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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hollows Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 11:24am
Originally posted by mr randal mr randal wrote:

Hollows, do you maintain a wait list for items in production, or is it first come first serve when you release batches?

Lately I've been doing first come first serve when custom ordering is open and accepting projects until the wait time gets to around 8 weeks, then closing ordering, working on those projects, restocking the web store and prepping new items, then starting over again with more custom orders.

I really have no idea what the best method would be for both myself and customers, so I sometimes experiment with new methods.  I've avoided having a longer term wait list because past that 8 week mark it gets really hard to predict how long things will take, especially if I end up having to wait on a tannery or run into hardware supply issues.  I'm a much better leatherworker than businessman, so limiting the scale of the business-y side of things is pretty important to keep the whole Hollows machine running smoothly.  If ordering is always open, I'll end up spending more time on emails than actually making stuff.

I would love feedback from folks who have (or currently are) waiting for custom availability on how I could improve the experience.  I'm sure that it can be frustrating.

I've considered choosing 4 specific dates throughout the year to open for custom projects (then closing when the work queue feels full), would that be better?

Or if anyone knows of another scheme that seems to be working for another custom maker, that could be hugely helpful.  Best part about being a one-man (plus genius wife) operation is that we can change things up at any time if we find a better way.

I make things out of leather.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote misterh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 12:36pm
Speaking from experience with another one man leather operation, it sucks when you've been waiting for an item for over 8 weeks, yet keep reading twitter/tumblr updates about new projects he's designing or making and it's February and you still haven't revived your simple snap bracelet that you purchased during a Black Friday sale as a Christmas gift for a loved one.

Run on sentence rant over.

I like that your honest about your ability to get out the orders.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote hollows Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 1:32pm
I'm pretty terrified of becoming one of those guys.  

Before I did leather I was a bicycle mechanic and nearly pursued frame building.  My frame building hero went down in flames for failing to deliver on a dozen or so projects that he took money for, it had a big impact on me, because I idolized the dude and he screwed things up so badly, I think that's a big part of why I prefer to take small bites and avoid growing too much.
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Some recent work:



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Hollows, your edges always look SO CLEAN, I'm jealous.

I like that my stuff is rough around the edges (literally) but I feel like your quality of finishing edges really makes your shit look soooo nice. 
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that's a beauty hollows
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Beautiful craftsmanship Hollows. Love your products.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hollows Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Mar 2013 at 7:11am
Thanks Proulxie, Slab, John.

Working on edges is one of my great pleasures in life.  It's one of those things where you really get out of it what you put into it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mr randal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 2013 at 8:58am
^good news!

Hollows, I was going to make a comment about one of the suspender pictures you posted in the RS contest thread, and realized I don't know any of the terminology well enough to say what I wanted.
Are there specific (or do you use personal shorthand) names for the various parts of a pair of suspenders?
For example, the tabs that connect button attachments to the leather axial pieces, the elastic band that connects the lower back juncture to the button juncture in Y suspenders...
see what I mean?
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