ScrollSaw Information and Resources #53: Closing Shop - BLOG ???

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 07-06-2013 09:32 PM 1303 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few days ago, I posted and BLOG and sent out a number of personal E-Mails about NO SALES – SHOULD I CLOSE SHOP. Well I got many replies and there were some said, “CLOSE”. However, and for the sake of good sanity a lot of fine family and friends said nice things about my work. I realize that at one time I said, “I fell in love with scroll work”, and I still do. Not sure if some sinus issues, lack of sales, HOT temperature in Texas or the crush of summer chores warped this old brain into saying such things.

After some time of reflection and decision, I will continue my scrolling but at perhaps a little slower pace. I went today and purchase one of the dust collection masks that are reported to keep out 99.8% of everything but air. Also, next week I will make another modification to my dust collection system.

I did send a letter to the largest craft show that I had registered for and asked to be taken off the list for this year and receive a refund. I still have two others that should have good traffic flow.

As far as other venues to sell in I continue to look at all areas. ETSY, craft stores, online web-site and all the rest. Have not found a solution that I am real excited about at this time, but I am looking.

Again, I would like to thank all who responded and gave the good advice. You will see more from me and perhaps soon.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 07-06-2013 10:10 PM

Sounds like a good solution.

Don’t forget that your health is paramount, so sus out the sinus problems and see if the source relates to inhaling wood dust.

Always wear a dust mask and you may want to consider getting your work area assessed by other knowledgable wood workers so you can get an independent impartial opinion of your work conditions.

In fact as as many of your friends that can to do a quick assessment for you the better.

Its then back to you to evaluate all the findings and then act on your decisions you want to adopt.

Do some more research on wood dust and be confident in yourself you are working under the best conditions for your health.
There are many articles regarding dust management about, dust reduction methods and the physics of the dust particle problem.

Once you have a confident level of knowledge regarding the management of dust you may find the following will
and satisfaction in work improves.

Otherwise step back from the work as other LJs suggested take a break and then reassess your position.

We need all the LJ’s we can get.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 09:53 AM

I know your feeling. Am only doing what I want now and found it to be a lot more relaxing. Give most of my projects away as gifts. Haven’t been in the shop for a couple of months as my A Fib is acting up and doesn’t allow me to do much but I sure miss my shop.
Don’t think I could handle the pressure of doing shows. Never did really enjoy that.
Hopefully, you can downsize and still have the enjoyment of scrolling.

-- Kepy

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 03:49 AM

Closing up shop does not sound to good to me. Never give up something you love so much because sales are down, put on a dust mask, open the windows, turn on the fan and continue on with your woodworking skills. It seems the worst thing woodworkers deal with are people looking for a deal and trying to beat you down.

My old friend at home is in his late 80’s I always ask him when he will quit woodworking and his reply is never. He does not do it for the money anymore but for himself, he is a true master craftsman, and woodworking is his passion, how I wish I had some of his knowledge. So chin up and persevere.

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 05:03 PM

Saw you on Huff’s blog?

I’ve not been through your previous blogging so I’m responding from the hip.

Sounds like you are having dust issues? Fans and dust masks are good additions, but a dedicated air filtration system is imperative. I choose Grizzly over Jet after looking at pricing and horror stories about Amazon shipping in original boxes. UPS around here dose not look out for the customer. Had a couple of problems with the grizzly but customer service is strong and we figured it out.

You requested returns on deposits? Did you check out the craft fairs against your own products?

I understand vision (planning), illusion ( fantasy), and delusion ( when reality does not meet fantasy?) LOL!

Take anxiety out of the picture, as Huff did. He had no expectations of sales and was not disappointed. I don’t remember if you were in sales as well? As I said I was going to…. make large furniture in studio tradition. But life stepped in. Finally have my shop together after my equipment depreciated. Decided to just “do it”

Life is still intervening and I am moving forward anyway. Tools are functional and I am gaining practice and precision as well as knowledge of them. I have a way to go in my journey.

It’s good to stop and check out reality. And make sure you can breath. LOL! Otherwise you won’t be doing anything.

Hope the new leg in the journey is interesting, exciting , and creative.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 08:22 PM

Glad you’ve made your decision, its bound to make life easier on you. Hope you can relax now and excited to see your next project.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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