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#1 posted 11-20-2016 04:36 AM

A guy I met makes wooden spoons. This is how he describes his process. He told me….

If you want to make money carving spoons, set your shave horse on the sidewalk in front of the passing crowd. Start carving blanks that you have bandsawn out ahead of time. Offer to carve a spoon for people who pass and say that you will make the handle fit their hand and carve the bowl end to suit them (have some examples on hand for them to choose from).

Try to keep your time under 25 minutes, 15 is better. Charge them 35-40 dollars for a custom made spoon made while they watch. When business picks up hand out cards numbered 1-10 and get their cell number and a non-refundable deposit. When you are ready to start on their spoon, give them a call and ask them to show up. Start making the bowl.

Make the cards large and hang them up so others can see which one you are working on now. Hang up a sign that says you will be here again on say Wednesday at 3:00 and will make another ten spoons then. If you make a good spoon work efficiently and have a good location, say in a restaurant district, people will start to show up.

Have a few spoons on hand to sell on the spot for say 30 dollars. During busy times a helper will let you keep working while people watch. If ten spoons is too much work, just make 5 and go back home. It is a grind, but if you want to make money working with your hands you have to expect that. Too much business, raise the price.

You might trade a long spoon to the kitchen for permission to use their sidewalk. Find out what spoon they want and start working on that until you get another customer. Next week give them the finished spoon and set up shop. One spoon, two visits. People who work in the kitchens often like to have their own wooden spoon for use at home and are perspective customers.

I don’t know if it works, but that is what he told me as I watched him work.

-- Big Al in IN


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