Having fun working on prototypes.

I love coming up with ideas for prototypes. Absolutely love love love coming up with new ideas! It's so satisfying to see something that's been tumbling around in my head for a while, usually starting as a fleeting thought, come to fruition through hard work, ingenuity, creativity, and pure damn luck. Some turn out great, ready to go right to production. Others require some more testing and tweaking. I've lately been experimenting with waxed canvas. Coming up with a proper wax mixture took a bit of playing around to perfect, but I think we have a solid process figured out. We are using a blend of beeswax, paraffin wax, and mineral oil. 

 Mixing up a fresh batch of wax for our canvas using local beeswax

Mixing up a fresh batch of wax for our canvas using local beeswax

I've had a waxed canvas auger bit roll in development for a month or so now. It's now in the testing phase. I have sent a few of these prototypes out to accomplished woodworkers for testing. Once feedback has been established, any changes that need to be made will be and these should be ready for unveiling at WIA in September!

 Auger Bit Roll prototype in use

Auger Bit Roll prototype in use

Also in the works is a nail apron, again made of waxed 18oz canvas. These feature two pockets for cut nails, a slot for a notepad, a leather pocket for a ruler, nail set, and pencil and a hammer loop that I've yet to integrate. These will have a fully adjustable waist strap that will be secured by copper rivets. These should really turn out nice. 

 Nail apron prototypes in progress

Nail apron prototypes in progress

Prototypes are important to a small business, or any business really. The ability to introduce new products and new ideas to the market is indispensable. Of course, the final test of a prototype's viability is the response from the consumer. In the end, only time will tell...

Come see Texas Heritage Woodworks in person at Woodworking In America 2014!!

With a little luck, some arm twisting from certain tool makers (you know who you are), and a leap of faith, Texas Heritage Woodworks will be an official vendor at Woodworking In America 2014 this September 12-14 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Here is the vendor list. We will be sharing a booth with Sterling Tool Works and Walke-Moore Tools, two other creative and innovative toolmakers that I've come to know quite well these past few months. We will have a lot of our products available for purchase and for trying out. Everything from our flagship shop aprons to our tool rolls and vise hardware kits. We look forward to meeting woodworkers from all over! This is an exciting time for our startup company. Things are moving in a positive direction very quickly! It's hard to believe that less than a year ago, none of this was even a blip on our radar. So thank you to all of those who support small businesses! You help keep the American dream alive!!