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Got a call from a guy who picked up my card at the Toledo Polish Festival. He wanted a sign to hang on his 5th wheel when parked while on the road. He also said his wife's maiden name was Kamper and he wanted to use it if possible along with a Polish Eagle. This is what I came up with. Measures about 18 x 12 - cut from glued up 5/4 x 8 select New Zealand pine, and finished front and back with golden oak stain and 4 coats of spar varnish. He and his better half seemed pleased with the final result.

Having not only business cards to hand out, but also 4 x 9 advertisers (the ones you hate to get in the mail) printed on both sides with actual pics of pieces have usually resulted in a few - up to several - calls after an event. I just set them out for interested people to take if they want, and always include them when I send a piece out. I've since started getting some repeat customers since starting this venture.
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I love it! Great work John. Working smart, not hard.
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Good on you John, A beautiful piece,you must have your work priced right. glad you are selling some. keep it up you are in the groove.
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Looks great as usual. Glad you are selling
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Very nice...glad you're getting some business...nice strategy with the card...keep 'er goin'...

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What's not to like? Great looking sign and I bet none can be found that look like this one. Good to have sales. Keep up the good work John.
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I love it! Great work John. Working smart, not hard.
I always work hard ....... when I work. Just finished cutting 30 smaller Polska eagles for the upcoming festival. Sold all 17 in a day and a half when I went to Toledo. Got 30 more to cut in two bigger sizes. Then some round ones (4 sizes) along with some "normal" stuff. I try to have things from $8-10 up to the hundreds and custom things. No excuse not to buy if they like something, even with limited funds. People will part with $20 +/- on an impulse purchase without much hesitation. Plus I always have a "bargain" table and a few "blue light specials" to get rid of bright ideas we had that turned out not so bright. Usually the smaller things, although not high profit individually, pay the expenses plus. Usually they're made with cut-offs and scrap pieces. They also generate traffic and crowds seem to follow crowds. Most sales are made when there's more than 1 person looking. And where else can you drink beer, eat Kielbasa and Kraut, and polka while you're "working".

Does this count as quality time with the spouse?? Added bonus!!!

Geez -- I'm turning into Tom.

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Sounds like you have found the key to a successful business which includes a lot of positives. Well done.
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Nice Sign and a good way to use the requested name on the sign.
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Looks great John do you cut the text with a v-bit or with a ballnose? It looks rounded not v carved.
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