Sub's office moved and I believe he's doing watch stuff full time now (I didn't know it was a side thing before) and got in a new and bigger Cerakote oven, and will be devoting time daily to admin and email stuff. This all according to his Instagram page. Might explain why he's been busy.
He's got my SKX007 he made for me to re Cerakote it, and I'm not complaining about the wait since he's consistently refused to take more money for it from me, despite it definitely being a smaller project for him.
Edit: Sharing Sub's post from the 'Gram here for those who don't have it:
Well. I'm not swyping that all out again. The gist is that a lot of loose ends are finally tied up, so even though technically I've been artificing full time for a month and a half, it hasn't actually worked out that way. Things are better now, but still a lot to do to get truly settled after moving my office. Big batch of cerakote underway, including Cam’s replacement Zilla, a Mk-V or two, Luke’s black SKX, Jonathan’s SNZG bezel, a bunch of other orders, and some stock bezels and crowns, and AHW crowns. Some of those last few will be listed on the website in the near future. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a Sinister SKX007 that will be for sale due to the intended owner facing some health problems.
Other To-Dos for next week- -Need to find out what's up with the engraving, that holds the final pieces for a ton of projects. -Check back in on printing for P-F, Seawolf homage, H’s ultimate 6306, and a few others. -Check on missing dials for Matt's SARG -Lume Mk-V dials, finish Leon’s red crown stripe -I'll be able to at least go through my forwards from Ryan next week, and will be allotting time each day for admin and email work. Speaking of Ryan - big congratulations are in order for the birth of his first child.
The watch: P’s #Seiko #Sumo SBDC001 with 22mm lugs in graphite black #cerakote, SBDC027 dial and hands (still need to color fill the S hand), #sapphire crystal, #ceramiclumed bezel insert.
Took the pics testing out my little lightbox studio, trying to get my photos to look a bit more legit.
The next update, I hope, will have a lot more news about completed projects, especially the ones... (ends)
and from Sub's website, here: https://www.artificehoroworks....ate-of-the-art-2018/
Closing Out the “Side Business” Phase
As of January 23, building custom watches for Artifice will be my (nearly) full time occupation. I still have some mission critical responsibilities with the company that I have been working for since the early 2000s, but mainly, I will be focused on getting the watches that have been delayed over time, completed and out, catching up on the 1000 or so emails and messages, developing methods for processing batches of blasting and coating more efficiently, and working out the details on designs for cases, dials, and more, that have been knocking around in my head for a long time.
This past year, managing to keep the various balls in the air has proven impossible, at least for me. Too many things slipping through the cracks. Too many watches I have scheduled for assembly, and replied to an email for status update with an ETA, only to discover that a set of hands didn’t make it on an order, or somehow the stock of a certain bezel or crystal supply has been depleted. Too many emails I’ve briefly read in the middle of doing 3 other things, and then realized a month later I never sent the reply I’d been going over in my head. These issues have been compounded by some (non-life-threatening) health problems that have limited my ability to work for periods of time. This resulted in exerting where the most need was at the given moment, and that was usually at the “real life” job. Add in some family members hospitalized, facing more serious health challenges, and more time that I might have been working was diverted to the immediate need. This is not to say that it would have been impossible to avoid the current situation of perpetual behindness (probably not a word) and unresponsiveness, just that it may have been beyond my abilities, despite the fact that I usually feel like I can figure out a way to do anything.
Over the next week, in addition to a couple days with the family in the mountains, I will be going through the orders, looking at inventory, figuring out the things that I don’t have, and preparing quoting, social media and email access for the newly minted assistant that will finally be on-board.
Starting 1/23/2018, I will be working through the last 60ish days of email and messaging. As much as I want to get to every message ever sent, at some point, I just have to have a cutoff, or it will never be finished. I will try to get the status updates answered first, though it will probably be brief. If there is a quote request I can do off the top of my head, I’ll hit those too, since it will be fairly important to keep a roof over our heads throughout this adaptation period. The goal is to be caught up within 8 weeks to a 12 week backlog, and eventually get back to something resembling a 4 week turnaround on most watches, if not less, within 6 months. It could be before that, but given how things tend to work out….