Are we always prepared for this season, this year I guess ,but not for heating the shop. If you don’t generate enough scrap wood to have a wood stove like me, but then look at the fire hazard with heating with wood. And then Kerosene is $ 4.29 a gal and then the smell, Propane is another alternative I have used, but I haven’t priced that this year yet, and then it’s the money that isn’t coming in as it has in the past, along with the work orders either, We just need t...
I will have 5 pieces showing at the 2011 WORKS in WOOD. The 11th Annual Exhibition opens on November 12th at New Hope Arts’ Robin Larsen Gallery ,2 Stockton Ave, New Hope, PA. This featured event on the roster of New Hope Arts important juried shows includes the work of thirty artists in the medium with objects ranging from furniture to vessels and sculpture. Two nationally recognized artists in the New Hope School’s longstanding tradition of woodwork, Mira Nakashima-...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #512: Being Productive and Helping a Friend
I finally got around to doing some drawing yesterday. It seems like it has been a long time since I have done that. Much too long as far as I am concerned. But things just need to be done and get in the way and I find that the time to draw and create seems to be something that doesn’t always come easy. As I look around this morning, there is a bit more clutter than I prefer to have around. To be honest, it is quite messy here and I need to take an hour and turn up the stereo and d...
Yesterday was the perfect day to take a short day trip. Although it was cool out, the sky was clear and the sun was warm and there were still places that had trees with remnants of autumn leaves remaining. It was probably one of the last remaining times we would get that way this year, as we woke up to a thick layer of frost which reminded us that winter’s snow is not far off. The gallery shop that Keith had his pens at had closed for the season, its last day being Monday, and the t...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
Today’s post will be a rather short one, as we are going to be off and running soon. We need to go to Bear River to pick up Keith’s remaining pens and see how sales went at the gallery there. They closed at the end of October, as they do every year and we are meeting with the owner to discuss how things went and make plans for next season. It will be an interesting trip. Since we didn’t really get the pens into the shops until August, we realize that much of the season...
Well, now we are into November. I know I am always saying this, but where the heck does the time go? The days are so full and yet they pass so quickly. Seeing October pass always makes me kind of sad. If I had to pick a favorite month of the year, that would probably be it. Not only because the beauty of the changing colors, but the relief from summer’s heat and the memories I have from Octobers past. It always makes me feel cozy and think of when the kids were young and when I w...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #507: Computer Gremlins - Just In Time for Halloween!
OK We are going to try this again. Yesterday was a bit of frustration and I am still do not quite understand what happened. I have written blogs in different sessions before – even closed things out completely on my computer and came back and what I had written was still there. I am reading just above the boxes here that ‘drafts are saved every 30 seconds’ and I believe that. But yesterday, for some reason that wasn’t the case. Maybe in the spirit of Halloween th...
My first video promoting my esty store. It promotes the step stools I make. Please subscribe to the channel, as any of you who sell know…... it’s been a tough season.
DEALING WITH OBJECTIONS Part One Before I get into dealing with objections, I received a very good comment from fellow LJ thedude50 that is a very good and important point in closing the sale. When you present your closing statement, many times there will be a uncomfortable silence period. It may feel like several minutes, but rest assured you are nervous and it really is only a few seconds. Sometimes the prospect is ...
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