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

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Project by ellen35 posted 1673 days ago 2493 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!
Ellen

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





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SnowyRiver

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#1 posted 1673 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1673 days ago

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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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 1673 days ago

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

-- Dennis Zongker

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littlecope

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#4 posted 1673 days ago

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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patron

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#5 posted 1673 days ago

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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RexMcKinnon

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#6 posted 1673 days ago

Nice to make money doing something you love.

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

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KayBee

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#7 posted 1673 days ago

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

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

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paulcoyne

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#8 posted 1673 days ago

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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poroskywood

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#9 posted 1673 days ago

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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DTWoodknot

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#10 posted 1673 days ago

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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closetguy

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#11 posted 1673 days ago

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 changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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Pdub

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#12 posted 1673 days ago

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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rozzi

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#13 posted 1673 days ago

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

-- Duane, Iowa

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#14 posted 1673 days ago

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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stefang

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#15 posted 1673 days ago

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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