OK, so my laser engraver will be arriving ahead of schedule. This is good news as it’s lighting a fire under my arse and getting my creative juices flowing.

I’ve some raw materials (blank wooden key rings & wood slices) which I’ve used before. I’ve sold a few hand burned pieces and also made gifts. Everything starts as a stencil as I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler.

The handmade stuff takes at least 20mins and a lot of concentration. I will still offer this, but at a reduced cost, even though it’s more time consuming, due to the fact that the quality won’t match that of a machine.

But, the machine has its limits and some things just need to be done by hand. However, the machine can also produce engravings faster than I can and more constantly and in greater quantity; meaning I can offer more variety and potentially take on more requests.

I’ve also downloaded a book on simple tattoos from which I can get images and inspiration.

So, what am I planning on doing with all the stuff I hope to make? I’d like to make a few 💷, but I don’t want to run a business. I don’t have a head for business. I’d just like to make enough to pay for the engraver, cover my base costs and earn a little extra cash.

But I am also hoping to offer a service to my viking group so I can potentially laser engrave swords, daggers and axes as well as some raw leather before it’s made into clothing or other gear.

Basically I just want to make stuff because it interests me and is therapeutic.