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Old 12-05-2017, 05:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Simple answer for all concerned.
"As long as it takes to complete."
Leave it at that.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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I had this one woman, very rude. Any time someone came up to my table while she was there, she would tell them do you believe he is charging such and such for a pen. But she was there for an hour or what seemed like it asking questions about just about every pen on the table. And she chastised another person, and she finally get to the How long does it take, and I told her longer than she has been a pain in my arse. A friend heard me and he started laughing. Needless to say she left.... The person organizing the event thanked me for doing that.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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have been asked 'How long does it take you to make a pen?" Invariably at least a dozen times each show. I always respond that if it is a simple pen I am capable of making one inside of thirty minutes, but that I don't. I don't like to rush and I take my time.

I imagine this question is commonplace. What are your answers?

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The question is reasonable and I think it is asked out of curiosity. I learned to say a few days or I make one pen a week and it is done in stages. Most of the time involved is finishing.
I started to realize they thought I handcrafted the hardware. I might explain the components are purchased separately and assembled to a hand turned blank.
The lowest form of question is How Much does it cost to make one. I scratch my head slightly and reply...that's hard to pinpoint as I have thousands of dollars of equipment & materials.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
 
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I usually tell them I have been working at pen turning for 15 years!
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
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I usually smile and ask them "How much does a car cost?" When they look at me with a question in their eyes and say something like "That all depends on what kind of car you buy." I then tell them that it is much the same with pen making. A simple pen can take as little as an hour not counting the time required for paints/glue to dry, where a more complex pen can take many hours. That seems to work better than the old answer of "That depends."

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Old 12-06-2017, 03:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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"...between 20 and 100 years. First you have to grow the tree..."
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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have been asked 'How long does it take you to make a pen?" Invariably at least a dozen times each show. I always respond that if it is a simple pen I am capable of making one inside of thirty minutes, but that I don't. I don't like to rush and I take my time.

I imagine this question is commonplace. What are your answers?

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John,
You know I don't make pens anymore, but get the same question about my bowls... "How long does it take you to make a bowl?"... I usually tell them a week... about 1 hour to do the turning, then 5-7 days to do the finish....

Thing I want to learn though is how do I spend the "Sure is purty"... if I can learn to turn those into cash I can re-retire and take life easy....
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I always answer "it depends".

It Depends, on what you want, who you are, how you act. how picky your being, if I like you, if i feel like doing it, how cold it is in the shop.....the list goes on and on!
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