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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-25-2018 01:44 PM

first of all – you did not make all those beautiful carvings in one weekend.
you have amassed quite a collection of very fine work that should bring some handsome prices.

have you ever sold any at all to the public?
do you keep track of the time it takes you to make one project?
what part of the country are you in ?
what kind of wood do you use ?? some woods will curl up like a potato chip once it leaves your shop
and is displayed in a totally different environment. like from Arizona to Spokane, WA., for example.
there are dozens of factors that will affect the price of your work.

personally – I would pick a few of your best pieces, build a shipping box for each one,
then – list them on a few of the online auction sites such as E-Bay, Etsy, etc to feel out the market.
certain times of the year will also affect the market. Christmas, for example.
I would invest in a website to publish your work for sale – and solicit custom work from the public.
start carving a “common” item that people would be interested in. such as house numbers, cabin names, etc.
search the internet for work similar to something you have and see what it is selling for.
there is really no way to give you a price of what your work is worth.
it boils down to what is your time and talent worth to YOU and price it accordingly.
after you sell a dozen or so pieces, you will have an idea of what you can get for similar pieces in the future.

the reason I say to build a box first prior to listing it for sale is there is nothing more aggravating to a customer
than to purchase something then the seller says – - – “I will ship it as soon as I have time to build a box for it”.
have it ready to go as soon as their payment has cleared. PayPal has good protection for both parties.

looking forward to reading a report of your journey through the Artisan’s World for profit.


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