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post #1 of 22 Old 02-06-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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This weekends turnings

I've been getting ready for the upcoming farmers market/craft show season, stocking up on things so I'm not scrambling to make things once the season is underway. Here's what I got done this weekend.

Patrizio kits from PSI. Didn't like this style when I first made them but they sell, so what do I know?
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Single side seam rippers also from PSI.
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Enjoy and thanks for looking.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice job. What do usually get for one pen?
Just curious. You don't have to tell me.

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I charge from $20 up to $75 (or more) for a pen, depending upon the kit, the wood, and if it was a custom order.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I charge from $20 up to $75 (or more) for a pen, depending upon the kit, the wood, and if it was a custom order.
Wow. I definitely need a lathe.
Thanks sawdust.

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Those look GREAT Sawdust, Good luck with the sell.

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Wow. I definitely need a lathe.
Thanks sawdust.
LOL ... don't start thinking it's easy money! Lathe, pen mandrel, gouges and skews, drill-press, bushings specific to a pen kit, the pen kits themselves, the blanks, drill bits that match the pen kit requirements, finishing products, sandpaper in various grits, micro-mesh kit ... and I probably forgot a few other "little" expenses.

Add in the electricity and your time, there isn't a huge margin on these even before you consider the cost of a booth at a craft-fair and the fuel to get there and back!

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Enjoy and thanks for looking.
Certainly do enjoy them -- looks like a good foundation for your season

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LOL ... don't start thinking it's easy money! Lathe, pen mandrel, gouges and skews, drill-press, bushings specific to a pen kit, the pen kits themselves, the blanks, drill bits that match the pen kit requirements, finishing products, sandpaper in various grits, micro-mesh kit ... and I probably forgot a few other "little" expenses.

Add in the electricity and your time, there isn't a huge margin on these even before you consider the cost of a booth at a craft-fair and the fuel to get there and back!
I'm aware of the expenses. I have some experience on metal lathes. I'm sure it's costly. Everything that has to do with a hobby, comes with a cost.
Looks like fun.

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Looks like fun.
Oh yes ...

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I'm aware of the expenses. I have some experience on metal lathes. I'm sure it's costly. Everything that has to do with a hobby, comes with a cost.
Looks like fun.

It is fun.
Thanks for showing. Good luck with the sales. Hopefully the market is starting to turn around and people are spending a little more these days.

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Wow. I definitely need a lathe.
Thanks sawdust.
you mean a money pit lol
nice wook sawdust
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you mean a money pit lol
nice wook sawdust
No my money pit is in storage. Lol

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I really like the seam ripper, what would that cost me?
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JT, i saw your post and was going to respond but got called away. When I returned you had edited it. I use a finish called Doctors Woodshop that is a combo of shellac, walnut oil and carnuba wax. I put anywhere from 6 to 10 coats of this on. I don't use CA for 2 reasons, I don't like the smell and I don't like the feel. I also don't turn acrylics for the same reason, I can't stand the smell and don't like the feel. I like the look and feel of wood, so that is what I work with. I've checked out some of your work and it is gorgeous, just wish I could get past the stench

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Very nice pens and seam rippers. Good Luck with the sells.

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Wow Steve you have been a busy man. Another month and the markets will start opining.
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Another month and the markets will start opening
That's why I've been busy cranking up the production
Fortunately for me the first one is not until the end of April, so I've got a little more time. Just trying to get as much made ahead of time this year instead of doing little bits here and there.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Wow, those are awesome. I've turned a few pens but never had any luck in selling them. Great work.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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