|Forum topic by coloradoclimber||posted 07-29-2009 08:03 AM||1173 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
07-29-2009 08:03 AM
I just finished a box for my lady's birthday.
I’ve made more than a few small boxes, to the point now that I’m starting to have an abundance of boxes. You can only give so many boxes to people before they’re like oh, thanks, another box. I’ve also got wine stoppers, pens, wine tilts, etc, piles of little wood trinkets.
I’ve always given away as gifts anything I’ve made, never tried to sell it. I’m not really interested in trying to sell my woodworking, for me it’s a hobby I enjoy and I’d rather not turn it into a job I despise :).
When it was done with this latest box but before I gave it to my lady I took it in to work and showed it to some friends and coworkers. It was greeted with the typical warm praise and then the typical “how bout making me a box, I’ll pay you for it”. Like I said I’m not really interested in selling boxes and I’m busy enough I dont really want to take on extra projects for coworkers.
But then an idea came to me. One gal said she really liked the box, would I consider making her one. I didnt really want to take on another project and I dont really want to sell boxes but then I remembered this gal always brings in homemade chocolate truffles each year around christmas time. I suggested I might be interested in a swap, say a box from me for a big plate of her homemade truffles. She thought that was a great idea and so did I. I can make boxes easier than I can make truffles.
Another guy was listening in and he asked would I be interested in making him a couple boxes, one for his mother and one for his lady friend. I said, yeah, I can make the boxes, what you got to swap?? This guy is a remote control plane and helicopter fanatic so he said he had a running RC helicopter with a controller he wasn’t using anymore, how bout that. Sounded good to me. I dont need a RC copter but I can give it to my son, he’ll think it’s cool.
So I’m thinking this could work out for me. I make something interesting out of wood and swap it for something interesting not made of wood. Depending on how this works out I thought I might put a box on craigslist, not for sale but for swap. Makes me curious to see what people might want to swap for an interesting piece of wood.
Anyone else ever try anything like this before? Have you ever had anyone offer you anything weird in trade for your work?