Bread & Wood

Bread & Wood

Handcrafted Artisan Bread & Hardwood

Steady business and lots of ideas...

 

The hardwood business has picked up more than I had anticipated over the past few weeks.  Currently, three or four custom projects are in the works in addition to the online selling, which continues to be steady.  I'm learning the tricky part of this business, or most any other business for that matter, is trying to accurately anticipate how much of which product you will sell and when...or I guess you could call it inventory...  

 

With the wood, after the tree is cut, the hardwood has to air dry for around six months before it can be successfully kiln dried to 6% moisture content, suitable for indoors.  This requires quite a bit of planning, storage challenges, as well as continuing to move existing product to make room for new hardwood.  I've got a great many ideas on improving efficiency, most of which require some decent capital expenditures.  First on the priority list is a portable sawmill to take the place of the chainsaw mill, which would improve milling efficiency by ten fold.  I'm thoroughly enjoying the challenges of trying to make it all work and realizing rarely do I ever get it just right on the first try.  So far, and I think Kim would agree, small business management really has a lot to do with perseverance....tweaking....trying again...

 

"Perseverance is a great element of success.  If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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