A smaller set of commission slots but…wow, that was close! 2020’s opening was a success, including finding homes for our ready-made jackals. Request volumes were lower than previous openings, but we did manage to fill our slots within short order. Our new commissioners come from different time zones, so we are happy to know that opening our queue across multiple time zones is a good choice.
As always, we realize there were many who did not get a slot. We will be finishing up the fit on our hooded masks (from our last opening in 2019), and getting to work on these new (standard) mask orders. For now, please be patient about contacting us about new orders. We still have our contact form open for general communication, but we will not be providing quotes to people at this time. Thank you.
As always, when January comes its time prep for two things that we can always expect — a convention and taxes. First, its time to head off to Further Confusion. I tend to be the one at the controls for the weekend, so there is no better time to write some sort of update here. (I mean really… do you want to keep looking at last year’s convention post?)
Typically, we are home for the Holidays and aren’t involved in many plans. Still, we decided not to open the queue again after we officially cleared our list in early December. (For those of you who probably feel the pang of more wait, we do apologize but we also appreciate your patience in us being so careful not to take on too much.) Stego had some… ideas and also wanted to work on improving effort on some stuff we used to do here at the jackal lab. Our creation area/den had a steady stack of things were were touching back upon.
Low-res render of what’s to come for Further Confusion 2019
In the end, it will make for a bit of a change for this weekend. Although Stego and meddle wont be going up to the Bay completely rubber-less, there is nothing that is going to be entered into Further Confusion’s art show. We just didn’t have anything to put in this time. However, they will be in attendance of a panel on Saturday. Also, starting Friday night, keep your eyes out for one of Stego’s ideas that is gonna be out on the loose Friday night! o.O
Once Stego and shop pony return from the convention, we will work towards the other less-fun part that comes with managing our part time business. While that is going on, we will begin to take on new orders, but we will try and open up ASAP. Sadly, it just doesn’t work for our demand to open one slot at a time, so we want to make sure we can open up for at least three, if not the usual 9 we opened up for around springtime of last year.
Looking forward to a productive year and maybe even a few more unexpected squeaky-based scenarios…
With a hectic 2017 in the distant past, its time to look towards the next year. No shortage of fun events related to gear, masks or costuming in general. For Stego, it has been quite a while since he has attended a convention, since 2017 did compel us to slow down and deal with any of the unpleasant challenges.
Stego will enjoy meeting with fellow scalies and fuzzies hanging out at Further Confusion 2018. Despite all the orders we are finishing up, he managed to finish a jackal just in time for the art show. It will come with some extra hookups for this year’s art show, which might appeal to those who like to add on gear. Our mask offering is located in the FC 2018 Art Show, Table A4
Scaleworx Resin and Rubber sergal mask. With the quintessential wedge shape, those around you will be met with the blue mirrored gaze. Each side port fits 40MM NATO threaded accessories.
Our JG 1.5 wont be alone on the table, as our table area will also offer some designs from Scaleworx. Taku Dragon has been working hard in the lab, perfecting his craft and has come up with some items special for the art show. Squeaky sergals and rabbits can rejoice, knowing that there is a gasmask design just for them.
While enjoying ‘labcon’ on a weekend of my own, I am going to be working on more gallery updates. Been slowly working on some cleanup with the website galleries. Hope you have enjoyed what has been shared thus far, but we may tweet more in real time as the art show continues.
Once our dino has returned we will be working through the rest of the month on end-of-year stuff alongside finishing up our current orders. Wild Gasmasks will soon be changing gears and no shortage on things to begin this year with.
Sadly, taxes took a bit longer this year and we were having a hard time fitting mask work into our schedules. We have transitioned out of that in the last week or so. Progression will still be a bit slow now that our ledger has essentially been taken back to zero. We are restocking our supply and accessory shelves, and getting back into a rhythm.
We do admit that this site has been neglected, so it is nice to have an update here. In fact, we can now tell you about some trials (experiments) which we have been keeping quiet about until now…..
For those of you who went to Further Confusion, you may have seen this character walking around in the evening. Taku Dragon, a Bay Area costume creator, was one of our first guinea pigs….err dragon, for what is now known as our DG1 and DG2 masks. Over the holidays, while we prepared for convention and taxes, Stego put this mask together. Although Taku makes his own rubber costumes and fursuits, the DG2 mask seen in this photo became a welcome alternative head/mask for his character.
While we are still working on handling our waiting lists (backlog), we have started a list for people interested in our new(ish) fantasy creature. DG1 and DG2 masks are based off of the molds that we create our HG1 and HG2 masks from. So, this does mean that people ordering a dragon will be queued in line with any horse orders that are in the queue at that same time.
We are still only taking on as many orders as we can reasonably do with our team’s current work (employment) schedule and around our Spring Season. Id say we are about 65% through our backlog from 2015 so we are getting close to a time when we can start working with new orders. With these site revisions, this is your chance to review the product of your choice, and maybe bring out your inner dragon.
