So you want to go pro #7: Pinky Up You Artists

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Blog entry by odie posted 01-10-2008 05:06 PM 1408 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me explain this small delay. I work at an art gallery one day a month. You know these places don’t you? People sip their tea with their pinky up in the air there. You lugs would never fit in there LIKE I DO. “You do my ass”, you are to saying to yourself. What tipped you off? My stuff doesn’t hang on a wall? If that doesn’t mean anything to you, start at the beginning of this series. This is an artists’ co-op.

Does your community have an artists’ co-op? Admit it, do you even know? This is just like MsDebbieP and her newly found “wood place”. I didn’t know we had one until someone approached me at an arts and crafts show representing one. Thus, this was my introduction to the artsy-fartsy crowd of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. We ( I am a member now) are a nonprofit for the arts known as North Tahoe Arts or just “NTA”. My site has a page called “NTA” with a link dedicated to the North Tahoe Arts Gift Shop.

This is a great way (if you have to) to go wholesale. They take care of all the sales taxes and credit card stuff. With the NTA I have to pay a yearly dues of $80.00 for two of us. Then I have to pay $50.00 to be in the gift shop. I work one day a month, plus they keep 30% of any sale of my woodwork. So I raise my prices a little. You also get to talk to “your” customers.

My fellow artists take really good care of my work. There is never a worry about it not being taken care of. And when they sell something, they call me, so I can restock. Guys and Gals This is the best of both worlds. If you have such a place in your town … dive in. The artists (mostly women) will have such a profound respect for you because of your “common sense” (being a woodworker you have … you too Allison). It’s just plain absent from their daily lives. Anyway being someone of common sense as a woodworker is, you will be looked at as a father figure knowing a great deal. Believe this or not, give it a try, you will see.

Oh, and at these places, you will be called an “artist”. I always have scraped knuckles from dragging them on the ground, what do I know of art. I’m a skilled craftsmen who makes things of wood. Here we are artists and this is a great place to take us from our normal routine. So, when you drink that beer, put your pinky in the air, and call yourself an artist.

This is the NTA building on the lake at Lake Tahoe. It’s also an historical landmark.

This is the inside of the gift shop at NTA. There are also two separate galleries, one downstairs and one up.

Take a look at the gift shop at :

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 05:16 PM

Looks like a fantastic place to showcase your work.
I’m a lug, a lug with a tiny bit of talent, but under
no circumstances am I an ‘artist’.

Just last night I made an insert for my table saw
out of a scrap piece of Santana, can’t imagine it
would ever be call an art piece ;) One mans junk…

How about some pictures of your showcased pieces?

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 06:02 PM

It does look like a great shop. I wonder if there are some of those around here?

How does your work sell compared to the other artists? A few sales, more sales?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 08:35 PM

Great Odie.

Nice place. And someone who cares about your work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 09:53 PM

a great way to get your name known, to make some sales, and to connect with other artisans.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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