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Hail to the Chiefs…and Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs!

First let me say to those First Class Petty Officers before the board, we’ve all been in your shoes.  For the E-6 waiting for the results, this is the longest month of the year.  I wish you all the best of luck on selection.  If I could, I’d wave a magic wand and get all of you your hooks.  I speak for all Chiefs when I say we look forward to welcoming you to the community.

Also, congratulations and well done to the new crop of Senior and Master Chiefs for FY 2020.  The air gets thinner with every step up so you should be duly proud of your accomplishment.

All that said, I have been working in the shop on some special designs for all the chiefs.  I am hoping that you, or those who love you, might take this occasion to pick up a VERY unique and thoughtful gift.  These will definitely NOT be seen as something you ran to the exchange to pick up.  And they damn sure out rank a gift card.  Look for your pen below.

All pens come with a blue velvet pouch for their protection.

CPO Pen, Walnut and Brass

This pen is turned from reclaimed walnut from Fort Belvoir.  About ten years ago my neighbor told me his crew was renovating some conference rooms and the tables were being thrown away.  I asked him very explicitly, and in my most colorful Navy language, to please acquire said table wood for me.  I have been using it all in smaller and smaller pieces.  One of those is this pen.

It is turned down to what we call executive slim.  I find this the most challenging since by the time you get a pen down to this width there is very little wood left to turn.  One slip and you have a piece for the burn pile.

The finish is a hard, semi-gloss.  The hardware is Cross-type and it takes Cross refills or the generic equivalent.

 You can find your Chief’s pen here.

SCPO Pen, Cherry and Brass

Oh, baby!  When you are in the business of selling things, especially things you’ve made, you’re really not supposed to show favorites.  But this one is a humdinger!

I had forgotten how much I like working with Cherry wood.  I recently made a pen for my granddaughter and was VERY pleased with how it turned out.  So I immediately replaced the last Senior Chief pen to sell with this one. 

Cherry is so workable that the process I use to create a semi-gloss or satin finish (usually my preference) produced a gloss finish over some of the prettiest grain you’ll ever see.  It dances in the light.

This uses the same Cross hardware and refills as the Chief and Master Chief pen.

This is one of my all-time favorite projects, even though it is for one of those even-numbered chiefs.

If you love your Senior Chief, go here.

MCPO Pen, Olive and Brass

Olive trees are impressive. They are tough, craggy gray trees that can survive in the toughest conditions.  They can live for over 1000 years.  Which is interesting, because when I was a wet-nose bootcamp in 1977, that’s how I saw the old-school Master Chiefs.  I learned very quickly that a Master Chief was the very last person in the world you wanted to see in your workspace, unless you knew for a fact that you had done something right…and even then you were a bit nervous. So, here’s to the Master Chief.

Olive wood is a fine medium.  An olive pen blank had been included in an old pen making kit I bought a while ago.  I wish I had used it sooner.  It has some amazing grain patterns and beautiful color.  Again, just like a Master Chief.  And the wood does smell like olives when you work it.  Most of the Master Chiefs I knew in the 70’s smelled like cigarettes and coffee.

Like the other two Chief pens, this one uses Cross hardware and refills.  In the case of all the slim pens I make, it is like having a Cross pen, but not one that thousands of others have.  I make ’em one of a kind, one at a time.

Somebody, somewhere has GOT to love a Master Chief!

 

Fair winds, my brothers and sisters.

Matthew E. Jordan III GMC (SW), USN Ret.

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My Work Upclose: Mixed Species Stopper


Find beautiful and unique gifts for weddng parties, holidays, graduations, promotions, and more here, at Po River Furniture!


  Overview

 

This is one of the first of Po River’s turnings to go on the market.  The stopper is one of a pair made from recycled wood.  It contains Walnut and mahogany from conferences tables discarded on Fort Belvoir in the previous decade.  There is a piece of Pine heartwood used to brace missiles for transport to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (can only be used once and must be discarder by the Weapons Station).  The center  of the work is a piece of oak from the Civil War era barn torn down around 2004. You can find the finished art HERE.

 

 

Specs

Your stopper is 4 1/2″ long and 1 5/8″ wide.  The turning sits atop a triple chrome stopper with a rubber gasket.

