we don't normally stock, aprons and tool rolls specifically. Shirts, Mutton Tallow, Vise Hardware and other in stock items can still be purchased during this time. Once we get caught up on backorders, we will reopen ordering on those items, hopefully in more than enough time to cater to Christmas orders.
Things have been busy on the ranch lately! We just got some chickens the other day. I decided that making some nesting boxes would be a perfect home school lesson for the shop! We covered proper safety gear, proper safety procedures, and how to have fun!
Nesting boxes complete! All we need to do is add some hay and get them into the chicken coop. Not a bad use of some old molasses tubs and some scrap cedar! Plus, the boys had a blast, learned a lot, and gained a little pride.
We've also experienced some serious drainage issues in our yard, resulting in one shop flood already and another mad scramble at 10pm to divert water and prevent a second flood. Decades of runoff and erosion have caused rainwater to be diverted straight at my shop door. We finally were able to drill a sizeable hole in a stone wall that allows for more drainage, but that's strictly a temporary solution. We need to remove stone walls and expand our yard to prevent reoccurrences. Looks like gutters are in order on all of the out buildings as well.
So folks, thank you for the business. We are busier than I could have ever anticipated and it's all due to the staunch, unwavering support of the woodworking community. Suspending orders is only a temporary move, Soon we will be caught back up and ready for Christmas! Again, ordering will remain open until Monday, September 26th at midnight. After that, only in stock items will be available on the website. As always, if you have any questions at all, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally!!! We are finishing up the very last of our backorders, the garden is growing happily and vigorously, and the Jaguar XK120 restoration is progressing along nicely. It's time to reopen the website for orders! I've been doing some changes over the last month or so to the website. Hopefully it flows a bit better and is easier to navigate. I'm pretty happy with the current setup, makes me feel legit! To celebrate, we are offering $10 off any order of $25 or more for one week! Just enter the coupon code TXHeritage at checkout. Thanks so much for all of your support!
With the updated website comes updated product offerings! We have fully embraced our love of all things leather with these new additions. First off, our the Campaign Stool Leather packages that we have been promising for a while now are available for order. These utilize 10oz English Bridle leather and are priced at $175. We are in the middle of a short run in three different colors, Black, Medium Brown, and Burgundy. These should be wrapped up in a few weeks and ready to mail out in early July. See more pics and read more about them here.
Also added to the website are our Leather Drawknife Sheaths. These are available in five sizes ranging from 8" to 12" and are constructed from durable 10oz. English Bridle leather. The leather has been wet formed and hand stitched for the ultimate in protection. Secured with a solid brass snap, these are available in a Standard and Wingtip versions, starting at $65. Read more about them here.
Our next new offering was born from a mild weather incident. A few weeks ago we experienced serious rainfall, flooding my shop for the first time in its almost 70 year existence. I had been cutting leather on the floor the previous night, intending to continue in the morning. I left all of my leather and cutting tools on the floor. Those were under 3" of water the next morning......muddy, hard water. The leather was ruined, stained from exposure to hard water and mud. Once it dried, I knew I had to find a way to use the hide. Being wasteful just rubs me the wrong way. Enter the holdfast pad. I've been using leather pads on my Gramercy holdfasts for years now. They greatly improve the holding power of the holdfast while reducing the chance of damaging your wood. I took the sections of that hide that were salvageable and started cutting. The Leather Holdfast Pads are now available here and are priced at $10/pair, shipping included in the US. International shipping is available, please email me to inquire on shipping rates.
In other news, my lovely wife and I will be in attendance at the Lie Nielsen Open House in a few short weeks. Come see us in beautiful Warren, Maine for some great tools, weather, and lobster! We will have a large assortment of items for sale, as well as friendly conversation for anyone interested!