dust stuff #14: I am international. Oh yeah!!!

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 11-19-2012 03:37 AM 6491 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Fall Art Show Part 14 of dust stuff series Part 15: Project of a Lifetime. »

Let us begin with an apology for not being really active. It’s be crazy around my way. My son had pneumonia and was out of school for 8 weeks. I became a third grade teacher for a while. I won’t even get into how many things I don’t know that I am sure I did at some point.

Already being a bit behind in the shop, well now I am really behind, but my clients are all understanding. I am in the middle of a nice bedroom suite and several commissioned boxes.

Now here’s the international part. About a week or so ago, I got a message on facebook inquiring about my boxes. After chatting back and forth for a while he decides on a box and we start making arrangements. I ask where he is from and he informs me that he is from Canada. Well with facebook, it’s not a far stretch for Canada. Well here is the really cool part, I ask him how he found out about my work and he tells me that he was at a crafts show a few weeks ago in Ontario and there was an artist there that he really liked. When he did a internet search for the guy (whose name just happened to be similar to mine) my boxes popped up. He found his way to my facebook page and ended up buying two boxes that I had completed and commissioning a third.

The first two boxes are on their way, and I was able to slide his other into the shop already. I am amazed and proud that my work and artistry is becoming know. I guess enduring all the pain of typing things into facebook and pinterest with splinters in my fingers is finally paying of.

I have been moving steadily forward with my customer base. It began with family and friends, then friends of friends and then just people on facebook. Now people are searching for things on the internet and finding me. I only use facebook, and now penterest. I have not had my own webpage, although I have thought about it. I do all my advertising on facebook.

These are some of the reason’s I have not been real active on here lately. Trying to keep up in the shop and for those of you who know, trying to get my angelfish to breeding age. I am about to order the Mahogany for the stand on my 125 gallon tank for those that are following that Blog. So while I haven’t a lot of time left after family, wood, and fish, I will have some amazing things to be posting soon.

Thanksgivings is a few days away, and I cannot count the things I have to be thankful and grateful for. My family is my life and they make my art possible. Embrace yours every chance you get.

Good things are coming next year.

Thanks for tagging along in my adventures. For a burned out old punk rock kid, Life is good.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 03:55 AM

Love to see LJ’s having success. It’s not only good for the individual, but for the community as a whole. Congratulations on the sales and we pray for many more.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 03:57 AM

glad for you joey

and your son is on the mend too

we will wait with the fish
for another project
when the time is right

happy holidays

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 04:07 AM

Thanks guys. The time is fast approaching for a flood of projects. I like to finish up several at a time and then run them day to day. I think I will have a chest of drawers and then several boxes and then nightstands and a really nice king size bed with under bed storage.

My son is doing much better. He’s making A & B’s, even after missing all that time. He’s a trooper.

Thanks again. It will be nice when I can get back a little more often and feel like I am not missing out on everything going on here.

I am personally looking forward to the Mahongany tank stand. While it will be for the family, it’s for me. :-) They all love me enough to give me the time to build something for me. The only compromise I had to make is making it out of mahogany instead of walnut. It’s in our dinning room and my wife wants a mahogany kitchen. I think I can live with that.

Have a great holidays. I’ll try to finish up at least one thing soon so I can show you all that I really am making sawdust.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 05:32 AM

I haven’t been on in forever for basically the same reasons…minus the super-sick kid. I failed student teaching in a third grade classroom -i don’t remember there being so many things to remember about triangles! -but all those lesson plans for each day really did it…I was subbing, but my orders and purchases have grown too, so i try to justify not subbing…
I finally broke down and did a facebook too. It is helpful in that it is easy to post available items and communicate with folks quickly. & no stupid blanks to fill in, like on ETSY.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 06:02 AM

I am international too! That makes two of us…
Seriously, Congrat on you sale and glad your son is doing better.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 11:57 AM

So great to hear Joey! I see your beautiful work and don’t always get a chance to post on your projects, but they are really wonderful and it is great to see that others appreciate them too! Having a child sick is so hard! It really throws you for a loop with worry. But it is so good that you could be able to be with him and spend time teaching him while he was recovering. I hope you have a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving! Congratulations on your success! Your work speaks for itself and it is so nice to see it recognized!

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 12:23 PM

First of all I am so thankful for the fact your son is doing better and will pray for a complete recovery!! Secondly I am thankful for your business success! You are blesssed to have an opportunity to make a living doing something you enjoy. We can expect continued business groweth!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 01:14 PM

Congrats Joey, I’m not surprised, you do outstanding work….

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 02:07 PM

Wish your son a speedy recovery. No apologies needed. I too have been “out in left field” for too long. Many koo-koo things have been happening. Keep it on the upside, cuz, life is good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Jorge Velez

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 07:53 PM

congrats Joey! good for you! you are very talented guy!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 12:03 PM

Thanks everyone. My son is doing better and back to school finally. I think he liked home schooling better. :-) Can’t beat a hour of studies and then a couple hours of napping. Wish I could get away with that. LOL

I am trying to catch up. I don’t know that I will be doing any blogs but I will be posting finished projects as usual. I will be ordering the mahogany for my 125 gallon angelfish tank, and I will do a blog on finishing that up.

Here are my facebook links if you are on facebook. One is my group which I try to make day to day in the shop and the other is my page where I post my finished stuff and specials.

Thanks again.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 12-04-2012 10:50 PM

A bit late, I’m hoping everything is settled down now and all is well, you make some really nice looking boxes Joey.

Why don’t you set up a Facebook business page? Look at mine and see what you think. I’ve made several sells from it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 12:37 AM

Thank Randy, I liked your page on facebook, I am going to check out your work some more when I get a few quiet mins.

I’ve had a facebook page since before most people knew there was an option to myspace. I sell 90% of my work on facebook. Here is my page address

I also have a group that is my day to day in the shop It's here

Hope to see you there.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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