Update as of September 7, 2021: I have RESUMED accepting custom orders, but on a provisional basis. If you’d like a custom build that is “regular,” i.e., 16 plait or less, no spiral plaiting, and 6ft long or less, then hit me up! Anything longer or more complex, I gotta wait: I’m still dealing with a bout of “trigger finger” in the ring finger of my right hand, so speed in the shop has dropped a bit, gotta compensate for that till I heal up a bit. Also, on the spec whips side of things, I’m not building ANY Teacup whips, since they require a lot of tiny motor movement which is particularly aggravating to my finger injury. In the meantime, go ahead and read below for details on how the custom order queue, or the “Interested Parties” list usually works:
I’ve invented what I call my “Interested Parties” list. On this list I take down your contact information and a description of the whip you’d like me to build for you. Then, when I’m ready to start your build, I contact you to find out if you’re still interested. No money changes hands, and in the meantime, you’re free to shop with other whip makers if you like. Once I’ve completed your build, THEN I will send you a PayPal invoice.
In other words, it doesn’t cost you anything to get on the Interested Parties list.
In my shop, I frequently combine smaller builds with larger more complicated builds–I work on them concurrently– because this helps me even out the work flow in the shop. The idea behind the “Interested Parties” list is to keep us both flexible. I need to be able to control my work flow, and naturally you need to control your cash flow, so not having a debt between us until I’m ready to ship seems to me the best way to go. What this translates to is that if you’re on my “Interested Parties” list, that doesn’t mean there’s a contract between us such that I’m going to build your whip by a specific date, it just means that I’ll check that list FIRST before I do my next build. The advantage to you is that you’re not out a bunch of cash at the outset, and you’re not “locked in” to your purchase with me–you can shop if you like, as I said above. Another advantage is that you can plan your finances over a period of time–many of my clients use their time in the queue to save up.
My queue turn around varies significantly, anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 months, and the reason is the type of builds I get varies enormously (also, things tend to swell up around holidays). If you tell me what sort of build you’re after, then at that time I can give you a better idea of how long it will take me.
Naturally if you have questions about this, send me an email at email@example.com. And if you’d like to place a custom order, why, then send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get your details sorted!
My email address, for your convenience: email@example.com
All the best,
Thea, aka Desert Minx
Mojave Outliers Whipmakers (MojO)