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Ripper70

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 03:29 AM

Hard to say what you could expect to fetch for a hand carved spoon without knowing more about the process and the time involved. To say it could take one sitting or a month or more to finish doesn’t put a fine enough point on it. How many hours is a “sitting”? For a spoon that takes weeks or months to finish, I have to assume you’re not spending all those hours working exclusively on that one spoon.

Your work looks quite good and the materials appear to be first rate. What did it cost you for the wood? What does tool maintenance/replacement cost you? It seems as if you’ve been doing spoon carving because is a labor of love. Once money becomes the focus, your feelings for the process might change. On the other hand, if introducing a few power tools to your process can expedite your production, maybe you could crank out enough of these to fill a shelf in some boutique somewhere and put some decent coinage in your pocket.

Taking your hobby to the next level will require some cold hearted calculations to determine just what your time is worth in dollars. If that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, just keep making them as gifts for friends, family and loved ones. They’ll appreciate them more than you can imagine and you can’t put a price on that.

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