Lily Coffee Table

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Project by tinnman65 posted 05-31-2010 10:40 PM 3073 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little table I just finished for a local art show held at a pottery shop. They hold this show every year in July with a Lily theme, any kind of art with any kind of lily’s will do. This is the first time I tried to enter this show or any show for that matter, it is a juried show and you have to be accepted so I’ll see how it goes. I chose to use Calla Lily’s on the top with a couple of butterfly’s. I had to stretch myself a little on a few aspects of this project but it was fun to make. I was planning on putting it up for sale at the show if anyone wanted it but after seeing it my wife wants to keep it. It does solve one problem as I’ve never sold anything and didn’t have the slightest clue as to what to ask. Paul

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 10:46 PM

Very nice I hope you do well at the show.
Let us know

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 10:47 PM

Wonderful table very cool ,the marquetry is fantastic.


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#3 posted 05-31-2010 10:59 PM

Breath taking table

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 11:08 PM

Very nicely designed and executed. It’s an elegant piece. I would check out stores that carry custom work (online and brick & mortar) and compare what they ask for their pieces. Take in consideration your supplies costs and labor costs and price somewhere in between the high and low of the market. It depends on your market that you are showing your work. If you live in a rural area of middle/low income, you can’t ask for the big city prices, unless of course, you’re someone like Sam Maloof, then you can live in Nowhereland and get top dollar. But it took him 40-60 years to obtain his reputation.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 11:09 PM

Really a wonderful piece, how did you do the butterflies?

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 11:33 PM

Is that Campbell’s Pottery?
I was over there yesterday.
They have some mighty expensive art displayed there. You should go and see the prices on a showing of fiber art.
Good grief, that stuff has some high asking prices.
I’m not sure anybody’s buying, though.
That’s a pretty table!

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 11:37 PM

Wow nice job on the table. Fantastic work.

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 12:01 AM

Beautiful table. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 12:50 AM

Here’s a tip for pricing stuff the first few times that I got from a friend.

Figure out what you would pay for it if it was in a decent homegoods store. Add 50% MORE.

Go with that figure and see how people react to the price – that should tell you everything you need.

The one thing I always tend to do is under-price my work.

It looks like this time you have the best customer in the world for this one!

Great job!!!!


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#10 posted 06-01-2010 03:46 AM

WOW!!! Beautiful! Very nice looking Marquetry.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 07:02 AM

nicely done.

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#12 posted 06-01-2010 03:51 PM


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#13 posted 06-01-2010 04:38 PM

Very nice work. The inlay is so interesting I almost missed the legs…good idea to take the side-on pictures too…the legs are really nicely done.

Great piece….I’d find it hard to sell something like that!

-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

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#14 posted 06-01-2010 10:04 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments, Dan one butterfly was regular marquetry and the one in the corner was inlayed after the veneer was glued to the substrate. Yes Don it is Campbell Pottery, they ask for a 40% commission on sales that may be the reason for the high prices. I would personally just have asked for enough to pay the cost of materials, it seems like a good way to get your name out and I’m not woodworking for a living. I have the highest respect for the people who do this for a living.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 06-06-2010 03:31 PM

Hi Paul;

Is it any wonder your wife wants to keep it?

Beautiful job on it, all around. From the inlays, to the border, to the overall design, it’s a winner.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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