|Project by Paul||posted 03-21-2007 12:00 AM||2208 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I have three main hobbies: 1. Woodworking 2. Collecting Old Fishing Tackle 3. Collecting Old Woodworking Tools
My wife and I came to an agreement a few years ago that my hobbies needed to be self-sustaining. In other words, no capital influx from the family budget. To that end, I moonlight a bit, peddle and barter. I’ve sold collections that I’ve accumulated and enjoyed in order to attend week-long woodworking classes. I build and refinish things for friends and others in order to buy a tool or two out of whatever I charge beyond the materials cost. I don’t seek anything close to a living wage from what I do. I do it for the experience/skill building and to keep the hobbies supplied and going.
Here’s some things I’ve built to peddle, barter and trade at old tackle shows:
1. Custom Displays – the lidded display boxes and stands are separate, there’s a piece of plate glass mounted inside the boxes with glass door hinges to protect the displayed tackle below, the interior of the lids are marquetry (wood veneers cut and assembled into a picture). Since spouses don’t always appreciate our collections, I designed the display to be an attractive piece of furniture with the lid closed. Heddon and Creek Chub are two of the most popular old tackle companies to collect. So many Ooooos and Ahhhhs, but so few willing to pay!
2. Dip nets
3. Table-top Oak Storage Chests for collectable tackle – believe me there’s a lot of collectors that can fill several of these! They’re based on a machinist chest but the drawers are divided into compartments like a tackle box. Unfortunately most collectors I’ve met would rather spend their money on the next old lure or reel than an attractive organizational chest like this. Ditto on the Ooooos and Ahhhhs
These were all speculation pieces and I didn’t get near the value of my time out of them. So I try to relax and repeat the mantra – “you’re working on experience and skill!” and as long as I have enough that the hobbies “break even,” I’m good. (Added pics December 2013)
-- Paul, Texas