Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blog Post #4

Hi Follower(s),

       I have made an executive decision about my 20 time project; instead of designing my own skis, I am going to learn more about and explore carpentry.  In the two weeks since my last blog, I thought about my project, and the more I thought about it, the more it didn't make sense to me.  I have a brand new pair of skis that I got over the summer and if I went through with my original project, I would have another brand new pair of skis, which I really don't need.  Another reason that I decided to change my project was because designing and building the custom skis would cost $1200, which is very expensive, and it seems foolish to spend that much money when I already have a new pair of skis.

   For the past year or two I have wanted to learn more about building things and carpentry.  I think that being "handy" is an important skill and it is a skill that I want to learn.  20 time seems like a perfect opportunity to learn about becoming "handy".  Over the past two weeks I have started a building project with the help of my neighbor.  We are starting to build a backyard ski setup, which includes building a tower, a ramp, a jump, and a metal or pvc rail.  This is a very big building project for me to start out with, but I have wanted to build this for a while.  My neighbor is good with tools so I want to learn everything I can from him during this project.  I also want to take a building/carpentry class to learn more.  I want to build one or two big projects and lots of smaller ones.
   For some people this project seems really boring, but it is something that I want to learn how to do, which is what 20 time is about.  Hopefully in my next blog I will know what projects I will be building.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Post #3

Hi Follower(s),

   The last time I posted I was waiting for Mr. Thompson from Shaggy Copper Country Skis to email me back with instructions of how to start the designing process.  Unfortunately, I am still waiting. This is the longest amount of time that I have waited for he to email me.  It usually takes 3 or 4 days for him to respond to my emails, but this time I have been waiting for over a week.  This long wait time is kind of worrying me, but I am going to wait another couple of days for a response.  If he doesn't email me back by then, then I will send him another email that says the same thing that the first email said.  I don't want to be a pest because he is helping me, but I need to hear back from him so I can start designing my skis.

   I have another update, which deals with my job search.  Last week I called Cornwall Bakery and asked if they had any job opportunities and they invited me to come in and talk to the owner, so I went.  Me and the owner had a great little chat and he seemed totally on board with me becoming an employee at the bakery.  I filled out a work form, where I put my name, email, phone number, etc. and gave it to him.  We then shook hands and I left, thinking that he would call real soon and officially tell me I have the job. Unfortunately, he hasn't called me yet and it has been almost a whole week.  If he doesn't call me by tomorrow, I am going to call him and tell him that I am still interested in getting a job there.  I am also going to ask where I stand with my job application.  If I don't get a job there, I will look for another job, since getting a job is such an important part of my part.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blog Post #2

Dear follower(s),

    I have been in contact with Shaggy's Copper Country Skis for the past week through email. I have been emailing, John Thompson, who is the in charge of the Lower Peninsula for Shaggy's. He responded to my first email, where I asked if they could help me create me skis, with a yes.  His response made my project achievable and real.  If he had said no, them I would have to find another ski shop, which would be fine, except Shaggy's is the only ski shop in Michigan that makes their own skis and have the equipment that I would need for my project.  I emailed him back and asked what the price of a custom pair of skis would be. He responded with $1200, which is expensive, but I expected it would be because they are totally custom and unique. I emailed him back and asked how I should get started, since I have no idea how to start and he is the expert.
     Now that I know how expensive the skis are going to be, I can't just expect my parents to pay for them.  I mentioned in my last blog about me planning to get a job, and I plan to stick to that and get one.  This job will help me pay for the skis, which I will be paying with only my money, none of my parent's money.  Along with making and designing the skis, earning the money to pair for them is part of my project too.  This week I plan on asking businesses around Grosse Pointe to get a job. Hopefully I will have one before my next post.

   Once Mr. Thompson responds and I get a job, my project will be fully underway!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Blog Post #1

          My 20 time project is officially underway! I have finally chosen what I want to work on for the rest of the year; I am going to design and build a pair of custom skis.  I am an avid skier and skiing is my favorite thing to do, which makes this project perfect for me. I want to learn what it takes to build and design what I love using every winter.  I am also pursuing this project to see if this is something I want to do when I grow up, both designing and building skis for a living.  I want to learn how to use all of the ski designing and building machinery, so if I chose to do this when I am older, I will know how to use the equipment.

        After I decided my project, I went online and found a ski shop in Michigan that makes their own skis and has the equipment to make skis.  The ski shop is in Boyne City and is called Shaggy's Copper Country Skis.  I found their contact us page on the website and emailed them, asking if they would be able and willing to help me with my project.  I am so excited that I found a ski shop that could help me in Michigan.  I thought that I would have to travel out west or out east, but I don't which makes this project a little easier for me.  Hopefully they email me back sooner than later.

       Since the skis I want to design and build are going to be totally custom, I know that the price will be very steep.  I am hoping to maybe get a job to help pay for these skis, which I am sure will be expensive.  By getting a job, I will hopefully be able to pay for the skis all by myself.  This way I will control my whole project and my parents won't have to help me pay for it.

      I am excited to get started and can't wait to build my skis!