Wow. What pleasant and kind words you all have. I can answer many of your questions. Seeing as how a clock restored to a specific theme seems to upset many of you, I have ended the auction your so concerned about and felt it is time to enter your conversation to clear up your questions before everyone goes on another feeding frenzy as to why the auction ended. I am not going to go round and round on this message board so I will just state the items on my mind and leave so that all readers of the post can get both sides viewpoints. First let me state that not one person complaining sent me a polite email to get the answers you all have. I take that back. Rarin' to Go did. While it was very rude email, and while I disagree with his opinion, I kindly & quickly addressed his concern listing based on his request, but after giving it further thought I felt if he was confused, then others might also be so after giving some it some further thought I ended the auction tonight to rewrite the entire listing to be crystal clear. For what its worth, had anyone of you sent a polite email I would have been quick to answer any question or concern you had. I have nothing to hide am an honest person and honest seller. I too am a collector of this cool old stuff for many years and have been burned with a ***** photos. Unlike many other sellers, I provide as many close up pics as I can along with a detailed list of things I identify on each restoration for a buyer to make a well informed decision on my listings & offer a no questions asked refund. I don’t see or hear anyone attacking anyone for putting a alternate brand logo on a Tokihiem pump or wrong colored and paint job on a Bennet pump. Do you get just as upset when you see a coke logo on a gum ball machine? Or a non embossed coke machine done up as orange crush? Does that make them fake or phony too? If an item looks cool and is affordable, some of us simply don’t care. Simply put, items are restored to a different themes everyday in shops all over the country. If you look around your own collections I can guarantee each and every one of you have either created or bought a item or two, and had it redone to something it was not from the factory, because you liked the item but not a fan of a the color, or brand, or the item simply didn’t exist or you could no longer get. Many years ago I found myself in the same position as many collectors and started redoing things to my personal taste for my own collection. As time progressed friends seen my work and asked to do a custom piece or two for them. After also getting burned with ***** restorations, ***** china made reproductions, ***** vyinl decals and ***** fuzzy graphics that looks like someone did on their home dot matrix printer. I did my homework, researched the equipment and figured out how to achieve a high quality restoration. So to answer your questions about the artwork. The hardest part and most time consuming part of many restorations is creating the artwork. I have the artwork redone for every restoration. Recreating it as vectorized artwork allows you to achieve a very crisp graphic. (If anyone is having a restoration done make sure you ask them to do it in that fashion for the best results) Depending on your budget you can pay a graphics artist for a “good enough job” or for “perfection”. Again it all boils down to your budget vs Quality. Once the graphic is created I use the same process commonly used on items in the past. So it is then converted into a custom made lithographic transfer process.
While I only do this as a hobby, I will put my restorations up against any restorer or TV show in the country. To prove it I’d be glad to put my restoration where my mouth is. Not everyone likes their stuff all shinny and clean the clock that was listed was intentionally left with all the rust dirt and grime and peeling paint for the person that enjoys that look and makes it more affordable to average joe to finish the restoration themselves to save a few bucks or leave it as is for an affordable display piece. However, I would be game to do full restoration on a clock sometime next month. When I am done I would be glad to meet up or have Tancar or anyone else that is from the Twin Cities come inspect it when I am done. If he or anyone else can stand there and tell me it's not a quality restoration I speak of I will leave the scene and you all can resume your bashing. On the flip side, If that person can stand there and tell me it is very well done, it would be nice to hear someone make a correction to the previous posts bashing my listing.
I did not have to enter this wolves den to answer any questions, but I chose to because I have nothing to hide, take pride in my work, and don't feel it's fair for someone who has never met me, never seen my work in person, or never spoken with me to go into a public chat room and degrade them and there work. I am an honest person with honest answers to any of your questions that no one would take the time to ask. I would hope a few readers of this post can appreciate me coming forward to answer your questions that you could have gotten answered in a private setting. I am not in this to cause heart ache for Rarin to go or anyone else. If I decide do decide to create additional items in the future I will make my listings even more clear based on your comments. For yourselfs, it may be a much nicer approach to start with a polite email to the seller before lighting them up in a public forum or send rude messages at least on the first time around. I was not, and am not out to rip anyone off. I only intended to provide a chance for someone to own a unique, quality made, one of a kind item at a reasonable price for the average Joe collector. Not everyone has an unlimited budget to go against the high end collector like your self’s. eNuf said….