Upcoming Shop Closures & Order Notes – Please Read Carefully
First, if you think we’ve ignored an email that you sent, please check your spam or junk file because we diligently respond to all customer emails (many emails have gone astray recently). Thanks! Head’s up…The next GW Shop Closure will be announced in the coming weeks (and will probably take place in late May or June) and we expect it to be a three-week closure, during which time the GW Webstore will be available to view, but purchasing will be turned off and we will not be responding to emails. Golden Witch & Peak Bamboo are moving and we’ll need the downtime to shuffle our inventory from the shop and warehouses in Ephrata to our new location(s) in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania…almost spitting distance from the Susquehanna River. We’ve signed an agreement on a new (quite old) house in historic Columbia, PA; we can see the river from the upper floor balcony. Next up we’ll be working to secure warehouse space for Peak Bamboo and shop/inventory space for GW. Before too long we’ll post a ‘moving’ page and we’ll start sharing details about the move. If you need ferrules, agates, bamboo, and all the rest, now is the time to order. Stock up for your late spring & early summer rodmaking so that our moving closure doesn’t slow you down. We’ve just posted Moving Sale prices on the Peak Bamboo inventory – stock up, have fun! Since this was an unexpected move, we have a summer closure we’re already committed to: our summer vacation. Regardless of when we move in the May/June timeframe, the GW shop will be closed from July 22nd through August 5th, inclusive. Please order custom products – agate guides, anything that must be blued, that sort of thing – at least three weeks prior to the start of a shop closure if you want the order shipped with certainty before the closure; custom orders with shorter lead times may be completed, and often are, but no promises. Orders with only non-custom items usually ship the business day after you place the order, even in the run-up towards a shop closure; we hustle to get your orders out the door and in your hands. I tend to work non-stop when the shop is open, so I sincerely appreciate your understanding during those times when I shut down to spend time with family, especially now that the boys are out of the house and, frequently, far from home. You may notice a trend here, a new work rhythm that I’m experimenting with so I don’t burn out. Rather than pretending to take weekends off, which rarely happens, I bundle my down time and skip town so I can’t work. Despite appearances, this means the shop is only sealed up about 86 days per year vs. 124+ days per year if I actually didn’t work on weekends and took four weeks of vacation, plus Federal holidays, to match my wife’s vacation time. I offer the math because a few folks have noted that “it seems like GW is always on vacation.” Generally speaking, the shop will be open for 5-7 weeks, then closed for a week with a ramp-down Friday and ramp-up Monday on both ends of the closed week although that sort of neatly planned closure doesn’t always pan out. We’re closed on most major U.S. holidays: New Years, Ground Hog’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. Everyone involved here – Matt, Nikki, Drake, & I - appreciates your business and your patience with custom orders. Golden Witch & Peak Bamboo couldn’t do what we do without you. Thanks! –Russ
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Karl Nielsen (@woodbikenielsen and @kidcalifornia on Instagram) got with us on the construction of his custom bamboo bike frame. Using Peak Bamboo, carbon, various woods and a lot of patience and elbow grease, he put together a real beauty. We think you’ll agree; check out the specifications and pictures in the PDF to get your juices flowing. Let us know how we can assist you with materials and know-how for your next bamboo project!
If you have the least question about ferrules – if you’re new to ferrules or only moderately experienced – please, please read this information at least once. I promise, it will help to prevent mistakes and misunderstandings. Thanks!
Welcome to the Golden Witch Ferrule Advice Ramble! I need to let you, the rodmaker or restorationist reading this page, know that I have lost clients because of ferrules. Ferrules are finicky, challenging, yet almost invariably necessary and worthwhile little beasts.
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Peak Bamboo is in the October 2016 Angling International magazine. Read about us on page 26 of the online issue!