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Blog entry by Jeffery Mullen posted 1107 days ago 2848 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not enough guys make wooden utensils for families to buy. I took my wooden coffee coaster sets to the senior center to sell on commission in their store. They requested for me to make wooden utensils for people to buy for their kitchens and they believe the wooden utensils would be a fast seller in their store so I am designing a set for them to sell in their store. I won’t charge a arm and a leg for them as I want my set to be affordable to families.
My thoughts are if you put a little effort into the community and give them a good deal and not be greedy and jack up the price, They will buy more of my stuff and I will profit better in the end. Thanks all Jeff M.



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RussInMichigan

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#1 posted 1107 days ago

Good philosophy. Looking forward to the series.

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rivergirl

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#2 posted 1107 days ago

Can’t wait to see the pics!

-- 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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saddletramp

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#3 posted 1107 days ago

Good for you, us seniors need all the help we can get. LOL

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 1107 days ago

I think you will do very good with these wooden untesils and accessories. I have seen a couple of people at craft shows swlling wooden spoons and it seems their sales were very good.
Haven’t seen a wooden skillet yet, however.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 1107 days ago

Also, on etsy a guy I bought a few pieces from does nice rustic carved utensils. I think his seller name is riverwoodtrading or something like that? Here’s his link. :)

http://www.etsy.com/listing/71078931/cherry-spoon-utensil-set-with-walnut?ref=tre-4d96acc3c9418eefcb86f140-6

-- 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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Jeffery Mullen

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#6 posted 1104 days ago

Hay river girl I checked out that link with the rustic utensils and they are nice. I will be making mine out of pine wood to keep the cost down.

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 1104 days ago

Well, I like hardwood utensils because the pine ones always snap in half so easily. I am willing to pay more for hardwood, and I think most other women (I say women because generally the women are the one’s cooking all the time..) are willing to pay a more for a better product that lasts longer. Otherwise I might as well just go to walmart and buy the set for $1-2. I am not exaggerating- Walmart sells a set of wooden pine utensils for 2.oo. I know because I bought it to use in a photo display I put together a few months ago. So I would suggerst hardwood for hand carved utensils. :)

-- 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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Jeffery Mullen

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#8 posted 1102 days ago

Well said river girl ! I do have some hard wood like tiger eye, blood wood, purple heart. I am not sure what to charge for one wooden spoon as that wood is like over 100.00 for a 6 foot board on line. I did make my wife a blood wood spoon with my own design and I will take a picture of it and let you see it . What is realy selling right now if you are looking to market somthing is coffee coaster sets of peoples favorit sprots team of that logo . I cut and I use that logo they want and put my pattern on a thin cork that comes from a roll and cut it out with my scroll saw and make a template for the board and trace it and rout out the board where the cork will fit in and then cut the board shape with my scroll saw and then glue the cork shape logo to the board and you have one happy customer. I will be able to quit my job soon and make coffee coasters full time soon. Thats my goal. I came up with this all on my own . Later Jeff M.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#9 posted 1102 days ago

Rivergirl, this is Jeff’s wife, and I just wanted to let you know that Jeff does most of the cooking in our house as he is a certified chef. Also, he has done some utensils out of balsa wood and pine wood that I have had for years. I put them through everything, including the dishwasher. Maybe it is the way they are made, and the quality of the wood. Jeff is very picky in his selections of wood pieces. We have gone to the wood place, and he will go through 4 or 5 racks sometimes before he picks out the ones he wants. That being said, I do like the new hardwood ones he has made me also.

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rivergirl

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#10 posted 1101 days ago

Hello Jeff’s wife! :) I wish I had someone to build me some nice wooden utensils! I think basic cherry and oak would work nicely and it’s not over the top price wise like purple heart etc. I was just saying that I think it’s best to not produce stuff that Walmart sells. Noone can compete with walmart- nor do we want to really. :) Make a nicer product, charge a bit more for the quality woods and I think they will sell. Like I said, I buy stuff from the guy on etsy sometimes. I like his stuff. :)

Jeff- I need to buy some rolled cork. Do you have a cheaper source for the cork? I need it to make cork boards in picture frames. I can’t wait to see a pic of your coasters. If you don’t want to post them you can send me an email at riverhouserustics@yahoo.com

-- 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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Jeffery Mullen

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#11 posted 1101 days ago

I am heavy on the orders with my coffee coasters right now from people Making lots of $$$ River Girl. I will see what I can do to make a set of cherry and or oak wood untensils when I get some free time to. If you go to my home page and click on my projects you can see some of my work that I have done with my coffee coasters. People give me new challanges all the time by making differnt sports logos out of my cork and cedar bards. Jo-Anne’s is where I get my rolled cork. a roll cost 15.00 and I bring in a 50 % off coupon and get it for 7.00 . I got my wife to get on for a half an hour last night to see what I do on this sight and she was amazed of all the neat wood projects people do. I was excited she got on for a bit and spent time with me. I will be putting my picture of a work waggon out of wood that I made a few years back watch for it Rivergirl. Later Jeff M.

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 1101 days ago

I checked out your coasters! They are really cool. I see in the pic you use a scroll saw. I have never done the scroll saw thing yet. Scrollgirl keeps telling me to get busy and try it- I should have done that over the winter. I bought a used scrollsaw in a load of tools and pickup full of boards for $100 bucks (Craigslist.) I don’t even know how to check and see if the damn scrollsaw even works? LOL I need to do that I guess.

Good idea for the joanne coupon for the rolled cork. (I need to go online now and hunt for a coupon.) I am wondering if you hand cut the cork (exacto knife) for the Viking? It does look nice and that is alot of time consuming detail work.

Do you sell on etsy.com? I think your coasters would go pretty well on there they are unique, can be customized and the shipping cost is low. It takes a while to build up a store and create a following there, but I bet you would do well on etsy. Very low fees too. Not like feebay/ebay.

-- 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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Jeffery Mullen

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#13 posted 1100 days ago

I cut the cork out with my scroll saw. I put clear moving tape on the cork then I spray the pattern on the back side with that glue spray from a can. then I stick my pattern to the tape on the cork then I cut out my pattern with my scroll saw which gives it such a nice smooth cut on the fastest speed. It is very dangerous work as I don’t use the leg that holds the cork down while I cut. I just hold it down my my fingers and I do have a push stick when I need to hold it down with out cutting my finger up. I pull the patten and tape off carefully and that is how I get such nice looking coasters . I am getting lots of sales by posting my pictures on face book with all the friends my wife and I have on it. believe me word spreads fast on face book if I make something people are looking for. Joni my wife will got on later and tell you how to get Jo-Ann’s coupons. Later River Girl.

Jeff M.

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