Its the start of a new year and there are several pieces of news that you might be interested in:
1. Upcoming Price Changes
2. New Gear Sets
There are two new gear sets. The Square Hoops gear set and the Paisley gear set. The major theme of each gear set is complete but I plan to give two weeks (Jan 21) after this announcement (Jan 7) for discussion of design details and finalization of the designs before beginning production and shipping.
The Square Hoops gear set
The Square Hoops gear set is a collection of non-circular gears nested in each other. Points for final design development include adding pen hole fans where there is space on the 4 inner non-circular gears. Detailing on the four 60 tooth gears. Open for ideas on what would be interesting things to do with these 60 gears. There is also space for other small details to be added to this gear set. What small details would interest you?
Often when designing a gear set I'll complete the main theme (big nested non-circular gears) and still have some space and cutting budget left on the design. There is where I'll try and add a complementary minor theme to the gear set. This time I'm hoping to solicit thoughts, suggestions, and requests to tap some options that might not have immediately occurred to me. My first thought for a minor theme is that there is some room in the corners of the frames for smallish gears to be cutout. I think that prime numbers are under represented in Wild Gears; they are not often present because they only make very dense designs. I think that very dense designs in non-circular rings look spectacular; they get all bendy and 3D looking in the corners. So this might be a good place for some small prime gears as a minor theme for the gear set.
The Paisley gear set
There is a piece in the Strange Shapes 2 gear set that was the inspiration for the Paisley gear set. It was used to great effect by u/inksphere on reddit to make some stunning designs. Examples #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7.
I'm sure that there are many unexplored ways to put this asymmetrical type of shape to great use.
Where to find and discuss these gear sets
The pre-order pages are posted here:
To discuss these gear sets you have several options. You can:
4. Customer reviews and testimonials
There is now a Reviews and Testimonials page for Wild Gears. If you would like to share your opinion/experience/feelings about Wild Gears please use the form on that page and it will be posted.
At some point this might update to a fancier review widget but for now it is low-tech and simple.
4. Expanded shipping options
Last fall I quietly added some lower cost shipping options for many destinations. The main one is "Small Packet International Air" or "International Air" depending of package weight. This is a less expensive option compared to a standard tracked packet shipment. There are two key differences though:
It is also possible to ship things to some destinations by boat for reduced shipping fees but the delivery window for that option is usually listed as 4-12 weeks and the above discussion about no tracking number applies here.
Thank-you so much for taking the time and interest to read this news. I hope to be more active this year, making new videos, and sharing techniques. If you have any questions you can always reach out to me directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year,