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post #1 of 19 Old 11-09-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Research for Online Slab/Barnwood Project

I currently build furniture, doors, cabinets out of barnwood and slabs for a living working for someone else. Now, I am trying to figure out how to create some income online for myself via a website with blog, e-book, my own store with projects for sale, etc.

Do you think an e-book on how to build with slabs and barnwood would be of interest? If so, what would be a nice price point?

What do you all find the most challenging when building with slabs and barnwood?

Also I am trying to figure out the market. Why do you woodwork? Do you all woodwork for a living or is this a hobby? Or both

Thanks for any responses.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-09-2019, 08:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Jesse! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel. You can add your first name to your signature line and you won't have to type it each time.

You'll find that very few people will respond to newcomers asking for marketing research like this. If you want to get the info you seek then the best way is to become an active participant of the forum, learn what people have trouble with in woodworking and finishing, see how more experienced folks reply, and pick up what you can from that. After you've become known as an active forum member then folks might give you a little more for your research.

Speaking for me personally I have no interest in building with slabs or barnwood so I won't be your target audience or customer.

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Thanks for the response David

I understand.

Though a tad vague, I added a location. I live 20 minutes outside of Boone, NC.

You are on point about being an active member. I am not trying to be a hit-it-and-quit-it.
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Hobby. No interest in your book, so sorry. If you are going to make an e-book, have a plan regarding piracy issues.
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Good point about piracy. Never thought of that and just googled and came up with "rampant and impossible to stop" headline.

Will look into that more. Thanks
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avoiding the term "pallet wood" in anything you say or do
will help to keep your chin above water (a little).
in my very personal opinion, slabs, barnwood, reclaimed wood, etc
has been beat to death. it will probably eventually go away with the Pet Rock.
wishing you all the best in your adventures.
e-books are for e-people that are interested in e-things. . . I am not one of those e-peoples.

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How about posting examples of what you do
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Good point on using term "pallet wood." I hear you on e-books, just trying to think of ways to create passive income or content to offer.

I agree that rustic is probably near peak trend or has been for a while - especially people building without thinking of wood movement and so forth.

I tend to disagree that it will go away like the pet rock. I mean how hold are some of Nakashima's pieces? I like slabs aesthetically and will always like them. It doesn't mean that everything in my house is slabbed out. Same with barn wood.

Thanks for the comments.
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Hey Terry,

Here are a couple photos representing a slab and a barnwood project. The desk out of blue mold pine was built in the shop under my house that has been a work in progress for a couple years and the barnwood cabinet was made where I am employed.
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Rustic has it's place.....

Nice barnwood chest in the bottom photo. There's a lot of folks doing epoxy river slabs table tops. It's a great way to use a raw edge and still have a pretty refined table top... just my opinion. Check out these builds:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...t+river+tables

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Yeah, I've helped build quite a few river tables.
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I agree with you that things made of barn wood will stay around for a long time but I also think it's a fad. Most everything is a fad, how we dress, hair cuts, cars, the color of paint we use on our walls in the house. So I think you need to be able to change when a new fad comes along it woodworking.

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I agree Don
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...............................I tend to disagree that it will go away like the pet rock. I mean how hold are some of Nakashima's pieces?....................
I have been to George Nakashima's shop sometime in the late 1980's. He was a true artisan, not just in using slabs, but in selecting the slabs. He traveled around the world touring sawmills and lumber suppliers for slabs. They were breathtaking.
To stretch a comparison, go out and buy some oil paint and create a DeVinci or a Michaelangelo competitive piece.

With serious environmental concerns, wood furniture itself may go completely out of style. Never know what tomorrow brings.

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avoiding the term "pallet wood" in anything you say or do
will help to keep your chin above water (a little).
in my very personal opinion, slabs, barnwood, reclaimed wood, etc
has been beat to death. it will probably eventually go away with the Pet Rock.
wishing you all the best in your adventures.
e-books are for e-people that are interested in e-things. . . I am not one of those e-peoples.

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Totally agree with John. The pallet crap is just so overworked and it is gone soon. Popular with hobby wood workers lie me is project plans as found on instrucabales website. Great projects. Your adventure should avoid current popular items and look into specific projects or techniques that can be used to make wood working easier. Short projects to start.
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Tony,

I certainly wasn't trying to make any comparisons to Nakashima's art/skill/talent/vision - just pointing out that slab furniture has been around for decades.

I know a lot of the logs that become slabs in my area come from tree services with trees that came down in storms, but we never know what future generations will like or accept and why. Thanks for thoughts

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Thanks for your comments Rider.
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Tony,.........I know a lot of the logs that become slabs in my area come from tree services with trees that came down in storms, but we never know what future generations will like or accept and why. Thanks for thoughts
Sorry if my reply was offensive, It wasn't meant to be. I was just trying to make a point that not all slab wood is desirable. Unless someone just happened to get just the right shapes for river tables, they really need to have great coloring and and other features to blow you away.
Also I didnt realize that barn wood was still sought after. That was real popular in the late 1960's and 70's. Most people were after the silver gray color of the weathering and were using it for paneling in dens and rec rooms. Sometimes fads fade away and then make a resurgence 40 years later, like bell bottom pants.

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I didn't find it offensive. I just didn't want folks to think I was comparing myself to Nakashima.

I hear you on selecting choice slabs. They can certainly be pretty boring or have that wow factor - and also some wood is stabler than others.

I live in the mountains of North Carolina and barnwood is pretty popular here for cabinets, sliding interior barndoors and wall paneling. I don't think it would look right in say, a nice home in Miami, though. But in the mountains, it seems to work.

I didn't realize barnwood was popular back then. Interesting. One thing I want to research is when slab furniture and barnwood first became a thing.
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