Art Fair Weekend

It’s Tuesday, John and I have finally unloaded the truck and car from the weekend Craft Fair. What an experience it was!

On friday we were allowed to set up our displays at

the Summerlin Community Park. We arrived around 11 a.m., found the closest parking space we could and checked in at the organizer’s booth. We were handed a packet with an artist parking permit and a map to our space. Next we unloaded the truck and began what was a very interesting weekend.

Ready

Ready

Saturday, just as predicted, was a clear and sunny day. The festival drew record crowds, which was good for us.

Sunday started out breezy, we soon realized why 200 lbs. of sandbags was a mandatory requirement for each tent. Keeping a sense of humor was important as my dolls flew off the shelves with gusting winds. John’s wooden boxes weren’t really effected so John was able to help me “hold down the fort” on my side. Around 1:00 things calmed down, we set the dolls back up to a sitting position, (we told the little ones they were taking a nap while it was windy). Then the sky started getting dark, and darker, and clouds, then RAIN! This time John was more effected as the hand rubbed finishes on his wood work did not take kindly to moisture. The vendor in the tent behind us peeked over and said “what next, locust?”

Clouds moving in

Clouds moving in

At the end of the weekend we had a great experience to look back on, and yes we did have good sales, we would defiantly do it again. Below are some notes to myself about what we did right and what to work on the next time

What we did right;

  • Make my shelving go all the way to the ground, eye level to a child is pretty low

  • Marked the price on every item

  • Let kids pick up and hug the dolls

  • Used Paypal Here to collect payments, worked very easy

  • Did some doll construction demonstrations at the tent

Things to work on next time:

  • Didn’t bring enough business cards, I had no idea how many I’d need.

  • Wrote the inventory number on the back of price tags, all of these numbers were confusing to  folks.

  • Keep better track of what sold, spent a lot of time after the fact figuring this out, yes that’s what the inventory numbers were for which I forgot to write down.

  • Took too many tables, the one in front blocked our tent off

  • Bring a box of wet wipes for the kids who did chalk art and were eating cotton candy

Ten questions for woodworker, John Eugster

blog question 1

It seems that most of my work begins with a need (either real or imagined) and then my mind begins to design something to fulfill it.  The other main inspiration would be the challenge of the project.  Perhaps I read about a technique someone else has done or see a picture and it challenges me to try it in my own work. 

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I have about half of a 3 car garage.  In the single car side I have my work bench permanently placed along with two assembly areas.  The tools I use the most are close at hand and the large, power equipment is on wheels and moved as needed.

ques3

I’d like to think that whatever my latest project is, that’s my most successful!  I’ve attached an image of what I call the “Ram’s Horn Table” which was successful in that I was allowed lots of artistic freedom.  My dining chair was accepted into the Design In Wood competition so that makes it a success too.  As far as picture frames go the attached, hand carved, 22kt. frame is my best.

blog question 4

There’s no greater joy than completing a project and feeling as if you fulfilled all of the requirements for it.  This is especially true when a client tells me that.  Frustrations are part of the creative process, the wood may not behave as I think it should, tools may balk, ideas may not pan out, and so on; but the challenge of overcoming these things is what keeps me at it.

blog question 6Cat! See attached photo. 

tool

My favorite tool is my Lie-Nielsen, bronze smoothing plane.  It’s probably the best money can buy and I was able to afford with the proceeds from a job.  My initial response to this question was “my hands”.  Without the ability to use them properly even the best tool is worthless!

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My radio is on constantly.  Primarily Christian Rock because I get inspiration from it.  Second favorite is classic rock from the 60′s.  With either genre I’ll generally sing along and if the song’s particularly moving will stop work to sing.

one-piece

Unless you’re in that rare percentage of those who can make a full time living from this craft be content to just enjoy the process of what you’re doing.  My focus is on challenging myself with any project that comes my way.  Marketing is a full time endeavor and I’d just as soon build on a smaller scale.  If you’re after a full time, production shop your focus will have to match that.  My personal goal is to continue to challenge and improve my work.  I’ve adopted the saying that all I want to do is be able to feed my wood addiction with my craft.


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I can’t think of a favorite, I have many websites in my favorites from noted woodworkers that I go to for inspiration when I’m in the planning stages.  Fine Woodworking has technical forums that I use too.

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