Craftscape my Joinery #1: First summer show.. ehhh.....

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Blog entry by Porosky posted 06-25-2010 02:41 AM 2981 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well we got to work the bugs out of the set up. There were over 90 hand-made vendors….and about 90 consumers attending thus the ehhh…..

We learned: that initial impression was key to draw folks into the tent. As folks were walking by the tent they would veer over to the products we had on the edge of the table closest to the opening. At first I had some expensive eye grabbing boards out there but as folks were drawn to the eye catching work the price tag helped them make the decision to keep walking. So quickly we placed our less expensive more affordable items on the edge of the tables, which made our booth more consumer friendly and then folks were drawn into the tent to see the eye catching work in the back. Good Lesson Learned. We sold a few cutting boards a couple wine tilts and no Lazy Susans :(

My wife Brandy and I had a Great time just hanging out (no kids) Also I met a few other woodworkers and took some pics of their work I’ll post later in this new blog thread. None were Lumberjocks. So I told them they could find the pictures I took of them here and to check out the site!

Here are pictures of our display and my work. You’ll see my LJ inspired boards here and also my own style of Edge Grain, Flat Grain and End Grain cutting boards. As you can see for the last few months I have been using Ambrosia Maple in a lot of my boards. I’ll blog later about my Ambrosia Maple cutting board technique…...

Brandy agreed to put her Tray up for sale to help out the good of the family. I told her it was hers and she was free to do what she wanted with it. When I saw the price she put on it however I knew it had no chance of selling.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 02:43 AM

Wow great bunch of projects


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#2 posted 06-25-2010 02:47 AM

I like it! That’s a good variety of products to sell. I refuse to display a wine bottle because it draws too many kids who need to touch it. I just display a picture of one.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 02:51 AM

Let us know if you at least broke even. I have thought about doing that just wasn’t sure I would make any money at it.

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 02:55 AM

Fantastic.. I am going to do a few shows soon… If I look as good as that… should do well…
Hope you learnt something about show… and then blog about them some more…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 06-25-2010 03:47 AM

wow, you have a lot of nice items for sale !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#6 posted 06-25-2010 03:48 AM

awesome! I was thinking about joining the local farmers market – wish It would look as cool as your stand!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-25-2010 03:54 AM

Yes there is money to be made. You’ll need to be thrifty and watch your expense. From fair fees to cost of lumber and time. For me it’s a hobby. Break even is good but I’d like to make money at my hobby. If I were into snowmobiles It would cost thousands with no money back. Woodworking is a hobby that (if you choose) you can get enjoyment and get your money back. For this show I did better than break even….. For my woodworking hobby I’m still in the hole but not as much as if I were into snowmobiling or golfing or other expensive hobbies.

Our friend Closetguy at has a great and inspiring blog on his crafter journey. I have used his insightful information to make my crafter experience much easier.

Did anyone notice my Elegant Ellen?

BTW I put $120 on the sinister board it did not sell but I know it will at some up coming show. Everyone was like WTF? Brandy put $100 on the Tray, FYI. TTFN

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#8 posted 06-25-2010 11:35 AM

I noticed!! You outdid yourself on this show! Your display looks awesome! It is always so nice to have people (other than us!!) oohing and aahing over our work. I find that if people think they are getting a bargain, they are more likely to buy and buy more! Part of my payment is just having people enjoy what I have made (of course, I don’t do this for a living either!!).
Great job Scott (I have a show coming up July 16)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 06-25-2010 02:29 PM

Scott, these are stunning. Some of the boards in the top shot have an almost photographic quality, loving the end grain. You sir, are a master craftsman!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 03:12 PM

Beautiful items and a well thought out display system. Very impressive.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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