For this year's Beer Swap, I thought I had a great project idea and plenty of time to execute it. I was going to make a "beer". What kind of beer you ask? This kind:
I had this brilliant (dripping with sarcasm) idea to carve a "beer" for my recipient. I did pretty well at carving the bear part but between just plain doing a bad job and breaking partially done ones and ruining one from the blood of a deeply sliced thumb, I finally had to give it up. So instead I decided to make pottz a bottle opener using a Niles kit I had and a nice piece of Desert Ironwood.
But it just didn't seem like enough for someone like pottz. So it dawned on me that I may not have time to carve a "beer" but I could put my 3D printer to work and use up some model paints
Okay, I felt a little better about my package now. The "beer" was cheating a little bit since I didn't really make it. But at least I made the bottle opener. And I thought the "beer" was hilarious But apparently I was the only one. My wife got it but only gave a conciliatory giggle. My son liked it but didn't immediately get it. My FIL groaned and called it a "dad joke" and my MIL still can't understand why she never knew there were types of bears that grew antlers and why she can't find anything about them online. So I have to admit, that maybe it was a poorly concieved project from the start😬
Nevertheless, time was up so I packaged it up with the dark beers I had bought for pottz:
and sent it all on its way to the other coast.
As luck would have it, the package got stuck at the post office and had to be picked up So pottz went to pick it up several times and was told each time that it wasn't at the PO but out for delivery! Finally somebody found it at the post office and gave it to him. A wet and damaged box. Ugh. Fortunately it turned out that only one beer had leaked but the antlers got broke off the "beer" too. Only after he got it did I find out that what I had mistakenly read as pottz wanting dark beers was actually that he didn't really like dark beers usually!
So poor pottz got a bottle opener, a broken gag and ended up giving his wife most of the beers. I felt horrible! Even though pottz was far too gracious to ever express his disappointment, I knew he had to be and decided that I would attempt to make up for it.
Pottz mentioned that he liked the Beer Knife I had made in last year's swap. I had the materials for another so I set to it and whipped one up for him
The blade is 1095 steel and the scales are some stabilized and dyed spalted Elm (or maybe Birch) that Dave Polaschek sent me a couple of years ago. I made a kydex sheath for it so it can be carried in a pocket if so desired.
And since I now had a better idea of the types of beer pottz would ACTUALLY LIKE, I picked him up another six pack that I think he'll really enjoy
I do hope pottz will enjoy this package more than the first one!
Thanks for reading my swap saga