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Forum topic by pashley posted 12-12-2013 04:18 PM 1700 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2013 04:18 PM

The cheapest add-on to your products will cost you little, if anything, and put you ahead of your competition. See ShopNotes here for more.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 05:31 PM

I always try to point out that any of my items are custom built for them specifically. I do believe that it is a selling point that they truly will be the ONLY person to have anything like it. Make them feel special when you build them something. I offer to send them pictures of the items while they are being made. if it is an item that uses a Live Edge, if possible I send them pictures of different slabs that I can use. I think this lets them “pick their own wood” for the project. Hopefully again making them feel it is special to them.

But in every case, I TALK to them about woodworking and building products out of real wood.

I am enjoying your postings very much.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 07:38 PM

I’ve been enjoying these last few posts of yours. Lots of good ideas, keep it up!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 08:30 PM

Yeah, me too, I enjoy these posts. You have a great perspective and I feel like I am learning something from your opinions.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 10:25 PM

You’re welcome, guys! Hey, nothing wrong with passing along what I know to help others; I’ve been blessed, I’m spreading it around!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 03:49 AM

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Salesmanship – who would’ve thought?

Now if only I could rehabilitate you in your understanding of following up…..................



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#6 posted 12-13-2013 04:03 AM

A hang tag that says, “Crafted by Gnomes”

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 06:03 AM

Thanks for your post, they always have good points. I am a salesperson by proffession and I do a great job, but it really is sweet to have someone posting these reminders, my personal bookmark tab of my future Woodworking business has a lot of your posts in there. :)

What about branding, do you put your name on every piece you make?

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 12:59 PM

pashley, you are exactly right. I hoard some very old wood that I have the story on, (145 year old oak and chestnut from a dairy barn in Scotdale, PA – barn was erected in 1876), and any time local wood is used, I always say, “Tennessee Walnut from Ooltewah”, or “North Georgia Ambrosia Maple” that I selected myself.
Adding how many years you’ve been at it also helps. I often tell people I sold my first commissions in 1971, (true), in Norfolk, VA. They like years of experience.
They also love to hear when you use a different finish.
I just sold a guitar with 12 coats, hand rubbed, of Tru-Oil, the same finish on the finest gunstocks. That did it, guy wrote the check on the spot…

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 01:27 PM

Jake Actually yes, I do brand with a maker’s mark. See this post.

Tennessee This is what I am talking about – a story. Can you imagine getting a tree that fell from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, or one from Liberty Island, where the statue of Liberty stands? I think I would send the piece I create with that directly to auction at Sotheby’s!

That guitar you sold sounds awesome. Please take this as constructive criticism, but I think perhaps your website could use an update? Sorry, I used to be a webmaster, and I see these things….

-- Have a blessed day!

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 01:53 PM

“My point? Build the best damn “X” you can, and charge a lot for it; use experience of the piece (whether that be a back-end story, exclusivity, etc) to help sell it.”

Took my words right out of my mouth.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 01:56 PM

And just to expound a little more on that, Earlextech, don’t you want to do your very best, as a builder? Don’t you want YOUR stuff to be the best to be found? I sure do.

-- Have a blessed day!

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