Back from Further Confusion and now reality sets in — tax season.
While not a full time business, Wildgasmasks still operates as a legitimate business. Part of running such a company means the time has come for Uncle Sam and the state of California to collect taxes. So, for the next 2 weeks there will be no progress on orders, while we ensure we meet deadline and are compliant with all state and federal tax policies. Stego has been working long hours at his job but, when he gets home, he wont get to jackal. He will have to focus on taxes.
This might be unfortunate for all of you guys who are in our backlog or have been trying to get on our queue for this winter season. It is my hope you can wait just a bit longer…While you wait out the Tax Blackout, here is a gloved and leatherclad jackal…
Stego departed from the mountain yesterday afternoon, ready for some furry fun. First trip of the new year, and the boys have worked hard enough to enjoy some fun for the convention weekend. Stego arrived last night but rose early this morning (early for a convention anyway) and has gotten our items placed on the convention floor. So, if you are looking to pick up something nice and squeaky, here is our inventory of items for this year’s art show…
Special Item : Wild Mask A feline that allows you to breathe (and drink) easy. Wildgasmask products are usually designed around enclosure of some kind, but we never run out of alternative suggestions that might veer us away from the status quo. We created a hybrid of something that encases but that is less restrictive than our typical hoods. The hood was used to our advantage to keep the chin covered up from those who may be standing nearby. The area of exposed skin is minimal, leaving an opening just large enough to accommodate a straw and give the wearer a clearer breathing passage. You can consider this a ‘wild mask’ (vs a ‘wild gasmask’). The internal components were not added to this mask, but upon purchase, this mask will come with a set of our standard smoke lenses.
Stego will be around the convention til Sunday. If you own one of our masks and have any light repair needs, we can help you. Please contact us through our Twitter account or through Stego’s public account – @stego_s_aurus_p. we have brought a compact collection of tools with us. This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.
We look forward to seeing some of you again this year….
The holiday months are always a slower time for us, as we spend time with family and our schedules change. With the slower workload in winter months, we often find it perfectly aligned with making changes for the next year. Things were slightly different this time, but we still find ourselves working on some projects that have us revisiting some ideas.
We also have Further Confusion coming up. With our progress, we have a couple (if not a few) pieces for sale at Further Confusion’s Art Show. Expect us to post (or tweet) more detail as time draws closer.
Speaking of custom paint designs, there is a slight change towards how we deal with masks that have a custom paint design. After a few bumps in the road regarding custom painted orders this year, we realize the commitment that such a task entails. As such, custom paint designs will require a non-refundable deposit.
With this new year, people often think of significant change. To Kat, there is no better time like the present to improve on yourself and create something new or forge a new path from your passions. There are things all of us here in the lab can think of which we would like to bring forth but we always take these things one day at a time. Instead, we are lead to appreciate all the experiences that our masks have become a part of. With the last site updates of 2015 complete, check out the last year of Wildgasmask fun (Go to our full customer gallery to see more.)
As usual, the craziness is building in November with birthdays and other things. We know many of you are impatient and some have contacted us month after month trying to get on the queue. Some of our slowdown was from meddle having to take time from the jackal lab and from full-time jobs leaving us with fewer hours each day. However, around this time, we do take time out for the holidays. This year, we will be doing something different… by taking a trip to New York City
It will be a week of no computers and visiting with family and friends .We might be able to check mail while there. In case we cannot, know that we might be delayed a week on responses.
No doubt that we will be missing the jackal lab something fierce by the time we get back. The queue is looking quite empty for now, with us filling it back up once we can take the last of our backlog. I think we might finish that just as the New Year begins.
Stego here, with a small update on what has been going on around here. Work has demanded a bit more hours out of me, and I have been (slowly) fighting a bit of a cold. I took some family time for my brother’s birthday but now the weekend has come and its time to get back on it. Processing of orders should go a bit faster now, including this weekend where I have shut myself up in the lab and wont come out until we can move items from MANUFACTURING into ASSEMBLY status.
For now, have some more available inventory….
Angled Hose Assembly – Our assembly combines two black angled hoses with one of our black wyes. An army green canister is also included. These assemblies are designed for our masks which feature 2 ports on the side (horses and jackals).
We dont always have these in stock but when we do, we want to let you guys know that we have them. In this case, we have just one set, so please contact us if you are interested. (update: 10/5/2015: sorry, this item is no longer available)
Wild N Free Inventory – Of course, we still have some masks available for immediate shipment. An HG2 and KG1 is available, alongside our experimental “Wild Gasmask”. This creation has been getting inquiries as this does feature a hood built into its modified shell and offers something different as far as encasement and airflow. We think this will become like the slipper that Cinderella wore, as it will be about finding the right fit (as well as aesthetic).
We hope you guys can continue being patient with us, while we continue to work towards bringing back some more sought-after creations.