Q. How long will it take to get my hourglass order?
A. Each hourglass is custom made as ordered. The average amount of production time for preparing a new order, before it will be ready to ship, is approximately 3 to 4 weeks. This production time is necessary as I do not stock finished product. In the event that you require earlier delivery, please contact me and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.
In addition to the needed production time when you select FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery for your hourglass order you should allow from 1 to 5 working days for delivery after your hourglass order ships.
FedEx Ground delivers Monday through Friday only. FedEx Home Delivery delivers Tuesday through Saturday only. If you need your hourglass delivered earlier, please let us know when you place your order. We will do everything possible to accommodate your needs. It may be necessary to upgrade to a FedEx Express Service. Additional charges will apply.
Q. What is FedEx Home Delivery?
A. FedEx Home Delivery service is dedicated to residential customers. All ground deliveries made to a residential address, including a business operated from a residence, are delivered by this service. FedEx Home Delivery cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.
Q. What is FedEx Ground?
A. FedEx Ground is for business-to-business, small-package delivery, with business-to-residential service available through FedEx Home Delivery.
To qualify for FedEx Ground service you must provide the name and telephone number of the business to which the deliver is to be made. If this information is not provided, we are required to use FedEx Home Delivery. The delivery address of a business must be located in a commercial or professional building to qualify for FedEx Ground service. FedEx Ground cannot deliver to P.O. boxes.
Q. Can you ship my hourglass order to foreign destinations outside the USA?
A. Yes. Insured shipping for your hourglass order is available to locations outside the United States using Global Express Mail Service from the USPS. During the check out process after selecting your hourglasses choose the Export Shipments via USPS Global Express Mail (EMS). Charges for packing, shipping and insurance for your hourglass order will be verified by email for your approval prior to shipping.
Q. Will unmounted glass stand upright by itself?
A. NO. The unmounted glass shown in the Hourglass Store is standing on a napkin ring (Not included) to support it for the purpose of photography only. All glass must be mounted in a case to minimize the possibility of breakage.
Q. Is Empty Unmounted Glass returnable?
A. No. There is no way to clean the inside of the glass once sand or another material has been put in the glass.
Q. How does an hourglass work?
A. The hourglass works by having sand or another material in one bulb passing through an opening into another which is below. Time is regulated in combination of the size of the opening and the size of the material.
Q. My friends are going to stay on the beach for their honeymoon. If I provide sand from their honeymoon beach can it be added to the glass?
A. Yes. Here are a few tips that may help. Put the dry sand in a dry water bottle. This should be enough to fill the glass for our most popular size which is the 9" high hourglass. Leave out all but the smallest shell pieces and stones.
Q. Can you make it run exactly one hour using my sand?
A. No. Sand comes in so many sizes and types that this is not a possibility. We will do our best to ensure that the sand will flow freely from one end to the other.
Q. Can you ship my hourglass order the same day that you receive it?
A. NO. All hourglass cases are handcrafted in my shop located in Mount Pleasant, WI. They are made one at a time. In most cases I ask that you allow a minimum 3 - 4 weeks after an order is received before it will be ready to ship.
Q. Color selection of natural hardwoods includes:
A. 1-Walnut, 2-Cherry, 3-Maple, 4-Padauk/Cherry, 7-Koa/Maple, 8-Walnut/Maple and 9-Maple/Walnut. (Color of all natural hardwoods will vary.
Q.Which woods can be laser engraved?
A.My entire selection with the exception of Cedar can be laser engraved. Cedar will not work because it is a softwood. All of the others are hardwood. The selection includes Walnut, Cherry, Maple and Padauk.