It is time again for change. Mrs. Sawtooth's time in Washington and the Army comes to an end. Our family has decided to head to Utah for civilian life, the move in June/July. We are excited about the future, although the move and leaving our friends in Washington will be tough.
Much of the Winter and Spring business activity will focus on our training classes, developing some new products, and getting set up for the move. Anybody that has been to the shop lately might get a laugh out of what that last part is about... (keep an eye on the Yard Sale).
Sawtooth Rifles aims to get through the transition as seamlessly as possible. From past shop moves we know that most of the unknowns are on the landing end, and getting spindles turning again takes time. The goal is to make the move without rifle builds pending and then start fresh without a wait list. To that end, the plan for rifle builds is as follows:
Phase 1: Beginning Jan 1, we will not accept new rifle builds until we have a really good idea of where we will be on the wait list by Spring. We aim to reduce the administrative time involved in new projects to allow for completion of existing projects. If you have been directed to this article as a response to a rifle build inquiry, please understand the need and accept our sincere apology.
Phase 2: Once we have rifle builds caught up (estimated March/April for projects not held up by parts) we will accept select projects that we can get done within days, not months. These projects will be limited to re-barrels and builds based on custom actions and chassis from parts on hand or quickly obtainable. (The days of blueprinting Remingtons and "yeah, I can make that stock work I guess" may be over for good.)
Phase 3: Back to work in Utah, ASAP!
After a whirlwind of a Fall (pun intended - I took a less than graceful departure from the chair lift while snowboarding), a crazy Winter, and a busy Spring of long days and late nights at the shop getting rifles out the door, it was time for my shoulder rebuild. I went under the knife at the end of April. The surgery went as planned despite me making my injuries worse than the MRI report had originally revealed in the months leading up to the surgery. I am hopeful that I will have some new life in me once I am recovered. In addition to my torn up shoulder from the snowboarding wreck, I had been bothered on a daily basis by a couple previous injuries while performing typical tasks in the shop. Those calcium chunks pictured below were forming since a bicep tear seven years ago. Getting those out should be a really good thing. Now that I have my feet back under me and am getting to the shop regularly again, I am learning what lies ahead in the next 6-9 months for this one-armed machinist.
I want to take a second and thank my customers for being understanding and flexible in this period full of unknowns. You guys make all the hard work worth while.
Going forward rifle builds will be quoted with delivery times that are achievable and hopefully accommodating to your needs. After my productive Winter the current backlog is minimal, but production is obviously lagging. I am thankful for numerous two-handed assistants on which I will rely to do the wrench pulling for a few months. With the industry as busy as it is, now is the time to make decisions and acquire parts for Fall/Winter projects. Please don't hesitate to take these first steps to get your project started. Contact me today!
On the bright side, more keyboard time might result in website catch up and the design of a few more products I have in mind. Thanks for your support and stay tuned!