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Thread: The problem with wanting to turn things.

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    The problem with wanting to turn things.

    So I want/need a new salt cellar. The lid on my old one that I made has kind of broken.

    Thanks to inspiration from Chas, and some help from Mohammad, I'm noodling around some options to do a nice little segmented turned box.

    Then this shows up in my inbox...

    I'm not going to let it deter me from making mine, but I can imagine this kind of thing must make it difficult for turners at a craft show.

    Rachel Ray 3 Tier Salt Cellar for 19.99$

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    I noticed the same thing. I saw people were turning safety razor handles and shaving brushes. I want to get 2 more pairs of each of those. Looked up the prices for blanks and hardware...decided I'd just buy em premade.

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    Your only hope is to sell the idea that these wre made by a craftsman in America, not by a machine in China. My wife often buys things at Ikea, or worse, at Walmart because "it will take you forever to make it, and cost more."
    Cheers,
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    If you would let something like that deter you---you sure would not make much.
    Discouraging isn't it!

    However, the same thing applies to ceramics, silver craft, oil paintings, fabrics, and you name its.
    There are a bazillion people who admire and prefer the talent and love that goes into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Bless them (and me too since I am one of them).

    Make your salt cellar top and enjoy it!

    Enjoy,
    JimB
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    Yes I am signed in.
    The "+ Reply to Thread" button was missing. I had to go to "Advanced" in order to post the message above.
    When I clicked the "Quick..." it gave me a choice stay here or lose the post. That is when I tried "Advanced."

    Enjoy,
    JimB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Make your salt cellar top and enjoy it!

    Enjoy,
    JimB
    Amen, Amen!
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Yep, I know firsthand how hard it is to sell a bowl as "just a bowl" when there are numerous places to get one the same size for under ten bucks. At least in my experience (and at the locations where I was selling), my only hope was to market it as "art" instead.

    And to respectfully disagree somewhat with Jim, I'd say there are millions who are willing to pay a premium for handmade, one-of-a-kind art...and bazillions who just want a bowl and couldn't care less how it was made as long as it's inexpensive.
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    I must admit my show experience is very limited... but most of the people who came into my booth last month commented on the fact that my cutting boards were unique, and NOT mass produced. People who are really shopping at craft shows are out there Looking for the 'different' item.

    you've got the tools, make your own.
    -Ned

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    Vaughn is 100% right.

    he isn't selling a bowl, hes selling art.

    We were in a crafts fair recently, and purchased common salt and pepper shakers along with a bottle that holds salad dressing.

    It was inexpensive glassware, but, the artist had handpainted each piece of glass, and we thought it was unique.
    We paid her price for her talent.
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    I get so self righteous at craft shows; see a price and tell Stacey..."What the heck? That much for this" Then I sell a pen for $85 and feel ripped off. Sometimes, there is just no justice!!
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