art box x17 part 1

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Project by alexsutula posted 06-03-2010 03:42 AM 2060 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am going to be in several art festivals this summer throughout Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. I thought Andy’s sculpted art boxes would be a huge hit. I messaged him to ask permission to use the design, of course he said “yes”.

I found a new supplier where I can get 3’ and 4’ cutoffs of cherry and walnut for $1.40 bdf. Which is why they are all made of walnut or cherry.

All together it took me about 3 weeks working full time to get everything complete. I got pretty good at the sculpting part, in my opinion. I recently got ahold of my sisters flex shaft carver and got some carbide tipped burs so I can get more detailed in the carvings.

Lessons learned:
-it takes a lot longer to do something 17 times than it does to do it once.
-doing something 17 times is not as fun as doing it 2 or 3 times.
-buy sandpaper in bulk.

Once again, all honest feedback is appreciated.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 03:46 AM

Those should be a hit alright. They look really good. How nice of Andy.

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 05:50 AM

The Jury is out on one or two of them.. I am partial to the light boxes.. the darker ones are good but I don’t have a feel for them as I do with lighter ones… honest opinion.. please take no offence…they are all good but each person has a different view…

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 06:48 AM

Andy must be proud with so many people copying and being influrnced by his designs. You have done a very nice job and they should be well received at the art fesrivals. If you don’t mind me asking, with all that work you put into much do you plan on asking as a selling price?

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 06:57 AM

Good question. Whelp, ideally I would like to see $300 for each. But I will probably start the day at $250 or so and feel out the reactions of people checking out my booth and then I will adjust the price, up or down, accordingly. I can tell you that anything under $200 would hardly be worth my time making more.

I have several other products priced well under, so I think I will have the price spectrum covered.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 08:36 AM

Great looking boxes!!! although I think Larry had a few too many XXXX’s, the darker boxes are my favorites!! hahaha just kidding Larry!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 02:18 PM

I like both the dark and light ones! Keep us posted on what you get for them. IT will be a good book mark to some of the other LJ in case they want to make a few bucks.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 02:25 PM

I like the last 3. I’m sure I’d like the first 3, but I have to tell you, the photography is so poor I can hardly see any detail. Actually, I take that back. I like the colors on the 4th, but I don’t care for the deeper waves. I prefer the shallower waves. Also, the shinier finish doesn’t apeal to me as much as the satin. You asked for it, I’m just being honest in the nicest way I can.

Could you brighten up the first 3 or change the background please? Not being critical, but it makes a BIG difference. :) From what I can see, they have some nice coloring.

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 08:41 PM

Hey, don’t know how to follow up what’s been said already, I think they all look nice, and I am sure some are favored by some, and others by others, Andy is a nice person to share his techniques with everyone, and it is a compliment to his artistry, and of course your efforts are outstanding, keep us posted, it is one of my interests as well, and I am always trying to put a handle on the right price for a particular piece of work, glad you have taken the time to share, good luck, and keep working and sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 03:24 AM

I think they all turned out very nice. I see things I like in all of them. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 06-04-2010 03:37 AM

nice work… looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 12:18 AM

Very nice boxes indeed. I love the color contrasts you chose for those.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 02-02-2014 05:24 AM

Very nice looking boxes

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

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