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#1 posted 08-05-2012 10:05 AM

Nice post Bob. I guess my opinion falls somewhere in between yours and Peter’s. I guess I would change Peter’s “most people” to “many people”. There definitely is a market out there for good quality items. Our task is to find them, or hope they find us. Some friends recently commissioned me to make a blanket chest for their son as a wedding gift. The family was willing to pay the cost of a good quality, dovetail jointed, hard maple chest that included quality hardware. When I make a nice box that is appealing to the eye, friends say: “You could do well with that box in the right community or if sold to the right gift shop.”

I agree with both of you that many folks prefer to buy furniture and other items that look good and cost little, all the while sacrificing quality. As with most things, it often comes down to dollars and cents. People want to buy something and feel they got a great deal (money-wise) on it. One of the first things a friend/relative will ask is: “How much did you pay for that?” rather than saying, “Tell me about the quality and craftsmanship that went into that.”

On a final note, your Dad taught you well!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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