Re: [MedievalSawdust] need advice
- Lucien,I don't have a web site at this time. I get must of my lead from word of mouth and from a couple of home shows a year. But, it is in the planning for the near future. I don't want to get too big too fast, I like it as it is now, it has been profitable and manageable and allows me to maintain my primary job.
From: Jim Looper <jimlooper@...>
Sent: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:07 am
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] need advice
Pepin,Do you have website?Lucien----- Original Message -----From: Rapier3971@aol. comSent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:23 AMSubject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] need adviceJacques,It is possible to make a living as a woodworker or make a side business like I have. I'm an architect by profession, but have a design and woodworking business on the side. I make crossbow and chairs in the SCA lever, but full libraries w/ build in bookcases, home offices, built in bars, etc. in my side business and the money return has not been bad at all.
That is what I recommend for you to do at the beginning to see how it goes. You can advertise in many places, there are newspapers, wedsite, local flyers and even in Graig list. You will have to do some minor sales to show the customer your portfolio of previous jobs or merchandize that you make. Also, learn about what taxes you need to charge as well as pay, etc. there are night classes in how to run a small business, at least here in the states.
Give it a go it may work out for you, if you don't try you will always be wondering. I for one will make it a full time job in the near future.
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"
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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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