As far back as I can remember, I've been a collector of things. Stamps, coins, keys, comics, rocks, knives, watches, skulls, etc. The more unique the better. With the advent of social media, I've had the opportunity to post many of my acquired "things" on Instagram (@jwirth66) and Facebook, and I have been pleased to discover that other people like my "things" too. In fact, people keep telling me that I have an eye for discovering very cool, unique items and presenting them in pleasing ways through my photos.
So, with the encouragement of several close friends, I decided to create an online storefront where I can make available some of the things I find in my online and offline travels. Since I live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, I named my online store Golden Gate Goods.
In 2015, my youngest son taught me how to use some 3D modeling software, and we bought a 3D printer and a 3D milling machine. I began playing around with some skull designs and milled them in brass. These "prototypes" lead to the creation of some popular "Carpe Diem" themed items that I was having 3D printed in metals, and selling on my website. Finally, late in 2017, I decided to do a Kickstarter for three of my Carpe Diem themed pieces, and I was overwhelmed by the interest and the success of my Kickstarter. The campaign ended in January, 2018 with over 850 backers from 36 different countries. Based on that success, I have re-named my online store Carpe Diem EDC, where I will be selling the Kickstarter pieces, as well as new designs I have been thinking about.
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