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Mar 13th, 2005 at 5:30pm
 
I was asked to donate a peice for a charity auction for a hospital (not the one I work at).

Any suggestions what I should do. I have never done anything like this, and don't know what would be a good choice for this kind of thing. Does anyone have any experience. I guess anything that would sell well would do.

I was thinking a segmented peice would be a good choice. Any thoughts?
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Reply #1 - Mar 13th, 2005 at 10:27pm
 
Give what you want.  I usually won't give them my best piece but I won't give them my worst either.  whatever you give they will appreciate and someone out there will decide they can't live without it.  You never know what people will like.  On eof my worst pieces is in a gallery right now because the gallery manager thought it was so beautiful, he loved it.  No accounting for taste.
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Reply #2 - Mar 14th, 2005 at 6:28am
 
This is kind of like "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right", or something like that.  I would certainly make it one of your best efforts, there's no telling how many people will get a chance to see it.  And I would hate to have one of my pieces bring in the lowest bid from all of the stuff in the auction.  So, for me the dilemma is how many of these do I want to do in a year?  Pick the causes that mean something to you and then give them something you're proud of.  I'd rather do that 2 or 3 times a year then try and satisfy everyone that is looking for a donation for something.
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Reply #3 - Mar 14th, 2005 at 8:16am
 
This will likely be the only one. And yes, I don't want to be the lowest bid. That is why I was looking to see what others had done that had done well. Wink I have never even been to a charity auction. Bowls, vases, small boxes. I have no idea where to put my efforts.
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Reply #4 - Mar 14th, 2005 at 5:55pm
 
I'd agree with Pete. Any time you get an opportunity to put your work in the "spotlight", you want it to shine.
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Reply #5 - Mar 14th, 2005 at 6:02pm
 
Give the best you can.  This is your chance to get your name out to others that might like something similar.  I usually give a hollow vessel as most I know would like something small and unusal to put on the mantel.  Just my two cents worth.  Good luck anyway.
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Reply #6 - Mar 15th, 2005 at 5:49am
 
Small to put on the mantel. I will keep that in mind. Maybe a lidded box. I am not competent at hollow vessels yet. Maybe by august.
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Reply #7 - Mar 15th, 2005 at 10:51am
 
A box would be great.  I am sure no matter what you chose it will be well accepted.
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Reply #8 - Mar 16th, 2005 at 11:21am
 
I have turned a number of boxes for charity auctions and they generally do pretty well.  Boxes are universal in taste as everyone seems to like them and they are functional.  Make it look good with a nice wood and form and you'll have a winner.

Nice pens work well too.  Something like the big gentlemen's pens (which is what I am turning for one auction this year) can bring in big bids.
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Reply #9 - Mar 16th, 2005 at 12:49pm
 
So are we just talking a small ring box here, say 2 1/2 x 3, ya know, small, or bigger?  I just got info on our citys humane society's yearly silent auction and dinner.  I won't be donating anything this year, but maybe next, and I'd like to know about these charity things also.
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Reply #10 - Mar 16th, 2005 at 1:29pm
 
Depends Rick...the last one I did was for a auction that a club member was helping set up so he donated the wood and just asked everyone in the club to take a piece with the thought that we would return a finished piece to him for the auction.  Here is what I did last time:

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It's about 6" tall x 3" dia.  Bubinga body, figured maple lid & figured maple finial dyed black.  The feet were hand carved (I didn't have a power carver yet) and are one piece with the body.

Previous pieces were smaller, about 3" x 3" or so and more like the box in the article I just wrote.
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Reply #11 - Mar 16th, 2005 at 8:08pm
 
Checked out that web site; very nice boxes!
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Reply #12 - Mar 16th, 2005 at 10:46pm
 
Thanks Gil, that was a page from my main site:

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Reply #13 - Mar 21st, 2005 at 3:49am
 
Whatever you put in try and include your name and phone number on it somewhere for repeat work??
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Reply #14 - Mar 21st, 2005 at 9:00am
 
An easy way to do this is to include an "information" card that tells about the box being handmade, what wood it is turned from and where that wood comes from in the world.  Then at the bottom in smaller print include your contact information.  The auction people will want to include this "certificate of authenticity" to help bring the value up and as a bonus, you get your info out.
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Reply #15 - Mar 21st, 2005 at 2:43pm
 
Good advise, I will do that. I thought maybe about repeating my challenge peice. Do you guys think that would work?
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Reply #16 - Mar 21st, 2005 at 6:20pm
 
Ned, they would be stupid not to beg for a piece like that...I say go for it.  Especially now that you've got a better understanding of the process.
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Reply #17 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 10:19am
 
Okay, the auction was last weekend. I sent in a segmented box Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register

The one on the left. It brought in 50 bucks for the hospital, so I am pleased.

Just thought I would thank you folks for the help and advise. Cheesy
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Reply #18 - Oct 23rd, 2005 at 3:24pm
 
Hey Chris, I just had a look at the boxes that youput up last March.  Don't know how I had missed them before.  All are very nice, and I especially liked the footed ones, and that black walnut rendering.  Wow. 

A question.  What do you you use to sign your pieces?

Thanks in advance,

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Reply #19 - Oct 24th, 2005 at 8:53am
 
Thanks Jim,  I use my Razertip wood burner to sign them.  I have a set of tips and one of them is very fine making it perfect for signatures.
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Reply #20 - Oct 28th, 2005 at 5:36am
 
Thank you sir!  Now my daughter has something to  bring me for Xmas...(!).

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