Jason Scott, speaking for the board and for Schuyler.
The hope was to have picks in the mail before the end of 2012, but it didn't happen. What we do have are some photos taken this week of the first set of picks being worked on. As production ramps up, the process and approach will be refined. Schuyler sent along some photos and some paragraphs about what was being worked on.
"The guy on the mill is my friend James who helped me make a quick Jig to hold the picks perfectly flat while I'm spot welding. The first round of spot welding had some frustrating errors, but all have been perfect after the jig. With the success of the prototype I'll be making a more durable one out of aluminum or something similar to use for subsequent spot welding."
"The other photos are of finished picks, next to their unfinished counter parts. I took a bunch of these because I know some people have had concerns seeing the unfinished picks that the picks will look like shit. They both feel and look great after their polish. Additional update - Amy has decided to purchase a tumbler online tonight to finish all subsequent batches of picks. She will put the money up for it out of her modest savings and I will reimburse her. She saw how long hand-finishing was taking and decided to step up. More details on that to follow, but she's a nice girl."
The first batch of picks will go out in the beginning of January and the next batches of picks are slated for production. Thanks for your patience as we start getting these out the door.