Before I begin, I'd like to say that the subject line on my Google
'compose message' fills in the subject automatically, while you, uh,
stroke the keys (they're called keystrokes, okay?) and I have about 8
or 10 posts that start with OT. Perhaps I should actually learn
something about woodworking so that I can post something ON topic.
Having said that,
Do people still trade labor any more? Steve's post about wanting some
writing done in exchange for a plane got me to thinking about that. A
few weeks ago, I offered to hang about 50 SF of tongue-and-groove
wainscoating in exchange for a wood-burning stove and the lady who was
getting rid of the stove had to think about it for a minute. She was
on the verge of selling the stove for fifty bucks, and wasn't sure
about exchanging a couple of hours of my time for that stove.
I wanted the stove, she wanted the t&g hung, what's the problem?
Suppose that she had sold me the stove for $50 and used that money to
hire a 'real' carpenter who would have hung that 1x for her. If I
were trying to make a living at remodeling, it wouldn't have been
worth my time to drive 40 minutes, haul out my tools, make the cuts,
shoot off the t&g and collect my check for fifty dollars. I don't
make a living remodeling, and she doesn't make a living selling wood
stoves. That being said, we can remove all of the 'cost of doing
business' issues and strike a bargain. Or can we?
My folks did a lot of business like that. That's where I learned the
expression, "We'll take it out in trade." Do people not do that any
more? Do any of y'all do that?
My wife and I are friends with some folks that do a bit of business
breeding birds. We want a bird, they want an addition. I can frame,
side, drywall and trim it. Why not agree to a cash/bird deal? I
would enter into a deal like that with most of the people here, and
I've never met any of you in person.
Is it just that you should only do this with "good people?" Perhaps,
today, the line between "good people" and "no-good sunsabitches" is
getting blurrier and blurrier?
I'll stop before I get any further into my own psyche. Just wondering