- 29 Mar 2021
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- Cornwall - UK
I agree with what you are saying, but I don't think thats possible for me. I think the organiser has in mind that I'm doing another "hands on" activity that is nothing to do with wood...Projects for craft fairs are endless. The real trick is attracting the punters. As the US, based box maker Doug Stowe said, in the foreword in one of his books, ‘Beautiful Boxes’, I think. Look for the ‘toe turners’. Mike Abbott highlighted in one of his books the ‘live’ making of baby rattles on the pole lathe. It’s not what you make, it’s how you market it. Ask yourself, where do you go, the live demo, or active person, even if it is cosmetic sanding. Or the supermarket checkout stall.
I would love some feedback on this please.
See post #31Really? Then why are cutting boards hardly ever end grain?
I think it's just a fashion amongst amateur woodworkers.
End grain or not is one argument, but do you have to employ really small people to do chopping inside the dishwasher?Totally off topic but as someone who grew up in the catering trade in the days before plastic boards took over the only end grain pieces were the butcher's blocks, never saw an end grain cutting board. Once they got a bit worn they were sent round to the local carpenter who took a couple of mil off and away you went again. Glued end grain blocks would never have stood up to the temperature of a commercial dishwasher.
Just done a few trees, got a few shops I put them in just trying them lot of work but have really enjoyed doing them over the summer months and have now got a template for the tree and base so easy to knock out, just used by jigsaw and an hole saw, hoping to get £65 sold one to my mate, so I’ve got 5 left not doing anymore this year, will see how the go, I’m going back to my driftwood stuff for winter, just sold one I did as a light for a really good price so I’m happy with that.I've done a few craft fairs and focus mainly on chopping and serving boards. I do both end grain and face grain and also use both at home. Certainly the end grain ones hold up better over time but both can be re-sanded to like new. In my experience, the face grain boards tend to sell quicker as they are cheaper. Also easier to batch out. Unfortunately I don't price mine as if I was running a business. I look to cover the cost of materials plus a bit extra. Many of the crafters I have spoken too, have told me to increase prices and they think I'd actually sell more. I've seen other woodworkers at these events sell what is basically a sanded board with no other work for the same price I sell the end grain ones, so I often wonder.....
Anyway, onto the question in hand - other ideas might include:
Tea light holders - very easy and quick (get a kitchen hinge cutting bit as they are about the right size)
Christmas tree decorations - hardwood snowflakes go down really well
Live edge coasters - very quick and easy to just chop up a log of the right diameter. Easy to make a holder as well with a larger diameter log slice and some dowels. The log slices sold much better than end grain ones I made with leftovers.
I find things can sell much better if there is a story behind the item. I managed to get a load of old teak from the local pier which burned down. People like to own a bit of local history.
Just done a few trees, got a few shops I put them in just trying them lot of work but have really enjoyed doing them over the summer months and have now got a template for the tree and base so easy to knock out, just used by jigsaw and an hole saw, hoping to get £65 sold one to my mate, so I’ve got 5 left not doing anymore this year, will see how the go, I’m going back to my driftwood stuff for winter, just sold one I did as a light for a really good price so I’m happy with that.