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#1 posted 04-22-2013 11:19 AM

I’ve been in your shoes. Totally agree with posts above. It’s being caught between a rock and a hard place when a “friend” asks you to build a piece (handcrafted)that they have seen sold (mass produced). Provide them a bill of materials of everything. Provide sources of your materials. Give them a fair estimate of your time/labor. Present this so your “friend” can see how easily things add up and exceed the mass produced cost. Maybe by doing this, your “friend” can get a sense of what a handcrafted piece will cost and prevent awkward feelings. Explain the flaws and cheaply done construction detail on the mass produced piece, compare that will the better methods that you can provide, and that your piece will last a lifetime….good luck

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