I spent three years learning this skill ,a few hundred dollars on tools,and a lot of footwork gathering the stone.Every piece I make I learn something new.Latest piece here I had on display at the 2010 Med Evil Fair in Norman,Oklahoma.Lots of response but still no buyers.
Not just any old stone
its beautiful....Id take it in a heartbeat...
I do high end basketry (75.00 to 850.00). It takes a lot of time and effort and just the right buyer for stuff like what we do. they have to think long and hard about letting go of the cash now a days.Im sure youve had your share of Bebacks as they are called.. "I love it and Ill be back to get it "what they say...lol.
I started out with small art shows and it took me 5 yrs to finally find the ones that my artwork sold at ..Many a weekend I sat and sold nothing but I met people who in turned showed me better shows and gave me contacts to help me along .. I also made a ton of friendships that I cherish.....so dont give up it ...will happen if you keep striving for it...
WOW Great looking Table!!!!!
I don't what your asking for a piece like that but maybe a Home Show how would be a better show then a craft show. what is the weight on a table like that
The internet has really changed the way people buy now have you tried to list somewhere.
OH Yes the BEBACKS .... I have always said if I just had a nickle for ever BEBACK I would be Rich ..
I have been doing shows for almost 30 years .. Still to this day I have a booth at a fleamarket Guess its in my blood .
there are craft show filled with what I call lovings hands work imports and resale stuff.... then there are fine art and crafts show.. which is what he should be in.. check out sunshine artist magizine for some good info on shows and ways ro promote your work..
my son in law runs a quarry with his step dad - I will show him this. Not sure what sort of rock he pulls out of it.
We have some high end galleries in NC that would love to show that piece. Asheville, Boone, Blowing Rock and even in creedmoor at Cedar Creek Gallery.
You are exceptionally talented!!!!!! I love your work. God has definitely blessed you.
Wow, I love those tables and clocks! What talent! You're amazing!
Great work...... do you have any craftsmen or art galleries by you? I would think that some would be willing to consign a table and clock for display. You paycommision, but you can incorporate that into your price.
Know the 'BeBacks' well here too. We make mirrors, clocks, hanging vases and hanging tealights out of vintage silverplate, glassware, tins, tea pots, etc. We're on a couple of year hiatus right now due to the economy and more and more buy-and-sells in the shows we do. One more 'artist' with those ever rare metal wind spinners......... The artist quality had gone down in the last couple of years, so we've taken a break till the economy gets going again. The upside is that I took a class on how to use a sewing machine and another on quilting..... now 25 quilts later.....
Wow very nice work...thanks for sharing the photos. I like the rock clocks. My husband laughs at me when we take a trip up to the mountains...I always bring home rocks I find and put them in my garden. Rocks are scarce in Florida.
I am a sucker for clocks and I love stone, so I really like that! Have you thought about taking the clock face off and just using the hands? The stone is so beautiful that the face seems to take away from it. = Just my opinion, but I love the stone!
yes I have but the whole there is from a 1 " hole for a water faulset,I did use lacquer thinner to take off the shiny fake gold plate and put a flat gold color on it.You have a point,I need to look at higher end clock faces instead of buying cheap ones from HoBby Lobby,That is like a ten dollar clock mechanize on a sixty dollar piece of Very rare stone.But you see the more I spend on materials the more the cost goes,As for the tops of the tables I may just sell them and let the new owners take care of the bottoms.I am eying a bronze casting place herein this town but the prices are astronomical ,making the set itself beyond several thousand,but it would take your breath away.
My Cousins made clocks with beautiful inlays of different woods and to keep the eye on the wood, they just used the hands and in the place of the clockface on the stem, they just put some extra washers so that it would all fit together tightly. They bought the clock mechanisms in hundred lots and only paid a dollar or two each, so they were super-cheap plastic ones and not high-end at all. Like you, they repainted the hands with a flat finish.
Those tabletops are beautiful.
I thank thank my peers.I appreciate the feed back,Juneybug,I enjoy talking with you .When I get back to my home PC I'll send some more pics of a cool clock that has rings in the stone
The lovely work is reminding me of a trip to Australia - where we visited a marble quarry in the Outback. We were told that whatever we wanted to take from the slag pile was ours to have!!!! Oh Lord - luggage limits and all!!!!!! I have tiny hand held pieces and memories of what "could have been".
I am thinking of one of the threads here where someone used a cast-iron base from an old singer sewing machine - but I love frilly metal☺
I am thinking of one of the threads here where someone used a cast-iron base from an old singer sewing machine - but I love frilly metal☺ Maybe you could find something in an architectural salvage store.
Love the old sewing machine base idea, as I have 2 tables made that way.
Have you thought about showing at Warrenton-Roundrock Antiques Show. You would be on your way to riches. Google it as the next show will be about Oct. 29-till....I don't know. It is not only the best place in Texas but maybe in the USA.
You've got it, now find a place to make it pay.