| Three buddies came up to me at a recent woodworking show
and offered an interesting proposal. One works craft shows
and sells unique hand made items. The second one is involved
with youth at his church and teaches them hand crafts and
wood turning. The third one is a program chairman for his
local AAW chapter.
They were fascinated with the chatterwork patterns on the
tops. I had given a live chatter tool demonstration and
completed an actual top in front of about 20 people and they
were in the crowd. They
decided it would be a great opportunity to assemble another
"Product Line", one to sell and one to teach the kids. So,
they began to pick out all of the various DVD's and tools
needed to make these tops. They wanted samples of the
chatterwork so they wouldn't forget what it looked like when
they got home. Since I had some tops for sale at the show,
they bought 3 for "Study Models". I just happened to also
have some extra top blanks with me and they picked up 3 of
those also. I'm guessing one apiece.
Since they were spending quite a bit, they asked if I
could make them a package price on the whole deal. So I did!
Two other customers who had been watching from the sidelines
also asked if I could assemble a "Kit" for them as well
while I was at it.
If enough people ask for something, I thought maybe I
should listen. This makes a wonderful business opportunity,
a wonderful teaching opportunity for youth or for a turning
club event, maybe even a fund raiser. If you are part of an
AAW chapter and want to promote a Top Turning event, this
will get you started.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much better
is an actual sample in your hand?