Reflections on 2016…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Traughber Design!

black walnut key ring rack
Key Ring Rack in Black Walnut

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our clients, friends, and family.  Traughber Design just delivered its last commission of 2016 (see picture at left) on Friday, and we thought this was a good time to thank our community of supporters and reflect on the past year.

This was our second full year of operation and the business continues to build.  We delivered 8 commissions this year with a wide variety of projects and have 1 piece in progress in the shop.

One of the most exciting things this year was the launch of the new and improved website and blog.  SiteGround’s servers will give us a lot more space and room to grow than our previous website.  There was a little bit of a learning curve with our blogging software, WordPress, but the functionality is much greater than we had with the last website and we’re much more comfortable now with using WP.  Traffic continues to build and we had over 350 unique visitors in the past 4 months (the blog went live in September with post #1) and 1,500 page views.  The metrics show our users are spending more and more time on the site, which probably makes sense given we’ve published almost 30 posts now and have more content.

key ring rack in black walnut
Key Ring Rack in Black Walnut

We’ve been very blessed with not only commissions from clients, but also just words of encouragement.  If you can, support your local artisans in 2017.  If you know of someone trying to get their enterprise off the ground, consider throwing some business their way.  Every sale can be critical in those first few months or years of operation.  We will continue to do our part by sharing the exciting stories of other up and coming makers, and have three more interviews in the queue for early 2017.

The future looks bright and we are talking to multiple clients about potential commissions for 2017 including another black walnut gun cabinet which will keep the wood shop humming.  Our last one took approximately 100 hours to make, so we are very interested to see how long the next one will take.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

8 thoughts on “Reflections on 2016…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Traughber Design!”

  1. You have a great blog here, Jerry! Black walnut is such a beautiful wood. I love the hooks your client chose. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your insights in the coming year.

  2. Merry Christmas! Are you still able to do house projects while you spend all that time making another gun cabinet? How do you balance your time?

    1. Lori, EXCELLENT question! Yes, I am able to balance house projects with woodworking. The key is to move the ball down the field on both projects and woodworking by planning out the week. For example, when I know I’ve got a long day at work I may only plan to apply a coat of finish in the shop in the evening which only takes 5-10 minutes. That’s not a lot of time in the shop, but it moves the project closer to completion. Another example, is the glass shower door I installed this week. I leveraged some of the holiday time off to get that project done. Now, can I spend those amount of hours in a normal work week on projects like that? No, but that’s where a weekly plan comes in. Plan the attack and attack the plan!

  3. Thanks Jerry for coming to my rescue when one of my kitchen cabinets started splitting apart. You did an excellent job repairing it and I can’t even tell it was coming apart anymore!! Great work and fast too!! Fixed in under 24 hours!! Thanks again!

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