I wanted to add picture to this blog to show off the newest long board that has been completed, but those pictures will have to wait a month as the board is a present for a friends son for Christmas. It's unlikely that he would ever see it, but that path exists and I would hate to ruin that surprise.
Either way, I am VERY happy with the first board created for something other than fun. One of the exciting parts about it, is that as happy as I am or as my wife is with the work, you never really know how other people will like it. Yesterday I had to stop by a local skate shop to pick up risers for the trucks and when the shop owner asked what I was using them on I told him and he said he wanted to see it. I brought the board in and he was thoroughly impressed. He also gave me a lot of good (and I mean that, much advice is unwanted) advice. It was very positive and constructive and he even offered up anything he could to help get started (at a cost, of course :) ).
I already have another "customer" interested in a board and already have ideas to get it started. I might open up a portion of my website for board requests before January 1st, that way I can take in orders for actual boards and have ideas ready for when business actually starts on January 1st.
The next couple months and longer are going to be very busy. My current job just keeps getting busier and busier and adding this on top of everything is tough, The great part is that this extra work is fun and I enjoy it. It gives me hope for a fun future! :)
This update is just to say that excitement is back in the air for Knotty Boards. With my first board being built (actually it is already cut, shaped and sanded with artwork already planned) I am ready to move. The second step is creating other products to have ready and on the site as well.
I have made a couple recent purchases and will (at least in the beginning) be doing all the work myself. This is a daunting task considering my current job has not slowed down at all, but I am excited. I am not expecting this to blow up all at once. It has taken me over a year to get to the point I am at now and I am not foolish enough to think that I'll hit it big right off the bat.
My goal is to have the site completely functional on January 1st, 2013 with a limited amount of products up: Hopefully a couple of pre-built decks, t-shirts, and maybe a customization order category.
All that being said, this is still just a side project. I welcome anyone to contact me if they are interested in a board being built, but please keep this in mind, everything is hand-built, and I cannot turn something around in a week, it will generally take time based on your request and volume already in ...
Hmmm, but blog is becoming more sales-like and less blog-like so I'll end it hear. Email me if you are interested in anything.
This won't be a long blog entry, just an update. They last couple months have been crazy. Averaging about 11-12 hours a day in the office for my current job has left me no opportunities to build, create or visit the tech shop. It's not the end of the world, a few other things have come up that help balance it out and that give me hope toward moving forward. First, Katie and I moved to a new apartment. The great thing is it has a garage in a little alleyway and I think I will be able to do work from there. I built a dog/cat food cabinet this last weekend, us a circular saw, drills and more and had no complaints. We'll see if that goes better. Second, I had my first official order for a Christmas present. Now I HAVE to get to work :)
Anyway, for the time being I am hopeful to get things moving in a positive direction.