I feel just awful about the amount of inquiries I receive from people wishing to order an address file from me, and want to write an appology to everyone who has been waiting patiently for one of them.
For over a year now, since the birth of my daughter, I've been promising more (and I have been able to get a few done) but the fact of the matter is that I have been searching for another woodworker to make the wooden bases for me. I used to pay my father to make them all lovingly from scratch, each one perfect and beautiful, but somewhere around 1,000 he got a little fed up and he now has basically gone on strike and refuses to make any more (much to my dismay!)
So the past many months I have been searching for a woodworker to make my beautiful little files. So far, 2 enthusiastic sources have fallen through, leaving me a little disheartened and frustrated. I really want to find a local small business or craftsman to work with on the files and other prodcuts that I have on hold, but it seems that it just isnt happening. China, maybe? I rather not and it seems a shame, but I just can't seem to find anyone small and local to work with.
My search continues, and I really look forward to the day that I can make more address files again. I love them, I love making them: finding and cutting and punching every card by hand and putting them to together one by one. It's so satisfying to me, to make something that I love and I am proud of, and is just a little functional as well!
In the meantime, I have here an address file that I do not wish to sell, as the wooden base has an extra coat of (water-based) laquer on it. It is an "extra" from when my father and I were testing out the best finish for our black walnut wooden files. I have made it up and will send it to one of my wonderful customers or friends. Please leave a comment here and in a week or so I will somehow pick randomly someone out there to send it to. And once again, appologies for anyone out there who has been waiting ever so patiently...