I Love My Job
I enjoy engraving rocks so much that it is awkward to actually call it my job. But it is that, too. I suppose that makes me one of the lucky ones, someone who enjoys work and doesn’t wake up dreading to put on a jacket and tie, fight the traffic, or sweat over my upcoming performance review. I added an above-ground basement to my home because I hate to commute, unless it is to search for rocks (which I love to do) or to go to the post office to send the finished products to my customers.
Until recently, I was able to handle all of the work by myself. But word of mouth and repeat customers has grown this business (without one bit of advertising) beyond my comfort zone. Soooo… drum roll please…
I am very pleased to announce that recently Jeff and Linda Greene have joined the team at Engraved-Rock.com. The couple, married for 30 years, has two sons which they proclaim as their greatest accomplishment. Together, Jeff and Linda bring a unique skill set that will help the business continue to grow and expand service offerings. Jeff has 25 + years of manufacturing experience and is eager to get his hands into the production side of the business. Linda’s background is in management information systems, customer service and community volunteer work. She can’t wait to assist customers with inquires, art work preparation and order entry. In their free time the couple enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and traveling.
When I asked them what drew their attention to the rock engraving business, they responded enthusiastically to the opportunity of creating highly personalized products that withstand the test of time. “Jointly crafting such meaningful and treasured engraved products with the customer is really exciting. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits we see to the business is in making keepsakes that are treasured for a lifetime and perhaps beyond.”
I couldn’t be happier to having them become a part of the journey. As to a bit of my history with Engraved-Rock and my work dungeon…
The Flood of ’09
My man-cave consists of a desk and computer, and a gas heater for those chilly days down in the dungeon. I have a large compressor with an air hose that runs up from the compressor, across the ceiling and down into the back of my sandblasting cabinet. Next to that is an exposure unit which exposes the film, and a utility sink and pressure washer to wash out the film before adhering it to the rock to be sandblasted. The only time I have come close to regretting my decision to add this basement was after a Spring thaw and heavy rain that flooded my Utopia. I had hoped that I was dreaming but stepping into three inches of cold water made me realize that I was indeed awake. After sucking out all the water, I had to dig through six inches of concrete and rebar to but in a 55-gallon drum and sump pump that will pump the water into the street before flooding my basement.. theoretically.
Whatever it Takes
Oh, and I have a couch, just in case I get tired and feel the need to take a short nap in the middle of the day. And a television set. But I do have to go upstairs to use the refrigerator, microwave or bathroom. So I am not totally self-sufficient down here. A pool table would be nice but then I wouldn’t have room for my tools and hundreds of rocks I store down here.
I am rather obsessive about my work, both the quality of the finished engraving and the time it takes to get the rock out. I have no set hours so I can work early in the morning or late at night or on weekends to get a job out on time. The bottom line is, I do whatever it takes to get out a quality product in a timely fashion!
The Ordering Process
Most people prefer to go through the rock ordering process online. I tried to make it as user-friendly as possible for that purpose. However, some people would rather call me for a little creative input. I am always happy to do that, too. I don’t have a secretary, unfortunately, so if you call and I don’t answer, you will get the message that states that I am probably making too much noise to hear the phone, which is true. The noise of the compressor and the sandblasting unit sometimes drowns out the phone. But I am quick to return calls and emails, another annoying obsession of mine.
Finally, I have to give kudos to another Bob, and his wife Jennifer, of GoodCreations.com. I built the original Engraved-Rock.com website and it was fine for about five years until I realized that it needed to be updated. Bob and Jennifer were able to keep the integrity of the old site while making it fresher, more efficient and more visually pleasing. If you are ever in need of a new or improved website, then they are the best in the business. They rock (that cliché never gets old)!
So there you have it. Jeff, Linda and I look forward to working with you on your engraved rock!