Is there really such a thing? I think I know many people who feel the way that I feel. Like me, they look at the world with different eyes than most people around them and they see beauty and creativity lurking around every corner. It is wonderful and a truly incredible way to view the world. The only problem is finding enough time to do everything. I often speak of that dilemma. Associating with other creative people only seems to intensify those feelings. Between my woodworking fr...
Yesterday was a rather odd day for me. I found myself finishing up one project and kind of picking around with the next. I was a bit tired and achy (which is NOT typical for me!) and I was wondering if I was coming down with something. I have been running pretty hard lately. My mind has been a bit overloaded with various ideas for different projects in different directions. I have found myself not sleeping very well because I was spending the night designing – my thoughts running wi...
In the past couple days, I have been speaking of many different ways to help your small businesses grow. Today I will post a short blog and talk about another avenue you can take – submitting projects to various publications and magazines. I often receive emails from people asking me how I became involved in being a contributing editor to Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I have been listed as a contributing editor for over fifteen years now (YIKES!) and I hope to continue to ...
First and foremost, as most of you would do, get back to work. The Sawmill survived the fire and I still have a few logs to saw. Luckily my entire stock of dry wood did not burn. I did lose about 75% however. So I have to get more cut and drying. In the couple days before the fire I had cut and stacked about 1500 board feet of wood. Those stacks were the first to burn. So this afternoon I got some cut and will stack in the attached garage. Right now I am just sawing beetle kill...
In keeping in line with the last few posts, I thought I would continue my thoughts on ways you can diversify your small businesses to boost your overall sales and appeal to many different audiences. Today I will talk a little about wholesaling. For me, wholesaling is when another larger company distributes and sells my products and patterns in exchange for receiving them at a reduced cost. There are several advantages to working with a company and wholesaling your patterns and products, a...
Woodworking for Everyone - My book is launching May 2014 in South Africa #2: Updates on the book launch and kind requests for feedback, suggestions and input for marketing
Hi fellow woodworkers, I mentioned earlier in the blog that I was working on a book which is now complete and due for launch in May 2014 in South Africa. I don’t know what the availability will be outside of South Africa and would love to chat to anyone with connections and ideas for other markets if that might be a possibility. So here are some images from the book which will give you a flavour of it. It is being published in English and another official language in South Africa ...
Yesterday I wrote about diversifying your small business and how important I felt it was that you have several related but different ways to earn income. I was pleased to hear from everyone how much people appreciated that idea. There are many different ways you can diversify into related fields and expand the scope of your business. I suppose the trick is to find a good balance between the different aspects and be able to work in several directions at once. Doing this often reminds me of a...
I am often asked how I found my success by people who are thinking of starting their own business. I find this a hard question to answer, because the term ‘success’ means different things to different people. For myself, doing something that I love to do every day is a degree of success. The fact that we are able to survive financially on that business and that we are comfortable with that level of income also adds to the mix. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t lik...
I had a fun, full and relaxing day of cutting yesterday. On Thursday, we updated our website and we have had a tremendous response from people who like out new items. Keith’s new patterns Napkin Holder Patterns have been selling very strong and my new little Tiny Dancer Ballerina Kits are dancing their way out the door quicker than I can say “Swan Lake!” I can’t tell you all how thrilled I am that they are so well-received! It is very encouraging for both Keith an...
The other day I posted a blog which showed the way I drilled vertically into thin stock. (#1227 Drilling a Vertical Hole Into Thin Stock) I heard many positive responses from people who thought the blog was helpful. However, it was brought to my attention that some may feel that there is a possibility of getting injured by having your fingers too close to the drill bit if it slipped. While this has never happened to me, I do see that it could be a possibility if someone were to push ver...
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