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Small Gloat/Big Question
Aug 16th, 2005 at 7:27pm
 
First the gloat, I've been asked to demo at the state fair this year.  I had several choices in times, but chose the 6 pm slot on the next to last night of the fair (which happens to be Saturday night).  As I remember, Chris, it was at an extended demo that you said your turning took off.  Don't know what is going to happen, but here's for hoping something takes off.  Got to get some cards made up for folks to take with them.

Second, the question.  I'll be working on a Jet mini.  Same size as my Mercury, so face plates, chucks, etc. won't be an issue.  I have the thought to turn 2 items, a pen and a platter/plate.  So what do you think, turn the plate first and then a cob pen?  Or, turn a wood pen with the plate afterward?  Either way I believe it will make an interesting and educating demo.  Just wondered what you might thing would be most interesting.   8)
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Reply #1 - Aug 16th, 2005 at 10:56pm
 
Rev, if you will be up on a stage and the crowd will have to watch from any kind of a distance, ditch the pen and start with a green wood bowl.  The shavings flying will attract a crowd, then you can hit them with the platter, turn it to finish and you will probably have a sale before you're done.  If you can, use Camphor for the green wood bowl...now that will attract a huge crowd.  I used camphor to start each day of my demo and people from 2 halls over were coming to me, attracted by the smell.
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Reply #2 - Aug 16th, 2005 at 11:06pm
 
Doug
  If you need a piece of camphor, I can help you out.  I still have that big chunk I got from Gil.  I am sure we can work out something.  What is the exact date of your Demo, this Saturday or next?
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Reply #3 - Aug 17th, 2005 at 4:58am
 
Hey Rev, congratulations on the invitation to demonstrate at the state fair.  Wow.  That's recognition in itself. 

As to your modus operandi, well, Chris has all of the right ideas it seems to me.  His good experience has shown him (and us), that even for this sort of thing (turning in public), along with great skill, Billy Shakespeare's lines are still applicable:

"All the world's a stage and the people in it are merely players"

Good luck with the demo.  Wish I could be there.

You will be taking some stuff along to sell, right?

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Reply #4 - Aug 17th, 2005 at 12:59pm
 
The collective thought here is just the best.  

Phil, if you can part with it, I think I could use a piece of that camphor you are offering.  About 7 1/2" diameter is it for the Jet mini.  If it is 2-3" thick I could make a plate with it, no problem.  That ought to get their ofactories going.  Also, it is the 27th, the next to last day of the fair.  I'll get the location and post later.

Chris, your idea of flying chips reminded me that I got a couple of apple pieces that I still have.  Love the way apple sends ribbons flying over the shoulder.  And, so smooth to cut.  What a blast that could be.

Starting to look like I could get three pieces done.  
Depends on how many questions there are and how well I'm able to talk and work at the same time.  Guess I need to figure some finish to take along as well.

Jim, I don't think it is that kind of deal.  I'll double check on it, but I don't believe we are allowed to sell from the demonstration stage.  I am going to have some cards made up by then so that folks can get in touch with me though.  Besides, all my sellable stuff is in a gallery already.  It's not selling and I need to remove it, but it is not in my posession currently.

Thanks guys.   I appreciate the advice and encouragement.  8)
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Reply #5 - Aug 17th, 2005 at 1:19pm
 
Rev, take a photo album of your currently "available" work and set that near the work area.  I couldn't sell in person at mine either so the album gave interested parties something to look at and see what they could buy.  It's also a good reference for people who become interested in turning at your demo to see what finished pieces look like.
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Reply #6 - Aug 17th, 2005 at 1:24pm
 
Yet another good idea.   8)
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Reply #7 - Aug 17th, 2005 at 2:28pm
 
Rev, another thought that comes to mind, take some small turning squares with you.  If you have extra time or get bored with bowls, turn a couple of tops and give them to kids in the crowd. It puts your work in their hands (the adults will inevitably ask to see them) and the kids love them.
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Reply #8 - Aug 18th, 2005 at 12:05am
 
I really can't add much to the above discussion except offer my congrats. Well deserved.
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Reply #9 - Aug 18th, 2005 at 9:59am
 
Congratulations Rev!  Take lots of green wood bowl blanks.  People like to see lots of action like shavings flying.   Shocked   You will go through more blanks then you think.  I demonstrate regularly at the local Rockler Woodworking store.  My bigest crowds are when I'm turning a bowl with the chips flyin'.  Folks don't show as much interest when you are doing something small like a box or a pen.  

And it's great fun.  I always come away from demos "pumped up."  Grin

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Reply #10 - Aug 22nd, 2005 at 1:19pm
 
Just got the word, no sales allowed. Cry  Green and smelly wood is fine though, even encouraged.  Looks like 2 or 3 platters on the way while demoing in front of what could be the largest crowd I've ever turned in front of.  That's ok though, I'm kind of used to being in front of crowds.   8)
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Reply #11 - Aug 22nd, 2005 at 4:44pm
 
Congradulations Rev I know you will knock them out with an outstanding performance.  I have no other ideas that haven't been mentioned.  Good Luck
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Reply #12 - Aug 23rd, 2005 at 2:18pm
 
Hey Rev, that's usually the way but I think we've given you a few ideas to 'bend' the rules.  Worst case, pass out business cards.  Have fun with it and don't worry about the crowd, you'll be too busy with turning to even notice them.
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Reply #13 - Aug 24th, 2005 at 8:46am
 
Have 5 blanks almost ready to go.  They include; camphor, apple, mahogany, walnut, and one mystery wood that I'm not quite sure what the devil it is.  Maybe I can figure it out when I turn it.  I may go wild and get a red "cedar" blank ready.  Then I'll have more than enough to keep me busy.  I've been told that I will get lots of questions and that I need to stop and talk about what I'm doing along the way.  Makes good sense to me.  I think I'm supposed to be plugging the club as well.  
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Reply #14 - Aug 24th, 2005 at 2:32pm
 
You are going to be a huge success, Rev.
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