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    Display for Client

    During Christmas vacation, Eric (FSIL) brought a guy over to the shop (notifying me well ahead of time for planning reasons) to see about buying some pens. So, I dug through some things I had on hand and put a solid core door over a set of sawhorses and created a table of sorts. I really hate displaying and selling. I am a hermit and really don't do well in this arena. Anyway, I snapped some photos before putting stuff away. In another post you will see the antler tool desk set.

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    I anticipated he would be highly interested in antler pens as his son shoots bows for PSI or PSE I don't know what the initials are for the bow company.
    Anyway, here is a set of antler pens. From the left, a closed end antler pen using the copper slimline pen kit.
    Next one is a real bullet and shell purchased from our own Dale Johnson with tranny already inserted, antler top using the saturn pen kit.
    Third from the left is a bullet cartridge kit, chrome, antler top barrel click style pen. This pen uses a gel cartridge and is one smooth writing pen!!
    Fourth from the left is a 30/30 shell and the tip of an antler off of a deer that shell killed. My first go at this thing. Used a slimline nib, knocked out the primer, filled with epoxy, drilled, glued in tube and built the pen.
    Next to last from the left, an antler pen kit, not real keen on yet, a gap between the cap and barrel. Showed it to the client, showed the problem and told it was not available at this time.
    Last pen, my very first segmented pen, my very first antler pen. Drilled through the side of an antler accidentally, so in frustration put it away. After a couple of months, got a bright idea, cut the angles, used cocobolo wood on a Euro pen kit. Turned out well. This pen won Grand Champion at the county fair and was stolen from the glass case. Later recovered by an astute mom and returned after it went through the washing machine!

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    This is a closed end antler pen built with the black chrome slimline pen kit.

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    This is a group of acrylic pens. Green one second from left and farthest right, Jeff in Indiana from TPS casts these acrylics for my 4H clients as well as pink ones for the ones I donate to Relay for Life, and my blue and gold ones I give to my retiring FFA officers.

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    More acrylics, different body shapes. Black and white striped, call it the skunk pen. Next one is molten lava, grape and don't remember the green/yellow/black lined one's name.


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    More acrylics.

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    A few odds and ends. Letter opener. Short narrow diametered pens are called credit card pens. Fun as well as useful parts for shortened pens built as custom pens. (a trick to keep up your sleeve!)
    The fat short pens are called bullet pens but that is a real misnomer of a name. Great pens for ladies purses, no clip, but easily found at the bottom of a "busy" purse by feel. Also fit well in a man's watch pocket in a pair of jeans. Upper left of the picture, between the normal corncob pen and greenish blue corncob pen is the "Fruit Loop" pen.

    So, that is the display I put out for the potential client. Was it worth it? It was on the Monday after Christmas, he ordered three antler pens on a Saturn pen kit, $40.00 each. Yeah, was a good day, had to have them for him on that coming Thursday, they were done on Tuesday, delivered on that Wednesday. Am going to frame and hang on the wall a dollar from that sale.
    Jon

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!

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    That's a nice-looking lineup there, Jon. Congrats on the sale. I'd say it was worth de-hermitizing for some money, huh?
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    Wow, those are fantastic !!
    Congrats on the sale. Word of mouth will be your best advertising
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    Congrats Jonathan!

    I bet by this time next year, you'll be a traveling salesman in a suit and tie??
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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    Wow! nice stuff, dang, your a pen turnin' son of a gun!

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    Congrats, I hope it is the first of many sales you make!
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    Interesting pens. Can't comment on quality due to the photography. But, there is a good variety there. You should attract some attention, and sales, with those. Personally, I don't care for the bulgies and the holding end but a lot of pen turners make their pens that way.
    For an archer, you might consider using cut up arrows for the bodies. Some guys on the pen forums do that. I have never made one but believe the Slimline is the only style suitable. If you can get a source of used arrows, your cost will be near zip and you might be able to sell a lot to bow hunters.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    That's a nice-looking lineup there, Jon. Congrats on the sale. I'd say it was worth de-hermitizing for some money, huh?
    They aren't the first sales I have had, nor the largest amount. But it is the first sale for the new shop as well as the first pens produced for sale in the new shop so felt it earned the traditional dollar bill in the frame type of thing I remember seeing as a kid in all the businesses. De-hermitizing, quite the term!! He is a fellow deer hunter, quite the successful business person, but was easy to talk and banter with.
    Jon

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Wow, those are fantastic !!
    Congrats on the sale. Word of mouth will be your best advertising
    That has been the only way I have sold pens or wood working stuff. I am not really into it for the money, more the satisfaction and natural way of lowering my blood pressure!
    Jon

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Congrats Jonathan!

    I bet by this time next year, you'll be a traveling salesman in a suit and tie??
    Suit and tie, NOT going to happen. Would have to own one first. If the event requires a suit and tie, I don't need to be there. Building my own casket this coming year, wife and daughters know, put me in my work jeans, comfy shirt, boots and belt. When I get into that build, you will learn more of my sick humor and my intentions that now I have a son in law with my type of humor, I know my wishes will be fulfilled!
    Jon

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!

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