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Project by EPJartisan posted 09-02-2012 05:44 PM 1199 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and I make wands, and usually I sell them through new age retailers and game shops. My father enjoys the meditation of turning, while I enjoy the carving and adding crystals. But I have not been so active on the sales front, instead being primarily focused on art and sculpture for the last two years. So I never got out to sell them… and the stock pile grew. So I challenged my last assistant to earn us money with them, so he enrolled us into a Pagan Pride Festival about 4 blocks from my house… we got a plan together and materials to really present and market my new brand as “Phi Artifacts”.. and finally after years being pushed… Jorgenson Design is now a separate entity and an official business on it’s own. So now I run two.. yay… sigh. Anyway…. I needed some boxes to sell upper priced wands in.. So we made some and then my assistant realized he was unable to meet his life’s obligations and work for me full time… and had to “simplify” and quit to work part time near his home. I have not found a replacement yet.

I am left to make boxes.. I don’t like craft as much as art. The boxes are all very stable cardboard tubes I found behind an architectural design firm. I started with fabric I got for a steal when a fellow furniture maker decided to sell it all and travel. And another woodworker friend of mine brings me fabric samples from the show rooms he visits. These boxes were supposed to be simple things my assistant could throw together to hold and display the wands. Fabric lined, cardboard tubes with wooden sides. I get bored very quickly with simple things, so as I get the technique down pat.. the boxes become more and more elaborate until they became a sellable item on their own. I now have four designs of boxes… I need to stop..I only have 8 our of 20 finished and the fest is this coming Sunday!

This one is the epitome of one design (minus the wand holder) made yesterday in about 3 hours, I am giving it to a friend today for her B-day. All the wood is Madrone. 6” wide x 3 1/8”dia. Thanks

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."





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rance

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 06:15 PM

Now that is interesting. A unique gift. I’m sure the recipient will like it. Nice craftsmanship.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 07:08 PM

Really nice multi-media piece !

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 07:16 PM

It is too bad these don’t inspire you because this is really quite a nice box. But if it does not make you happy doing them, not worth it.

I like the mix of the luxurious fabric and the hand laced wooden sides and feet. Something in which Boadicea may have kept her precious items. :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 08:18 PM

Dude, talk about evolving businesses! :)

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 09:45 PM

Good luck at the festival.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 09-02-2012 09:54 PM

Neat design!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 09-02-2012 10:49 PM

I think it looks nice. I would love to see a picture of one of the wands in it if you get the chance later on. Good luck at the showing. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 09-02-2012 11:43 PM

Very interesting.

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 06:01 AM

Great design, unusual and unique box.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 01:46 PM

Thanks for the good feedback. I think if I get to spend more time on them I will find them fun, it is just the monotony of the bulk manufacturing that keeps me bored and impatient. LOL. I think I will make more after this fest, but one at a time.

@ Kookaburra ~ awesome compliment thank you.. makes me interested in doing more elaborate carvings and adding gemstones fit for a Princess : check out this one I made last week

@ Sheila ~ here’s a pic of a yellowheart wand and box set… actually I still need to add a closure mechanism.

Thanks for the support :) ~ e

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 09-05-2012 01:59 PM

Thanks for the pictures Eric. Yes, I can see how doing many at once would take the fun out of it. It turns to ‘production’ rather than ‘inspired art.’

The first one pictured seems a bit shorter than the yellowheart and the black one. I think that is where I got a bit confused. I can see these boxes really adding to the pieces. They will be wonderful ways for customers to display when they are not performing magic with them! :) Have a wonderful festival!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 09-05-2012 02:00 PM

Now that’s unique, I really like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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