Ok, finally after near infinite hours on these…. my wife has even had silver hands for 5 days in a row. :) Seriously though, I’m so freaking happy to be going back to silver.
That said, I think all the hard work is going to be evident. It appears there will be 29 total sets and I’ll keep a couple probably. I have these boxed up and ready to go to anodize, so if anyone wants one before it goes to anodize, now is the time.
I’ll also say at this time I have not decided on the colors. It will be a crap shoot. I won’t know until I go down to the place and hold samples next to each other. I may make some like grey and black for all I know, trying to decide what is best for the context of the thing. Should it be edgy looking or soothing. Some have asked for solid red and blue. I may like the light pastel blue and pink, so be warned.
As we have been slaving over these for another 7 days, I’ve had to realize that I can’t sell these for “a little more than 300 bucks” as estimated. The best I can do is $375, and if they were ever to be made again… not a penny under $500. I highly underestimated all aspects of this project. Ha. I paid $200 to have the blueprints made. High quote just to make the 4 piece assembly was $320 each. Cost of the little stainless hardware was $18 for the six shoulder bolts and $5 for the 2 knurled knobs, per set. But what really put it over the top was having my wife sit there for a week. The price of having a woman in the shop was simply not affordable.
I know, it’s very niche like, and maybe there aren’t 29 people in the world that would want it that bad, but I would buy one. And on that note, last week I was speaking with the jerx Andy about purchasing 2 of his $300 books. One for a friend and one for me. I heard they were near selling out. His second email response I found to be wonderful.
No hurry. I don’t have many left, but at that price the ones I do have are intended to last me a while. (My hope is it becomes the most sought after book of all time and, 40 years from now, I can live off a half dozen copies.)
So anyway, if you want a raw aluminum card cage for $375, today is Tuesday, I’ll wait until Thursday to take these down to Denver. Since I don’t know if these will ever be made again, and I’m guessing not, I’ll keep a couple here so that I could custom anodize them at a later date.
These are color pictures, btw, and if you buy the nice black superior decks from Kalush, your raw aluminum case will look this good too. The bottom picture contains a sticker that an old friend in Ward recently picked up on her last trip to California for me. I thought possibly appropriate, it was lying right on the same bench waiting for a place as a sticker somewhere.