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Blog entry by Jordan posted 09-18-2010 07:42 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch



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#1 posted 09-18-2010 08:01 AM

Jordan, I like your idea for the displays…makes alot of sense. I am starting the process of applying for several shows and have been studying booths and the various setup methods used by the artists and crafts people. Obviously, their booth style of display is determined by their items…but alot can be learned from everyone.

I look forward to your pictures of the shows. The idea of a half carved baseball glove makes alot of sense. It is your fault that they think it is different stuff on the wood…That is what you get for doing such fantastic carvings.

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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 08:06 AM

I went to the local craftsman’s guild show here in MS a couple of years back. I was impressed with maybe three or four people out of about fifty. I can’t tell you how many of the the people at that show were toting $15-$25 wooden spoons and $50-$200 cutting boards. It made me sick, because most looked like the gold made in China sticker residue was still on them.

Oh yeah, and wire-bending crafts, REALLY? I know people that do that for the phone and power companies.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 08:38 AM

Greg, you don’t know how happy I am that you are looking into shows. Your display will definitely be a difficult one. Make sure you make a bat for those who can’t read the DO NOT TOUCH signs.

Knucklenut, I only do about three shows per year because I rarely have that many carvings at once. I do a tool show where I don’t sell, just display, a high end Christmas show and perhaps and equestrian show – either the Stampede or jumping shows. I only show because it’s great first hand advertising and at Christmas, there are many rich oil and cattlemen here who have everything else, so why not a carving. Some buy for their board members too. More unique than a Rolex. I can name about thirty guys on LJ’s who would definitely have one of those guys buying their wood works for their wives or homes!

But I know now never to be mislead by a person’s looks. I had one old inebriated gal come up and loudly claim a pair of my more expensive moccasins. She would brush everyone’s hands away and stand by them telling everyone she was going to buy them. Every once in awhile she’d come back and say “How are my booties doing?” Of course she was getting drunker and drunker by the minute. The next day she came and said “Oh, by the way, do you take American Express?”
“Uh, no, I don’t” I replied.
“Oh shucks.” she said, I didn’t bring my check book. (Strike 1, I thought, she ain’t gonna buy nothin”!)
Later that day she came by again and said as she breathed her smoky boozy breath on me, “Do you think these booties would travel well on a Greyhound bus? I didn’t bring my car and I don’t want anything to happen to them.” (Strike 2, I thought – no money, no check book, no wheels, move along little lady.)
Well Strike 3 came when tear down arrived and no sign of our little lady….BUT wouldn’t ya know it, when I got home, there was an email with the subject “Did my booties make it home safely?” Inside, she asked the price, my address and she sent a check almost immediately – for $3500!!! When she received them, she wrote back to say that she was so happy, she went outside and howled at the moon!


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#4 posted 09-18-2010 11:36 AM

amazing what creative ideas come up with to resolve a problem!
I look forward to seeing a picture or two of your display set-up.

How frustrating that must be to think of all that time wasted with people thinking that you made wooden walls or something. Having items at various stages of completion is a very good idea. I know that I follow your blogs, watch your projects unfold and it is STILL hard to believe that the end result is wood and not leather.

And “do not touch” – you must be a bundle of nerves. Perhaps a “here -touch this one” would be a good idea. Some of us have to touch it to believe it :)

(great story about the don’t judge a book by its cover—and I loved the howl at the moon ending)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-18-2010 12:17 PM

I had a similar thing happen at a show… I had forgotten my mobile EFTPOS machine… told the woman to go to an ATM and she asked if the town where the show was being held had an ATM.. swear to GOD… anyway came back just after closing with cash…From the local ATM no less… LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 09-18-2010 12:45 PM

I too am looking forward to photos of your booth. I’ve set up at lots of trade shows, not for my gunstocks but for other companies I was involved with. Your carvings are way too realistic for the average person to believe that underneath the paint they are wood! I’m impressed every time I look at photos of them and I would attend a show just to see some of them up close.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 09-18-2010 02:12 PM

