I actually felt like Santa, busy in anticipation of making sure all of the gifts were ready for Christmas, and thinking about the reaction of those who were getting horse jumps for the holiday made it all worth the busy time. But after the rush, I took some time off from building jumps, yeah, it was difficult, but I didn’t build any jumps for a week. Staying away from the garage and workshop was easy the first day ‘off’, but with each passing day, I found my thoughts turning to new things to try.
So now, I am ready to go full speed into building and painting of some very cool designs I have come up with, but it’s January and the weather here is frigid to say the least. When I woke up this morning, and looked at thermometer it was registering a balmy 0 degrees. Too cold to be out building jumps, even in the garage.
I am excited for when the thermometer climbs to even 40 degrees, because the warmer weather makes it much easier to function when running the power tools, and the paint dries a lot faster. I know it will eventually turn warm again, and I am counting down the days until that happens!
So since it has been too cold to do a lot of jump building, I decided to put together a book that I can share that shows you how to build your own jumps. It isn’t huge with a lot of fluff, but it does have a lot of basic information on how to build your own jumps.
Earlier in my blog I posted how to build your own jump standards, and that is from one of the chapters in the book. The only difference is I have put pictures through every step, explaining and showing each step of building the standards. It is fun, and doesn’t cost very much to build your own jump standards and this book shoes step by step how to make it happen.
I have a co-worker at my day job that asked me why would I want to show people how to make jumps instead of selling them? And my answer was this; I make jumps because I like doing it, and I know there are others who want to do the same. I couldn’t possibly make jumps cheap for everyone who wants them, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. But by making a book about making jumps, hopefully I can help someone else that couldn’t afford to even by my jumps. But knowing that I was still able to help someone, makes it all worth it. Plus the internet is packed full of instructions of do it yourself jump building, so it isn’t like I am giving away trade secrets. Jumps are jumps, and anyone can build them. I just put all of the information together in a book that makes it simple, with step-by-step instructions of how to do it better.
If you want to see what it is like, I published a digital edition on Smashwords for $4.95. You can look at it here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272100. It gives you the opportunity to ‘look’ at the book, and will give you an idea of what you will be getting. There are 12 chapters that go through the basics of building your own jumps. But sometimes, having the physical book is better. After all, you don’t want to take your kindle or nook into the garage when you’re building your jumps. You can get a physical book as well here, just go to the products page of our website, and you can purchase the book there.
So if you want to learn how to build your own jumps for super cheap, check out my book. I think you will be very happy you did! And for less than a fancy cup of coffee, you can be building your very own jumps!