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Cheese Boards #4

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Project by Henry Mowry posted 05-24-2014 01:34 PM 541 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cheese boards were the first items I actually made specifically to sell, beginning 6 months ago. All have routed slots for easy pick-up, and non-stick rubber feet. They are all unique, and these are about 8” x 11” x 1”.

My wife and daughter-in-law are setting up a handmade lotion business (Mrs. Ms Handmade), and these boards are sold at craft fairs that the ladies are selling their lotions.

Here are my observations after putting my toe in the retail arena:

1. # 1 reaction is “Ooh, pretty,” then touch a board and walk away.

2. People love purpleheart. Absolutely the first boards to sell, every time.

3. Yellowheart is pretty, but doesn’t sell quickly.

4. Ditto padauk. I’m going to put the above boards with padauk into the sun. I believe the brown patina of UV-changed wood will sell better. And, it’s what the boards will look like eventually, anyway.

5. I have 3 new shapes that will be in my next batch. Variety is the spice of life.

6. Cheese boards sell cutting boards. More people have those, after all. I’m beginning to get repeat business.

7. I need to raise prices.

8. I need more wood.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 04:42 PM

1. # 1 reaction is “Ooh, pretty,” then touch a board and walk away. – I wish I had a nickel….On the other hand is a pet peeve of mine; other wood workers who with their wife and daughter standing in front of my six foot table, want to stand there for 20 minutes talking shop. I love talking shop but hate blocking the view of my merchandise so you can ask how I made something. Can you stand off to the side please?

2. People love purpleheart. Absolutely the first boards to sell, every time. —Agreed. Tough to sand but beautiful results

3. Yellowheart is pretty, but doesn’t sell quickly. — Just bought some yellowheart. I’m told it looks great with purpleheart

4. Ditto padauk. I’m going to put the above boards with padauk into the sun. I believe the brown patina of UV-changed wood will sell better. And, it’s what the boards will look like eventually, anyway. —you just mentioned my two favorite accent woods to use

5. I have 3 new shapes that will be in my next batch. Variety is the spice of life. —amazing how putting a small arc can make a piece look more unique

6. Cheese boards sell cutting boards. More people have those, after all. I’m beginning to get repeat business. —I probably have too much variety. I either need to cut back on different pieces or get a bigger booth

7. I need to raise prices. – don’t we all. Tough to make money on crafts type items. You can make a profit, just never figure out what your hourly wage is.

8. I need more wood. —Jesus, where’d it go? I just had a few pieces now I can’t find them.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Henry Mowry

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 11:46 PM

Love it, Jim. Right there with you.

For me, putting woods with other colors/grains that complement are what make a beautiful piece. I love cutting up a lot of different species to size and then finding the solution to every puzzle.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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