Protecting Your Wood Fences

Whether or not your wood fence is new, it needs to be treated and sealed every two years. Wood fences that are not properly maintained will grey, warp, splinter, crack, lose their integrity, absorb moisture, and ultimately cost you $17 per linear foot to replace it on average–that’s $3,400 for a 6′ tall, 200′ fence, plus the cost of removal (probably around $700). There may be other cost factors, including cement, grading needs, cost of permits for the contractor, special fence styles or post-caps, the addition of gates, treatment, stain, finish, sealing, and underground considerations. Replacement could cost you more than $4,100–and you would still need to treat and protect your fence.

Why wait until your fence needs to be replaced when we can treat and seal the same 200′ fence for $1,600? Treatment keeps your wood from absorbing and retaining moisture. Sealing keeps it safe from the external elements, including outside moisture, ultra violet rays, heat, and so on. Treating preserves the rich color and brings out the natural grains. Sealing protects your fence from greying or discoloring. If you want external protection without treatment, we can come as low as $800 depending on the type of sealer–materials and labor included.

If you would like to learn how to maintain your own fence in the future, we will show you what we do at no additional charge. Don’t just spray on Thompson’s and think your wood surfaces are going to have all the protection they need to stay healthy and beautiful.

Our treatment not only helps keep moisture out of the wood, it brings out the grains, helps to protect it from termites, slows decomposition, enlivens dead and dry wood, slows greying, prevents discoloration, reduces warping and cracking, and makes wood surfaces easier to clean. We can make your wood smooth, remove grease or dirt stains, and restore natural color or stain.

If you receive a quote from another finisher, we will see if we can beat their price. We offer other services, like staining, grey-removal, sanding, stain-removal, and more. Click here to see our finishing services. We offer some renovation services, like board replacements if boards need to be replaced.

If you are not sure about whether or not your wood surfaces need to be treated and sealed at the moment, please schedule an inspection ($100, applied to your finishing project). When you choose us to regularly maintain your wood surfaces, we will schedule a free annual inspection to be sure your wood stays as healthy as possible.

We are available for subcontracting.

If you want a more beautiful and personalized home or business, we offer engraving (yes, even engraved monograms on gates), powder coating, countertops, and more.

*Always an extra 10% off for military, border, pastors, churches, EMS, fire, medical, police, and other public servants.

Whatever You Do, Do It Well

I’ve been working for several months now to build the products and services I offer, an application of my graphic design know-how. I had no idea it would lead to renovating bathrooms and making custom countertops in addition to CNC cutting, engraving, and routing.

Since 3C operates under Christoa Ministries, INC, a ministry purposed for providing free expository resources, 3C ultimately carries the same purpose and “profits” (3C is non-profit, meaning I don’t keep the profits above a fair commission for my work) support that non-profit work. So, I will begin releasing regular posts on this blog about the expository business. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a startup, or have any job doing things at all, this blog is for you. In addition to product and service updates, we will see the biblical place of work in an expository way.

I am thinking this morning about 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

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Paul is writing to the Corinthians believers about how to be a unified congregation–to put an end to the division, quarrels, and fights among the body of Christ. When he writes this instruction, then, we know that to do whatever we do to the glory of God actually brings peace among the church, and consequently on the earth. What exactly does it mean to do whatever we do to the glory of God? Is business or working a job involved? I think so. Paul is covering every base, here. Though he is particularly addressing the eating of meat sacrificed to idols and the consumption of alcoholic beverages, he includes “whatever you do.” His primary instruction in this pericope is for Christians to focus less on legalistic rules as if they can be righteous and instead seek the good of our neighbors. He applies this principle to everything we do. Do all things to the glory of God is, then, doing all things to seek the good of our neighbors.

That means presenting quality products and services.

That requires work and attention to detail in most areas of labor–including office jobs and the pulpit ministry. It is why I don’t want my pastor to wait until Saturday evening to prepare a sermon. I want critical expository work. It is why I don’t want anyone working for me to be lazy or slack off. That is why I pay by the job instead of by the hour. It is why I charge clients by the job and not by the hour.

This brings up another key point. Paul’s instruction is pitted against selfishness in “whatever” we do. It does not allow for selfish business transactions or policies. If my bottom line is my key concern, I am in contradiction to Scripture. I do not do whatever I do to get paid. I do whatever I do to the glory of God–which explicitly means, here, to seek the good of my neighbor.

Worldly businesses are set up to profit a person or group monetarily. Godly businesses are set up to serve others according to the gifts and talents God has given either providentially (by giving us training and experience) or specially (by making us naturally good at something). Both are ways the Holy Spirit gives gifts. Worldly businesses are built to make one person’s life better. Godly businesses are built to make the whole world a better place. In today’s world, we still have to make a monetary living, but it cannot be our motivation. Not only do we present quality goods and services, but we also have competitive pricing. Why? We are interested more in being fair than contributing to our bottom lines.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Jesus, Matthew 6:24 NASB

Now, look at the two verses following 1 Corinthians 10:31:

Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 10:32-33 NASB

It is almost as if the Christian life is about building treasure in heaven rather than on the earth (cf. Matthew 6:19-21). Perhaps you didn’t know that presenting quality work at fair prices meant building up treasure in heaven, or at least you might not have heard it applied that way. The objective of God-honoring business is so that they, Jews and Greeks (all people), may be saved. We find Godly business principles explicitly given in Scripture:

  1. Present quality goods and services.
  2. Offer competitive, fair pricing.
  3. Give no offense to Jews or Greeks.
  4. Please all men in all things.
  5. Don’t seek your own profit but the profit of the many.

