OK, I am not fooling myself into thinking that I can make a fortune with my woodturning but I would like to sell enough to make a dent in the housekeeping. I have several different directions I can go in and am not really certain which would be best.
1: Making for other crafters. This would involve making tools such as crochet hooks, lace bobbins, drop spindles, 3D felting rubbers (or whatever they are called), hatstands, jewellery stands, blanks for pyrographers and other 'artists.' It also means getting known (the really hard part) and being open to suggestions such as replacement bits for spinning wheels and maybe lots of one off items for people.
2: The arty stuff. This is involving galleries and my experience so far is not too good. Wood doesn't seem too popular in galleries and isn't seen by many as an art form anway. In America it's a different scene with dedicated galleries for wooden craft.
3: General treen and so forth. This includes things like bowls, rolling pins, honey dippers etc. Strange as it may sound this is a market that is difficult to crack as there are so many cheap imports.
If I were to sell things at the price you can get them for in a supermarket I would be unable to pay myself any kind of a wage at all so it has to be the more discerning market that likes handmade, individual stuff.
4: All the above. This is more or less what I am doing at the moment but am finding that I am selling very little either on line or in the few craft markets that I have done.
I suspect that a major problem, for me, is the marketing and I am aware that somehow I need to get this sorted out. If anyone is reading this and has any ideas please comment as I really need to get it up and running properly. Even finding craft fairs or markets to sell in seems impossible though I am probably looking in the wrong places. Where do I look? Here in Cornwall I just can't find many at least not ones that I can afford.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Posted by bodrighy at Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
This is for felting with and is instead of using knuckles (which get sore) or the stones (which are too awkward to handle for a lot of people
It is made of mahogany as that is pretty resistant to water, and is 3" diameter. The handle is a bit small for me so should be OK for a woman's hands. Any one who wants one please contact me
Posted by bodrighy at Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
I have always liked the pottery made by the pueblo, zunni and hopi indians of the southern states so decide to try and emulate them. I have done three so far and am not too sure. Probably be better if I decorated them as well.
Posted by bodrighy at Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Well tha's another craft show done, this time in Fowey. Plenty of crafters but very few sales. A fair number of browsers and several people took my card unbidden which may produce results but i won't hold my breath. Everyone seems to find that people just ain't buying at the moment so I know it isn't just me. Be interesting to see how the 'exhibition' goes in Nov. - Dec. More upmarket and closer to Christmas.
Posted by bodrighy at Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Well the Friday sale has come and gone and though I have gained from the experience and will go back for the other two before Christmas, I am glad it was only a tenner for the table or I would be crying over my red bank account. I sold 2 finger tops and a light pull. Long way to go to my first million. All the other people there reckoned it ws the worst they have seen with hardly anyone around. Hopefully they are all saving their pennies for Christmas.
Posted by bodrighy at Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
My latest creation:
Posted by bodrighy at Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
I have just got my grubby little hands on a nice big bag of offcuts from a fellow turner bless his heart. All big enough for light pulls, crochet hooks etc so now I have no excuse whatsoever for not stocking up for the stalls etc. Watch this space for further developments
Posted by bodrighy at Thursday, October 01, 2009