If you can make it, and sell it, then sell it if you want to. I've designed a few things over the years that would likely sell nicely. But, like some others, found that making a second one was not on my to do list, they were just a real PITA. And, a lot of other things, were also one time items. Thus went my dreams of a mini-production line pumping out things to sell.
However, I finally figured out a sort of way around that. I have made canes for a few years now, for my own use mainly. Had to, kept putting them on my vehicle roof while loading stuff, and would forget, drive off, oops lost another cane. Amazing how hard it was to break that habit. After I snapped a sapling cane, by falling on it from a snowy step, and not even realized it had broke, went to a site I'd found a few years before, with plywood cane instructions. Well, didn't like any of their three cane designs, nor how they made them. So, made up a simple design I liked, figured out how I wanted to make them, and viola, had a nice light, sturdy, cane. Made some, lost some, then is when I started designing my own cane handles. Among the first were my Grumpy Fish, Grumpy Turtle, Grumpy Buzzard, then I started going ape on the designs. Hehehe Found out making multiple canes is no issue at all. I think it is because I make one handle design, the next of a different handle design, and so on. It is basically making the same thing over and over, because after all it is canes I am making, but because the handle design is not repeated time after time, it is like making something different each time. No PITA at all. Had planned on making the separate parts of my canes, one part at a time, and stockpiling them. Having read this thread, realize that may not be the way to go; oh I will try it, it would likely speed things up, but also could make my cane making into work. Plan B is to just make one complete cane, piece by piece, put them together, then move one to the next design - this I already know is agreeable. And still coming up with different handle designs, came up with one last night, and three this morning before I even got out of bed, four if you count how I modded one. Less than a minute for a rough sketch, then later I will lay each out on 1/4" graph paper full size. That's part of the fun, making original designs.
I'm hoping that my piggy bank, and monster truck bank, builds will work out similar. I plan on making one type, then then the other, and also shifting around with different sizes of each. One can only hope.
This thread also made me realize that a previous design of mine need not be a PITA to make multiples of. The trick will be to make one, then back to my canes and bank, then every once in awhile, maybe once a day, maybe once a week, make another one or two; they are simple, easy to make, fast to make, should sell, but oh so boring to make more than one. I think they will be decent sellers, but to pump out more than one or two at a time, would be a real mood killer. I think this is the answer. I'll have to dig out another idea or two and see if it would work with them also.
Still working on where and how to sell my stuff. I'm thinking that with a partner flea markets could be good. Loads of people walking by, all there to buy, no need to talk to anyone not interested in buying. Should be a quick way of finding out what sells well, and what doesn't, and get input from customers. Possibly even some custom work wanted, but not huge on doing custom work, but always possible - for extra $ of course. This has been a good thread.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
Last edited by JOAT; 12-21-2017 at 12:33 PM.