Already tried that, they know theyre offering at a competitive price and have suggested no problem if we don't want them, they can put them up in the shop. Guessing they do a lot of business with 20-30 Cambridge rowing clubs within half a mile.
I did present a worst case scenario, id still expect to haggle 4 down to £450 or less? On top of that ive got postage to send them out and that could be £10 a shield?
That did cross my mind and I almost considered trying to do something myself, I mean how hard can it be?
That said I don't have the tools and ito do a good job you've got to know what you're doing. As you may guess its not a just a case of cutting around a template with a jigsaw, its the edge chamfering the edges, polishing etc.
As I said on another thread they went ahead and had the shields made when they were supposed to be just getting a quote from their carpenter. We're not obliged to pay though.
From what ive seen the wood is good quality (looks like mahogany). Just a piece of timber isn't cheap, even if you know what you're doing its a few hours work? Then there's the time (including mounting 100 plaques), work proofing and extra hastle and extra cost of postage to whoever is doing it.
Ive no doubt someone could do all 4 for £100-£150 cost? Its now cost vs time & convenience. Im also conscious ive (the shops) had the shields for 2 months, just unfortunate the shop I chose is a one man band who has been unwell.
I have been quoted for larger shields which will have two rings of plaques around the edge, this includes our existing 10 plaques and other paraphernalia transferred and an additional ring of 15 plaques. I believe this was the preferred option, and have discounted simply bolting our existing shields to the new ones due to weight (flying with, posting back and forth etc)
Only two of the shields definitely need replacing this year, the other two have a few more years in them yet, maybe 2-4? That said it would be nice to get them all done together so they match.
The final estimate is lower than I expected and I feel the best we’ll get for the size we’re looking. Estimates from Timpson were higher than this and another shop I enquired at was comparable. The 4 shields that have been handcrafted for us (though we’re not committed to go ahead) are good quality.
If we’re price sensitive there are other options; we could just mount new plaques on the back of existing shields which was a previous suggestion. Alternatively we would go for lower quality/mid-size shields adding more space for plaques.
Option 1: 4 new shields (existing plaques and paraphernalia remounted) - £480
Option 2: 2 new shields (existing plaques and paraphernalia remounted) - £240
Option 3: other options to save money, potentially still going to cost £75-£100 per shield
Ultimately the cost needs to be recouped from the group and therefore we need a consensus opinion.
It looks like a lot of money at first glance however with ultimately 400+ PSOF members this amount shouldn’t be hard to raise?
I’ll allow 14 days for opinions to be gathered and proceed accordingly. Whip round request likely to follow.
Well that's me deleted from the KKs FB group. Gotta love the hypocrisy of someone who spends 5 years abusing people on the forum who despite a livetime ban keeps coming back and abusing.
For those in the group that didn't get chance to read it, this is what I said:
"Was the chat started last night deleted to protect the group or you KK?
Why were you on the forum taking the piss out of Seren and demeaning ultra runners yesterday? Why do you keep returning to RW under different aliases and abusing people? Is this the ‘normal’ you wanted to return to on Friday.
I don’t normally post on this group and I can understand people don't want the challenges brought here, but offline doesn't work. Quite rightly people don’t want discord spread around but its discord you are bring on the ‘RW Forumites’ group. People want harmony on the forum the same as you want here, you shouldn’t be abusing people.
We should make a stand against abuse, not seek to brush it under the carpet, pretend it isn’t happening or wish it away. If any of you were on the receiving end im sure youd like others to make a stand with you.
They’ve been with a local trophy shop for 6 weeks and were supposedly getting a quote, what has happened is they’ve gone ahead with the work to have a ‘craftsman’ make larger shields using our existing as a template.
They still cant give me a price (will do next week I think), but its sounding like a lot, just the craftsman work is £70 a shield. As a comparable Timpson already quoted me £120 per shield.
They have confirmed its their mistake and we’re not obliged to go ahead.
Intention is to pay the money from the pirate kitty if what’s in their stands the cost.