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Small Town Saturday Morning

It’s been (more than) a few years but when I was growing up on the farm, it was a special occasion when we would go to town, meet up with my Grandmother and have a chance to stop in at the “5 & Dime” to see all their neat stuff. People from all the surrounding counties would find their way there! Heavens,
people were known to drive 20…sometimes 30 miles!

Today I am simply amazed and feel truly blessed to be doing business with people from all around the world. This attached list is a summary of the 30 Countries represented by shoppers to Big Creek Mercantile over just the past year.
As my store grows and business expands, I pray that I will always keep that feeling of
“Small Town Saturday Morning”… discovery of that special item that my customers are searching for, and find…at Big Creek Mercantile.

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My Personal Bat Cave

Celebrating the addition of Ben Affleck to the cast of This Old House,
I have added this commemorative (and functional) abode…


Granite Finish and a Piano Hinge installed in the backrest so it can fold down flat for transport or storage, it was obvious what I should call this Doggie Adirondack Bed.

3 Amigos

3 Amigos

My Family; My Workshop; and Dogs… pretty much sums it up for me. I have built and shipped a variety of things all over the globe, but when one of my Customers sends me a photo and says “Thanks”…
You’re Welcome! Means a lot to this old Carpenter.

Spring Re-Boot

Spring Re-Boot

With a chill in the Workshop this morning, I decided to push the re-set button. My knee joints never lie.

I Need a Bigger Porch!

I Need a Bigger Porch!

My Uncle Merlyn seems to have found my kind of furniture store.

It’s Called…a What?

It's Called...a What?

Can You Name This Tool From My Workshop?

The Heat Is On!

ImageAs I prepared to fry a few potatoes for breakfast this morning, I poured just a bit of oil in the fry pan. A quick review will remind you that (just 3 weeks ago) I added several of my home grown/sun dried Cayenne and Jalapeño peppers to a fresh dispenser of peanut oil. What caught my eye this morning was that the oil no longer had its transparent clarity. What I did see was a deep red hue!

Did I notice a flavor difference? No, not really. Both my tongue and lips went numb and l lost most of the feeling in my mouth. Gradually, as my sinuses (along with my tear ducts) reached a 100% level of activity, I realized I had created one of my new favorite food groups! My, Oh My! I think I’ll try it with pancakes in the morning.

Star Date: 90630.13

Star Date: 90630.13

Be comfortable while in command on Starship Earth.
When can I build one for you?

Growth Can Be Tricky

2013 will see the expansion of BCM…Plans are in the works for a bigger Workshop, an attached Store, and a small Cafe…all in one building. So, the big question is: For what role should I hire first?  Ive been reading a book the past few days as I look for insight, entitled: “How to Be The Best Receptionist”, by Levon Hold.  Interesting business theories…and obviously used by many larger companies, but Im not sure it works for me.

The year ahead has much in store, not the least of which will be “research site visits”. It’s important that I look for inspiration for both the Shop AND the Kitchen!

What should I build next?