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Blog entry by longgone posted 11-05-2012 02:04 AM 3135 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All I can say is if you are considering doing some shows then go for it. A great learning experience..I find the juried higher end shows are the best…even though they are more expensive they attract a better crowd of people who are less likely to be weak in the wallet.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 02:09 AM

Very great to hear it went well. It’s exhausting doing these.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 02:18 AM

Glad you are enjoying yourself. It suppose it’s a good kind of tired. Keep enjoying yourself. With any luck your entire stock will sell out.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 02:42 AM

Glad to hear you did well, these shows are a lot of work so its always good to that the vendors do well. Good luck at your next stop.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 04:50 AM

Like your shelving. Kudos!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 07:32 AM

Good to see the market has picked up… should follow here in Australia in a few years….LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 07:54 AM

It looks very nice. It remembers me from my beginnings, 15 years ago. I kept building boxes, but big ones. They call it furnitures :D People love boxes and it’s great you enjoy it.

-- Alejandro Moreno alias xylosapiens, CANARY ISLANDS

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 10:38 AM

Nice booth, glad it went well and weather held up for you Greg, I’m about to do my very first vendor booth on the 17th of this month. I’m finding the expense, just getting items for the booth it’s self has already run me up around $600.00 looks like I just might break even if that as it’s only a one day event.

I have a lady coming to my home address something during the week to purchase 3 of my Yin-Yang boxes, I gave her a $30 discount since she’s buying 3 at a time, I’ll make $150 so that will help.

I’m also in hopes of selling to other vendors and customers my portable shelving units only after more study on item placement along with height and viewing your shelving units the bottom two shelves will be out of play, to low to the ground.

I’ll be starting off with two 30” x 6’ and one 24” x 5’ folding tables, black cloth draped across covering the legs, PVC leg extensions for lifting the tables higher and two folding shelving units one displaying items the other folding priced to sell.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 11:51 AM

Congrats on the show, your work is outstanding and I am certain that everyone that saw your pieces were in awe of how you make your boxes.

Thanks for showing us these photos

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 12:36 PM

Glad you had a good show. I too like your shelving setup. Looks simple and effective

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 02:38 PM

It’ always good to hear that a fellow LJ dod well at a show/sell! I’m sure you’ll continue to do well, Greg.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 05:17 PM

Might be fun to see you guys in your respective booths at these shows. Would add to your story? Best of luck to you Greg…and Randy.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 11-06-2012 02:31 AM

Greg, of course the shelving verticals are scalloped! Even in our area the market for boxes is seldom crowded at juried art shows. Attractive booth. I liked that your shelves were on eye level. Your work deserves great sales. Did you get any nibbles on your non-box art? Talking to other artists is a great source of fun and ideas. Journey on! Keep boxing, selling, and posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 11-06-2012 11:40 PM

I am Finally back at the workshop and getting ready for next weeks show. Thanks everyone for all the positive encouragement and thoughts.
Monte…I agree…it is a fun type of exhaustion that I enjoy thoroughly.

Mark the Fiddler…My wife and I definitely enjoy these shows. We take a few extra days so we can do some sightseeing and that makes it even more enjoyable.

Turn….I always hope everyone at these shows will also do well…A good show equates into continued quality for future shows.

DocSAvage45…thanks…! It seems like my display is a continual work in progress. I still see ways I need to improve it after each show and I am already brainstorming another design that will hopefully have more levels of shelving with less visible supports.

Degoose…It is difficult to figure what determines a good show anywhere in the world. So far i have been fortunate to have quality shows to participate in…but is is most certainly hit and miss.

xylosapiens…for me it was just the opposite…I was not building too many boxes years ago but instead I was restoring old wood yachts and sailboats…then at a later time building furniture…and now sculpting boxes and whatever I enjoy since it is more for pleasure/passion than for paying bills.

Blackie…You have a good idea with the display and portable shelving units for vendors. I see so many people at the shows that I feel would be glad to have a better display for their work. Most focus on their art and are constantly looking for a better display method that is portable and sturdy….myself definitely included.

SedcoKid…The compliment from many at the show definitely keep me excited when I get back in the shop.

Roger….thanks…I am trying to improve my display design and am looking to come up with something with less of the display supports showing and a design that would allow shorter shelves at varying levels so that it will not be just 4 straight shelves across.

LittlePaw…thanks…! so far so good…and I hope it continues. I talk to other artists at the shows and just about everyone says it has ups and downs with sales and weather. Since this is only the second year i am doing shows I have not as of yet hit the downs…and the weather has held out pretty good with a little rain at worst.

Boxguy…I do not know why the box market is less crowded at the shows but I am not complaining. The painters, photographers, jewelers and ceramics always seem to have a large number of participants. I agree that the shelves need to be at just below eye level as much as possible…anything too high and the top cannot be seen…too low and too much bending over. The non box art did OK. Sold 2 wall hangers and a sculpted Leopardwood mirror.

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robert triplett

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#14 posted 11-07-2012 06:28 AM

Greg, good news on your shows. I see some improvement over the last year. I will see how the local shows go. My day job interferes with your type of schedule. I have shelving that is similar to yours. I somehow backed over one folding support in 100 degree weather. Have to remake them. The sculpted look is nice. I have heavy corduroy fabric on my shelves to minimize scuffing of the shelf and the boxes or boards. It is a nice green color that shows off most woods well. I also like all of the room you have. i have a 10’ x 10’ and it can be crowded when I have a cutting board rack and two shelf units. I wish you continued good sales and travels. your work is beautiful.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 02:31 PM

Robert….Sorry to hear about your folding shelf being driven over. I am on my fourth display so far and am in the design stages of #5. I will start it after my December show when things calm down a bit.. Your use of corduroy is a good idea.

My shelves are really scuffed from being transported and have thought about wrapping my next shelves in some sort of outdoor carpet os some similar material people use such as what I have seen on the wall panels many use to hang paintings…something that can handle the abuse they get being moved…

The shows have have very kind to me so far. There are many people out there that have alot of disposable income and that is where my niche’ market seems to be thus far. I was also recently approached by an interior decorator interrested in my work…
Most of the shows we do are not local unless you consider 35 miles away local. That was the closest one with the next beign 60 miles away. Most others require hotel stays and dining out alot.

My wife and I both enjoy the driving trips and shows…therefore we always take a few extra days and do a lot of sightseeing before and after. The show so far have been a drive of 5 hours at the most and it seems we are expanding the distance gradually.

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