My First Wood Show

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Project by Mark Miller posted 01-01-2010 03:23 AM 1859 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my craft show and my family helping out if was fun a lot of time well spent. Mark


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#1 posted 01-01-2010 03:25 AM

Looks like a great bunch of projects . hope you enjoyed the show.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 03:31 AM

Hi Jim thanks yes it was fun and I learned a lot for next year, the pepper mills where my first ones I crafted. Mark


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#3 posted 01-01-2010 03:42 AM

congrats! glad it went well for you =]...just curious, did u make enough net hourly to make it a full time thing? I want to try in the upcoming year while continuing my other full time work, during nights and weekends. I figure if I can make an average 5 things a week i should be able to do a small show in about 4 months? test run ‘n see how it goes…personally im a forever optimist, but i can really see the consumerism die, or at least in american made things more so =/...good luck in the future ‘n keep letting us know how they go!

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 03:53 AM

Sweet! Looks like your having fun. Keep up the great work!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 03:58 AM

Hi Chris thanks for the nice comments, I am a optimist also and in answer to your question is NO but I don’t know for everyone but if you ask most turners they would say no also but I don’t know what type of work you do in bowls. If you look where Jimmy Clewes would be or John Jordan would be if they didnt take a chance. I would say that you could make some extra income or full time when you retire. Thats what keeps us going is dreams and ambition. Go for it Chris and give it a try. Mark


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#6 posted 01-01-2010 04:40 AM

What was your best sellers and what lessons did you learn on this your first show? Interested…..

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 05:16 AM

Great job, your products look great. I think you are right in your comments to Chris. My experience would have been depressing, if I hadn’t learned so much about it and myself. 20 peices probably won’t cut it, and entry fees are going to consume most of the sales, along with display and ect… I found the best way for me to see my turned items is through consignment, It keeps me in the garage, at home, andless stress and preassure to have everything ready to go, set up, tear down….. It kind of stinks to sit there for 3 days, and listen to everybody who comes into the booth to steal the oxygen and tell you your stuff is beautiful and then walk out empty handed. Instead I busted my Butt to get stuff in stores by the end of November, then just sit back and let the store owners tell all about the wonderful comments people said before not buying anything. Okay that all might seem a little bitter, it is not, I am optimistic just like all the rest of us, I have been doing this all the while maintaining my job as an executive Chef 60 to 80 hours a week. I am realistic. in my eyes and just telling it from my experience.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#8 posted 01-01-2010 05:55 PM

I did a small show at our church last year to help a “Shoes for Kids” charity drive. Didn’t sell much but it was an interesting experience

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 10:03 PM

Nice products Mark. Making and marketing isn’t easy as the marketing bit is both expensive and time consuming. However, getting some experience and seeing what the public buys, even if from someone else, is good experience and it’s also nice to meet other craftsman.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-04-2010 11:45 PM

Awesome table of projects. My sister asked if I would be interested in doing some of the Christmas bazaar tables next year. Hope to make a little extra money for the holidays. One question I have and is always the big one, how do you price your stuff? Do you use a formula of time and materials and adjust from there or do you just guess what people are willing to pay? Any help is appreciated.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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