I can also understand how people would think that Jordan. When I first saw your moccasins pictures here, I thought “What the heck is that doing here?” and I thought maybe you made the beads themselves or something like that. Little did I know you DID make the beads along with the ‘leather’ moccasins! I remember reading in disbelief and then going to your site to be sure and thinking “Holy Moley! He DOES make that all out of wood!” It blew my mind. I am sure you hear that story all the time and it is a tribute to your talent and attention to detail. I also think the partially carved glove is a great idea to show people what you really do. It really brings home the idea that your items are made of wood. I can’t wait to see the pictures either! It will be a treat for all of us!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Don Butler

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#8 posted 09-18-2010 02:13 PM

The instrument has yet to be invented that can measure my indifference (to quote one Hawkeye Pierce) to setting up and doing shows. I hate the ignorance of attendees, the probability of damage to my belongings. the hardships one must endure to be an exhibitor (and they are many, as I’m sure you can attest), But I do attend a few to see what’s going on. I hate being forced to do without restroom breaks and missing meals while putting up with great physical fatigue. So I will never again be an exhibitor at a show of any sort.
However, I applaud your work and you SHOULD be working shows on the exhibition side.
Here’s an idea that you may find useful:
Instead of brackets to connect them, how about using loose pin hinges? To set up you just drop in the pins, Tear down? Just pull the pins out. It would also allow you to place the doors in different configuration at will. Be sure to number the panels so the hinges match as you installed. No matter how careful you are, a mismating will result in misalignment of the hinges.
I agree, having one piece with a card that invites touching might be helpful. Seeing you at work SHOULD be enough, but as previously stated, ignorant attendees, by far, outnumber the people who would recognize your work and your genius.
Carry on, my friend!
May you become as well recognized and as well rewarded as you richly deserve.

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#9 posted 09-18-2010 02:36 PM

Jordon: A great idea fr some walls for your booth. Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 09-18-2010 03:02 PM

super idea thanks …..

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 09-18-2010 05:27 PM

It sounds like you solved your display problem.

Now you have to figure out how to convince people they are carvings.

If you have a DVD player, maybe you could show a video of how your carvings are done.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 09-18-2010 05:28 PM

I hope things go well for you at the show. It is interesting to read about what you are doing. Here is an idea for communicating to people who walk by:

Maybe instead of saying what it IS, say what it is NOT – maybe something like:

NOT leather, NOT beads, NOT feathers – IT IS ALL WOOD

In fact if you carved this in a sign with a small example under each word, that might get the point across – but that is probably too much work…

It is an idea, I’ll let you decide if it is a good one or not ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-18-2010 06:03 PM

Don! I was thinking of using hinges but never thought of the pinned ones- Super super idea as I didn’t really want to set them at right angles always. Thanks!!!

I love the ideas you’d all given me, ya see, you may think I’m a know-it-all, but there are still many things you can help me with.


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#14 posted 09-18-2010 06:16 PM

I have had the same thing with my toys. they walk by and say ,oh they are just kits you put to gather. I pipe right up and say ,you show me where you can buy those kits and I will buy a 100 of each. that shuts them up. some will then come in the booth and thake a good look. they usualy say Oh I am soory I didint think you could make some thing like that form a few boards. some even come back and buy. Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#15 posted 09-18-2010 06:45 PM

Shows are funny around here. They won’t buy woodwork like mine. They will however pay very VERY good for cutting boards and distressed look bird houses. The last show I went to I seen a guy hand over a hundred dollar bill for a cutting board that (I swear) had a half inch round sticker on it that said in bold letters “made in taiwan”. I don’t know if he seen it, but that seemed funny to me since the booth had a huge sign that stated they sold hand made end grain cutting board. The end grain part was funny too since someone like me could plainly tell that they were not end grain. Hell, why bother with the trouble of making end grain boards if the customers don’t know any different, right?
The birdhouses were a bigger joke. There was a lady selling pre-fab birdhouses. You know the type, the one’s sold in hardware stores for kids to put together. True she painted them, but the kit I bought for my kids came with paint too. Then she nailed them to a four foot 4×4 and was selling them like hotcakes for $80. Oh, I know they were pre-fab one’s because if you looked at the paper that told about the “proper care of your new feathered neighbors” the back of the little pamplet had the website where you could order other kits. The one I looked at was advertising the pencil box kit that loos like a school bus.
Yet, anyone there (from what I seen) selling true handcrafted wood items couldn’t beat customers into their booths with a stick.
I had one guy there asking about my rocking motorcycles (40 hours work on average). He was just wondering in case he decided to build some how many I could “turn out in a day”.


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