Welcome to the all-new Tim's Workshop Blog - Wood Chips

Posted by Robert Starliper on

I am going to use this space to update you on things going on in Tim's Workshop, including new products I am experimenting with, information on different turning and other techniques, notes about upcoming (or past) shows, in short this will be a catch all place for me to keep you updated on what is going on!

So, without further ado, let's get turning!

Covid 19.  Coronavirus.  SARS-CoV-2.  Pick a name.  No matter what you call it, we have all been affected by it.  Some more than others.  Personally, I contracted it and was totally out of commission for the better part of a week, and 'under the weather' for another week.  Mostly better now, but still have lingering effects that can last months.  I also received my second vaccination shot today, so in 2 weeks, I will be mostly (95%) protected.  Not going into the science of it here, this is a blog about me and my workshop and not a medical journal :)

Last year (2020) we had no show season at all.  Online sales were fairly limited as well.  Towards the end of the year, I started working on some visual brand changes and, as part of that, I pulled much of the product I had available on the site.  I have been inventorying what I have in stock, and working on some photo changes for that stock.  I expect to be loading it back on the site soon.

This year, it looks a bit more promising for a show season.  I am working on some new products, some of which will initially be experimental so see if it works or not.  I am also working on making some new pens to restock my inventory, and have some new 'wood with a story' blanks to turn into pens (waiting on the pen hardware to arrive).  If there is any particular pen you would like to see, or any other turned item, let me know and I will see what I can come up with. 

I have started doing a few 'flat work' pieces - cutting boards and charcuterie boards for now, but I have a few other ideas I want to try.  I also have some other items I have been toying with - such as wine glasses with turned stems and bases.  

I also welcomed a new addition to the workshop.  I now have a small laser that I can use for engraving.  I do not yet have the necessary jig to be able to engrave the body of a pen, but that is in the works and expected soon - after I get a home maintenance project wrapped up.

Have fun, stay safe, and I'll catch you at the next show!