First day at work of the New Year and we discover that some scum had broken into the shop and made off with over $9000 worth of tools and leather.
Among the missing items are antique stamps and punches along with over $3000 in my personal stamping tools, many of which were custom made by Bob Beard. The stamping tools all had some white tape on them. There were also Barry King, Gomph, Chuck Smith, Baron and Tandy tools in the rack. There were over 70 stamps in all. Hopefully, insurance won’t give us a problem in replacing them but it will take months to replace the Bob Beard tools and I doubt I’ll ever be able to replace the antique ones. I have had to call back customers and tell them that I won’t be able to do the job they want because the stamps are gone.
Keep on the lookout for a collection of 18 Bob Beard Stamps. Two of the ones stolen were designed by me and they will be easy to identify.
The other tools stolen are CS Osborne, Weaver, and custom punches. These tools may have some red paint on them somewhere.
I can’t begin to describe how depressed I’ve been this week.