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I have been at the markets for just on 12 months now selling mainly pens but have added a few more stands with Wands, Crochet needles (which I have shortened and added wood handles), some plywood sculpture etc etc.
Have kept the prices down and doing fine financially. Pic 1 and 2 show part of the display, I have added various carvings on the individual stands which are a talking point before the sale. Pic 3 are streamline pens with the blanks made using colored pencils. Pic 4 are clicker style pens with a fountain pen added. Pic 5 is a variety of segmented pen blanks. Pic 6 different style of pens including Bolt Action and the long handled pen. I now believe those who said pens making is addictive but I have found it is more addictive finding different woods and then creating your own blanks by segmenting them together and always producing something different. It is a great hobby, turning them
does not strain the arthritis in the wrists and very profitable. I purchase my pen kits direct from a firm in China cutting out the middle man. Cheers and comments welcome.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 04-27-2019 11:21 AM

Very nice array of hand made goods there Bob…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 04-27-2019 01:09 PM

What’s more fun than making things is watching someone buy it. Nice display stand. A lot of those pens look very different than ones posted here. They should be good sellers. Good luck on your adventures.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-27-2019 01:41 PM

Pens look great. I like the ones made with pencils. Glad you are enjoying making and selling things at the market.


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#4 posted 04-27-2019 02:40 PM

Bob, those pens are GREAT ! I believe the secret to an audience is to have something new and different and it sure looks like you have got both

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 04-27-2019 02:53 PM

Hi Bob Been a long time since I have been on lumber jocks. you have a great looking unit at the market,so glad to see your products, nice work. I am going to have space in a local farmers market beginning June 1st until Christmas,I had space there last summer and fall, worked out great for me no commissions to pay just a flat fee for the space. Keep up the fine work. Bruce

-- NSBruce

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#6 posted 04-27-2019 03:29 PM

Hey Bob. Long time no hear from. Your display looks great. And if you can make some extra cash pursuing your hobby…...well done I say! Keep up the good work Bob.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 04-27-2019 08:00 PM

G’day, mate…............that is one fine looking display, Bob. Between you and Mark Wilson ,you guys have urged me into making pens too. I turned my first 4 today.

I wish I could come and visit your display at the market!!!!!!!

Cheers, my friend…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-27-2019 09:15 PM

Yo B’C’, nice collection and am envious of your luck at selling. What market(s) do you frequent?

Not that I’m keen on selling my produce at the momenty, but if Scomo, Bill or any other moronic politician starts playing more silly buggers with our retirement pensions I may find the necessity to conduct some shekel haggling in a public forum.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 04-28-2019 12:49 AM

Quite a variety of designs Bob. A great selection for your customers to choose from. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 04-28-2019 01:48 AM

Hope you did really well Bob.
There is a lot of fine work in that lot.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 04-28-2019 02:42 AM

Good luck with the sales Bob. That’s quite an array of pens.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 04-28-2019 04:06 AM

I really like the pens made from pencils

-- derek / oregon

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#13 posted 04-28-2019 07:15 AM

Looks good Bob
I hope there was a clear table at the end of trading.

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 04-28-2019 10:07 AM

Bob…First of all Congratulations on Number 1. Fantastic Effort!!!!!

Each item looks Fantastic. Just Love those Pens.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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