Last mug for awhile

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Project by Danal posted 02-26-2013 09:07 PM 1382 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my last Mug for awhile. It’s made of cherry, oak and the handle is a piece of a spalted oak I had laying around. Not big enough for a project but it fits the theme. Due to a shoulder injury and being 65, I have been forced to retire. I’ve been a high end finish carpenter most of my life and have worked on many one of a kind projects. I’ve been very fortunate to have the independence from factory work as well as being tied down in an office all day. Most of my family worked doing the thing I avoided and they are retired with good pensions and travel when and where they want. I could probably go play golf and travel some but I’ve always wanted to sell my work (versus giving away) and love being in my shop. So ole’ Danal will be starting what I always wanted to try, Art and Craft Shows. I have always built Jewelry boxes for Christmas and birthday gifts but never more than one a time. I also like doing Backgammon, chess boards and I’ll do some mugs as well. My girlfriend( I posted some of her work) has encouraged me and is helping me with my display. So the next few months are going to be designing and refining what I will be doing for my next career. Most of my work is my designs but I am open for ideas and welcome suggestions and support. I will post some of my new things when available as well as redoing my shop. I will still have time to look at everyones work and thoughts but all my time will be in the shop. Thats not a bad thing! Thanks

-- Dan

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 09:17 PM

Beautiful mug as always.

Hope your new adventure goes well for you. Anything we can just holler!

If you get bored you can always do a mug tutorial. I could use the help! :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 09:31 PM

Thanks Monty. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I will help you with my mug design though yours is very nice as well.

-- Dan

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 01:13 AM

Great mug! Especially since its my favorite team:) wish you well on your new endeavors.

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 02:17 AM

Nice mug Danal.
Good luck on your next phase.
We are all pulling for you here.

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 04:00 AM

Great mug…Good luck with lifes next adventure…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 11:00 AM

That is a nice job on the Mug. I really like it. My suggestion on the craft shows is to go to a few of them and do a little research first to see what is selling. I have been to many shows and seen some incredible work to be admired but that’s just what happens at the shows people admire and don’t buy. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that sell It is really fun to show your talent but You don’t want to make a bunch of inventory and not be able to sell it, then have to give it all away for Christmas presents. If you do make some higher priced things make sure you make some real simple lower priced items to keep product moving. Look into making something like wooden jewelry as part of your inventory. that is one thing that goes fast at these sales. I hate to say this, but everyone has jewelry boxes and cutting boards at these shows in abundance and some of them do sell but not much. Look into things that are practical and can be used everyday like items for smart phones like docking stations ,holders, speakers. these will draw attention because not everyone will have these at the show you will stand out and sell. These are just suggestions but do your own research and see what you come up with.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 12:05 PM

Thanks for liking my work and I appreciate the time and good advice from all. Thanks Mark and I will take my time and find my niche. I know from my girlfriend Kim that the word “Starving Artist” applies to doing Art Shows. Kim is on her way back from two weeks of shows in South Florida. She did very well but not always the case. My first show is not until July and I will be going with Kim to some shows until then. Thanks again.

-- Dan

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