My retirement

Well that’s a bit of a lie I guess, but also a bit of the truth, it is more a semi retirement I would think would be a better description of this announcement. I haven’t taken a job because my business has failed, I’m just in that fortunate position that I can afford to do it and so am taking the opportunity to do so…hopefully I am still young enough to enjoy the freedom of it…

From January 2019 (from now really) I will no longer be taking any bespoke orders, when that time comes I will change my website accordingly and eventually do away with it as such and just make a In Stock page and a gallery page, but that’s for later…those that are already on my waiting list I will still complete should you so wish.

So what am I going to do with all my time…..

1/ I am very lucky and have a couple of wholesale contracts that keep me busy on average 2 to 3 days a week so I shall be keeping those up and so keep the wolves from the door so to speak…hence the term semi-retired.

2/  I am on Mac so in Final Cut Pro I have about 5 maybe 6 videos I have made for my YouTube channel and just not had the time to edit them and get them watch worthy, a couple of them have been there near two years, so I will be doing a lot more of that, passing on my experience for anyone starting out or anyone looking to try different methods to the ones they currently use, that type of thing…

3/  I have no doubt that I will still get the urge to make things, I have several toy’s in my head at any given time, some get to production stage (the English Lash, the English Crop and I believe I was the very first to put nylon stock whips into production) some don’t so I shall be having a play and if I like what I make I’ll just pop it on my In Stock page on my website, so it may be worth book marking that and checking in now and then.

4/ Popping in the local coffee shop, catching up with friends and taking more long weekend breaks….I think that’ll do me, for those that don’t know me I have a lovely little dog called Murphy who I walk many miles every day, so I’ll also now be walking him even more miles…

Pay Back

And finally because I want to and not to piss people (other makers) off I will be starting a range called payback whips, 

I often read that makers are doing it for love, insinuating they don’t make any money from it, or very little money, it’s not for me to call them out, I’m sure logistics makes a difference, possibly the difference between doing it commercially vs as a hobby maybe! but here in the UK if you have continuity of work then the wage you earn is a very good one, substantially higher than the national average wage, I have been very lucky in that department and the last 15 maybe 16 years there hasn’t been a time where my waiting list has not been at 3 to 5 months so I really do feel grateful for that and feel I should in some way payback…

So long winded, don’t worry I’m getting there, my plan is to 4 times a year, once a quarter I shall make something, probably something that is normally expensive like a cat ‘0’ 9 tails or a high plait count whip and sell it at cost price as a way of saying thank you for keeping me busy all these years and giving me a good lifestyle and a comfortable living….

So that’s it I will still be about if you have questions, email as usual, look out on my YouTube channel and book mark my **In Stock** page to hopefully  either get a cost price bargain or just to buy a whip should I have time to make anything to put on there…

cheers

Tony




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