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    Everytime I just start one persons order for a couple of these guys someone else is asking for a couple. Just finished up with 5 today and had another order for 2 more with 2 Celtic knot ornaments from another person.

    Going to get tired of turning finials soon....

    Here's a few shots of some that I have recently turned. All of them have sold before they were turn with the exception of 1 which was sold the next day.

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    Exquisite!
    Rob
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    • #3

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      Very Very nice and thanks for embedding your pics. Others should take note from this. FWIW JMHO.

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      • #4

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        That's neat stuff Brian even better when you sell them, you have a good eye for form, the packing for shipment must be an art form too, nice to see thanks.

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        • #5

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          Top Drawer Work!
          Egon
          from
          The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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          • #6

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            Very niceDoes the top of the finial have a stem on top to extend trough the urchin to prevent over tightening or do you use a screw or bolt? Those things are very delicate (or maybe your West coast ones are more robust) Lovely work!!!

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            • #7

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              No stem or screw. When I turn the base of my finial I cut a grove. I then use epoxy to stick them together.

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              • #8

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                Love those Brian, quite a collection you are showing here, I really like the black? one, though they are all very nice, thanks for showing

                Have fun and take care
                Leo Van Der Loo

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                • #9

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                  Originally posted by Leo Van Der Loo View Post
                  Love those Brian, quite a collection you are showing here, I really like the black? one, though they are all very nice, thanks for showing
                  Thanks Leo. The black one I had dropped and it broke. Glued it together but could see the glue line, so I sprayed it black.

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                  • #10

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                    Love the ornaments. Where do you source the urchin shells?

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                    • #11

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                      Originally posted by agenkin View Post
                      Love the ornaments. Where do you source the urchin shells?
                      Right here.
                      https://www.tropitek.net/wholesale/

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                        Originally posted by scroudt View Post
                        Right here.[/url]
                        Thanks! How do you ensure good finial alignment, given how irregular the shells are? I've been thinking that there could be a dowel between the finial and the top lid, just for alignment.

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                        • #13

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                          Were those ones your wife bought you, Brian?

                          Noel
                          "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
                          'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
                          "
                          John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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                          • #14

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                            Brian,

                            Those are very lovely. Might I make a suggestion? If these are selling so quickly that you can hardly keep up with the demand, I'd suggest you double your asking price immediately. Or mayber triple it. The simple reason is that if they're selling that quickly it's because clients recognize the exceptional value. By raising the price you may lose the odd sale but more than make up for it with the increased profit.

                            Don't sell yourself short. Remember that when you bring in your car to have the oil changed, an apprentice being paid slightly more than minimum wage spends all of 15 minutes doing the work, and the company charges you $50 plus HST for the job. Now, if changing oil is worth $200 per hour, then your work - which requires skills significantly more valuable than that needed to change oil - is worth that, too.
                            All the best,

                            Marty

                            President of Kingston Wood Artisans https://kwoodartca.wordpress.com/

                            Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club

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                              Originally posted by agenkin View Post

                              Thanks! How do you ensure good finial alignment, given how irregular the shells are? I've been thinking that there could be a dowel between the finial and the top lid, just for alignment.
                              I have a cone shaped sander to even out the surface of the holes. Cindy Drozda has a great video on utube showing how it's done.

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