Doing Business Latest Topicshttp:// Business Latest TopicsenWhere Sell Your Workhttp:// any of you guys sell your walking sticks and canes on Etsy?


I created an Etsy site to sell some of the walking sticks and canes, however I'm not sure how to promote the Etsy store.


Any suggestions?


I sell on my website, but I'm looking for other places to sell, as I make many more walking sticks and canes than I can sell.


Any help would be appreciated.

3502Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:11:27 +0000
Obsidian Carver Searchhttp:// received this email and thought that perhaps one of TCP's members is proficient with carving obsidian and might be interested in contacting this person privately. His request follows:


Hi Janel,


I was just searching the internet and ran across your website.


The reason for my search is I wanted to look into the possibility of creating some sort of jewelry piece for my daughter (18 years old) out of a piece of obsidian that I picked up on Mt. Kilimanjaro earlier this year. We both climbed the mountain in June, and I thought making something out of a rock from the mountain might be a nice memory for her, especially if the something was something she really liked and wanted to wear.


I have no artistic talent whatsoever. My initial thought was to get someone to carve the rock (about 1 “ cubed) into a necklace piece, perhaps of a horse’s head. Horses are her passion! She owns 2.


Appreciate any thoughts you might have on how to go about doing this.




Ron Schleif

Click for Ron's email

3409Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:33:37 +0000
My New Websitehttp:// there,


I wasn't sure what section to put this in but here it is:


My new website up and running today.


I always appreciate feedback both on the site and on the work. Come by and have a look if you can.




3378Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:58:17 +0000
Trying To Message Janelhttp:// Janel, Brett Sutherland here wishing to get back in contact with my friend in Sint Maarten. I used to live there before recently returning to NZ and Sue bought a few things from me in the past. I would love to talk/message her again but I cannot find her contact details after making the move. Please forward my e mail address or send me hers. I very much appreciate your help. Thanks, Brett.

3285Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:54:26 +0000
Pricinghttp:// gave me the spark and Janel added the fuel for this discussion topic so here goes. Established pro and novice alike... How did you begin to set prices on your work? How did you base you increases as you became more established? I cringe sometimes on the subject of pricing. I have enough confidence in presentation, but nationally (or internationally) my name doesn't necessarily command top dollar. Where do I base my asking prices? When my work displayed in a gallery (paintings), the owner figured out a price including her percentage, and I just nodded and took the check. I do a lot of side work finishing knives for a company and accept an agreed upon price per piece. Sometimes I get surprised when I ask a price for a knife that I made and the client doesn't blink. Other times I'm underpricing, I feel, just to sell the piece. This is very similar to Mark's questions about talent vs. ethics. I guess this is pricing vs. ethics 101. Feedback is welcomed and requested.

1170Fri, 12 Oct 2007 02:17:44 +0000
Custom Bone Carving Commission Inquiryhttp:// know that this is not a commercial platform for sales, but it is the most appropriate place for this message to be passed along to the bone carvers on the forum. If anyone has an interest in communicating with the person interested in commissioning the carving of a piece in bone, please use his contact information and communicate privately about the details. Thanks.


I am interested to know if you do custom carvings in bone and if so what the price would be for a commission to do a carving of an idolon like the images attached.


Approximate dimensions would be 1"x1"x3-4"


Thank you for your time


Click here to respond to the poster.





3244Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:48:21 +0000
Any Luck On Etsy Anyone?'m thinking about putting some stuff up on I know it's more of a "craft" type market place, but I've been doing a little market research, and there are some amazing things being sold on etsy. So I was just curious, has anyone else started a store on etsy? If so, how's it going?


A question for everyone, are there other options similar to etsy without traveling all over?


Any thoughts on using a site like etsy would be great.






ps. I know it's been a while, but the family and I just bought a house, and I finally have a shop (the garage, which no cars are allowed to enter)

glad to be back.


Just finished a stylized frog, I'll post some pics when I get them taken.

