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buckeye

Member Since 06 Oct 2011
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#17473 Checking in!

Posted by buckeye on 24 May 2012 - 08:37 PM

How has everyone been? My life has been crazy (as usual) but good. A few months ago I had a couple bad firings in a row and about the same time the weather started getting nice enough for me to get out and enjoy the weather with my other hobbies and then business picked up so much that I havent had time for much else.



I have been working on a very big project with a lot of research and time devoted to it but today I found myself with some time and no customers calling so I turned off all my communication devices, ran upstairs and sat at my wheel for a few hours. Even though I havent thrown for months it has constantly been in my mind and I have had this serving bowl or fruit bowl in my mind that I wanted to try. I grabbed about 5 pounds of clay, threw it on the wheel and away I went.. I was shocked how well I did, it was like I hadnt even taken a few months off! It felt so good to be on the wheel again!


I hope all has been good with everyone!


#13486 Lately I have noticed....

Posted by buckeye on 13 February 2012 - 04:48 PM

nevermind... dindt mean to cause drama on the forum, was not my intention


#13223 Shared Studios

Posted by buckeye on 09 February 2012 - 07:43 AM

That was so cool to watch, I had to watch it a few times to take it all in. Thanks for sharing!




#11381 homemade trimming tools

Posted by buckeye on 26 December 2011 - 07:37 PM

HERE is a link that I just posted last week making some trimming tools with a few pieces of scrap stainless but my favorite ones were the old stainless butter knifes, they turned out great and do an awesome job.


#11261 Special Orders

Posted by buckeye on 23 December 2011 - 04:24 PM

You sound really stressed. Take a deep breath and dont worry about it. You told him what could happen and YOU have done everything right so no worries, what happens happens and dont worry about it unless you pull one of the pieces out of the kiln and they are ruined.

I think this subject came up before and most agreed that they dont do it. Just from a business view (not as a potter making money) I personally would do it but totally on my terms. If it was a big run of something I would want the money up front before I was ready to start. One off pieces that I didnt have a bunch of time in I would make it and if the customer didnt want it, put it out for sale. A one off that was time consuming, money up front again, just how I would do it, my 2 cents.

quick story - I own a small co. and I sell a particular product. I do not keep them in stock over the winter because I sell so few of them. If I sell one in the winter I get the money up front and have the product drop shipped. 2 weeks ago I started talking to a potential customer, tons of time invested in him and he decided he wanted one and several accessories. I had explained to him the first time we talked that I do not keep them in stock over the winter and why I dont and he understood. When he decided he wanted one I made sure he was SURE. I was headed out the door this morning to take it to him and called him because I might be 15 min. late ( I was getting ready to drive an hour +) and he THEN told me that he was sorry but his wife said she spent to much money for christmas and he coudlnt get one and hoped I understood. Beleve me when I tell you it took EVERYTHING I had not to flip out on him. If I dont sell it quick I have a good chunk of money wrapped up in something I might not sell until feb-march. If I send it back it makes my distrubitor unhappy and it will at least cost me shipping both ways and I will have hours tied up with this idiot and it cost me money... sometimes its frustrating having a business!

My point is.. if you have something made and someone walks in and buys it there cant be any problems, dealing with custom pieces I am guessing can be stressful and problematic but not impossible.


#10604 What pottery related gift are you hoping for this Holiday Season? | Nov. 28,...

Posted by buckeye on 29 November 2011 - 12:48 PM

I want clay and lots of it, glaze and I would love to have one of pres's big coffee mugs.




#10365 free mugs !

Posted by buckeye on 20 November 2011 - 06:41 AM

I LOVE the color.. what happened?! I think it is awesome you are doing this. I wish I would have taken some pictures of my firing mishaps.. I could easily beat that! My very first firing went great and everything turned out good. My second firing EVERYTHING but one piece broke! another time I was firing after glazing and a piece fell over and everything on the bottom shelf was fused together!


Denice.. is there really such a thing as TO MUCH MJ?? Posted Image


#10313 credit card processing

Posted by buckeye on 18 November 2011 - 02:56 PM

Buckeye,

I assume that you have looked into the CC processing arrangement available as a member via the Potters Council?

best,

..................john



Not yet, I am planning on becoming a member I just need to take time to read more. The processing wouldnt be for pottery though, it would be for my full time job.

