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This is the cutting board I plan on listing on ebay.

Looking for any ideas or feedback on how to price the listing.

yellowheart, wenge from Africa and Black cherry from Memphis. Curly maple from Ohio.

the black cherry is priceless.

About 12 years ago we lived in Bartlett, Tennessee which is a suburb of Memphis. In the Sunday paper we noticed a classified ad for cherry and walnut lumber @ a dollar a board foot. Never missing a wood bargain, we called, got directions and drove into southern Memphis to take a look at it. Seller met us at an old shed across the street from an old church. Shed was stuffed with rough-cut boards of cherry and walnut. Dusty, and undisturbed for many years it really looked like a mess. Not to go home empty handed my son and I dug through the pile of lumber, finding the best of the bunch. We came up with pretty big pile, about 140 bft.
When the seller was helping us load the wood into the pickup he told us about the wood. The trees came from accross the street and once were on the grounds of the Babtist Church. He said he was the minister of the church and the trees were blown down many years earlier by a tornado. When we were about done loading he told us the trees were special, .... special because Martin Luther King had once visited the church and prayed while under the trees. Story stuck to the wood and has followed it everywhere since. I made many items from that lumber, a shaker clock, a chair, dresser, boxes and now cutting boards for the save the children event.

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very nice work ! Have you considered making a chair with this pattern on the seat and back rest .
 

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I don't have a clue how to price that, Dan. It's pretty awesome!
 

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Tough one to price Dan. Beautiful board…not sure I would want to take a knife to it and the story makes it all that much more difficult.
 

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Man! - I know nothing about pricing this kind of thing, but I do know beauty and I know a great story when I hear one! The basket weave pattern is nothing short of incredible. Personally, I would donate the cutting board to the pastor of the church where I obtained the wood. Let them put it up for auction to raise money. And then make more to sell on E-Bay. The best marketing is word of mouth!
 

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I don't know re: pricing either… I'd ask Dan oh wait. you're the one who is asking!! :)

the story that goes along with it .. I just don't know how you put a price to that.
 

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Great story to go with your cutting board. And they look great too!
 

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THAT is one awesome cutting board!
 

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Man, I gotta fo find a tutorial. I don't know how some of you guys do these amazing cutting boards. Beautiful, Dan!
 

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I think, generally speaking, that on eBay, a item as delightful as this one, listed with a sharp, tightly cropped photograph or two, and a full, but not too long winded narrative will find its realistic price at the fall of the hammer - especially with its charitable connection. Your story as told above would fit the bill. And you're probably at the peak of Christmas buying just now. I recently listed a book starting price $10 and it sold for $200. Ooops I'm rattling on - hope it helps.
 

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Tell them that the one condition they must follow is that they have to use Mastercard…then list the price as: "PRICELESS."

beautiful piece…i cant comment on cost…but send me a link when you put it on…and I will help bid it up…(jk!!!)... good luck!
 

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Nice work Dan..looks just like the Sketchup model. Thats a real nice design..I'll be steal…oh er..copying that!
 

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No help on the price. But a great job and priceless seems to be my vote.
 

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Hi Dan;

Very impressive! Pricing work like this is impossible. Some people would look at this and think $20.00, while others would think a couple hundred would be more appropriate. (myself included)

In our throw away world most people have no concept of what goes into every piece.

Krenov, in his writing speaks of this with dismay, as it is very difficult to make a living doing custom woodworking, for individuals or small shops.

I just hope it fairs well, as the cause is great!

Very nice work.

Lee
 

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Very impressive!
I would give them money and keep it for myself!
 

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With the background of the wood and the craftsmanship of the construction you'd better get a premium price. What that is I don't know, but I'd think at least a couple of hundred dollars. Nice job.
 

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Hello Everyone. Thanks for the feedback.
Started the auction at my "lucky" $14.65 starting price.

Link to the auction... save it in your favorities ! and keep checking back !
 

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your write-up is extraordinary!!!

((pat on the back)) Well done, Dan.. well done.
 

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I just gave it nudge.
 

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Dan,

Fantastic work, really beautiful work, design and craftsmanship.
 
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