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  1. gmbobnick, It occurs to me that you might investigate "ranchette" development sites. Wealthy out-of-towners who want a piece of heaven, without all the hard work of actually maintaining stock. Many of these ventures build a few model homes to provide context, inspiration, etc. to their clients. These houses are typically furnished with unique pieces meant to convey a specific aesthetic vision. I suspect the developer's interior design firm might be a good lead for you. There are highway billboards down here in Colorado advertising Wyoming Horse ranches for sale. Another
  2. Anvil, I've competed on the Mesa, and the Buttes. I've built projects of near exactly equal quality, and cost on both markets. High end work is not exclusive to negotiated agreements. Incredibly skilled craftsman who deliver uncompromising quality often work for firms that competitively bid everything they build. It's obviously wrong to assume that competition rewards compromise. When a runner wins a race, they have proven their ability. When a contractor delivers a project they competitively bid, they have also proven their ability. Sniping about incentives to maximize
  3. gmbobnick I believe I understand what you're talking about with respect to difficult customers. George and JHCC covered this pretty well. One thing I might add is that in my experience, viable markets can be conceptualized as mesas and buttes. While both have flat tops, a mesa is wider than it is tall, while a butte is taller than it is wide. Metaphorical market mesas have a lot more surface area for competition, the opposite is true of buttes. Please note that they can both be at the same height. In practical terms, this means that you might sell the exact same thing, for the
  4. gmbobnick, I'm not sure you see the point I was trying to make. You started this discussion by focusing on three things which might make your business stand out. I suggested that you consider how specificity can actually expand your access to buying markets with zero dollars spent. If your site came up in an internet search because you were selling damascus wire strippers, you'd almost certainly capture the attention of electricians who were looking for ordinary wire stripping tools. That's significantly more direct than hoping on word of mouth to carry you through. Even i
  5. Earlier I mentioned that getting found on Google is a very, very, big deal in terms of customers knowing you exist. The word "Forge" is incredibly popular with marketing people who mostly use it for a rustic flourish in a business name. Here are two examples of how ridiculous this is. Googled: "Forge lemonade" found a company making lemon shaped pins, as well as a lemon flavored moonshine. Googled: "Forge umbrella" found five separate companies making umbrellas, one was for vampires! It's also a word with multiple meanings, the most common of which is criminal, i.e.
  6. Earlier today I encountered an article compiling a Gent named David Perell who wrote a series of paradoxical truths. One that applied well to your post is "the paradox of specificity: In the age of the Internet, when everybody has Google search and social media, differentiation is free marketing. The more specific your goal, the more opportunities you'll create for yourself. Narrow your focus to expand your horizons. " From that I take two main things. First, don't name your business something common, because you'll never get found on Google, which means you'll never get found by your
  7. For those who aren't following the markets, it might come as a surprise to learn that some material prices are rising at an alarming rate. Common commodities that have barely any price changes for years at a time, are currently doubling and tripling in as many months. PVC pricing is through the roof. This has triggered a lot of panic-buying which has made materials scarce, which only compounds the problem. Contracts are typically written based on the assumption that materials pricing will be "locked in" upon signing. Indeed there are lots of risk-averse companies that will place a mat
  8. Deimos, That's absolutely true. When I was incredibly sleep deprived by my colicky firstborn, I was a college student who absolutely couldn't remember a lot of stuff. I had engineering exams that would have been a lot easier if I could have remembered the formula. I passed them by deriving what I needed. I had a family member with Alzheimer's who felt stupid for forgetting things. They could solve complex problems, and render accurate snap judgements about things around them. Intelligence isn't exclusively about memory, reading comprehension, or sequential reasoning. Thomas, th
  9. I'll throw in a few. If your teacher/instructor/professor is proud of how many people fail their class, they're telling you that they're a terrible teacher. Believe them, and find one that actually wants students to succeed. Same kind of thing applies to experienced managers who boast that they've never given an employee an excellent review. This is defining the manager's limitations, not the employees. And finally. You don't get to choose the form of your rescue. I've been helped by unlikely people more often that I can count. A lot of my knowledge came from rough people w
  10. BillyBones, I've got a couple of dogs that produce a lot of "fuel". Might be interesting to know if one makes more btu's than another. I seem to recall that black powder makers would seek out the urine of wine drinkers because it made better salt peter.
  11. Building a bit on George's point about economics, I think there's evidence to suggest that contemporary business models lead to very different economic conclusions than our ancestors might have made. For example, many components in construction have adhered to the "just in time" business model. The textbook explanation is that a business doesn't invest in materials or storage to maintain stock for their consumers. Everything is built to order to minimize the money, material, and space, tied up with inventory that hasn't got a buyer. It made sense, so everybody started doing it, inc
  12. Red Shed, I really wouldn't recommend trying to hot punch them. I would imagine that your drift would need to have a punch sized hole in it to shear the slug. That might be tricky to align perfectly with it stuck in the middle of the slot. I'm recommending that you assemble the whole joint before worrying about the pin at all. At that point, if you wanted to install a hinge pin, I'd recommend drilling through the whole joint, then chamfering the outer sides of the outer bosses. That would give a bit of room to lightly upset the pin on each side, thereby keeping the pin from falli
  13. Red Shed, I forgot to mention that I didn't even try to hot punch the bosses for a rivet. My plan was to get both halves assembled, then drill it. Although my bosses were far from perfect, I discovered that the tongs didn't actually need a rivet to work properly. If I did install a hinge pin, I'd probably drill a hole, then chamfer the outer bosses, so I could lightly upset a pin to fill the chamfer on either side.
  14. Red Shed, Sorry, I don't have any pictures handy. I did realize that I forgot to mention something. Once the slot is formed for the outer bosses, the whole thing needs to be opened up to allow the other jaw to pass through. I forged everything out of 1/2" square stock, so I took a short section and ground two tapers on it such that the "sharp" end was across corners, and the tapered flats ended at the other corners. That pushes the opening to where parent stock can fit through diagonally, which makes a passage that's bigger across than the jaw, or the central boss. My "opening drift"
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