We can say all sorts of things about punctuality and work ethic. Basically, we consider others to be more important than ourselves in all things. Bosses who profit and thrive while their employees get scraps are not godly men and women. Employees who satisfy their craving for laziness are not godly employees. Workaholism isn’t good for anyone–causing family members grief and stealing our rest so we cannot present our best work. What is this about offering no offense to Jews or Greeks? That is an all-inclusive statement. Jews idolatrized their religion and Greeks were heathens. Jews tried to fit the whole world into their religious box. Greeks worshipped false gods and tried to transcend their own natural sexuality. Yet, Paul instructs Christians to give no offense to them. Instead, we are to please all men doing whatever it is we do–in all things.

If we are eating meat sacrificed to idols, we do so without offending Jews or Greeks and pleasing all men. If we are drinking, we do so without offending Jews or Greeks and pleasing all men. Whatever it is that we do, the principle is explicitly the same. We are servants in the world to all people. Non-discrimination is a Christian policy, though many supposed Christians today think the opposite. There is a beauty to living a quiet, humble life simply serving others according to our gifts and talents that many will never know because they live on religious high horses, even while they conduct business.

So, bakers are free to bake cakes and build bridges. That doesn’t make sin okay. It does make us servants to sinners. I can put my heart and soul into crafting a countertop, cutting a custom metal sign, or engraving without worrying about the dispositions of those I am serving. We operate this way so that all people may be saved.

In a very real way, the person who labors in the world (rather than in the church) has much more influence in the lives of unchurched people than does any pastor or preacher. Our roles are of great value in the kingdom of heaven. We are the ones serving and building edifying relationships with those outside the church walls for the ultimate purpose of the salvation of the whole world.

I hope you have found some renewed purpose in serving others by reading this post. If I can be of any service to you, please let me know. We are co-laborers as Christ renews the world.


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New Product/Service-Countertops and More (Promotional Price Ends February 28, 2022)

Hey Cochise County and near areas.

I am rolling out a new service/product, and am looking for a few people who would like to be the first to take advantage of this new service in Cochise County. Anyone who purchases this service by the end of this month (February 28, 2022) will receive 30% off this new service (cannot be used with other coupons).

You know about our custom cut and engraving services and products. Providing these services along with my background in construction has prepared us to step into creating your custom home, business, or church. Yes, the profits still go to support youth and families local to Cochise County, AZ.

Our new services include the removal of old countertops, cabinets, shelving, and so on. We build custom wood cabinets, shelving, islands, and bars, and have our own technique for finishing/refinishing countertops. We may even be able to repair damaged countertops depending on the material. Add this service to our custom metal signs and decor and mobile engraving services, and you can have a fully custom, steel the west kind of home, business, or church. Yes, we are available as subcontractors.

Here are the first countertop samples I have made. Stay tuned or return to this post for more samples. We can mimic any pattern from quartz to marble to natural wood and engrave any imagery and text on it.

If you’ve been thinking about refinishing your countertops or getting a custom-built island or bar, contact us today–take 30% off by scheduling us before the end of the day on February 28, 2022.

We want to present you with quality, artistic work in a timely manner.


Andrew- 520-253-1021

Project Highlight: The Wikked 1911

This week, I got to engrave a Rock Island Armory 1911 for a friend in Willcox, AZ. His last name is Wikked, so I called the project the Wikked 1911.

I engraved 3 sides of the slide, sights, slide stop, and safety. Here are the project highlights.

After my client approved the design, I set the RIA 1911 on my workbench. The two most difficult things about engraving complex designs are (1) designing to specification so everything will be engraved in the proper place by the CNC router and (2) squaring the object to be engraved so that the design is cut in the object straight. It’s both an art and a science. It’s meticulous checking and rechecking before hitting that green button because, once an object is cut into, there is no taking it back.

The first side came out perfect. After two more sides, and some add-ons, this order would be complete.

I used masking tape to block the surfaces I did not want to be engraved and to prevent bleeding from the laser down the right and left sides of the slide. Made sure the slide was square. Made sure again, and then hit the green button.

Everything was going great until about halfway down the top of the slide. Come to find out, there was an issue with the coating on some RIA 1911 models, including the one I was working on. The laser released some built-up cosmoline (I think) in the factory coating and ruined the engraving by blurring it. No new cut can undo what happened. One advantage of light engraving is the opportunity to recoat, if you know-how, and recut the design. I was able to match the color, recoat, and complete the engraving on the top of the slide.

I prepped and engraved the slide-stop and safety with a pattern that matched the slide.

