Wow! What an amazing day! Our 2021 queue slots have been filled. This year’s first queue opening was a bit late in the year, but we managed to open up before summer was out. We will work with these orders (and take care of some work behind the scenes). So, for now, we can say that we cannot take on any new orders at this time.
We do realize there were many who did not get a slot and we apologize. Wild Gasmasks is done alongside our respective full-time jobs and so we just cant take on any more orders, lest we overwhelm ourselves. For now, please be patient about contacting us about new orders. We will not be providing quotes to people at this time. Thank you.
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.
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.
…See you guys in a week…
Is it December already?
Man, time really did just pass by and I do not even feel like any of us even blinked. And yet, here we are facing the end of 2014. When autumn arrived, it seems that all three of us became really busy with our respective families and friends. When November came, there was no shortage of birthday, Thanksgiving and anniversary celebrations for that month. So, things got a bit hectic around here, with us having just a few opportunities to get together after work and brainstorm/toss some ideas around.
Such brainstorming has also been related to hooded masks, which we closed orders for back in August. When winter falls, and the temperature drops (well…by Southern California standards anyway), its harder to achieve the finished quality of each latex coat/pouring. So, some of those moments of brainstorming and breaking out our supplies have been geared towards this popular option. We have been re-tooling our hood making process, identifying some better materials to use when creating and sizing them. This should eliminate some of the problems and other issues that made the process take that much more time for us to complete each hooded order.
Once the holiday season is over and our outdoor workshop is more suitable, we will be opening back up for the more complex orders. However, while you wait, hop on over to our Wild-and-Free listings to see some of our ready-to-ship products. For those in the US, there is still just a little more time to grab one of these and get it to its destination in time for Christmas morning.
Looks like our misfortunes with mold continue. As of November, we found another irreversible breakage that we had to deal with. In an equally unfortunate manner, our JG2 mold broke at the ears. The breakage is definitely significant and, given the specifics of where it broke, its non-salvageable at this point. So, with that, jackals have met the end of 2012 with tragedy.
I guess we cant say its fully end-game for these jackals. Before the breakage of the JG1 had even happened, we were considering (and in the process of finding time) reviving the masks with new versions of our molds. Now, its become a must and we have no jackals to offer in the meantime.
Please note that, we still need BUSTS. Read this post (if you havent already) and it may explain about what we are looking for specifically. First order of business is these new JG 1.5 and JG 3.0 molds, but we still need a solution that will enable us to take hooded orders again.
In the meantime, we have one object of “new-ness” in the lab — a set of double hoses which uses an angled entry points instead of the usual hoses that we carry. This setup is designed for any of our double-port masks (including all our non-muzzle-mount HG1s and HG2s). This set up is available for $80USD, and includes the pictured rubber cover for your wye hose.
Time continues to be fleeting and we shall be on holiday around 12/20/2012. We will still be taking and handling orders, but at a slower pace. So, for now, we work hard. Morale continues to be good….
…our sanity on the other hand….