Sure you have seen a dog chase his or her own tail. Well that’s the way I feel about my wood working. I love to make things mostly just for the fun of it and not worry to much about what others think as much as worry about what I think.
I have come to realize that I need to be able to sell some of my work in order to continue buying all the fancy tools and stuff that I seem to always want. Selling seems to require a certain time frame, certain details, and I think its almost impossible to please the person you made something for.
Just to give you and example, I recently sold a couple of honey dippers on Etsy. Easy enough, Right? Nope after she got the honey dippers she wrote back and said she was disappointed and could she return them. First of all I really gave them to her when I take into account my time, material, power bill, and etc. I had posted a picture thinking a picture is worth a thousand words or that is what I have already been told. Well of course I wanted to make it right. I wrote her back and ask for the size she wanted and give me all the details. Her replay its just to big. Make this longer make this shorter and etc. i have looked at a lot of honey dippers and we even have one but there are as many sizes as you can count, some long, some short and in between.
I made two more, send pictures, no that’s still not right. Then I was giving a lesson on how you suppose to dip it into honey. Made two more and got that’s more like it but still think I should make this and that change.
Now the point of all this has got me thinking I just need to make what I want, the way I want and if someone wants to buy it fine and if not maybe tear what I made apart and try to make something else I want to make with it.
Here is where I am at this point. I don’t know what I want to make. Boxguy, and a lot of other people on here seem to have gotten to the point where they know what to make and make it. My problem is I get bored with doing the same ole thing day after day. I don’t think I will ever get to the place where I can make any one thing and be happy.
I started making pens, that’s okay but don’t think it my cup of tea, made a few nostepinne, that gives me a free hand and sort of design it the way I want but after a while spindle style turning gets old. Made a few bowls. those are a lot of fun but don’t have access to a lot of that sort of material.
Folks, just venting and wondering if anyone else has the same problem I do.
If you do please let me know, I don’t want to be the only nut on LJ.
Thanks for your time.
-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (email@example.com)