Midweek musings part #1

Nothing to post up in the way of work, but I have been pondering my hobby. I can see a vast improvement in the quality of what I am turning out, which is very satisfying. I am thinking more about the design aspect of turning, and thinking more about what other people may think of my work. When I started this adventure, the turning was for me. It was an itch I have been needing to scratch since childhood. I’m now in a position where I feel I can show off my work with a sense of achievement.
I entered a competition this month. I didn’t expect to win, naturally, having seen the standard of the other entries. I was however surprised at how well my entry stood compared to some of the others. It was actually a reasonable attempt.
So my musing has led me to wonder whether to upgrade my lathe to something bigger and better? Should I invest in more tools? Should I upgrade my grinding set-up?
And most important of all, how am I going to pay for it?
I have a very limited budget, of £nil. Every penny is a prisoner at present, so I need to think of ways to supplement my income. Selling my turnings is not as easy as it sounds, as this is usually a very niche market. Also what one has to ask for pieces to cover costs, let alone make much of a profit, is often more than most folk are willing to pay.

Ho-hum. I suppose I will work it all out some day. Until then, I will continue to enjoy my hobby for what it is. Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to Midweek musings part #1

  1. frankbove says:

    I also have a quandary regarding selling work. There is indeed a niche market and it is hard to crack. Car boot sales are a none starter and most craft fairs comprise stall of smelly soaps and candles or greetings cars and many of these are bought wholesale too. I’m waiting for nearer Christmas and hope to get into the quality craft markets. Not cheep but nor is my work.

    • Tom Speirs says:

      I’ve seen turnings sell for frightening amounts of money on websites. I would never want to rely on an income from my hobby, but it would be nice to be able to bring in funds to buy tools etc.
      The last piece I sold has allowed me to commission a bespoke hourglass from a local glass maker.
      Maybe I just need to be more bold.

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