Here’s hoping you have a terrific new year in 2014, and that your 2013 was great too!
2013 was a great growing year for my rope making – I started selling my 2-ply jute in earnest, and used over 120 lbs of jute there. Bought another 200lbs of single-ply jute and ventured into new territory. My brand is definitely growing, as I’ve had multiple sales to Europe and Canada in addition to sales throughout the U.S.
In just a few weeks, I have my new shipment of top grade tossa jute coming in from overseas – this means a lot more rope I’ll be able to make for the foreseable future, along with lower prices! “Lower” you say? Why yes, because I’m now buying jute direct from overseas at bulk discounts, my cost has come way down, although I have to buy a lot of it. My initial over seas supply is over 1,000 lbs, which is a big expenditure for me, but I know I’ll make it back and, I’m passing some of those savings on to you. My 6mm will be at $15, and my 4 mm at $13 for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, I’ve got a big batch of unprocessed premium coconut which I’m planning on spin up in the coming weeks as well, and hope to offer a lot of that rope as well. The premium coconut is quite a bit more difficult to spin up, and in fact needs two people to spin it properly – or at least as tight as I like to make it.
It looks like 2014 is going to be a serious rope year, I’m planning on making hundreds of single-ply and double-ply jute, along with loads of (b)itchin’ coconut. It’s the only kind of rope I’m planning to make – jute and coconut. I’m trying to keep the product line simple and of the highest quality. Hope your 2014 is just great as I’m anticipating mine to be!