Woodwork as a Business

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Money Matters
Welcome to Passion for Woodwork
Written by Web Master   
Saturday, 17 February 2007

If you have every thought about making money from your woodwork craft hobby, This is the place to be.  Here at Passion for Woodwork  we provide quality business advice, hints and tips to help turn your passion to profit. There is money to be made from your hobby and with the right advice and a little effort you can live the life of your dreams. Working at what you love and making money from it.


For a while now we have been selling a book called "Woodworking as a Business : Turning Your Passion to Profit" Image

The book has been a staple for many people building a woodworking craft  business. Take a look at it here .


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Make your Woodwork Business Unique
Written by Derryck   
Thursday, 15 March 2007

One of the key points I need to make about a woodwork business is that product choose is critical. You want to produce or make something that not a lot of other people are making or doing. For instance lets say you turn a pretty nice burl bowl and you would like to make a living turning bowls.

Following a little market research you find that there are 100 other business in you local area who are making burl bowls, damn. My guess would be you are likely find it hard to make a living turning burl bowls with that much local competition.

So break the market place down and find a growing trend in the turning market that you can exploit. Darrell Feltmate feels that there is a growing trend in small lathes. So why not develop some bowl and spindle patterns specifically for "mini" lathes and market these. Patterns are very sale able to the hobbyist turner and a growing market according to Darrell.

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Intarsia Woodworking Patterns
Written by Derryck   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007

I'm out on the net most days trawling for woodworking patterns and projects for my workshop to build and sell. Till recently I'd never heard of Intarsia. That was untill I found this web site http://www.freeintarsiapatterns.com/. So I turned to the trusty Wikipedia and researched Intarsia a little. Here is their definition.

"Intarsia is a form of wood inlaying that is similar to marquetry. The term is also used for a similar technique used with small, highly polished stones (see pietre dure). The technique of intarsia inlays sections of wood (at times with contrasting ivory or bone) within the solid matrix; by contrast marquetry assembles a pattern out of veneers upon the carcase. The technique of intarsia is believed to have developed in the Islamic world; introduced into Europe through Sicily the art was perfected in Siena and in northern Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, spreading to German centers and introduced into London by Flemish craftsmen in the later sixteenth century. After about 1620, marquetry tended to supplant intarsia in urbane work.

It is the craft of using varied shapes, sizes and species of wood fitted together to create an almost 3-D inlaid, mosaic-like picture. It is thought that the word 'intarsia' is derived from the Latin word 'interserere' which means "to insert" and that it was originally developed in Siena Italy in the 13th century by crafters using inlays of ivory inserted in wood as well as inlays of wood inserted into wall murals, table tops and other furniture (See : Duomo di Siena)."

Intarsia appeals to my sense of wood art. Look at this peice.

It makes a picture of wood in 3D. This wolf's nose almost looks like you could reach out and touch it. Check out the other patterns at http://www.freeintarsiapatterns.com/Download_Free_Intarsia_Patterns.htm they are not exactly beginners pieces but well worth a look.

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