|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 05-24-2014 01:34 PM||1054 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
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