I'm shutting down my online store.

It's a clickbait title, and maybe a slight exaggeration, but let me explain.

About six weeks ago I moved in to a new studio at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. I'm not kidding when I say that I must be working in one of the most scenic environments a North American woodworker could hope for. The view was a little distracting at first, to be honest, but I'm managing. 

If you like this scene, follow me on Instagram. You'll see it pretty much every day, just like me. 

If you like this scene, follow me on Instagram. You'll see it pretty much every day, just like me. 

Aside from meeting and collaborating with a bunch of really talented artisans, this new setup changes the way I work in two ways:

  1. I now have a retail space. I can sell directly to my clients (that's you). 
  2. The kind of work I can do there is different, since I am only using hand tools.

What that means is that I'll be spending more time making small pieces of furniture, and less time making wall hangings. I'll be selling more face-to-face, with less need to sell online. Trying to do both these past six weeks has been a little more than I can manage. 

This doesn't mean that I will never make another flag or sell and ship my pieces to someone who doesn't happen to be able to come down to the Plantation to peruse in person. I'll be accepting another 100 orders for home decor (keep an eye on the counter at the top of that page on the website), or up until Christmas - whichever happens first. After Christmas, I will still occasionally make the pieces that you see for sale there now - but you won't be able to order them online the same way you have been able to since I opened my webstore a year ago. As I make a piece, I will upload it to Facebook and advertise it there. Then, it's a first come, first serve kind of thing. 

What all of this means is that if you've been thinking of ordering a flag or something else, now's the time. As I said, I can manage another 100 orders between now and Christmas. After that, those pieces will only be available as I make them. 

It's a good complaint to have, I suppose, to have to cut back on online orders to be able to focus on a new and exciting opportunity. I'm very grateful for all of the interest and support my work has received this past year, and, as always, I'm looking forward to what opportunities will present themselves soon. 

And who knows, the online store may be back up in February. Time will tell. 

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