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Cored Bowls - Do you keep them as a nested set?

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Adam Cottrill, Oct 12, 2020.

  1. Adam Cottrill

    Adam Cottrill

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    Just wondering if folks bother to keep bowls cored from the same block as a nested set? I know lots of people core bowls these days, so do you find buyers are interested in purchasing two or more bowls of different sizes from the same block or is it just easier to find separate buyers for each one?

    Adam
     
  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Like most things related to woodturning - sometimes yes sometimes no.
    Depends on the market.... depends on the wood...

    If you have a really nice blank with spectacular grain, sapwood, burl.... then try keeping it as a set.

    if it is ordinary wood there isn’t much point as it won’t be obvious they came from the same blank.
     
  3. robo hippy

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    Seems like even when I have a really nice set, some one always wants one of the middle ones. I don't think I have ever sold a set... If I had a nested set of burl pieces, then I would try to sell it as a set. Most of what I do is utilitarian.

    robo hippy
     
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  4. Randy Anderson

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    I've found it difficult to sell as a set. You can keep them together for display but decide up front if willing to sell separate or hold waiting for someone that wans a set.
     
  5. Donna Banfield

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    When I cored, I think I was only able to sell a single cored set together - a natural edge black walnut. Anyone who was interested in buying the entire set expected to get a price break on the set, because they were buying more from you. They neither cared, nor understood that each bowl still required almost the same amount of labor to finish. So I stopped trying.
     
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  6. Richard Coers

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    I even tried marketing a pair of highly figured natural edge cored bowls as a "Mother/Daughter Set" at a gallery with no luck. My sales have just plummeted around here, even faded at my big holiday show in 2019. That was down 75% from the high a few years ago. I've done that show for decades, wife says everyone that goes to the nature center has all the pieces of mine they want. Good as reason as any.
     
  7. Adam Cottrill

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    Thanks for the responses. My experience is largely the same.
    Adam
     
  8. Breck Whitworth

    Breck Whitworth Sharp Dressed Woodturner

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    I had the same problem in the beginning. I tried to sell the entire set together but after a year I just sold each piece individually.
     
  9. Karl Loeblein

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    Luckily I don’t have to make a living with woodturning so I would keep any nice sets for a present.
     

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