Cutting Boards, boxes and candle holders - the last month's work!

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Project by ellen35 posted 12-10-2009 04:51 PM 3090 views 4 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasn’t sure whether this belonged in projects or blogs… but this was a project!! After giving away about 50 cutting boards, boxes and candleholders, someone told me I should try selling them. What a novel idea for someone who does this for fun and relaxation. I got myself into an Artisan’s Fair about a month ago and sold out! I started with 43 items and brought back 3!! And… I got invited to participate in a 2 evening “shopping night” at a very high end furniture and gift store! So… now I have no stock and have 3 weeks to get enough to sell. Posted here are the “before” and “after” pictures. I had 34 boards of various sizes and wood configurations, 12 boxes and 3 candleholders. It is always interesting to see what does and does not sell. My boards with wenge in them did not sell… my boards with tigerwood (I had a sign about golfers) flew off the table! Everyone loves purpleheart accents in boards. In this case, size really didn’t matter ;-) !! I am really pleased as several woodworkers who were shopping commented on my work… one even bought something!
Thanks for looking… and happy holidays!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 05:06 PM

Wow, thats a great set of items. Congrats…very nice work Ellen.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 05:09 PM

impressive… so you’ve been busy haven’t you?

please don’t post these again, it makes the rest of us look like procrastinators (which some of us are) ;)

these all look fantastic! very refined. I like the designs

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 05:15 PM

WOW!! Great job. And now your making money. Congratulations!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 05:17 PM

That’s Great News, Ellen, Congratulations!! All your hard work is paying off and it’s no wonder, you’re work is terrific!!
All the Best to You and Yours for the Holidays!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 05:25 PM

congratulations ellen .

it is always nice to hear story’s like this ,
they encourage all to strive a little harder .

of course we LJ’s knew you first !

now you can get those Jimmy Choo’s ,
you always wanted ,
to wear around the shop !

maybe the purple ones ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 05:34 PM

Nice to make money doing something you love.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 12-10-2009 05:52 PM

Congrats! Fun and making money too, Life is good!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 12-10-2009 05:52 PM

wow great looking stuff and nice to here such an optimistic story i love living on the positive side of life… also your boards look lovely…

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 05:54 PM

YES! Great job Ellen. I like style of your line and the overall presentation is eye-catching. I just did my second Christmas show last weekend and am now also featured in a Kitchen supply and Knife store. I can’t keep up either, looks like for the next four months of winter, after this Christmas rush, we’ll both be building a inventory for next year. 12” to 14” Everyday Ellen’s are hot also!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#10 posted 12-10-2009 06:43 PM

Way to go Ellen Making money doing something you love that’s “living the dream”

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#11 posted 12-10-2009 07:19 PM

Congrats! It’s always sweet to have a good show. If your products went that quick, you should consider increasing the price. I had a similar dilemma in October where I had back to back weekend shows. I sold completely out of bread boards at the first show and had three days to build as many as I could before the next show. I increased the price by $10 each and sold out again on the first day.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#12 posted 12-10-2009 07:57 PM

Congrats Ellen. Everything looks great. Looks like your show went well. I do one show a year around here and have plans to try some boards. Hopefully I will have half the success you did. (That is, if I have success making the boards.)

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#13 posted 12-10-2009 08:33 PM

Good job. Congrats on a good show. Nice products.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 09:13 PM

congratulations – that’s very exciting, good looking products, display – everything.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#15 posted 12-10-2009 09:15 PM

Congratulations on your sell-out Ellen. Judging from the appearance of your projects, it’s not hard to figure out why they sold so fast. So how does it feel to be a professional woodworker?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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