Well it's been a bit since my last update
This is mostly due to being constantly covered in paint and sawdust. Making all the things non stop leaves little time for fancy things like computers and bathing.
We are back up and running but still behind schedule. It took weeks to fix the laser. By the end of it I replaced the laser tube, mirrors, lens, belt, exhaust system, laser bed, display panel, and even the control board (similar to a computer mother board). At least now if there's a zombie apocalypse I could build a laser from scratch. Zombie defense laser for the win.
Thank you for not freaking out
I was kinda freaking out during the laser breakdown; every time I replaced a part another part failed. It was wonderful to have so many supportive and understanding people respond to our emails.
We're finally back to sending out 25-30 orders a week, so for those of you that ordered a while ago, the wait is nearly over.
Obviously the work is time intensive, I work about 12 hours a day. I could produce more pieces each week by painting loosely or not paying attention to detail (many people might not even notice), but that would be dishonest and undermine the entire body of work.
This is art that you could have for the rest of your life; it's made to last. I can't cut corners. The subtle blending of colors, edges sanded just slight enough to feel smooth but maintain the composition, and other minor techniques all bring the pieces to life. The pictures don't do it justice, so when you get your piece, you'll see what I mean.
Put The Things In A Box
We had custom boxes made for the wood sculpture pieces! Now we won't cut our fingers building hundreds of boxes with an x-acto knife and packaging tape that always clings to itself and you can't find the damn end every fucking time.
So that's good.