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Thread: Getting paid to turn?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    lutefisk capitol, USA

    Getting paid to turn?

    The manager of the Rockler I frequent called and asked if I would be interested in doing a pen turning demo. They were paying $40 for two hours. I would have done it for free. I had a good time, talked to a lot of people and sold a bunch of tools. I never did get a pen done. It was about the easiest $40 I made. Too bad I spent $80 while I was there.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    hey dale yu should no better than to go to a place like that with money in your pocket... i know aguy that works in wood craft and his biggest problem is pay day.. just gettin out of there witht the check
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Getting paid to turn?

    Yeah But Larry, can you think of a better way to spend it?

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI


    A familiar story.

    It's true though. Almost every instructor that teaches and demos at Woodcraft buys a ton of stuff there, whether that same day or not. I guess they are getting paid to spend their money locally.

    Anywho, congrats on the cool experience! Nothing like getting paid to have fun.


    P.S. If I didn't have house bills, I think much of my paycheck would go right back to the employers too!

    No longer associated with Woodcraft. That's right, I am now a full time woodworker!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Dale, know all to well what you are saying. The owner of a gun store I frequent always asks me when I am going to start working for him, I keep telling him I couldn't afford to work for him. Each payday would be the same thing, "okay Les, how much do I owe you this pay period?"
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I worked at a drum and guitar store for a few years. I think I about broke even.

    Congrats on the new "Turning Instructor" title, Dale.
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  7. #7
    I made the mistake of working at a sporting goods store (Gander Mountain) as a part time gunsmith. One of my duty's was to inspect used firearms. I rarely took home a check but I sure was able to contribute to my 401"G"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Yep Chuck said it best. They pay ya but it is just a discount coupon. I got paid $80 to do a demo on lidded boxes. Walked out and left another $80 out of my wallet besides the pay.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Glad you had fun. Sounds like that Rockler manager is one smart feller.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Getting pd to turn

    The only way I could work in a wood store is if the check was sent to Mama

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