 

What I Love About This Item

Like many of my turnings, this piece draws you in.  Each cut of wood has it’s own character. You want to turn it and enjoy the patterns playing off each other.  It is rich and heavy. It has a very manly appeal and will look good on your bar.  Look for our display racks coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Baby pictures

Our mixed species friend is seen here with this big brother soon after I found them hiding in a laminated block of wood.

 

 

 

 

You can bring this piece home from Po River Furniture Shop for yourself or someone special. All my stoppers and pens come in their own attractive velvet pouch.

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Po River Pens!

Po River Furniture is happy to announce that we have added hand-turned wood pens to our lineup.  We have released the first of what will be a long line of beautifully crafted works.  With one exception as of 2/15/19, the first run is gone.

Pieces of Civil War era barn wood (oak) on the lathe being turned round.

Earlier we featured the production of one of our pens on Facebook.  It was made from the old barn oak you’ve seen throughout our Etsy site.  It came out perfect.  But it was not for sale. As the first of the line, it was presented to Mrs. Po River as a Valentine gift.

This is the finished product. Po River’s first pen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the pen you can own.  It is made from mahogany cut from an old conference table that was discarded on Fort Belvoir.  Can you believe this wood was in a dumpster?  The pen has a hard glossy finish and the grain is fantastic.

Y0u can find this beauty on our Etsy site.

 

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Po River Furniture: Discounts

You have to work for some discounts!

A very sweet young lady approached my table at a craft festival recently.  She was lovin’ on one of my snowman wine stoppers.  And what’s not to love?  Right?  She and her friends were discussing the piece and she asked if she could get a discount.

I smiled and said, “Listen carefully to these three questions.”

Me:  Are you military or retired military?

Her: No.

Me: Are you an Uber of Lyft driver?

Her: No.

Me: [With heavy emphasis] Do you love Po River Furniture?

Her: Well, I don’t know…I…uh really don’t know much about…

Her friends caught it and laughed.

Again me:  Do you LOVE Po River Furniture?

Her: [looking around for a second] Oh! Yes! It’s my favorite!

Me: Well, there you go! 10% off!

What can I say?  She was obviously a woman of good taste and character.

I have three discount codes on my Etsy site. The first is for active duty and retired military.  No need to explain that one.  The code is MILITARY.  The second is for UBER and LYFT drivers.  I know what it is like to be out there schleppin’ for tips behind the wheel.  So I want to give them a little break too.  Code: UBERLYFT.  I post those codes everywhere.

Flame finial wine stopper (maple)

But the one code you have to look for, or be a brilliant and attractive Entrepre-Nutty reader to get is the easiest to qualify for.  You don’t have to put your life on the line for you country.  You don’t have to drive drunks home at 0200 when the bars are closing.  You just have to appreciate the look and feel of hand-crafted art produced in a wood shop.  In this case you simply have to “love” Po River Furniture.  [twisting my evil mustache] Discount code: LOVEPORIVER

So there you are.  As a discerning fan of entreprenutty.com, you can now get a discount at my esty shop, the Po River Furniture Shop.  Enjoy.  Hope to see yo soon.

 

Walnut Acorn Bird House. Everything including the hook eye is recycled or repurposed scrap. SOLD.

 

Po River Furniture is 100% owned and operated by a service-related disabled veteran.

 

 

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Okay, Okay! So It’s Maple!

This is the wood pile in the back of my shop.

I have a bunch of wood stored in the back of my shop.  Some of it is small pieces of wood that I am slowly using up as I recycle it.

I know.  It looks like a soup sandwich.  In recent posts to Etsy, I got the species of wood used wrong.  I just want to go on record here to correct the errors so if anyone revisits the site they don’t say, “Hey!  That’s not what you said before!”  And hopefully have this out before the work in question is purchased!

 

 

 

 

The first goof was a tree ornament that I said was a mahogany acorn.  I got a chunk of mahogany table legs mixed up with walnut legs.  Both were from a renovation on Ft. Belvoir.  The acorn/birdhouse is walnut.

