Diary of a Demented Store Owner
Monday, 28 January 2008
And thus the shoe had dropped.
We received a couriered letter today from the Electrical Safety Authority advising us to stop selling Taurus 3 Ringsaws as they are not approved in accordance with Ontario electrical standards. This of course is not true but an incorrect assumption that has been made by that person. It might have been better (and classier) if they had of just called Mikey.
Friday, 25 January 2008
In a previous blog entry, trying to make nice after being critical of Spectrum's fusing line, (and thereby hurting J.M.'s feelings), we made a comment about how the profits from the sales of SP100W allowed Mikey to now be able to afford single malt scotch rather than blended (sure ain't making it from the sale of Taurus 3 bandsaws... The Missus). After careful review by the accounting firm of FIG Inc, it was discovered that it was actually BU0126 that allowed Mikey to drink in such excellent fashion. See pics for proof, and thank you 'Ed the Cat' .
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
From the artist that brought us some of the best design books available today- books like Witchcraft, and Frog Song, Sea Faeries and Faerie Lights and Cat Designs- Gillian Sawyer now rounds out her series of books with one on Dogs. Thirty eight original designs including labs, terriers, German shepherds and a bunch of others too ugly to be even associated with the canine species (but excellently drawn by Gillian nevertheless).
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
But do we love both equally? We don’t. And because of that, apparently, Spectrum is angry.
Mikey got a call this afternoon from Jim Matthews from Spectrum Glass. He felt that we’ve been a little hard on Spectrum Glass lately. We agree- he’s right, we have. Unashamedly.
In our opinion, it seems that Spectrum Glass, with all their might in this industry of ours, doesn’t like to be criticized or editorialized about. They would prefer people not make mention of any weakness to their fusing product line (they didn't like our blog comments about their colour selection being substantially less than Bullseye). Hey, they make a good consistent product, at a fair price- we’ve never denied that. We sell hundreds of their Rat Paks every year (as a matter of fact that’s our artwork of a rat that adorns every single crate they make). Spectrum even featured a front page Score Magazine article on us once. Sales of SP329.6 put my kids through university. I drink single malt instead of blended scotch now from the sales alone of SP100 Waterglass. How could we not love them?
But as a glass source for fusing?
Should they be ashamed of themselves for having such a small selection and act like they're the industry leader? Or should they acknowledge the fact that perhaps they’re not and promise to continue to improve their product rather than shoot the messenger? Their limited pallete is something that we have pointed out to us every day by you the customer. Is that why we prefer Bullseye over Spectrum then? Of course it is.
Hey guys, you really can’t have it both ways now can you? A couple of years ago, Spectrum took a big swipe at Bullseye (read it here), on why you should buy their glass instead of the ‘competitors’. It seems that no one but Spectrum is allowed to be critical of others in this industry. Bullseye didn’t take this criticism lying down- see here for their rebuttal. And here for some background on Bullseye’s litigation against Spectrum.
We will continue to carry Spectrum as it is our best selling line of glass and we like the glass- we really do. We will also continue to be a Bullseye dealer as it is our favourite line of glass for fusing.
Fantasy In Glass is just a small retailer. Spectrum Glass is a large company. Were they trying to intimidate us perhaps? I don’t know. I do know that we’ll just continue to call them as we see them.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Mon........11:00am to 7:00pm
Tue........ 11:00am to 6:00pm
Wed....... 11:00am to 7:00pm
Thur...... 11:00am to 7:00pm
Fri......... 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sat........ 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Spectrum Glass adds another colour of glass to their fusing line (hey- it's also great for your stained glass projects too, remember).
Holy cow, that brings their unique colour count to what? Around a staggering 60 colours- or about 1/4 the selection of Bullseye.
Oh, yeah, just got an email from Maria at Bullseye- our next massive factory direct shipment ships tomorrow, and should be here within a week. This one includes all their new colours, as well as a their popular Tekta Clear, experimental and curious colours and quite a few molds (if you've pre-ordered molds, they are on their way).
Thursday, 10 January 2008
A few years ago, Edgar Dutra Zanotto, a Brazilian researcher, published an article in the American Journal of Physics (No. 66, May 98) in which he calculates the time it takes glass to flow. He estimates it will take 100000000000000000000000000000000 (1 followed by 32 zeros or 10 to the power of 32) years for the glass to show any substantial change at normal temperatures.
The age of the universe is 10 to the power of 10.
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
12" and 18" L-squares, small hobby u-came, Inukshuk bevel clusters, small black chain, all previously out-of-stock bevels, bevel clusters, Kokomo and Spectrum glass (with the rare exception)...
Saturday, 5 January 2008
Friday, 4 January 2008
This one filmed by Francis Ford Pattyopolla, delves into the mysterious, high tech torchwork studio recently set up in the bowels of Fig's studio.
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
HOURS (effective January 2, 2008)
Monday.......................11:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday...................... 11:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday................. 11:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday.................... 11:00am to 6:00pm
Friday......................... 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday.....................10:00am to 4:00pm
Sundays....................Always Closed (Sorry)