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Upstate South Carolina

by Eric
posted 10-04-2018 01:52 PM


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 10-04-2018 05:46 PM

Can’t answer your questions, but Welcome to LJ!!!

I’m a hobby woodworker and never sell my stuff, but from what I’ve read on this and other sites, what sells varies widely across the country, season, venue, and time. You might check out what is selling locally and in a venue similar to where you intend to sell to get some clues on what is the “next big thing”.

-- Sawdust Maker

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Eric

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 10:47 PM

Thanks for the note. Here is a short list of projects I have done in the past

Entertainment center (2) out of cherry
Desk for the kids
Toy boxes
Two sided easel for the kids
Candel holders, both sitck and votief
Wedding boxes, to hold the couple’s cards, then as a keepsakes. One of those was a lighthouse about 3 1/2’ tall
Puzzles
Calendars
Boxes to mount a coffee grinder on. I still have about 10 grinders left ( guess I need to get busy )
Tinkered with a few boat models, built to scale. A dream I have is to build one I can sail.

Most of the items were as gifts either for the kids or family members. The cabinets were for the house.

I did have an interesting project a few years back. A client of mine wanted a window repaired. I ended up rebuilding it. This window was for a gable end of an old farm house. The kicker is, it was 7’ (w) x 3’ (h) in a diamond shape with 25 pains of glass. I ended up glazzing the last pain in after I reinstalled the window.

Guess I rambled on enough here.

-- Eric, building the dream

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lumbering_on

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#3 posted 10-05-2018 12:54 AM

Welcome to LJ. Are you looking at doing this full-time, or just as a way to sell what you decide you’d enjoy making?

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SuperCubber

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#4 posted 10-05-2018 12:49 PM

Hey Eric! Welcome to LJs!

I’m in Spartanburg!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Eric

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#5 posted 10-06-2018 12:24 AM

Lumbering-on

Would like to get into it full time. And be my own boss again. But moving to a new area I have to establish my name, and that may take some time. So the full time would be down the road if things work out good.

It took me about three years to get my name around with painting and remodel work up in New York. But once it did I was turning down work. And all of that just by word of mouth.

I need to figure out what will sell in this area, and expand on that.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Eric

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#6 posted 10-06-2018 12:28 AM

Joe, thanks for the welcome

I am up in Walhalla, been here for a year now. Moved here for the warmer climate. And I have been enjoying it. Just bit to hot the past few days working in the sun, ha ha

-- Eric, building the dream

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AntHillFarms

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#7 posted 12-14-2018 07:27 PM

Hey guys I’m in Greenwood! New here at LJ’s myself.

-- David, Ant Hill Farms

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SuperCubber

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#8 posted 12-15-2018 03:24 AM

Welcome, David!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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John Smith

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#9 posted 12-15-2018 11:49 AM

welcome, Eric

you could start with a few small items that are easily reproduced
and open a retail store on Etsy or Ebay to start with just to get your
feet wet in the business world. check the retail laws for SC as for
what local and state taxes you have to collect on your products and services.
[in the meantime, you could purchase a “Home Occupation” license
just to become established in the neighborhood, if one is required].
Many of us here started out only as a hobby. and as our skills and
confidence grew, so did the business.
what type of business did you have before ?

wishing you all the best in the coming New Year.

.

.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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bigblockyeti

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#10 posted 01-22-2019 12:22 PM

Welcome Eric, I recently moved from Seneca to Boiling Springs after a prior 20+ years in Ohio so I’m familiar with Walhalla. I too moved south for warmer weather, the lower taxes and paved roads (what Ohio considered pavement didn’t quite match my definition) were just added bonuses.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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Eric

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#11 posted 06-04-2020 01:25 AM

Hello y’all. Been a while since I have been on here, working to much and enjoying the time off.

Well I finally broke ground on a shop last weekend, so much for that spring of 2019. Either way plan on having the shell completed by Labor Day including the electrical system.

I had to go back to the drawing board a few times and make some modifications. Mainly adding 3’ to the length and adding more windows. All in all good design to include the 2 lofts, leaving me a nice open area in the center.

Digging footers in this red clay is a bear, hope to finish that and set my forms with bar over the up coming weekend, inspection next week and pour. Yea. Currently 2 days ahead of schedule.

-- Eric, building the dream

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bigblockyeti

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#12 posted 06-04-2020 02:21 AM

That’s awesome. I’ve just finished most of the concrete for my shed (possibly future shop) and I’m looking forward to standing up walls ASAP.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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SuperCubber

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#13 posted 06-04-2020 04:24 AM

I enjoyed reading your update, Eric!

I too am slowly working on my new shop (basement in our new house). I haven’t really had a shop for about a year now. It’s been painful! Haha

My tools are in the basement, but mostly just scattered about, which makes it tough to get anything done. Hope to start running electrical next week.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Eric

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#14 posted 06-04-2020 10:05 AM

Currently the shop tools have been stored in a 10’ x 12’ shed, packed in tight. I have a pathway in the center which is for lawn mower ECT. To hard to dig everything out to use. So I have not built anything for a few years.

Joe, good luck with your electrical runs.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Peteybadboy

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#15 posted 06-04-2020 10:41 AM

Eric,

Welcome to LJ. I have family in Spartanburg. SharpIV is a LJ. He joined a WW guild in the area. Amazing shop w tools, from what I hear guys who know their stuff too.

-- Petey

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bigblockyeti

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#16 posted 06-04-2020 01:53 PM

This SharpIV jock you speak of, has he joined the guild down in Greenville? I’ve looked at their sight and it does look impressive, I just wish it was closer.
http://www.greenvillewoodworkers.com/

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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