First, Hurricane Sandy. Gowanus got lucky compared to the rest of Brooklyn, Manhattan, various parts of New Jersey and the Caribbean. While my apartment stands and it has heat and electricity, and while my inventory remains undamaged, my shop is without power. It looks as though the problem should be resolved by the end of the week, but the landlords have given no promises. What does this mean for my customers? If you've ordered one of my standard pieces, then the orders shouldn't be delayed that much because I have some stock left. If you ordered a custom piece from me, there is more of a delay. Your piece is probably glued up but still needs to be sanded and without electricity that is impossible. In short, there is a delay. My apologies, and I will try to get out everything as soon as possible.
Second, many thanks to Jenn from www.jennsager.com! I'm just going to gush here for a second. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Do you believe this? Do I even believe this? Check this out! I got a site! With an online store! I am sure it's more than evident that the last site was made by yours truly... turns out my aesthetic in woodworking does not translate well into the digital world.
As you can see some serious changes have been made, all for the better. The store is seriously awesome. I can easily upload new products as I make them. Time allowing, this means you will be seeing more one of a kind pieces, such as a table. I'm very excited about this.
Also, I can easily access and change, we also have new, beautiful, hi-resolution photos showing off my pieces. You can more accurately see their color and grain, and as an appreciator of all things wood, this is of insurmountable importance to me. Granted, each piece is a little bit different, but these new photos will definitely give you a good idea of what my work looks like.
The contact form has returned, and I'm going to try to figure out the mailing list in the ensuing months. Don't worry, you aren't likely to be getting weekly updates from me via email. I figure one email every 1-3 months. If you want to know what's going on with the shop, I encourage you to follow me on twitter (@bkbutcherblocks) and facebook (www.facebook.com/brooklynbutcherblocks)
Oh, and how could I have forgotten: BLOG. I'm going to write about a wide variety of subjects, ranging from new restaurants I'm trying out to articles about how to treat your board that include videos to what I'm working on most recently in the shop. At some point, I'll also probably write about how much I love Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation" and is a woodworker himself.
First blog post complete!