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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 08-23-2012 05:15 PM 1001 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the most part I am here to get orders for furniture & other stuff. The stuff I sell directly out of the booth I always hope will pay for the booth itself. Yesterday was the single biggest day I have had. Sold enough out of booth to pay fee for the entire week. Please understand this is not massive riches, but it does make me feel like I am going in the right direction.

I added a couple pictures of today’s ash bench. These are the last slabs I have from this tree.

OK, this probably won’t be believed, but while I was typing this a lady came by and bought it. Man I really loved that tree. LOL! :-)

Thanks for looking

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



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crashn

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 05:21 PM

out of curiosity, what does a bench like that sell for?

Very nice bench BTW

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 05:25 PM

This is South Dakota, I get $175-$200. On line or bigger metro areas it would be 2-3 times that.

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

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crashn

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 05:47 PM

Thanks for the very quick response. I have some walnut with live edge that I was considering making a similar bench out of. If I were to sell it, I was wondering the price neighborhood, which you have answered handsomely.

Congrats on the increase in sales. I would gladly pay $200 for that bench :) Nice work.

How are the legs and supports attached? Mortise and tenon? butt joint? other?

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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clieb91

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 06:04 PM

Monte, congrats on a good fair week. All the benches look awesome.I will agree, I can certainly see that bench selling in my area (Northern Virginia) for at least $400-$500.
Hope the rest of the week continues to go well for ya.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 06:51 PM

Hi Monte,
Last year I saw some benches very simular to yours made of red cedar selling in Missouri for $450 and up.
Ash is a very expensive wood, I’ll bet you have a waiting line for your products :)
Congrats on the sales at the fair, I hope you get enough orders to keep you in the shop all winter.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Roger

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 11:09 PM

Sounds like you’re doing good there Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 01:09 AM

Congrats on the sales! That ash tree has been good to you. Looks like you will be busy with orders for the forseeable future (a good thing). I think you are selling too cheap (but you are selling!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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jjw5858

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 03:03 AM

Great Monte, nice to hear a talented artisan is getting paid for their talents. Great work!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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inchanga

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 01:18 PM

Looks like a labour of love and a fine piece of work. How do you secure the legs to the top and do you put a bracing piece anywhere to reinforce the joint. Great product, great value…

-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 01:52 PM

12 screws in each leg with plug tops.

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

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