|Project by SenecaWoodArt||posted 07-01-2016 06:14 PM||654 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
OK, for the story behind the box. I have been doing 2 trade shows a month since last October. Some results were good and some were horrible. The best thing I have found is that other vendors can be your best customers, especially when they are not woodworkers. I have developed a series of collapsible craft show shelves that come apart and can be stored in a small bundle for transport and then be reassembled by hand with no tools. I have sold a “bunch” of them. This has led to a number of custom orders for other vendor items that have virtually gotten me out of the habit of making the things that I want to make. Good problem to have? Not really. When you are retired, then it becomes a job and that comes at the expense of fun. On top of all of this, we had a tornado hit the property. No structural damage, but a ton of cleanup was required and when you live in a rural area, then the work falls on you. End result is more time out of the shop that kept me from doing what I want to do.
Now to this box. One of my best vendor customers sells candles and scented oils. Several months ago she asked me if I would make her a box to “transport” the scented oil bottles in. Now, this was to be a box that can be tossed and thrown around. Just storage. Nothing definite was agreed to and it was only a question. This was before the tornado and after I had received an order for 22 craft show shelves along with 3 rolling carts. So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I had lost my desire and artistic drive to build anything new and couldn’t find any place to start again. This lady sent me a message and asked where I was on her box. SO, I drug my butt into the shop and dug around for some old scrap material to build her blankety blankety box. No money to be made and no artistic approach required. But, a good customer is just that. I found an old cedar fence board that didn’t cost me anything and some scrap birch plywood that would make the top and bottom. Then I went to work making a “simple” box. Long story short, I just couldn’t bring myself to build a junk box. I didn’t like the looks of this and then that, so I started looking for ways to make it better and more appealing. A few walnut scraps for edging and some sanding and thought and this is the result. I sent her a picture and asked if this would meet her approval. She quickly replied and wanted to know the cost. I could tell that she was worried, because she was only wanting something to transport her oils. I replied that she could set the price. When I delivered the box, I explained all of the above to her and told her that I had used this box as a stepping stone to get back in the mood. She paid me a lot more that I was expecting.
Now, for the really good part. I did not renew any of my trade show contracts as I did not want to spend the hot summer working a booth, especially with the funk I was in. This vendor just lost her partner and she asked if she could start selling my items in her booth. All I have to do is setup and tear down. She will do all of the selling. I jumped at that offer. Another vendor then asked if they could take on one specific item that I make. I jumped at that offer as well. Hopefully this will work out and I may never work another craft show again. Anyway, I now have six (6) boxes on the work bench and I am having fun again.
I know, I know. More that you cared to know, but here is another box. Materials are an old cedar fence board, some scrap birch plywood and some scrap walnut trim. One piano hinge and some old latches I found in one of the bins in the shop. It’s around 18”W x 16”D x 6”H. I don’t really remember the size as I never intended to put on LJ, but I decided the story might be worthwhile. Or am I the only one who gets in a mood like this?