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Completed Woodturned Projects & What to do with them?

Discussion in 'General Woodturning Discussion' started by Mlyle, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Mlyle

    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    This thread is prob in the wrong forum.....I hope not..But if it is
    Sorry!?!!
    I am a woodturner for about 4 years. so my turnings are not yet
    museum quality....even if my fam tells me they are wonderful

    My question is....

    For how long can I keep giving my relatives my my completed
    projects?

    I gotta figure sooner or later they are gonna say
    Well what kinda monstrosities is he gonna give us for Xmas
    this year?

    I can not be the only turner that has had these thoughts.....

    let me know what you think please

    thanks all
     
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  2. trc65

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    I think I'm 2 years behind you in experience and annual gifting of turned items, so i should have a couple more years before I share your problem. :sarcastic:

    As my skills grow, I've been doing different projects for gifts each year and try to come up with something new to give.

    Everyone loves bowls, and they all don't have to be the same size, or for the same use. By varying size, style and wood, I've probably got a few more years before they get tired of them.

    Been making ornaments as well, and a different type each year. Angels will be new this year for a few recipients. Made some bells last year and plan to make more. Snowmen are also popular. Lots of what I make for Christmas gifts are smaller in size and are used for decoration, so they are put away for most of the year.

    I know that eventually though everyone will have enough.....

    Seems like there is always a charity having auctions and I'm sure they would love to have some turned items.

    Something I would also like to do eventually is start making items to donate to a women's shelter. Many of the women(children) in these shelters have left home with very little and are dependant on the goodness of others for everything. I've always thought that these women would love to have some small bowls or other similar item gifted to them that they could take with them when they start their new life. Something that is not a necessity, but rather a nice item they can have just for the beauty of it.
     
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  3. Mlyle

    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    thanks so much and well said

    and oh yes my neighbors love the mushrooms
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Sometimes I stack them in a cabinet...

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    Some of them are flammable...

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  5. Mlyle

    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    thanks Dave

    I love burning my scraps....mesquite hot dogs are tasty:givebeer:
     
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    I think this is very thought provoking because I am in the same boat. About pen gifted out, I am trying to make bowls for change and keys, someone started doing spatulas so am trying a few of those, intend to do Pepper mills, lidded boxes, hopefully ornaments, small flat work boxes, etc...... oh, pizza cutters and servers, bottle openers.......

    Yep, I can stretch this a bit longer. Especially since there are so many folks enabling my addiction around here!!
     
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    I personally think that Apple smoked pork butt, ribs, and chicken rock!
     
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    I am going to keep some because I like them. But will start donating to the local Empty Bolws Project through the local AAW group.
     
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    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks all .
     
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    i am in the same boat i am newer to turning i much of my stuff isn't even gift quality. Bur wify says it is . i did give some to a nursing home last year. some of mine also go into the burn box. You are not alone in this dilema
     
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    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    thanks all!!
     
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    Interesting to see others with a similar problem. We go to one craft fair a year. There are no other wood turners there. We're a rural economy with many farmers struggling to stay in business so we sell our stuff really cheaply. It makes me feel good to see someone be able to get something they can afford and smile a little. I figured out a long time ago I wasn't going to be a rich man dollar wise. There are other ways of being rich.
     
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    Mlyle Amateur Woodturner Full Member Thread Starter

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    But my real question is

    When should I stop giving all the best pieces to my
    relations.. ?????
     
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    don't but set aside some to sell. You won't make alot but what you sell you will help with materials cost, And it fells good to know people value your work
     
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    Lots of turned bowls sell on Etsy.com
    You may want to give that a try.
     
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