The second species miscue was wine stopper.  I was milling the wood for it at the same time as some old barn oak.  I mislabled the stopper as barn oak, then as plantation wood.  IT’S MAPLE!  It was milled from a horde of wood a friend at Lighthouse Woodturners gave me.  I wish I had a ton of the stuff.  It works down so nicely and the stopper came out exactly as I wanted it to.

Maple flame wine stopper. Pretty, ain’t it?

The Po River Furniture Shop is a brand new project.  The objects were all made this fall by hand in my shop.  You are, of course, welcome to visit.  Hit “favorite” so you can see the new stuff as soon as it goes online.  I will be doing a lot of wild experimentation in the coming weeks to provide some very unique Holiday items!

I might even reorganize that wood pile.

Have fun.

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Want a Great Bed or Bunkbed? Call Here!

Please welcome Po River Furniture to Entreprenutty!

1-800-BUNKBED

Great bunk beds and standard beds built by a local crafts man * Lifetime warranty * Great prices!

Tower over desk. One of two such options.

Strong, safe and durable! If you buy one of our bunks for your kids today, your grandchildren will be able to sleep in them!

Increase your living space without adding square feet to your home!  You can choose form several designs with lots of sleeping and storage options. We even have stairs with cubbies build into them!

L-shaped bed with large storage drawers below.

Great for kids’ rooms, camp cabins, fishing and hunting lodges, dorms, firehouses and BEACH/RENTAL PROPERTY!!!! (INCREASE CAPACITY!)

Trundle bed for even more space.

IMPORTANT: We work only with suppliers with a good reputation for managed forestry. But we don’t skimp on material.  you won;t find fiberboard or lightweight lumber on these beds!

But there is only one way to bring these beds home to your kids:  Call 1-800-BUNKBED and make an appointment. When you see our model, you’ll be glad you did!

We have twin and full beds too.
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Car vs House: Ask the Experts.

Before we get to the experts…

If you are visiting here after a bit of an absence, you may find a lack of content or Latin gibberish on the screen.  I am still rebuilding.

But what do you think about the new look?  Better than the old, blah grey screen, right?

But that’s Not Why You Are HERE.

I am linking this Facebook post because my best girl and I found ourselves in this very pickle when we bought our previous house.  Hmmm, house or car…house or car…what to do?

We ended up buying the car first.  The mortgage company then required us to roll our car loan into the mortgage loan.  I had mixed feelings about this.  Basically we ended up with $20,000 less equitity in the house.  This chicken did come back to roost when we sold.

At the same time, it could be said that my car payment dropped to just a few dollars a month.  Like I said…mixed feelings.

But I will ask Ken to comment here about the pros and cons of that part of the experience.

But this is an interesting video. Watch it here!

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Welcome to your Entrepre-Nutty Launch Vehicle.

I will be contacting you within 24 hours.

I’d love to drum up new business.  But how can I do that and…

  • …Finish my book?
  • …Be at my deli counter?
  • …Do an full-time job?
  • …Take care of kids?
  • …Maintain my niche blog?
  • …Do all the other paperwork my business requires?

Am I in your wheelhouse here?

Important: READ FIRST

ELV is not a one-size-fits-all, scattershot operation.  There’s nothing necessarily wrong with companies who do that.  Some are pretty good. And any exposure is a good thing, right?

But we are significantly different!

Our focus is going to be highly targeted.  We will be working directly with you, in person, every step of the way.  You do what you do best, we will do all the work to bring you leads and clients.

We will design a campaign to take you from where you are now to where you want most to be.  We will pull all the stops.

  • Facebook (including events and canvas)
  • Twitter (including aggressive buffering in prime time)
  • creative use of content
  • creative calls-to-action
  • overlapping links to your related offers (where appropriate)
  • targeted email campaigns
  • press releases
  • follow-ups based on analysis from all the above

Ad Writers:  Ease your ASS PAIN!

Are you promoting a book? At Entrepre-Nutty we have a soft spot in our hearts for writers.  Trust me, I have painful experience to back up the urgency!


I don’t assume that you are a frustrated newbie. In fact, all of our present clients are giants, or near giants, in their fields.  This process will still grow your presence and attract quality leads.