2879Mon, 27 Aug 2012 03:30:37 +0000
Hobby To Businesshttp:// sold some of my bone on the internet (trademe) and a few more from showing in a local gallery I want to move from that to sell more pieces any tips on here to retail shops or retail gallerys like matchbox ( have sent out emails and photos of my work . so far not had any takers I don’t want to make millions I just want to make a living that’s all I want to break in to the bone scene and make a dollar its all about getting knowen i want more than just doing markets on a saturday

3126Fri, 24 May 2013 22:45:35 +0000
Joining A Galleryhttp:// night I went to a gallery and brought a bunch of my wood turnings to sell to one of the owners. she bought a bunch of my bowls and containers and then the two owners gave me the information on joining with the prices. it basically comes down to 192 dollars for a 12 months 108 for 6 months 60 for 3 months that's basically 16 bucks a month. and then they take 10 percent of the sales. my concern is that it is in a smaller town in the middle of the state. and they have only been around a year. they only get the word out with Face book they don't even have a website yet.



they had one band saw box maker who sells his stuff there and the lady who bought my stuff was going to send me his phone number so I can talk to him. thought I would ask if he was able to get his initial investment back since they say he is the second best selling artist there.



the owners really like my stuff and the ideas of the stuff that I plan on making with the more complicated inlay techniques. using different stones and they were very enthusiastic about having my turnings in their shop.



so those of you that have had anything in a gallery what kind of questions should I ask? what kind of information should I find out before I commit to this place. I feel like the prices are prity reasonable but I don't want to pay them to store my artwork there when I can stick it in a cardboard box under my bed until the next craft sale

3114Sat, 11 May 2013 13:17:16 +0000
Are There Stone Carvers In Alberta, Canada Who Carve Obsidian? received an inquiry from someone on a quest to find a stone carver to carve something in particular. I will post this inquiry here. If anyone fits the description, please communicate with him privately. Thank you.




Hi admin,


My name is Ethan H and I saw your registration guidelines. However I am just looking to do business with a carver in Alberta, Canada and am having a real tough time locating any.


I thought that you being a site devoted to carvers you would be able to help me locate one who could carve me a signet ring out of a piece of obsidian I brought back from Mt. Vesuvius.


I saw that your website forum isn't really dedicated to promoting business however I have been having a tremendously hard time locating any carvers and would really appreciate the help.


Thank you,



3039Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:04:30 +0000
I Have Two Ryobi Power Carvers To Get Rid Of... is like new the other is used but works just fine...i only have one set of the blades it comes with they are used...there are websites offering new blades flexcut and others..

the model is dc 500 .(reciprocating http://carverscompan...lAker/Mvc-1.jpg i am selling both for less than i paid for... please get in touch if your interested.i will take best offer. im on the west coast of b.c. near vancouver.. as to shipping ive no idea what it might cost..i paid well over $160.00 for them..thanx to all. m

3022Fri, 08 Feb 2013 02:55:44 +0000
Walking/hiking Stick Production Inquiryhttp:// I received an inquiry from someone who is interested in partnering with a maker of walking sticks. This is her statement:


Saltmarsh Foundation is seeking a partnership with a woodworker / craftsperson to produce walking / hiking sticks to my design.


Craftsperson must have access to premium-strength grade wood suitable for one inch dia. walking / hiking sticks for high traffic urban, outdoor and medical use, for people (min. 130 to 300 lbs.), available in four lengths: 48 / 50 / 52 / 54 inches. Saltmarsh expects to purchase completed design in multiples and reorder as needed. A scaled design drawing is prepared. Initial outlay for wood purchase by Saltmarsh. Saltmarsh logo is to be burned on the stick along with the artist's signature. Thus allowing the artist his art and Saltmarsh its marketing.


Valerie Reynolds

3007Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:46:12 +0000
Janel And Everyonehttp:// belong to a bead collecting forum along with this forum and have been thinking that it would be nice to have a trade link on this forum as the bead forum has one and it seems to work well. I have been buying all sorts of cutting/carving material since 1977 and know that I can never use it all, it would be very nice to be able to offer the carving material on this forum because I know it would end up in the hands of someone that would most likely make something wonderful from it.


