Build a Solid Foundation for your Sales

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In our consumer society it is easy to imagine that sales just happen.  But is that true?  Actually most sales rely on a relationship between you (as the consumer) and the company (as the seller).  When I was growing up in Castlegar, BC, I would go to West’s Department store.  The prices were similar to […]

6 Steps to master the craft show season

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It is Fall 2012, there is a nip in the air, the leaves are changing color, and I’m getting ready for a slow fibre festival in Penticton, BC.  Last year this show caught me by surprise, and I hurriedly threw everything together.  I wound up forgetting bags to put the purchases in and business brochures […]

What Will Sell? A Woodturner’s Challenge.

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What product should I turn that will sell well at craft fairs?  What will sell at the farmer’s market?  These are simple questions but they are not simple to answer.  We all want to make lots of sales when we sell our products.  But this question “What will sell?” might be putting the cart before […]

Pricing your Turnings: The Nuts and Bolts

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You’ve been turning for a little while, you like to turn, and most of your projects, those that avoided the fireplace, have been polished up and given to friends and relatives.  Joe has paid you a visit and the discussion turns to your hobby.  “Here Joe, is the bowl I turned last week!”  Joe likes […]

How to top a good wine – make a bottle stopper – A woodturning project

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A wood turned bottle stopper is a great accent to a good bottle of wine.  This gives you a chance to try different turning techniques like adding burn lines or a captive ring.  This is a small project that does not require special wood or specialized turning tools.  Be creative and make different shapes with […]