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Extremely Average #242: My First Commission

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 1456 days ago 768 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

Yesterday I was asked to build a tiny box. This is fortunate, because I only know how to do one thing…build tiny boxes. The request, from a reader, was to build a box similar to my first successful tiny walnut box. It is interesting to note that the entire conversation took place on Twitter. He asked me if I planned to build any more like the first one, because it was his favorite. I said I would build him one, and the deal was done.

I have been having trouble sleeping lately. I didn’t have much work to do today, and I woke up at 3 am. When I can’t sleep, I head to the shop. My first completed tiny box took 3 weeks. I finished the commission in one. It is, without question, my best box yet. More importantly, I got some ideas, while I was working on it, for another box.

http://su.pr/27EMrK

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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Gregn

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#1 posted 1456 days ago

It sounds as if it turned out to be a positive for you. Glad to hear you were pleased with the whole affair. I also enjoyed the story of Henry, to cool for school.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Ecocandle

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#2 posted 1456 days ago

Thanks Gregn. It was fun to make something for someone.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1749 days


#3 posted 1456 days ago

Hello Brian
I´m sorry to report this but there seems to be smoething wrong
6 lines under your picture in your blog there is a 1½inch board that just cover the text
and beside from the words “exstreamly average designed by SRS solutions” its blank
I´ll check up on the history in about 15 hours after a sleep ..lol
and see if you have solved it :-)

best thoughts
Dennis

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 1456 days ago

I have enjoyed your posts and investigated your website/tiny box blog over the past couple of posts. I am howling- your blog is so funny- and I see it as a fantastic marketing tool for your tiny boxes. I mean no disrespect here, but when I read the recent bog posts about the tiny box “Henry” being a form of Zen, and the box containing the soul of the tree etc. etc. and couple that with your naming your tiny boxes, and creating a little bio/personna for them, and having the tiny box be “adopted” as if it were a pet; honestly the whole thing is sort of like a new age- zen style PET ROCK. And we all know how successful the pet rock thing was. Also, I have just finished reading that book, “Eat, Pray, Love” which is about to become a major film (starring Julia Roberts).. and I am thinking that your idea of the tiny box people might be timed just about right… Maybe try and link your blog to the author of the Eat, Pray, Love book? I can’t remember her name… LOL… The book was a bit out of my normal taste in genre… but… your blog fits I think? Maybe include a little piece of parchment like a tiny scroll with some meditative chant or some positive thoughts and include it inside each tiny box? Round out the whole Zen, soul in the box theme? Also- I thought the tiny box Zen style would make a cool place to put an engagement ring? That would be a great blog entry for the tiny bride to be box? :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Ecocandle

1013 posts in 1700 days


#5 posted 1456 days ago

Rivergirl,

Several people have mentioned that I am doing a really good job of marketing my tiny boxes. When I started building them, I only had one goal…make a 45 degree cut accurately. I had planned on keeping all the boxes, but a few people said they would like to buy them. So I put up an Etsy store, and I will add more to it.

Now that I have had one sale, and one commission, I am thinking it might be fun to try to make some ‘tool’ money, through selling my creations.

Your ideas are great. In fact, I have an idea for a future project, which I think you will find to be VERY zen. I am going to start on it next week.

I don’t know how many woodworking things I can sell, and ultimately I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t sell too many. The important thing for me to remember is that the point is to get better and continue to learn woodworking.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 1456 days ago

Congrats !
The moral of this story is:
You don’t have to sell any—-and you do.
You are enjoying what you are building, learning along the way, having fun.
Keep going.
Rivergirl has said it very well, no need for me to repeat her words.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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canadianchips

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#7 posted 1456 days ago

AND.Now that you have sold something you can be part of the “Professional Woodworking Group” you are no longer a hobbyist !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Ecocandle

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#8 posted 1456 days ago

LOL…Canandianchips…I think it is best to start with ‘Semi-pro’...with the emphasis on Semi. I am still going to make sure that everything I am working on, teaches me a new skill. Today it is inlays.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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rivergirl

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#9 posted 1456 days ago

I am telling you that blog is hysterical.. and the better your skills get- the more boxes you will sell.. Go with the zen box.. and put that mystical mantra scroll note inside.. like a fortune cookie for your tiny boxes. I LOVE IT!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1455 days ago

Brian thank´s now I can read it :-)

congrat´s with your commission :—)

realy its a great way to promote your boxes if you on telling story´s about every single one :-)
and sendt a copy with them to the new owner ,i´m sure they will bee even more preciated
thank´s for the break Brian great as usual :-)

take care
Dennis

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