|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 09-06-2015 07:46 PM||895 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
It’s time to come clean and tell y’all that we have an Etsy Store. The most popular item so far seems to be these “little piggy” cutting boards. I’m trying to build up a little inventory, so the store is a little skinny right now, but things are selling. I decided to make and sell these boards in sets of two. I might have to actually break down and BUY some lumber.
When I was about 8 years old, my Cub Scout troop went to the shop of a local woodworker who was a friend of our den leader. We got to choose from a variety of projects and patterns he had selected for us to make a Mother’s Day gift. I chose to make a pig shaped cutting board out of a slab of cherry wood. It may have been my first ever woodworking project.
My mother loved the cutting board so much that she never used it. She tied a ribbon in its tail and displayed it on a shelf where it still sits today. When I started making items for our Etsy store, I knew the pig would be popular so I asked her to trace the pattern so I could produce it for sale.
These examples are made from pieces of cherry I’ve had for over twenty years. They came from a small private sawmill in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are finished with two coats of Danish Oil.
I should point out that my daughter, Lindsay, is the official photographer and manager of the Etsy store. Once we build up a little authority and have some sales to talk about, I’ll start a blog thread about the store with some how-to advice. My goal is to actually create a companion standalone blog site with how-to advice, videos, and links to help other woodworkers get their stuff out there. I’m not a professional woodworker, but I am an entrepreneur, and I think I can help a lot of other people.
I almost forgot. Here’s the link to the store. I promise not to pimp my store too much on LJ. I don’t wanna be “that guy!” https://www.etsy.com/shop/LookingGlassLodge
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.