What do you all think of this idea?


All my best .......... Danny

2954Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:57:36 +0000
Selling A Lot Do I Increase The Pricehttp:// started to sell large number of my necklaces on a trading web site is it time to increase the price by a couple of dollars or leave where it is i got into bone carving to make a living at the moment i just breaking even.

2756Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:36:49 +0000
My New Websitehttp:// finally got my new website up and running. I welcome everyone to visit the site and critique the site so that I can make improvements.

If you have any trouble viewing or navigating the site please let me know.



2462Mon, 16 May 2011 23:55:33 +0000
Kribako Paulownia And Ukon-Nuno Clothshttp:// Makiko recently sent a new brochure and price list offering a wider variety of KIRIBAKO (paulownia boxes). I will present some of the information below and offer contact information for you to communicate with her. She has a PDF prepared with complete information and more photographs regarding the briefly described items below:


Koryuen is pleased to offer standard kiribako (paulownia boxes) used in Japan for presentation and storage of netsuke and other works of arts, crafts, and antiques.




The production of the boxes are supervised by the netsuke artist Ryushi Komada, and manufactured by Kido Woodwork Studio, Japan


Reasonably priced, these high-quality boxes can be ordered conveniently in small or large quantities.


Koryuen's Kiribako Paulownia Boxes


Top row, from left : former "standard" size -- former "1.5 length" size

Internal dimensions: L x W x D cm: 6 x 4.5 x 3.8 -- 9 x 4.5 x 3.8




Ojime box -- Standard netsuke box -- 1.5 length netsuke box -- Double netsuke box -- Sashi-netsuke box (16cm) -- Sashi-netsuke box (17cm) -- Pipecase box

5.5 x 5.5 x 3 -- 6 x 5.5 x 3.8 -- 9 x 5.5 x 3.8 -- 12 x 5.5 x 3.8 -- 16 x 5.5 x 3 -- 17 x 5.5 x 3 -- 25 x 5.5 x 3


The prices in yen range from 800 to 3250 yen in March of 2011. Accurate pricing will be provided when the order is discussed and placed.


Boxes of conventional sizes can be slightly too tight for larger netsuke, creating a danger of damage to your valuable art work. Koryuen therefore offers netsuke boxes that are 1cm wider than the conventional boxes.


Internal dimensions are important when ordering a box. When you choose box type, please make sure that the size is large enough for the work, wrapping, and padding (please read "Advice on padding" below for more information).


Custom sized boxes may be ordered, and a variation of lid design is also offered.


Ukon-nuno wrapping cloth

In Japan, ukon-nuno (lit. turmeric cloth) has traditionally been used to wrap antique crafts since turmeric is considered to avoid worms and insects.




Koryuen offers soft ukon-nuno in 100% cotton dyed with ukon (turmeric), yellow ocher in color, with pinked edging (i.e., zigzag edges). Sizes and their prices are as follows:

20 x 20 cm @ 70 yen (suitable for ojime and small netsuke)

25 x 25 cm @ 90 yen (suitable for netsuke)

30 x 30 cm @ 130 yen (suitable for large netsuke)

35 x 35 cm @ 200 yen (suitable for large netsuke)

The prices include tax and handling fee. (March 2011)


Tsuba Boxes are also available.


For inquiry, please contact KOMADA Makiko


Netsuke Website Kroyuen:

2408Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:46:19 +0000
Galleries in Moscow and St. Petersburg Russiahttp:// mes amis

I need some help from the carving path wisdom and insight dept. :P .... I have been contacted by a gallery owner in Russia claiming to have several galleries in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities dealing in mostly japanese art objects by people given the title "Cultural heritage of Japan". Is anyone out there familiar with any such galleries? Has anyone else had inquires that sound like this?



1341Tue, 04 Mar 2008 12:23:53 +0000
Nsk Volvere Vmax New Un-Usedhttp:// need to part with the NSK Volvere Vmax I just purchased a bit ago...


Edit:SOLD Thanks.

