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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-14-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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I am just curious and does anyone makes a living full or part time selling their projects or works of art? If so can you give a brief description of what works best for you.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-14-2010, 09:55 PM
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Steve Good had a little tip on selling work recently, you can find it here:

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I did craft shows for a while when I was making lamps, and it was great except for the customers.... I mainly do projects for friends and family now, and usually just to subsidise tool purchases I want to make.

I made a bunch of speakers for a friend and that paid for a few new tools, but it wasn't about the profit. The jobs were a challenge, so it was still fun, not work.

I'm not a natural salesman or self promoter, and I didn't like having to price my work with the intent of haggling down to the true price.

Steve's tips about setting up your booth so it doesn't look like a yard sale might have helped me back then, who knows? I don't think I will do any craft fairs anytime soon.

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Mark I had some luck on my pens. I only made enough to keep going with my hobby so I didn't get a true price. Lots of members like Doug said go to craft shows but here in my location they are far and few between. Try a local drug store or some sorta shop to sell your goods. Drug store for me worked out for me helped me pay down my drugstore tab.


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I personally don't make things to sell, what we don't keep we give as well received presents. Members like Bernie who produce superb turnings use a gallery as an outlet at good prices even after no doubt taking a high commission.


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Ever since I made the Bird Cage for my wife, I've had several people ask me to how much to make things for them. I have a request for a desk, and another for an entertainment center at the moment.

I'm reluctant to start doing stuff for other people because mainly I still work a full time job. And I've had a couple of things happen when I did make something for a profit, that wasn't really worth it.

I had one of my wifes coworkers ask me to make a custom size toybox, and I relied on them for the the dimensions, but after it was delivered it was too long and I had to cut an inch off each end (their dimensions were wrong). this after I had assembled glued and screwed it together. Learned a leson "go get the measurements for your self". If I figure in the rework time. I lost money on that project.

I plan on doing a small business in wood working when I retire to help fill in on the income when I can; I even have the name and domain reserved A1 Wood Works. hopefully by then I can still do the work.

Right now I just do it as a Hobby, with the random paid projects from time to time.
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I heard of a couple members in the community doing this, some of them were overwhelmed with business because a particular project was so popular

I think it's great when a woodworker can both gain benefit from creating the project, as well as financial benefit from selling it

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Hello Mark,

I made over 75 cutting boards several years ago to help my daughter go on a mission trip to Cambodia. I made a little money but most of it went to her and for materials. After that I decided I was too slow to make a living at making things to sell.

I even talked to people that had done it for a living selling out of a Flea Market or going to Craft Shows. They made good money at the time but did not have time for anything else working 10 to 14 hour days trying to make deadlines.
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I am just curious and does anyone makes a living full or part time selling their projects or works of art? If so can you give a brief description of what works best for you.
Been selling since 1983 when we first started, since I've retired I work more than I used to. We sell items like my avatar, country style furniture items, trash boxes, tater boxes etc. Most we dont get enough for but when we do a special order we do OK. Just get front money when someone orders by dimension as in one of the other posts some folks cant read a rule and others get buyers remorse. I have had some luck with the higher items like Walnut & Cedar blanket chests, Oak Desk-Table combo etc.

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The one you wanted to ask was GalTurner. She's been making a living from woodworking for years. But, of course, you have to remember that we drove her away.

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