When my client saw his firearm, he decided he liked my coating better than the factory coating and asked for it all the way around. No problem. I recoated and reapplied the engravings. The overall project was a success. Be sure to ask me about custom, artistic engraving for your stuff–or just plain text if that’s what you want. Here are some things we can provide related to this project:

  • Artistic engraving designs for handguns and rifles
  • Firearm cleaning
  • Some refinishing work
  • Acrylic Enamel or Duracoat Coating
  • Mobile light engraving (for those who don’t want their firearms to leave the house)
  • Any-angle engraving to cut any side of your firearm
  • Custom design work for both those who want patterns I already have available and those who want to go extra with a one-of-a-kind scroll.
  • Deep engraved C/O numbers, initials, emblems, or even crypto wallet keys.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Here are some pictures of the finished product.

Or call/text Andrew: 520-253-1021

Merry Christmas all of my clients (gift enclosed)

2021 has been a tough year…

and in the midst of higher regulation, distribution holdups, higher prices on material, and a continuing “pandemic,” I started a small business right in the heart of Cochise County, AZ. I have a vision to steel the west, providing custom metal cuts and custom engraving on all types of material to the whole county.

From my first custom metal cut, made for my Aunt Amy, to my first sign hanging and big entry-way sign made for DreamCatcher Inn at Chiricauhua. My clients have made the difference for this business.

I wasn’t going to start a business. I started offering to make custom metal signs because I needed to support the ministry my team does in Willcox. As a result, all the profits from CCC go to support youth and families in need and providing a safe space for youth during the week. I have invested and built very quickly, going from only offering custom metal signs and decor to now also offering custom engraving on almost anything, including firearms. I even created my first hybrid sign, made using both cutting and engraving techniques.

I have expanded my clientele from Willcox to Tucson, Sierra Vista, Douglas, and AP.

In 2022, I’m hoping to begin servicing the ranches, farms, and vineyards in the area–offering not only cut products but services like live engraving, sign maintenance, and installation.

My commitment to my clients is quality service at a fair price.

Not only that, I want you to have the custom cut signs, decor, and more you love–one of a kind pieces you are proud to display and say, “I have a Cannon Cut.”

With your help, we can steel the west. Here’s what I mean. My philosophy of business is rooted in Scripture, particularly the messianic vision of the Prophets and their fulfillment in Christ. In Matthew’s Gospel, Christ taught that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that will overtake the world. In Revelation 21, He taught that the glory of the world would be brought into the kingdom of heaven. In essence, the earth we cultivate now will be the inheritance of kingdom people forever. I don’t believe God is destroying the earth. Instead, I believe He promised not to (cf. Genesis 8:21-22). I believe our labors on this earth are God’s renewing hands through which He is creating a forever inheritance for Christ and those who are in Christ. When I craft, and when we all cultivate the earth by whatever it is we do, we are cultivating the earth that the saints will live on forever with Christ, a vision that I even recently engraved on my own tactical rifle–a tool to be used for cultivation, not primarily a weapon used for destruction.

I pray all of my clients to receive work that glorifies God and edifies humanity, which is being redeemed through the blood of the Christ. I want to serve you well and fairly.

Because I want to continue to serve you, I want to offer all of our clients (those who have placed an order by the end of 2021) a $10 engraving credit and a 10% off coupon to be used on one product. You don’t have to do anything. Just let me know you want to use your credit or coupon when you make your next order. Thank you for making CCC a success.

Since I have received most of my business by word of mouth referrals, I simply ask you to share this story, share pictures of our products, tell others about our products and services, and please leave a review on my new Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CannonCraftCuts/

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the Wild West Fest next year. I’ll see you there.

Merry Christmas. May Christ who condescended to imperfect humanity bless you in every way. May His kingdom come and will be done on this earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

Use the contact form below to make your order, order gift cards, or ask about any of my services (including custom engraving on almost anything).

Steels This Christmas; Including Firearm Engraving

Christmas is 9 days away. This Christmas, we are doing three things. First, we are giving a $10 engraving credit to all of our clients. Second, we are offering gift cards at 10% discount for you to purchase for family and friends (that’s free money) before December 25. These gift cards can be used for:

  • Custom metal cuts
  • Custom engraved wood signs
  • Custom engraved firearms and knives
  • Purchasing our priducts
  • Using our services, including sign installation and maintenance.

Third, we are lowering the price of our KnifeLife 2021 model to $70. We hope to hear from you soon.

If you would like to order a gift card or have any questions about our products and services, please contact us:

Announcing Our New, Sharp Gifts

I want to take a moment and thank you for making Cannon Craft Cuts a success from the start. I am happy to announce our first Cannon Craft Cuts product: The KnifeLife 2021-Fixed.

We cut the blade from 11 gauge steel. We cut the hilt from basswood and black walnut. We custom engrave a one-of-a-kind design for each custom order. Better yet, we are dulling the price on all orders through Cyber-Monday 2021 and have partnered with Lazy-S-U Leatherworks to make open-faced leather sheaths available for each custom blade.

As always, our profits help support non-profit ministry through The Spring in Willcox and Christoa Ministries.

Click here to order one for yourself or as a gift for someone else today.