What I've been up to
I have been sorta absent from the forum lately so I just wanted to share an update as to what I've been working on.
1) I have a running thread on my $5 Indian date set. No news, waiting for the right coins!
2) I sold a few pieces from my gold type set to consolidate into a smaller "better" composite. In rebuilding mode - will update when I have more to share.
3) I started a 7-mintmark set of $5 libs. Have 4/7 currently. Lower priority, will add when the time / coin is right.
4) Most importantly, I have been spending a lot of time on woodworking!
After sharing some coin trays that I had made for myself, I found strong demand from fellow collectors. This year I've really evolved the designs (and my workshop) and have been trying to get more efficient.
Still just a weekend hobby, and I can't make nearly enough for all the requests I get, but I have been having fun and meeting some great collectors. I have been posting the trays only on instagram (you can find me there a "hypnogold").
Here are some examples:
When I got into coin macro photography, that was a big addition to the hobby for me. Turns out woodworking is the next thing! I am treating it like a business for the $$ in/out, but it seems unlikely that I'll be able to scale up to meet demand. Limited by the number of hours I have to spend in my workshop, balanced with my day job and all other life commitments. I am enjoying meeting other collectors and providing a nice product so people don't have to have show their life's work on generic cardboard jewelry trays.
I would like to come up with a good design for a treasure chest next. 😁