Thanks for sharing, one thing seems clear and that's I should not
try too hard to sell at craft shows. So I will look for the right
venues and there's always etsy.
We're told that there are ~7 billion of us here so there's always
going to be someone else doing the same thing. So I won't be making
what's already out there or make them in some novel way.
IMO "Novel" is the key. Any wood object you are trying to make money on
(or at least recover your direct costs on) probably is already being
sold for less than you can do it for. Your ace in the hole is to be
unique. Not necessarily 'artsy', but clever. Many of the cutting boards
I make have the 'sin' of ending up as end-grain glue ups and/or mixed
species of wood. Get these wet from too much cleaning or setting on a
wet kitchen counter and the glue joints will fail. With these type
boards, I leave a 'description card' with the wood species, care
instructions, etc. and most importantly a warning that the board is
'decorative' and excessive moisture will cause issues. Take one fancy
bread board, add feet or low profile handles, then call it a trivet. Add
a shallow frame (so the board 'floats' like a door panel) and call it a
I also make simple business card holders which are a great way to use up
nice looking scraps. My wife who does fused glass stuff makes a simple
diachronic plate that gets glued to the front. This changes a $5 item
into a $40 piece. Same with boxes. The 'nice' hardware will instantly
kill your profits. Use something 'rustic' (i.e. cheap) and add some
unique objects to the lid (the wife helps out here again) and you have a
On Monday, December 22, 2014 8:14:32 PM UTC-6, G. Ross wrote:
I got a chuckle from that. I knew someone would "object", that way. Actua
lly, I like a variety of music and I'm more in tune with C&W, Cajun French,
60's & 70s R&R, than with those soundtrack instrumentals.
During the school year I spent in Idaho, there were lots of bluegrass fans,
listening to the BG radio station, there. I do appreciate BG. We don't h
ave a BG radio station here in S. Louisiana, but I do have the Pandora conn
ection. Thanks for the reminder, I'll have to reconnect with BG.... and th
ose school-time memories.
And four of us, plus a chick singer, as a BG band when playing in East
And, what I love about Sirius XM radio in the truck: Bluegrass Junction...
I use Pandora myself on my cell phone. To many trees around here for
XM to be in the car, long road trip we might sign up for it. Had it for
a short time, Turn on the car and start to drive down the driveway and I
hit dozens of trees that are dense (Live Oak) and then even along
the highway into town the road has high trees shielding the southern sky.
I might have to get one for the library and have it sit still - or get
an outdoor antenna...
Martin - 'Deep' East Texas Retire
It's the mechanical forces of different rates of wood expansion along
the glue line. I've seen recommendations to use glues with a bit of
'give' to help prevent this.
For complex stuff, I use epoxy exclusively due to the much longer
working time even though TB-III might make more sense.
On Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:52:15 -0600, Martin Eastburn
We have XM in my wife's car but I decided I didn't need it in my truck
(thought they keep sending "special" offers). I'd rather listen to
talk radio for the commute. There are times I'd like it but it's not
worth the money. At home (where I have wifi - 4G is to expensive) I
listen to I-Heart-Radio. I've found a few stations that are really
good. I was recently in the hospital for 9 days and used it for
background at night. Didn't sleep more than a couple of hours a night
so listening to music was better than watching the clock go 'round.
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