Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Color

I personally never liked painted wood as a decorative item. Being a woodworker I always liked seeing the grain in the finished product, seeing the texture of the tree that this wood was a part of, seeing something that nature created for our use and enjoyment. But everyone's tastes are different, which is a good thing, we like different designs and colors. We want our own look, one that nobody else has. we need to be unique. This is one thing that makes us individuals, we can choose to be different. As people of the "handmade" community, we have the opportunity to create these unique designs for the individual tastes and needs of the public. As usual, I got away from the point of this post. I am starting a new line of painted decor products. First up will be this black frame in the 8x10 size . More colors and styles will be added in the next few days.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Always thinking of new and better product designs , you can never rest in the world of "handmade". Being a woodworker specializing in home decor, I sometimes find myself lost in a design that I personally don't like . Although this makes it harder to complete, I must stay at my post until it is finished. As I get older, I realize more often that I have to design for a wider scope of home decor schemes. When I started doing this 30 years ago, I only built in the "colonial" style . To compete in todays market I will need more options .

So it's off to the design sector of my world to see what I can come up with . Nothing like a little handmade design time to keep me out of trouble .

Thursday, March 26, 2009


It's not taking the time to promote, it's making the time to promote. You can make a great product but if shoppers don't know it's there, how are you going to make a sale? Making product and promotion have to work together to get the sales . I'm trying this idea of making time for promotion. I have my products up for sale so now I need to concentrate on getting people to know what I have and where it is . So as much as I like working with wood, I'm leaving my saw alone and I'm going to be hard at work on promotion.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is almost here

Well the snow is gone here in central New York and I'm ready for mowing the lawn, working in my garden, and the outdoor craft show season. I'm working on some new item's and I will still have my regular things that people want . New for this year will be some shabby-chic home decor items . When these get finished I will post them . I will be eager to here what you all think . In the meantime, here's a couple of my old standby's for you to view . Talk to ya soon , Jay

Thursday, March 12, 2009