Oookworks

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by Munro277, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    http://oookworks.com/ Sad news a talented lad... Health problems and possibibly poor business planning...be nice if someone/firm put money and some good stitchers to work with him or make his products ..
  2. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    Hope he's ok..
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  3. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Sad indeed
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  4. jj1

    jj1 Summit Camper

    That is bad news.
    I have an Oooknest that he made and it’s excellent equipment.

    A dragons’ den type investor is needed- anybody?
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  5. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

    That´s sad.It looked like he was on a good way with his concept to build 6 new and 6 old orders per month.All the customers he´s complaining about now would have had a perspective when to get their orders (they had usually paid in advance,so that´s quite unfair of Sean).Since I don´t know very much about MYOG it´s hard to say if he was too overambitious and did calculate his pricing in a decent way. Right now his statement sounds like ihe´s into a major depression and I hope he will recover from it and will be happier without all the pressure.:(
  6. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    This is sad both for the individual, and those dissapointed customers.

    Maybe it also illustrates how poorly valued and paid, textile work in general, tends to be
    .
    So many cottagers struggle with the volumes of fabric you need to buy to make it economic, whist giving enough choice of materials.

    Sitting behind a sewing machine or bending over a cutting table all day long, in an isolated situation whilst barely scraping a living is going to tax the mental and physical health of the chirpiest person. - Sunny uplands - it isn't .. :frown:

    Maybe there needs to be a cooperatively run group of skilled stitchers in this country, who will execute the designs of others, in return for fair wages, so that this situation doesn't keep being replicated.

    It is really hard doing all the actual work, dealing with all the admin, and keeping up with new ideas when running a small outfit.

    But at the same time we still want smaller scaled innovators, and independent businesses yes?

    But maybe consider also, why very cheap imports are so very cheap???? . Unless there is a clearly stated, and traceable declaration of fair trade, on those goods, there will most likely have been someone just about scraping by, and not having a very nice time elsewhere, only they are far far away...
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  7. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    When I was a kid growing up in Cornwall I remember my grandmother was part of a group knitting lovely traditional Cornish ganseys, which ended up being sold in Harrods with a “handmade in Cornwall” label for the equivalent of hundreds of pounds in today’s money. I remember thinking it unfair that she got just a few quid a jumper for all the effort .. now if they had formed a union like everybody else did in the 70s ..
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  8. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    I hate to say it, but in truth it's not said often enough, but it's nearly always labour that is traditionally seen as 'women's work' that gets so very undervalued.

    But then if we make a fuss, or try to do anything about it there is a battery of put-downs, systemic inequities, and disincentives available, to shut us up.

    Laboring against all that, and then organising a trade union on top of it all, is quite hard work.

    Thank goodness for all you guys, encouraging, and supporting us as we
    attempt to address these inequalities :)
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