- hiya all
my name is jacques, and i am a woodaholic (everyone respond "hi,
jacques"...). seriously, i am. and i have a problem. i make boxes of
assorted types. i am reeeeaaaally happy when i am in my woodshop. so,
what's the problem?
i want to earn a living at it. not tons of money, just enough to
keep all those who seem to think that my money rightfully belongs to
them, such as the power company, phone company, etc moderately happy.
i am NOT a salesperson, and certainly do not wish to become one.
what is the best way to sell/advertise my stuff? how much should i
charge (i am thinking about $25/hr plus material; is that realistic)? i
am up in canada.
i have spent my last 20 odd years as a computer forensic expert, and
do not want to be doomed doing that till i ....., well, you know what i
i'll be watching the group for any advice....
unfortunately those days seem to be gone. my first two reigns were 11 years ago, then i did two 5 years ago, and i just stepped down from my fifth last month and i can tell you first hand that the progression to a day of people filling in “checklists” and doing things just to get noticed has been steady. it a shameful thing and more people are just after cookies than those just trying to make, or do, stuff because it creates a better atmosphere. hopefully it will come full circle and go back to the way it used to be.
on a related note, someone i had made a hanging shield for about 7 years ago just returned to atlantia. the shield i made for her is about 20” tall and was made to hang from a wrought iron hanger outside her pavilion. the parts of her arms were all cut out from 1/8” luan and glued to the front (sort of a 3d look) and everything painted. her arms have a lot of white in them and i was afraid to use any kind of poly to protect the piece because of the yellowing problem. no fun having a white field turn into an amber one. so i used a product by behr called “crystal clear” water based polyurethane. i must say i was greatly pleased with its condition 7 years and hundreds of hours in the sun later. the white is still white and there are no signs of the finish failing. has anyone else used this product? has anyone else found something low gloss that wont yellow and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (like the behr product does)?
"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared"
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Andrew
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 4:26 AM
Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Kissing ass? (was Marketing (was need advice))
Likewise. What ever happened to people just making things to give to others
or swap for something? That's the part of the SCA I miss the most. Everyone
in now out to make money and/or win competition.
The nicest peers in my experience are the ones who you wouldn't know as a
peer except by actions with the new and inexperienced.
From: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
[mailto:medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Chas
Sent: Sunday, 30 March 2008 12:38 AM
To: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Kissing ass? (was Marketing (was need
AH But isn't it true that Kingdom laurels and royalty should get
around to smaller events too? MANY, MANY folks, it seems, go
unnoticed on a local level for lack of local laurels, peers, royalty,
Just a thought.
I've heard (read) many a laurel and peer state that taking on "the
title" is a responsibility, but see very few on a "local event" level
Again just a thought.
--- In medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com, "Bill McNutt" <mcnutt@...>
> There are also "political" things you can do that are very
> don't involve any kissing ass, sucking up, or compromising yourprinciples.
> When your name comes up in the polling circle and 2/3 of the room
> "who?" It's not a good sign. So make an effort to meet Laurels.Show them
> your work. Ask them their opinions. Interact. Then, they willhave seen
> your work and know your name when the time comes to discuss yourwork.
> You also need to become perceived as a reliable authority in your
> It doesn't do any good to BE an expert, if nobody knows you are. Sothem on the
> publish. Write short articles for your local newsletter. Post
> web and announce them on your local or kingdom newsletters.On Behalf Of Geffrei
> From: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
> [mailto:medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com]
> There are ways to speed up getting yourw:st="on">Laurel without politicking
> Good craftsmanship is a good place to start. Ask yourself "Do youwant it
> right or right now?" before you start making stuff to put in yourbooth.
> Take your time and do things right. Second, do research first anddocument
> what you make; not make something and then scramble fordocumentation.
> Third, teach classes. Again do your research and provide a welldocumented
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