Monday, January 26, 2015

Shop Maintenance Part Deux!

Ok so I mentioned that we had other projects that were going to make our life easier. And they are almost done. So while assembling some boxes that are long overdue I completed one project and I am in the middle of the other. My Partner in crime Bill "Coach" Breeden has been down for the count with pneumonia so well wishes and prayers for his speedy recovery please!
 The 1st project which Coach had the biggest part in building I simply took his idea and finished the installation was a Suspended rack for our sheet goods. Quite the endeavor and honestly a little too big for a one man job but I did it anyway!

Now we have storage and a bit more room. In moving the sheet goods up it opened where they were stored so the plan was to create an accessory station where we could assemble small pieces. Not quite finished but I have a couple of PFS to finish so I will finish it shortly.
Both projects will help in the organization of the shop and hopefully increase productivity by keeping us from fumbling over all this stuff! Stay tuned as I will update the progress of this and other projects in the near future!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cordwood Partnerships - The IMC

Partnerships are the backbone for making it in the world of fishing. Surprisingly enough you don't see much of it. Sure you have sponsors of events and things like that but I am talking a real partnership! One that mutually benefits both parties. Don't get me wrong I am all for Sponsors, without them some events dare I say most events couldn't even happen.
  Partnerships on the other hand can benefit both parties and more effectively generate sales/membership/attendance etc. etc. 
  Team Cordwood is all up in this. We have partnered with Musky Clubs and Tournaments and a couple comes to mind. First and foremost is our partnership with the IMC. The Indiana Muskie Classic which is held on the Barbee Chain - Lake Tippecanoe - Lake Webster was quite the experience. They purchased over a dozen boxes and invited us to fish the tournament as well (which by the way I landed my biggest Muskie to date....48 1/4") so needless to say I LOVE THAT TOURNAMENT!! but I digress. Jeremy and the gang do an amazing job on hosting this tourney so if you get a chance Check it out!

19th Annual IMC May 15th - 17th 2015

A little shop maintenance

So we have been doing a little housekeeping. Amongst other things we spent probably an inordinate amount of time on building our tablesaw sled. I say inordinate because between sickness, injury,and a large order we also had a shaper malfunction and a bandsaw apocalypse!
  Once we worked out those issues (no small feat in itself ), in our infinite wisdom we have 3 other projects that have been held off too long and are hindering our progress. None of these things will stop us....if anything when finished we will be more efficient and produce products quicker...which is cool!
  You can't buy a sled like we made. We even considered manufacturing the sled for others but once we took a breath we realized it would cost about $150 in material and $3000.00 on engineering, thus the thought quickly expired. Again we are not brought down by the recent events and minor setbacks, it's something everyone that manufactures products probably experiences.... I am just dumb enough to say it in public!

Monday, January 19, 2015

e-Commerce opportunity trough Team Cordwood

So here is the nuts and bolts of this. Team Cordwood already has a pretty cool website and our online store. What we are proposing is an extremely upfront opportunity for up and coming Bait Makers. In truth we just want to help others and in the process drive more people to our store. So while we have a sort of contract that may seem a little intimidating to some it is really not. You send us products, we inturn put it up on our site and help promote it. When it sells we send you your money in one of various ways (Paypal®, Check, Google® Wallet) less 15% More info HERE.
  We feel that not only does it save an up and coming bait makers a whole bunch of time but is cost effective as well. To set up a decent website and then to find a cart and understand how it works is not cheap and is time consuming. We have done all of that and users of this opportunity do not have to know how to do anything except make the baits they already are making. Our site can accept all major credit cards, PayPal® and even money orders. The % we take out covers costs incurred by Team Cordwood from these processors and a small amount for the time and effort it takes to post the baits and promote them. Tell everybody about this one!!!

So here are some of the baits thus far who have utilized our ecommerce opportunity!
The last of the Musky Snax made...Ever! See all the available colors for both baits HERE

Rollie & Helen's Here We Come!

So, back in November of 2014 Team Cordwood set out on an adventure to Minocqua Wi. to visit Rollie & Helen's Musky Shop. Turned out to be a great visit as we are now stocking the 24slot and 20slot Esox Box in their store. Complete with a cool R&H Musky Shop Etching on the front. Not only that but some of the boxes have a FREE Lure inside compliments of Muskie Metal Lures . There is a whole bunch going on and I will talk about it in future posts but suffice it to say Team Cordwood is gaining momentum.

From the 2015 R&H Catalog!!!