Q: I'm considering a 3 month subscription as a gift for my father. Is there a way to select which boxes he'll receive to make sure it would be of interest since we can only do 3 months worth?Asked by Tammy G., November 2021
Normally, we do not reveal what the crate is going to be each month because we've had so many subscribers say, "I would never have chosen that crate for myself, but it ended up being my favorite!" That's part of the fun - getting to try a new hobby every month.
Email me directly at info(at)greatwaterspress(dot)com, though, because I may have thought of a workaround for you!
Melanie Young, Vice-President
Q: Hi! I was wondering if you ever cycle back and send out the boxes you've sent out in the past? I like a few of the things you sent out a lot and would be really bummed if we had missed recieving themAsked by Sarah H., October 2021
Yes! Some of our crates are so amazing that we would hate for new subscribers not to be able to experience them, so we bring back the most popular crates of the past for customers who haven't received them yet.
We love to hear from subscribers, too. Be sure to let us know what boxes you hope we'll bring back and any ideas you have for new crates. We've gotten some of our best ideas that way!
Q: What is this month’s box? I ordered for my hubby for Father’s Day and I’m just curious.Asked by Cassie W., June 2021
We don't reveal each month's box in advance because we've had so many subscribers tell us, "I would have never chosen this particular crate for myself, but it ended up being my favorite!" Our crates put a new twist on even familiar hobbies, and have a range of options from beginner to advanced, so nearly anyone will find something that they enjoy in every crate.
Q: I want to get a three month subscription as a Christmas gift; Can I get the first box sent to me and the rest sent to the recipient?Asked by Clara G., November 2019
Yes! You would put in your own address as the shipping address, then as soon as you receive the first shipment, go into your account and change the shipping address. We'll ship them wherever you say!
Certainly! Just put in your address at first, then change it once you receive the first crate. We're always glad to help, too! ~Melanie with Craftsman Crate
I've received only one box so far, and it was interesting. I recieved items and instructions for wood burning (pyrography), and I think I have a new passion!
I really love art and crafts and wanted to explore different art and crafts and this box is great for learning new, fun and creativity. I definitely recommend this subscription box. It comes with everything you need to craft projects it comes with and beyond.
The first box I received is the wood burning kit. It had all the tools I needed to start wood burning. Actual, full sized tool and tips I can use over and over again! Instructions, wooden coasters and a larger size piece of wood to burn and even a practice piece to get me started. I love that I can learn a new craft and skill every month. Love this box!
At first had a hiccup with package but after contacting company they were very helpful and made things right. I love the personal feel. The crates have really got me looking into different hobbies and I love it. I have been trying to pick up a Hobbie and this gives me a little sample so that I can pick one up that I enjoy. Great box, great idea, great company. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I bought a 6 month subscription, and none of the boxes were worth $32, even considering the convenience factor. One of the boxes I got was a paper mache kit, and the value of the items inside was probably around $10.
I had been very excited, because the images show things like wood carving tools, chainmaille making supplies, and basket weaving supplies, all of which would have been very worth it to me. In the questions section the seller even states that they plan to repeat previous boxes, so I thought I would get something cool like that. But all the kits I received were for things that don't take any special tools, and are more like kid craft kits, where you're paying for the convenience of having everything together. This is not how this box is talked about, so I feel ripped off.
Then when my subscription was up I received an email that it had automatically renewed. I never authorized or expected that. This is not okay. If you want your customers to buy another subscription, you need to ask them to do it, not automatically charge their card.
I'm sorry you weren't happy with the product, Chronically. Obviously every project won't appeal to everyone; some of the boxes you received are very popular with our subscribers, but at six months, at least you gave it a fair trial. As far as the automatic renewal, that's a function of Cratejoy; I have told them that customers need to be able to turn that feature on or off themselves but at present, you can't - Cratejoy notifies you three days before renewal, and then, we are glad to cancel and refund anything unshipped when the customer requests.
Hal Young / Craftsman Crate
Doing is the best way to learn
As someone who has crafted and built things for years, I was hopeful this subscription would have things I had not previously tried or even new ways to tackle things I had tried. It has definitely exceeded my expectations. The technique instructions are easy enough to understand, and the projects themselves also leave room for personal creativity within the technique, which makes it even more fun. Only a few of the projects have been things I have tried before, and they even offered new methods to try, which resulted in a better finished project than my previous attempts, so it is safe to say I am enjoying this subscription!
My first box was a huge disappointment. they sent out a wood burning kit it's the same one you get when you're in Middle School, creativity and quality looks like something you would put out for a 12-year-old. Definitely not looking forward to the next box if there's going to be one at all...
The woodburning kit is one of our most popular and we've had lots of orders for that kit individually. We're wondering whether you received the full set of patterns which were included - the songbird designs, the geometric patterns for borders, the winter cabin, and all. We have heard from other users these are quite challenging, and we know one user won first prize in a state fair art competition with the "dancing tree" design in the kit. Still, we know every craft is not an immediate hit with every person - Craftsman Crate is meant to be an introduction to a wide range of skills, and we're sorry you were disappointed!
I contacted Craftsman Crate after ordering to let them know of a special situation with my husband who the crate was for. They contacted me with a couple questions to make sure we all were on the same page. They sent out the perfect crate and quickly! My husband absolutely enjoyed doing this project and has enough left to do a second and maybe a third batch as well. Highly recommend!! Thank you Craftsman Crate!
I am over the moon!!! I just got my first Craftsman box. It was everything I hoped for and more. This was clearly curated by an artisan who wants to share his/her craft. I am delighted and already looking forward to my next box! My daughter was so impressed that she is now going to start ordering this crate as well. Thank you so much!
The Punched Tin Crate teaches an artisanal skill practiced for hundreds of years. Contents: Instructions and Patterns Tin Punches – to make the actual marks. Mallet – to drive the punches into the tin.. Tape – to adhere the pattern to the surface. Wood Block – to place under the tin to keep it flat. Practice Tin – to experiment on. Tin Plates – to create decorative punched tin panels for display. Wallet Tins – to make projects that you can use everyday.
This crate teaches the timeless art of basketry. We have thoroughly enjoyed developing this kit. We didn't know ordinary people could do things like this! Our basketry kit contains everything you need to prepare the reed, dye it, weave the baskets, and dye the entire basket. Everything is included! Five types of reed Reed Gauge Reed Clippers Tape Measure Pencil Packing and Tucking Tool Spring Clamps, 2 Two Colors of Dye and Setting Salt Makes two identical baskets.
The Soapstone Carving Crate teaches you how to carve real stone masterpieces of your own! The Soapstone Carving Crate Contains: Instructions and Patterns Pencil Large File Finishing File Set Sandpaper Wax Finish Polishing Cloth Soapstone – One roughed out piece to get you started and one block for whatever you can imagine! NOTE: You can make one eagle or other bird plus one another animal (or another of your own design) from this kit!
The Candlemaking Crate will help you learn the ancient art of chandlery and become a candlemaker. This crate includes: Soy Wax Candle Dye Candle Scents – Wintry, foresty scents both men & women will enjoy Candle Tins Tools & Supplies - Mix cup, wicks, wick stickers, warning labels, & more
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