we are cranking out handles, plus the Marines attacked my shop and gasp!
cleaned and organized it. i am paying them a lot, but it's not much of a gamble, as they do everything perfectly or better, and in my experience, if you make a proper hawk, it will sell.
i was going to complain, but then one Marine was going to work cleaning the mill - he has nefarious plans for a project obviously - and i keep finding everything, most of which i forgot that i had.
3 days, almost sixty 2 foot handle blanks made perfectly.
one of the vets had five extra minutes so he grabbed my hundred pound tomato plants and moved all eight of them upstairs onto my deck.
he will never be able to buy beer in my presence again. us old guys need the help.that is very good.
goal is to make 400 handle blanks within a month, mostly in the 30 - 36 inch range, some longer, some shorter. get a bank of them going for lower prices and faster turn around to our clientele.
i bought a bunch of glass and resin with the first sale we had right away. just got another unrelated order for a quick $2K, so that will give me cash to pay the guys with. if we hit our goal in thirty days, i am sure a couple of the vets will move on and a couple new ones might come on, and then there are a couple hard-ass youngsters that might stick for a while, which is great, i really like them.
we lost our Air Force guy, and i (ahem)
had a lesson in communication with our Army brother - he is licking his wounds and hopefully will be back. big baby.
mostly Marines now, which should probably make me feel bad, but i gotta tell the brethren watching, on the few times that i even have to speak to them, i only have to say things once, even if it is about something that has to be remembered exactly for a week, being punctual, etc. - and it's not because they are my culture, it's because they are the CORRECT culture.it ain't braggin' if ya can DO IT.
shoot, move, communicate. that's Marine Corps.
and that's enough.
Navy side is going strong so far, i like their style, especially since they obey Marine barks so well.
wish us luck. Semper Fi.