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Ed Weber
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What's your style?
Aug 9th, 2021 at 8:59am
 
Do you have a certain style?
Do you use only certain woods, do you always use a certain finish?
Are you know as "the pen guy" or "the bowl guy"
Do you find yourself drawn to a certain style over and over again?
Have you purchased tools specific to one type of item?
If you sell, do customers ask for certain items?
So, what's your style?
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Re: What's your style?
Reply #1 - Aug 9th, 2021 at 3:55pm
 
I'm known as the "guy who will turn pretty much anything that he gets for free" guy.  Frequently, as the "guy who can blow up pretty much anything" guy.

On a somewhat more serious note, I really have no style. Maybe that's why I don't sell anything.
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Re: What's your style?
Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2021 at 9:19am
 
What I turn and what sells is pretty much a simple, clean line with a continuous curve up the outside...a continuity of line. Something you can feel when you hold it.
It also tends to feel soft due to the smooth finish.

People like to hold them and fondle them...as weird as that sounds.

They then pay me a good amount of money for the privilege  of fondling it in the privacy of their home. Shocked

Bowls and vases that I like to consider leaning more towards art then function...tho all are quite functional.

I have done lidded boxes but only 4...so far.
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Re: What's your style?
Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2021 at 10:00am
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Aug 10th, 2021 at 9:19am:
What I turn and what sells is pretty much a simple, clean line with a continuous curve up the outside


Are you saying you're Ralph classic  Roll Eyes

as far as what people do with their purchase in the privacy of their own home, well I'm not going to touch that one, so to speak.
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Re: What's your style?
Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2021 at 10:21am
 
Well, other than hollow forms and pens, I just turn what I like, which is mostly daily use bowls, plates, and platters. I do some boxes and rolling pins as well. I need to do more boxes. Love them, but they are time consuming, mostly because I haven't turned nearly as many of them as I have bowls....

Seems like if a bunch of people are asking for a certain thing and I make it, by the time I make it, they don't want it any more.....

Different woods seem to sell differently. Walnut, which I don't turn any more, sells in phases. Some times I can't keep it on the shelf, and some times I can't give it away... Same with lidded boxes, but boxes always seem to sell.

Spheres seem to sell the same way. Have to be careful with them around kids and jugglers. Contact juggling, where they roll the ball all over their body is popular, and if you have a large population of jugglers at a show, they want to use the larger spheres for contact juggling.... If you drop it, you buy it!

Planning a couple of box turning videos....

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Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2021 at 7:25pm
 
I am still figuring out my style, since I am new to turning. I sell lots of functional items on my etsy store, but I am starting to experiment with more pieces that are more creative and less functional.
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Reply #6 - Dec 27th, 2021 at 3:08pm
 
Can’t say that I have a style. Most often I just start turning with a basis shape in mind and end up with a bowl when the chips stop flying.
I don’t have a favorite wood yet, just been turning for a year now, but I have turned 28 different spices of wood so far.
Just like Ralph, people love to fondle my bowls. I’ve noticed that they always turn them over to look at the bottom so, I make sure that I finish the bottom of a bowl just like the rest of it.
I did my first farmer’s market the other weekend and made almost $2000. I guess that people like the things I make.
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Reply #7 - May 10th, 2022 at 8:24pm
 
We do about 14 shows a year (April thru Nov).  My wife and I both turn.  She turns pendants, NE bowls, and does some Jo Sonja iridescent painting on some small bowls and wide brimmed bowls.  I turn large bowls, HF, and shields (wall hangings).  We encourage people to pick anything up and to fondle them--we promise there will be no lawsuits.  We tell people that our bowls are food safe and look really good with M&M's in them.  We have people tell us all the time that they have one of our M&M bowls. A lot of my HF are very rustic (lots of bark inclusions and voids).  My shields appear to be broken or destroyed in battle--the broken edge is actually the outside of the burl.
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Reply #8 - May 11th, 2022 at 7:27pm
 
Beautiful work and what a nice display of those gorgeous pieces. If you are going to be at AAW I hope we can meet.
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Reply #9 - May 11th, 2022 at 7:52pm
 
Dave, thanks for your kind words.  We will not be at AAW this year.  We will be in Alaska during that time. Enjoy the symposium.
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