|My Hobby Business is making
neon. Signs, art, making things glow, stuff like that. I keep it
fun by not allowing it to become a full blown business with all the
pressures that entails. On these pages you will find some of my work,
both in neon and in shop tools. I have designed and built most
everything in my shop. If you're handy with tools you can do the same.
If you have an idea for some custom made neon then by all
means send me an email. If I can't do it I can certainly point you to
someone who can.
- No I don't have a public phone number. I hate
phones. If you'd like to talk to me about something then email me.
If I decide that we need to talk, I'll ask for your phone number and call
you. I don't answer incoming calls. I work 'til I get tired,
sleep some, rinse and repeat. That cycle usually doesn't correspond
to a 24 hour clock so I may be working or sleeping at any hour of the day.
- Email works. Use it!
- I can't answer the off-hand question "How much will it
cost to make....?" The reason is simple. Until I work up a
design and analyze its complexity I can't calculate the cost. Many
shops have a fixed price schedule for common things. That's a
perfectly valid way of doing things but it doesn't fit my style.
Simple things tend to cost more per unit of work than more complex ones.
Since this is primarily a hobby, I try to keep prices low and my way of
doing that is to price each job individually.
- I don't do bids, prospects, concepts or other design
work for free. As with any hobby I try to maximize the fun to drudgery
ratio. Bending glass and passing gas is fun. Writing bids
isn't. Neither is doing a spec design concept for a prospect, only
to have him run with it to someone who is a little cheaper. I do
design work on an hourly fee basis. My fees are exceedingly,
- My standard answer to a request for bid is "more than
- If you need something in a hurry then I'm not your man.
I don't loaf (after all I am doing this for fun) but neither do I let
anything rush me. Aside from removing the fun from making neon,
rushing invariably ends up in my breaking as much glass as I bend.
- I'm probably not the best dude for you to get your
bog-standard square bordered, block letter EXIT sign from.
I'll make you one if you want but it'll cost twice what Sam's Club or any
of the ChiCom importers charge. On the other hand, if you want your
logo wrapped around your OPEN sign or something like that then let's talk.
A note about price. The communist chinese slave
labor shops have reduced consumer neon to a commodity. Simple desktop
neon can be had for $30 or less. This neon isn't all that bad - I have
some pieces - but it is not custom-made. It usually doesn't last all
that long and the little high voltage supply is usually running right at its
limit but it is a value for what you pay.
We artisans still live in America, pay American taxes and
pay American prices for goods and services. And, of course, suffer
American government over-regulation. That means that custom
neon costs much more than the chicom stuff. Be prepared to pay several
hundred dollars for even simple pieces. I keep my prices low since
this is a hobby and I want lots of people to have neon. Nonetheless, a
simple piece can take a day or more to make so the cost does add up.
In return for buying American you get a hand-crafted work
that contains (almost all) American made parts and all the skills the
artisan (me) can muster. The tubes will be processed correctly so
they'll last for
decades if you don't break 'em. And just think of all the American jobs you'll help
save, all the way back to the guys who mine the copper for the wire and the
sand for the glass.
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Important Notice: I'm a child of the 60s. I
grew up in an era where any meddling in one's personal business by any government
entity was unheard of. One led his life as he saw fit and as long as he
didn't hurt anyone, nobody bothered him. Also, I was taught to take
responsibility for my actions and not to try to blame others.
I still live by that philosophy. As such, you might find things on
this site that, if you're a meddlesome nanny, you might think could be
illegal. Some things, if you try to duplicate them, very well would
get some bureaucrat's panties in a wad. You might even hurt yourself!
(Who to blame, who to blame?????????)
Therefore this site is presented for its educational and entertainment
value only. If you try to duplicate any of my work you may suffer the
ire of some government do-nothing who is jealous of people actually doing things.
More importantly, your pecker could fall off, you could be maimed, your hair
could fall out, you might go cross-eyed, your blue smoke might leak out, you
could become a Republican, you could become a Democrat, you could get fat, your voice might go high. Heck, you
might even kill yourself.
So. Read and enjoy this stuff but don't try to run with the big
boys. If you ignore my advice here then you're on your own. I
take absolutely no responsibility for what you might do. It's a full
time job for me taking responsibility for what I do.