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M-Commerce grows 50% annually!

Most small local businesses are still trying to figure out how their online presence works. However, the customers have already transitioned to a mobile platform to perform their purchases. While that online store might “work” on a mobile device, chances are it won’t work well. Which begs the question, since m-commerce grows 50% annually, are … Continue reading M-Commerce grows 50% annually!

“I Wanna Start A Mill!” & the 5-Day Challenge…

Are you up for a 5-Day Challenge? Maybe you’ve been following along over the last year and have had a growing interest in starting your own artisan fiber mill. There is easily space for another 125 startups just in the United States alone. How can we come alongside other pioneers in the fiber frontier and … Continue reading “I Wanna Start A Mill!” & the 5-Day Challenge…

AFMN Radio Broadcast – Max Mason – Craft Beer

So two weekends ago the AFMN launched a YouTube Channel be sure to subscribe. This broadcast will host a series of episodes in response to not being able to host a live summit in Lebanon, TN last weekend (due to the COVID-19). They are calling it the AFMN Radio Broadcast. In the first episode, they … Continue reading AFMN Radio Broadcast – Max Mason – Craft Beer

The Fiber Patriot Project: A Call to Help Establish Guidelines for Best Practices

Introduction to the project… For over three decades the artisan fiber mill industry has been maturing little by little. This continued effort has caused legitimate small scale “fiber forests” to reemerge on rural landscapes around the globe. This initial blog post is a call to fiber patriot pioneers to join in this timely project. We … Continue reading The Fiber Patriot Project: A Call to Help Establish Guidelines for Best Practices

Inspiration & Artistry in Troubled Times: The Haywain Triptych

I’ve been wanting to create a series of posts on the topic of artistry and inspiration – but in the current culture where would one find the inspiration for such an endeavor. We all have to face the reality that any craftsman (regardless of their level of mastery) can grind to an unproductive halt when … Continue reading Inspiration & Artistry in Troubled Times: The Haywain Triptych

The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Welcome to another long winding post about the realities of spinning yarn. It’s like skeining up 500 yard lace weight skeins. If I turn the winder up all the way hoping to shorten the time, this yarn is going to break, and cause nightmares for both of us. If I slow this all the way … Continue reading The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

Last week we began this three part series on the realities of spinning yarn. In that post we started off by defining terms: TPI, WPI, and YPP. By the end we had highlighted four realities that any mill is faced with when deciding what yarns they are going to make and how that relates to … Continue reading Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

The Realities of Spinning Yarn

When you’re in the business of fiber processing, there are four realities of spinning yarn that directly impact your bottom line. They will have influence over your workshop every day. These realities have a direct connection to the amount of production and therefore profit that you’re company will be able to realize. And most importantly, … Continue reading The Realities of Spinning Yarn

Black Swans & their Upside…

I recently listened to a podcast with Paul Spiegelman interviewing Jack Stack, that discussed Black Swans & their Upside. It was pitched with the caveat, “if you can last that long”. On wikipedia, Black swan theory is defined as a¬†metaphor¬†that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often … Continue reading Black Swans & their Upside…

The enduring bastion of good business

Hope. Peace. Love. Joy. These are what you will find at the core of good business. These are things that are handcrafted by the Lord in the hearts of those who have delighted themselves in Him! Psalm 37 stands firm as the enduring bastion of those on the front lines of good business. They are … Continue reading The enduring bastion of good business