Commissions are slow here but then what do you expect of a woodshop in the middle of a Wattle bush, in the middle of a recession? There has been a few though, an Oak chest of drawers, some L-shaped Boekenhout kitchen countertops, and most recently, four side tables in the French provincial style. Those with the curvy legs that you see in all the current décor mags. Had to spray them white and sand the paint away a little on the corners to make them look old. “Just like in the picture, please”. It is what the people want, who am I to argue? Hate painting things white though. Just can’t seem to get my hands clean enough to prevent finger prints. In the same décor mags I see houses where everything is white from head to toe. How people live in there is beyond me!
The positive side of slow is that it does give me time to explore my creative side. I‘ve been able to do some art furniture and sold the first piece recently at a gallery in Franschhoek. Someone bought “Sculpt Cabinet” at a bargain price. (Well, that is what I think.) These galleries just kill you with their commissions! Two Englishmen wanted to buy tables as well but the cost of shipping to Europe is a real killer and twice the deal fell through.
My sculptures have been doing well and “The fruit bowl” sold quickly to a buyer in Europe. Proof again that Europeans has a much bigger appreciation of quality craftsmanship than the average Japie. Same thing with art. A large percentage of my wife’s paintings go to overseas buyers. They just have a much stronger art culture.
My little bird sculptures is quite popular, even locally. (I have to post a picture!) I sold the first lot in Franschhoek, then KKNK, and now pretty regularly at The Natural Edge at Scarab Village, Sedgefield. (Hallo Richard!) They have turned into this little production art item and I make them all the time. I price them very realistically which is why they sell.
How about someone else out there tells what is happening in their shops? Come on you big spenders, don’t be shy. Don’t you have any work or is all secret stuff?
Bunch of BC Carpenters if you ask me. BC = Before Computers