2421Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:05:04 +0000
Need Help ID'ing And Pricing These Toolshttp:// picked up these tools along with some leathercraft stuff I bought. I don't see a need for them in leatherwork but in checking around, there seems to be some interest in people buying them.


I am trying to find out exactly what they are and/or what they are worth. I'm told they are garver.


The 2 long ones are marked 52 and 54 with the word Victory on the longer one. France is stamped on the handles of some.


The short one with the end view is a square shaft with a flat, blunt end.


The thin one in the pic with the heavy, black one is a square shaft, beveled along the diagonal.


The silver metal punch is a hand punch from 1922.


Any help ID'ing and pricing these is appreciated. I don't want to rip anyone off, or get ripped either.


Please reply privately to









2380Sat, 05 Mar 2011 14:09:09 +0000
A Little Market Researchhttp:// a new member (intro posted in Who's Who) I'm wondering what the current preference is among collectors of netsuke. Do the majority lean more toward shibui or rococo, the beauty of simplicity or bells, whistles, filigree and furbelows?




Bob T

2255Tue, 19 Oct 2010 03:20:00 +0000
need to find a carver WHO CAN ALSO do fine jewelry work on it... there

I would like find someone who can carve bangles for me that I have designed.

Now, some of the bangles have diamonds set into pave style gold, so that means I would need the carver to work with a jeweler who can do this as well.


I would like to get some quotes together if thats possible.


2111Wed, 21 Apr 2010 19:26:57 +0000
how much ? all, is-it possible to know the average price of different netsukes. I have difficulty to give a price to my pieces.

2025Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:08:32 +0000
What works for you? the International Netsuke Convention 2009, Jeffery Klotz asked the artists present at his workshop in which he presented the work and thoughts of six contemporary netsuke carvers: How do we approach what we carve, is it by commission or from our own initiative and decisions? His words from the questionnaire: "Are you carving for yourself or your audience?" There were three artists present, who were not being presented by Mr. Klotz, and we each had different answers.


Mr. Klotz read statements from each of the six artists, who each answered this question. A variety of answers were described, from completely doing commissions, a mixture, or carving for one's self with the goal perhaps that the work will find it's collector.


I am curious to read your thoughts about how you approach your work and if that differs from how you would like to approach what you do, considering the theme of carving for yourself or by commission from a client.



1855Sat, 01 Aug 2009 13:11:05 +0000
Tools/Eqpt for salehttp:// sale:


NSK Hi-Rite air grinder, 320,000 rpm. Very nice unit (no longer mfr'd), probably never even used. $275


Jun-Air 6-4 compressor, plus regulator, filter, mist separator & ambient dryer. $550 (Over $1500 new w/o extras)


Werther Panther Silent Compressor. New, custom assembled, comparable to a P100/24 AL, but bigger (10 gal.) tank. Runs perfect, maybe 15 mins. of testing then never used again. A great machine. No filter/regulator incl. $800 (New: $2600)


Leica S6 Microscope w/ 10x eyepieces- (This is the 60 degree model) Like new condition. $800 (Cost about $1400 new.)


Email for photos & details. mitch email

1849Thu, 30 Jul 2009 15:43:13 +0000
Inquiry for a smaller sculptural projecthttp:// Carving Path is not a platform for sales, though it is a means for communication.


In my email today was the following inquiry. This is not in my line of work, and wanted to present it you the membership, and then offer to connect anyone able and interested to the writer of the inquiry. If the following information falls within your carving ability and interest area, etc., please contact me privately through email.





I'm looking for someone to carve a likeness of my dog. He is a mixed breed with smooth hair and the pose will be a laying down but attentive pose. I can send a pic if it helps. But i'm wondering about the cost and how close of a likeness i could expect in regards to his head/face and colorings(mostly black with brindle and white) Also this will be used as an urn as he is recently deceased so a cavity will be needed to place his ashes. So the body size will have to contain a 3"x3"x6" long cavity. I'd like to keep his proportions - though scaled down so he can fit on a shelf that is 18" deep. Any info will be very helpful and thank you.

1837Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:16:03 +0000