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post #21 of 26 Old 11-16-2008, 07:55 PM
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Here's some pics of my birdhouses with the birds from Pat Cataan's.
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Mike. Very very nice, I like each and every one of them. Nice and colorful with sharp lines where needed. Great craftsman ship your displaying here, The birds add a lot to the turnings but the quality of the houses stand on their own and can do so without the birds. Thanks for posting them Mike. I never got a chance to get down to Cataan's this week end like I wanted too. I made a couple more small houses but I think everyone on these forums had enough of seeing birdhouses. Do you sell yours Mike? Thanks again for posting these pictures and adding a lot of class to this thread. I am sure anyone who looks at these will agree. Mitch
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I usually end up giving small items like the birdhouses to family members as gifts. The woman like stuff like that. I have only done two craft shows and had them sitting there and didn't sell any. I think I had them priced around 10-12.00. The only thing I sell now, and usually around the holidays are peppermills. I usually have a handful of people that know I make them and want them for gifts for others. I just had a ad come to the house from Pat Catan's, so I am correcting my spelling. I thought there were two a's at the end, only one.
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Thank you Mike
You were right about the birds at Catan's. I got several micro mini and mini birds down there today. When I looked at Craft's USA catalog I must of been looking at big birds and they were 3 dollars. I got 3 birds for $1.49. When I started turning a few years ago I promised myself I would not actively try to sell anything I ever turned if I ever got good enough to sell them. I went that route before making furniture and cabinets. People won't buy them and those that do want everything for nothing. I do like you say, give them to relatives and friends. I'm retired for 14 years and my money making days are behind me. This is one reason I love turning so much, I know all I want to do is enjoy my turning and not worry about selling. Did you pick that lathe and mill up yet? I am almost ready to pick the 3 in one machine I want to buy. Looked at a bunch of Grizzlies and 3 in one Smithy's. Talk to you later Mike and thanks buddy. Mitch
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Mitch,not tryin to hijack the thread,but when you posted about not selling your work,it reminded me of a gentleman I met this yr at a turning club in NC who helped me out in using my coring tool.I ask him about what he sells his work for and he said, I never sell anything,that way nobody can complain about the piece and he turns some pretty big bowls ,vases and other stuff.
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PS he's a millionaire,but you would never know it by meeting him.
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Thanks for that reply.Seems your friend that you spoke to and I are pretty much alike in our beliefs just one difference between him and I. I have money. Mitch
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