After many months of thinking on the decision, looking at different ways to do this, having as much input as could be offered, considering all of life’s alternatives, I have decided to give up, quit, stop scroll sawing as a hobby, part time activity, part time business or for the most part anything else. Yes, perhaps I will make one or two items per years that I personally choose to give away as presents BUT nothing more.
Many factors have gone into the decision – here are but a few.
1. When I go and purchase $10 of wood, spend another 20 to 30 hours preparing, sanding, gluing, cutting, staining, finishing and finally putting a price on the item of $30, I am told that is too high.
2. I have looked for different venues to sell my product all over the local area. First of all there don’t seem to be many craft resale stores and, second, if I do find one the monthly fee is far too high or sales are nothing worth considering.
3. I have offered my products through FaceBook (two different pages), my personal web site and in general they just do not sell. I have looked at ETSY as a selling venue but reports are, for the most part, “good luck”. Most of the similar items on that site sell as half or less than I would consider profitable. Not worth it to me.
So now here I sit with many dollars of new equipment in my garage that will sit and collect rust AND NO not one item is for sale or anything like that. The items I have I have worked hard to purchase out of the small profit I have made from this business.
It is a shame when we talk about “Made in America” and “Hand Made” the items are not valued as one would expect. I think that the general customer compares many of the craft type items to those that one would find at the local craft stores. I can tell you that, from personal experience, what you purchase at those stores, in terms of wooden products, are trash, junk and not worth the price you pay. However, I guess that is a personal value perception.
I entered this hobby kind of on a whelm. For the first year it was difficult and frustrating. However, like any profession I stuck with it. In the four years, or so, that I have been doing this craft I have won many awards and recognition. I enter every item I make on a woodworking web site (Lumberjocks.com) and they are reviewed by many woodworkers and professionals. I cannot tell you how many positive comments I have received and people who actively follow every post I make.
The remaining inventory I have WILL BE SOLD for about 10% of the original price. Trust me you will be shocked at the price but I just want it gone. So Personal Message me, E-Mail me or any way you know to contact me, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
So if you have followed me this far, I am done, I quit. One last thing, I will not discuss this outside of this post.
Thanks to all of you who have followed my activities, purchased an item from me or otherwise been involved in any way.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.