Upcoming Shop Closures & Order Notes – Please Read Carefully

New Note As Of 4/21/21. 

Please read the new note in its entirety by clicking this link, or expect to suffer the consequences of your self-imposed refusal to know what you might have known.  I take the time to write this stuff primarily for the benefit of my clients, secondarily for the benefit of my staff and myself.

We will be closed 5/21/21 - 5/31/21, inclusive. The solo canoe is here, and I intend to go play on the Susquehanna for a week. Following this break, we will be closed for our family vacation 6/24/21 - 7/7/21, inclusive. Our final summer break is tentatively scheduled for 8/20/21 - 8/30/21, but may be adjusted as needed to suit family schedules.

If you go read the new note you'll learn critical information about:

Differential Lag Times - Fast For Most Non-Custom Orders & Not So Fast For Custom Orders - Be Patient & Kind
Updated Shop Rules - We Have Them; You Need To Understand Them Because We Do Not Make Exceptions
Departures & Arrivals - Stuff That Is Disappearing & Stuff You Need That's Back In Stock
Missing Emails - How To Find Them; How To Work Around Server Problems
Custom Parts & Special Orders - There Are Ways To Get Even More Interdasting Components
Freebies - How Many Thousand Vintage Guides & Tips Can We Give Away To Our Clients, That Is The Question
The Great Opportunity - Golden Witch Is For Sale

Thanks so much for your support, for skimming this overview, and for taking the time to read the whole darn thing HERE.

-Russ

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Quad Guides

Written by : Posted on April 28, 2020 : No Comments

I’ve been sitting on a half-conceived ramble about making quadrate guides for a long while. Simmering. Cooling Off. Cogitating.

Please take this ramble as I intended my original emails within this post to be taken. Take the words as helpful, as informative, as well-intentioned, and as an honest summation of why it is completely impractical for Golden Witch as a company, or for me as an individual craftsman, to offer quad guides. If you’re patient, if you read to the bottom of my longest email located near the end of this post, you might learn something worthwhile about tackling craft-oriented problems. Or not.

Here is Matt’s imaginative rendition of the elusive quad guide.

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COVID-19

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2020 : No Comments
My son, Angus, wrapped a used mask from his new day job around our bust of Aesculapius, a.k.a., Asclepius, the Greek god of the healing arts. The bust is a plaster cast of a marble head excavated from the Temple of Jupiter and it – the century-old cast – was used by a Philadelphia area art college until they stopped teaching traditional, Bargue-esque sight-size, drawing courses. We discovered the bust at an antique shop and picked it up for home-school art classes. These days Aesculapius watches over a corner of my office, our apotropaic charm against Covid-19. (The previous statement has not been evaluated by the FDA; use such charms against disease entirely at your own risk)

New Note 9/25/20. Time flies when life is extra chaotic! This brief note is just to let everyone know that we are back to running open warehouse Saturdays once a month at the Peak Bamboo mill house. For any given month, we’ll arrange the date with the first interested maker, then as other makers express an interest in visiting, we’ll figure out the time slots. Normally we offer 30 minute pick-up windows with 15 minutes of buffer between the windows. You might arrive to find another maker strapping cane to a roof rack, but rarely are there two makers tripping over each other in the warehouse. Space is very tight between bamboo & tools, which is why we were doing appointment windows even before Corona afflicted the world. We have no mask requirements. Wear one if you feel better doing so, or don’t wear one and you’ll fit right in.


New Note 5/16/20. Hey there, we’re still ticking along here in Pennsylvania – healthy and busy. There’s a bitter dispute between our County level government, which claims we’re re-opening on Monday the 18th of May, and our State level government, which has condemned the County-wide rejection of PA’s onerous shut down regulations. At present, GW remains open as an E-commerce business. We are now scheduling curbside pick-up of bamboo orders. This is a nothing-fancy way to save on shipping if you’re local enough to drive to the warehouse, but we are not yet having clients inside the warehouse, so you don’t get to pick your culms.

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The Latest News

The GW Bamboo Torch, Reviewed by The Planing Form

Written by : Posted on November 7, 2018 : No Comments

The Planing Form

 

Product Review:  Golden Witch Bamboo Torch

Kirk Brumels reviews the GW Bamboo Torch.

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GW Ain’t Just for Bamboo

Written by : Posted on February 9, 2017 : No Comments

The Fiberglass Manifesto

Cameron Mortenson, over at The Fiberglass Manifesto, has featured GW in a blog post.  Killer.  Thanks, Cameron!

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Take a Peak at The Planing Form to Read About Bamboo

Written by : Posted on October 27, 2016 : No Comments

The Planing Form

Peak Bamboo is in The Planing Form, Issue #161 October/September 2016.

Read the article in PDF format here.

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Peak Bamboo is in Angling International

Written by : Posted on October 5, 2016 : No Comments

Peak Bamboo is in Angling International

Peak Bamboo is in the October 2016 Angling International magazine.  Read about us on page 26 of the online issue!

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