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alan23's picture

saw blades (post #170979)

has anyone used the super general saw blade by infinity tool

I have been working on different pieces of furniture that I brought to the finefurnishing show in Providence R.I. and am still looking for ways to show my work to the public.I am aware of all the pitfalls in woodworking.The most chalenging thing I have found is making people understand the difference between what I do and what they are buying at potterybarn or any retail store.I have made it my mission to educate the general public in what makes a quality piece of furniture starting with the joinery and the whole proccess in general.I am still advertising in custommade.com under Johnson's Woodworking

surfside123's picture

You must have learned lot of (post #170979, reply #1 of 3)

You must have learned lot of things about woodworking since you've been in the industry for a long time already . Hope to learn a lot of things from you. 

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Art verses custom made (post #170979, reply #2 of 3)

You have described the dillema of many people trying to "make it" in the craft business.  People pay millions of dollars for, say a Rothko, that is just a square of red paint, but a custom made table of an exotic wood and fine craftsmanship is diffucult to sell for the price of the wood, in some cases.  Now I'm not saying I wouldn't want a Rothko to hang on my wall, but it shows that the people who have the money to  pay these high prices is for  investment  purpose, for one reason, and for another they have so much money they just like to one up others like them.  For a woodworker of high skills he must find an agent who caters to people who recognize quality, and are willing to pay for it.  Trying to do this on you own is a catch 22 situation because of the time away from your love of woodworking, and to get into the selling end is ehausting, and not enjoyable at all.  If you can't do this you will have to get a job somewhere that you enjoy almost as much as woodworking that pays well. Good luck with that, but one must follow their bliss, according to Joseph Campbell.

~~Michael

RalphBarker's picture

Location, demographics, and marketing (post #170979, reply #3 of 3)

Ah, the proverbial marketing issue.

It seems to me that the first thing one should do is to closely examine the demographics for the area in which they live. In that process, you can get an idea of how many potential customers are there, and then devise a plan to make them aware of what you do. Unless you, too, have a membership at the country club, you'll need to find  appropriate "intermediaries" - people and advertising venues that are appropriate for your target market. These might include local interior designers on the people side, and local up-scale magazines, symphony or opera programs, etc. Professionally-done photography of your work will be essential, I believe.