I did start to read the other day about member benefits but got a call. I will join soon, Love the forum, people on here and looks like some great benefits to become a member


#10287 credit card processing

Posted by buckeye on 18 November 2011 - 06:16 AM

A few years ago I started a small business and I needed a way to accept credit cards. I signed up through my bank and a few months down the road I realize that there were all kinds of hidden fees! I dropped them quick and learned a good lesson.

Since then all I have been accepting is cash, check or paypal. 99% of my customers are fine with these options but there are those few that want to use a credit card.

Recently I have heard about these no fee credit card processing companies just a flat percentage rate. I often meet customers out away from my home office and would like to be able to use my I-phone to process the card.

So here are my questions. Has anyone here used these type of processing companies? Are you happy with the service? fairly easy to process a card etc. Looking for any info and guidance.

thanks for any help!




#10145 2 more and they are getting better!

Posted by buckeye on 11 November 2011 - 07:54 PM

I posted a few that I made the other day with not much luck. I am almost out of clay so I only threw 2 today but it only took me 1 try each and I learned a lot.
I threw the stem and cup seperate (thanks to everyone on the other post for suggesting it) the stem is hollow and they were very easy to attach and it made it simple throwing them in two pieces.

thanks everyone for your help! the one is 10 inches tall.. little to tall but It was great to be able to do a nice tall stem doing it in two pieces.

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#9664 Reputation -2?

Posted by buckeye on 26 October 2011 - 05:32 PM

Everyone is great and I learned a lot. From now on It just wont bother me what my rating is. It just kind of surprised me and worried me when I seen this bright red -2 and it concerned me I had offended someone.

Now you guys educated me on the subject and made me feel better about the situation but now we have to stop because you guys are giving me a big head and it will be hard to hold up if you dont stop! thanks all. Posted Image


#9645 Reputation -2?

Posted by buckeye on 26 October 2011 - 11:02 AM

Thanks everyone, that really makes me feel better. Just kind of bothered me because I always try to be considerate and nice on ANY forum. Not to say I wont share my opinion or disagree with someone nicely but I see a lot of people who will say or do anything just because they feel they can hide behind their computer. I believe in treating people the same and taking feelings into consideration in person or on the computer.


#9632 Reputation -2?

Posted by buckeye on 25 October 2011 - 06:35 PM

I was looking at my profile and noticed that my Reputation was -2... not exactly sure what that means other than the obvious anwser. I hope I didnt offend anyone or two. If I did I apologize.




Personally I would never do anything to change someones Reputation (good or bad) but I was just looking and I dont even know how you do it? how does someone do that? was I reported to Admin?


#9631 Reputation -2?

Posted by buckeye on 25 October 2011 - 06:29 PM

I was looking at my profile and noticed that my Reputation was -2... not exactly sure what that means other than the obvious anwser. I hope I didnt offend anyone or two. If I did I apologize.




#9537 My homemade ribs

Posted by buckeye on 23 October 2011 - 02:33 PM

A few weeks ago I started helping my brother replace his barn roof and trusses. All the beams were rotted so everything had to be torn off. Among all these rotted oak boards there were sections that werent rotted and we cut what we could to use as firewood. Some of these pieces are really big, nice pieces. Yesterday I went down to help him again ( we are now putting down the new metal roof) and I took several of the nicer blocks I could find to make some ribs.

Lastnight I got home pretty early so I decided to try and make one, to my surprise my old woodworking skills came back to me pretty quick and the first one turned out pretty good so I started to make another one and then made a few more today.

I cut the blocks into sections that would be suitable widths and then I used a coping saw once I had the general shape. Then I took a dremel with a drum sander on the end and started putting my angle on and getting my piece to the rough shape I wanted. Once that was done I took a hand sander and brought it even closer to being finished until I was ready for hand sanding and a lot of it!

Oak is a pretty pourous grained wood so wasnt sure how they would work out but I think they will be fine. after each one was hand sanded I soaked them in water, pulled out and let dry then sanded them again. I repeated this process twice and after the second soaking there was very little sanding to be done. I then used Linseed oil and coated them, wiped off after about 15 minuites and did this process twice. After they were all done I soaked them in water for a few hours and I am impressed at how smooth they still are. They are drying now and in a few days I will lightly sand them one more time and add another coat of linseed oil.

As I was working one of the Ribs I started thinking about the wood. The trees that this wood came from was probably standing during the Civil war and possibly back during the Revolutionary war and even before we were a country! I am glad I can make use of some of it.

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