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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

Most of my career has been contract or freelance work and I've crafted products and strategies for both big international companies and startups. I also used to work in the "industry" fabricating special effects for film and TV, along with the occasional hot rod. Bottom line, I love making things.

I'm starting this blog so you can follow along, from day one, and see what it's like to start a business, or fail in the process. Only time will tell, but I hope you find this interesting enough to stay tuned, comment, link, like, tweet, and (most importantly) participate in turning this idea into something tangible and valuable.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The EKO Kickstarter is finally 100% shipped!

This is a little fixture I laser cut to hold the key blanks for engraving. Ended up making about 750 of these for the campaign. That was A LOT of hand work filing, sanding, and grinding. Not looking forward to the next batch. 


Follow me on Instagram?

Hey folks,

I'm sure you can tell my blog momentum has fallen to about zero. Sorry about that! I like to post general musings and goings on, but I've been soooo busy I just haven't been able to find the time. Of course I find time to post things like my latest Kickstarter campaign, and then I beat myself up because the blog starts feeling way too commercial. My story is about the journey as much (or more than) what is for sale at the moment. At least that's my hope.

As a result, I've started using Instagram a lot. It's a super easy way to let people know what I'm working on "right now" and that works well for me. So, two things:

  1. Please follow me on Instagram: @prometheuslights
  2. I'm going to be pushing some of my Instagram content to the blog for those of you that can't/don't want to follow me on Instagram. 

Trying out some new aluminum-specific carbide inserts.

That's a pretty awesome mirror finish right? I've been wanting to try these polished inserts forever and I finally found a good (great) deal on a box of them on eBay and had to pull the trigger. Turns out they work really well on stainless and titanium long as you don't care about tool life. The sharp edge is really fragile and breaks down quickly under tough cutting conditions.