Please keep in mind that I limit the numbers I’ll take on each month.  That number can be driven down even further by the number of months some campaigns will run.

But if you are a frustrated newbie, you are definitely in the right place!  With step one, our goal is to make you a known, and hopefully respected, entity in your niche/profession – right out of the gate!

* Entrepre-Nutty and the author of this website make no claims whatsoever regarding the conversions you will see or the revenue you will generate as a result of our efforts. Only a refund on Google placement failure is offered for any of our services rendered. Results will vary according to product, demand, clients participation and market forces. Entrepre-Nutty has no control over these forces. However, we pledge to do our level best to make your success possible.

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Create Energy and Buzz Around YOUR Business!

Entrepre-Nutty will launch a limited number of clients per month for campaigns lasting from one day to six months.  To get your enterprise included in the movement, drop us a line and tell us what you do.

No matter what your business, large or small, even micro-niches, we will help you promote it or for a fee, we will promote your business for you.

I answer all my emails

mj@entreprenuty.com

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Uber and Lyft, GET MORE RIDERS!

Making the most of Uber and Lyft and more.

Entrepre-Nutty was created to provide ideas, reviews and hard information help you make changes to your income and lifestyle.  A few months ago, with that mission in mind, I decided to look into ride share companies (Uber and Lyft to start) to give my readers more options. I am actually driving for a few to give you first-hand intel. What I’ve discovered is pretty amazing. I’ll have much more to say about driver apps in other articles.

The point I’ll hammer home in every article is this: If you don’t treat ride share as a business, even a very small part-time business, you will come away frustrated and tired.  And you’ll beat your car up for nothing.  To help you build that business I will provide reviews of available tools.

Here’s a big one.  Increase your rides by up to 30%!

Shortly after I signed up for Uber, I decided to give Lyft a try as well. My only concern was getting an Uber and Lyft call simultaneously. Naturally, one minute after running both apps together, I got a Lyft and Uber ping within two seconds of each other. I had to dump the Uber call. I don’t like doing this. (At the time it was a serious issue with the ride share companies. It seems to be less of an issue for them now, but I will tell you in a separate article why you still don’t want to be turning down rides.)

Anyhoo…in my research about ride share I came across an app that toggles automatically between the two major ride share companies along with a few other driver apps like Postmate Fleet. More are on the way and I have volunteered to be a part of a beta test to add them to the lineup.

The company is called Mystro(Free trial available here) Their app is a simple and effective tool. When a call comes in, Mystro notifies you. You have the option of having it come through on auto-accept, as I do, or you can manually accept the ride. Once accepted, other driver apps are automatically shut down. When you complete the ride, the others are brought back online automatically.

At the “encouragement” of others talking about aggressive ride share strategies, I have experimented twice in four months with turning offMystro and putting Uber andLyft on together. BAM! Both times I had to dump one ride request for another. I will not be doing that anymore.

Caution: There have been occasions when Mystro has not turned off one of the applications. Fortunately, that is rare and has not been when I was getting two at once. I even got a notification of the failure. I simply went to the app that was not in use and turned it off. In both cases Mystro turned it back on again when the ride in question ended.

There are other apps out there that claim to be what Mystro is, but they are not. On is called Upshift. This is a heavy app. One reviewer complained of his phone running hot while on Upshift. It has a lot of neat features that track deductions and miles, but it has a constant display that tends to be in the way of other apps and requires much more hands-on operation between rides. It also, as far as I know right now, does not automatically toggle opposing apps on and off like Mystro does.

Some drivers do like Upshift. It is handy. The app costs $2.99 You can get it here. This is an unpaid link.

To get the functions you NEED for tracking and driving with multiple apps at one time, I recommend you go with Mystro as your toggling device and Stride for ride share to track miles and expenses.  I will get into detail about Stride in my next post. For now, just know that it is a lightweight but robust app that runs quietly in the background. It will shock you with the money you’ll save on your taxes! The app is free.

Grab it NOW!

Get Stride HERE!

Car: Photo Credit: dharder9475 Flickr via Compfight cc

Dashboard:  Photo Credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester} Flickr via Compfight cc