New Website Poppa T Products Celebrates Grand Opening through November with 10% to 50% discounts on Diamond Jewelry

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Poppa Tom's Woodcraft of Grapeland Texas has a new direction for their business. Beginning 20 years ago as a small cottage business providing hand carved Wooden Fishing lures, folk figurines, ship models, Ships-in- Bottles, hand carved walking sticks and canes Poppa T, who is in actuality Thomas DuBourg, has moved his business into the twenty first century with a website. Hand crafted items will still be offered but new products including Diamond Jewelry at discount prices, Wide screen plasma TVs by Sony, Sharp Microwaves,GPS units both hand held and automotive and Mr. Coffee coffee and Espresso makers have been added to the inventory.

Thomas DuBourg, who has been carving wood since the age of eight, and also crafting ship models and ships-in-bottles, for family, friends and a myriad of customers over the years, has brought his business into the twenty first century by establishing a website, The website will continue to offer all of the hand carved items including the Wooden Lures by Poppa T, Folk figurines, Santas, Whimsical Birds, Canes and Walking sticks and of course the ships-in-bottles and Larger ship models. Tom's wife Leona is a jeweler making beautifully crafted necklaces and earrings using antique silver, beads and amulets that are hundreds to thousands of years old and will also be providing items to the site. More beautifully crafted gold and diamond jewelry will be featured in the Grand Opening Sale. All at discounts from 10% to 50% off the MSRP.

When asked about the origin of the name of his business, Poppa T Products, Tom replied, "The name Poppa Tom or Poppa T was given to me by my grandchildren and because I love them more than life itself, I used that name for the web business. Eventually they will be part of my business and hopefully inherit it when I pass on."

Poppa T, as he likes to be called, has a widely diverse background ranging from teaching art to teaching boat building and building boats himself to also having a career as a licensed nurse. Tom had also, "gone down to the sea in ships" by working on large square rigged sailing ships as ships cook and deck hand when he was a young man. Tom, having retired from nursing because of health problems, has now turned his hand to building a web business and also selling his carvings on an eBay site: poppatomswoodcraft.

Tom explained, "I cannot do the heavier physical work any longer so this eBay and website business was a natural for me. It was a rude awakening though, because I was a computer neophyte and was also 'Technologically challenged' in an age when technology has taken over." He went on to say that, "I have had to learn a new language and a whole new set of skills, but the computer is just another tool and by treating it as a tool it became less threatening and I became more comfortable working with it."

Poppa T's hope is that the Diamond Jewelry, Kitchen Appliances, Pewter Beltbuckles and Widescreen televisions, all at discount prices, will begin to provide a good living for him and his wife now that he is retired. He stated, "Trying to live on a retirement check is almost impossible in this society and world as it is today. There were times, before I had insurance, when we had to choose between buying food or medication."

Poppa Tom went on to state, "I don't recommend e-commerce to everyone, but if you have some skills and are physically unable to do regular work, and really need to continue to make a 'real' living after you retire, this is a great way to make a go of it! It is not easy but it is really worth the effort. I have more than one site but this one is newly published and I am hoping this Grand Opening Sale will help get things off the ground."

To see what is for sale and to take advantage of the 10% to 50% discounts on many of the items go to: and enjoy this online shopping extravaganza.


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