Well, it has been about 9 months since I have posted ANYTHING. What with our move to the Farm (our first home buy), things have been very busy. We have updated the website to reflect new pieces, and restocked items like Henry II and others. We continued to have sales in abundance, though often enough from our Facebook presence. And many of our special or commission orders coming from folks that have dwelt with us in the past. We try hard to make good on things for everyone that asks or orders from us. Occasionally we make a mistake, but we extend every effort to make your dreams come true. Two of those most recent endeavors led to us going over the timeline required, so we had to rush things out with expedited shipping. This is not a inexpensive thing to do. FedEx is not kind in that regard, but they do help in a pinch to get it there. Which we did. I am always willing to absorb the costs associated with an error on my part. If anything I hope it demonstrates the lengths we are will to go to to make amends. As always our general motto is if we can’t fix it we will refund it! Living in the country now affords me time to decompress from the work load easier. And adds considerably to our freedom of mind to be more artistically creative. As we have said before we have a line-up of projects we are creating. But we are always willing to consider something new. Don’t see what you want, just ask. Though we occasionally get behind, and sometimes have to deal with our sole helper getting under the weather and missing a few days, we always seem to manage to get the job done. We don’t like to disappoint anyone. You can always send us an email and ask questions, we will reply promptly, and sort out anything that is wrong.
In other news we have enlisted a long time friend and artist to help us create some new items, more on that new team member later. One of our goals is to finally offer the much discussed Viking folding scales. I think we are getting very close now to getting this produced. We are also looking at some Migration era medallions, and some smaller jewelry items. As well as some personal items like keys, and cloak pins. These are a request from the Irish School of Archaeology. Sales for these items should start in a few months once we have delivered what they require. Finally, we will be introducing more coins types as we get to them. In the line up are French, Scottish, Byzantine, and English “gold coins”, as well as some additional Dark Age coins like the piece for Offa King of Mercia, which was added this morning. And some general Medieval pieces like the Prague Groschen, and a renewed issue of the Venetian Ducat. There is much to do yet and the year is still young. Best to you all.
For some time now our website has been in need of an update. Sadly, I have been remiss in doing so. Though the overall reasons have been important. We managed in May to purchase our first home. This move is giving me the opportunity to expand my work areas, and production possibilities.
There have been delays and errors in shipping due to the move, and we certainly got a little behind in our work. Most of these things have been amended or fixed to our customers satisfaction. For which I am very pleased. The only real downside is I have new responsibilities on the land we now own, and that really is not a detrimental thing.
The fires and smoke have been discouraging and fearful at times. So far we have escaped injury. And hope our new home and workshop remain safe.
In other news we have added many new works of art to our collection of items we offer. I am in the middle of adding them this week. We are far out of date in adding our new creations, so please have a fresh look see over the next 2 weeks.
Our helper will no longer be available for the full coverage of hours that we needed. So for now I am back to this being a one man show again. We ask your patience with any special orders you may require.
We find ourselves drifting towards Fall. One of my favorite times of the year. After a long Summer, I seem to wake up and get even more creative. So look for some new items from now until December.
Thank you for checking in on us at Alpha Officium. We will try and add a little more in our postings more often.
Looks like we have solved the Flat Rate shipping to Canada. This is mostly for small items. We will still have to update the shipping for larger orders (over four lbs.). So if you make an order and get a follow up letter asking for a little more postage-it is what it is for now. Tricky things getting websites to function correctly.
We finished our audit of the Catalog and realized something shocking…there are 27 of our coins that are not on the website!!! It is going to take a few days but we will have those up and on the site asap. Who knew that everyone was missing out on 27 types of things we sell. A little discouraging, but it will now be fixed.
In other news, the first Silver Bullion Trade coin is now available. It is a Penny of Burgred King of Mercia. Please check it out.
Additionally, we are carrying the “Plague” coin. In Pewter Alloy, and in Fine silver. A memento of the times in which we live.
Finally, the updates and improvements on the website continue, and will for some time. The few write-ups (descriptions) on many of our products are obvious. The historical notes need to be finished, so we are on the job. Look for the improvements and come back often to see how things are coming along.
Thanks for visiting.
Welcome to July 2020. Over half way thru the year!
We have been a little neglectful in keeping our website up to date and adding all of our new pieces of art. But we are about to fix that.
It has been a very difficult time for friends and family since our world has changed. Here at home we initially locked down on March 13th, as I have at risk family. But that has not stopped us from continuing to work in the shop. The odd thing is, business has hardly seen any drop in orders throughout the pandemic. I have nothing but praise and respect for my customers, they have helped keep Alpha Officium going. It seems folks still have their dreams of getting back to normal and making plans for when that day comes. So we have endeavored to create the little treasures that they want.
Over the next few days we will be updating the website. There are a number of things we will be adding. Both new specials and new coins. We will also be carrying some items made by other artists in a co-operative fashion. So, a number of cool things are coming down the pipe.
Alpha Officium is evolving. We have been in business now for 8 years, so it looks like we are over the hump. Just need to add more options to our catalog as we always planned. And add items that have been asked of us to produce. Sometimes it takes a while for that to happen, as we are short handed now, and often we are working alone these days.
We will endeavor now to get back into the habit of keeping all of you informed as to the latest news, and sneak peeks at what is in store for later this year.
Hope everyone is having a great Summer despite difficulties. Be safe out there!
Wanted to send the very best to everyone for the holidays. We have stayed close to home this Winter, and had plenty of food and good cheer with family. Plans for the coming year is in order. We have a few outstanding orders, And some dies sets due out. Not to mention the November Dividends on Subscriptions…running late as usual. That said, we are pleased to get them out by the 15th of December.
Sales have been steady, and we have had a good year. We have improved on shipping, but have fallen way behind on posting new types and posting to our blog…time to make a new year’s resolution to amend those items.
We intend a slow down of work for a few days off. Beginning December 20th, and running to the 1st of Jan. This will NOT be a suspension of work, more of taking it a little easier than we have. Working some rest in where we can. Orders made online will be processed, but we will watch it in the commissions, and strive to finish any outstanding for the year before the first of the New Year. We want to go into the new year as clean a slate as we can.
Thank all of you for your business thru the year, and the wonderful feedback we have received. We look forward to a new and prosperous year for everyone.