The 2016 Indianapolis woodworking show is in the
books and it is on to West Springfield Massachusetts
this week. We only made it part way on Monday as yet
another case of contaminated fuel slowed us down a
bit. We are grateful that we were not stranded by
the side of the road, but made it to a nearby truck
stop to obtain the necessary miracle elixir to heal
our ailing vehicle. We did arrive safely in West
Springfield, Ma Tuesday evening.
subject which resurfaces regularly is that of
woodturning as a fulltime source of income. Someone
said that one of the reasons we donít attract more
youth is because they canít earn a decent living
turning wood. While I believe that it is difficult
to earn a decent fulltime income turning wood and
selling finished products, I know several folks who
do just that. In analyzing our craft after many
years as a touring professional, I have made some
definite conclusions. These are true in general Ė
there are always exceptions.
For most of us
woodturning is a hobby
Most of us
donít care to sell what we make, but would
rather give it away
Most of us
fund our hobby from other sources of cash
like to compete with other turners, we usually
just try to do better than we did last time
turners are either retired or about to retire
turners are over 50 years old
turners who do sell turned items find it very
easy to sell what we make up to a few hundred or
possibly a few thousand dollars per year, but
find it difficult to sell enough product to earn
much more than ďbeer moneyĒ
have more observations, but they will have to wait
for another time. Although there a few folks who do
well financially in the world of woodturning, they
are few and far between. That is OK, this is a
hobby. I love to bass fish, I could never make a
living at it (I tried and failed).
great approach for woodturning as a business would
be as a lucrative part-time business. In other
words, donít quit your day job just yet. Build your
part-time business to the point that it forces you
to either pull back or quit your other job because
there is just too much demand and you are forced to
turn business away. Donít be hasty! When you have
consistently turned significant business down for a
whole year, it might be time to go all in and do it
for a living. If you are retired and financially
secure, I would still encourage you to approach it
as a part-time venture.
attribute my success to many things, but some of the
most important are:
I have a
business background and I operate my woodturning
business like a business and not a hobby.
I keep regular
hours, set goals and track progress. I have a
and listen to my customers. If something doesnít
sell, Iím not married to it. I devote my
energies to the things that do sell.
bring out new items so my regular customers
donít get bored and look somewhere else.
I tithe from
and sew into the business.
I keep myself
fresh and open to new ideas.
I sign up for
and take turning classes from others.
remember that often I am not the most talented,
or the smartest person in the room.
each suggestion, complaint and compliment I get
from my customers. They are important.
I give my
business to God and listen to his direction in
thought for woodturning clubs:
Since woodturning is a hobby mostly for the older
crowd, if you want to grow and expand your
woodturning club, perhaps you should direct most of
your efforts toward recruiting from that demographic
where your efforts will be much more productive. I
am not saying we should ignore the younger folks;
just that it seems to me that our efforts will be
much more fruitful when aimed at our natural
demographic. If we have 1% of the population with
woodturning as their chosen hobby, what would happen
if we grew that to 2%?
Here are my inspirations for this message:
Proverbs 4: 5-10 KJV 5 Get wisdom, get
understanding: forget it not; neither decline from
the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she
shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep
thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get
wisdom: and with all thy getting get
understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall
promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour , when
thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine
head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall
she deliver to thee. 10 Hear, O my son, and receive
my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
This Week's Sale
If you are able to visit us
at the Woodworking Show, we have added
approximately 100 new turning items in our booth
this year. I have finished samples of the Laser
Cut Kits, etc. I have samples of Edge Lit Signs
I will be adding to the line in May 2016
I would like to
announce that this year for the first time, Ron
Brownís Best, LLC will have a monthly sweepstakes
drawing specifically for visitors at the various
shows. You will have to enter at the show in our
booth. Ask Sweet Janice for an entry form. First
Prize is a $250 Gift Certificate for anything on our
web site (we will have over 50 new items by the end
of the show season). Second Prize is a $100 Gift
Certificate for anything on our web site. Third
Prize is a $50 Gift Certificate for anything on our
web site. You need not be present to win. We will
have different drawings for January, February, March
and April. We will announce the winners on the web
site and in one of the following newsletters.
As always there are
tons of free stuff in the FreeDownloads section.
Wishing you a Happy, Prosperous and Blessed New
Ron, Janice & Chris
We will be leaving our Internet business in capable
hands as we hit the road for 13 weeks beginning
January 8th in Baltimore Maryland.
Here is a link to The Woodworking Shows schedule
The Detroit, MI show
has been replaced with Chantilly, VA.
have noticed that some items have disappeared from
www.ronbrownsbest.com, in the last week or so. I
hate to admit it, but we cannot keep up with the
demand for certain items and since it is the show
season, we had to remove them temporarily. We will
re-list those items and many more when we can fill
your orders in a timely manner.