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    Interesting pricing for turnings (big bucks)

    I was on the net looking for galleries that specialized in woodturning and I came across an artist locally in Tucson and was suprized to see how much some turnings go for. the site is www.karkulagalleries.com some are in the thousands. Is this pricing common? Very nice work too.
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    Holy cow Bill. That is some bucks for bowls. Sheesh guy could almost make a living if he sold them all.
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    Reminds me of the little boy standing on the corner selling apples. He had them priced at $1,000,000 each.

    "You're not going to sell many apples at that price," a passerby told him.

    The boy replied, "I only need to sell one."
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    Maby we can use his site to set a standard
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    WOW! Much of that stuff doesn't look any different than what the guys here on the forum turn... some of that stuff doesn't even have that great of form!
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    Found another one www.delmano.com. Some really nice stuff too. There's an Ebony piece over 4000 bucks and it's around 5 inches tall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Spafford View Post
    WOW! Much of that stuff doesn't look any different than what the guys here on the forum turn... some of that stuff doesn't even have that great of form!
    Not to take anything away from his work but I would have to agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Spafford View Post
    WOW! Much of that stuff doesn't look any different than what the guys here on the forum turn... some of that stuff doesn't even have that great of form!
    My thoughts exactly. I didn't see anything that really blew me away. The site doesn't tell you if they are actually selling though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Spafford View Post
    WOW! Much of that stuff doesn't look any different than what the guys here on the forum turn... some of that stuff doesn't even have that great of form!
    Agreed! I went to the Karkula site and saw only one thing that really grabbed me, but I'm NOT going to pay $1900 for something that some of the turners on this site can blow away, e.g., Keith's recent burl piece or just about any of Travis' pieces.

    People who buy these things have lots of money to spend and not much to spend it on, IMHO!!

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    Well, now I know what's wrong with my prices: not enough zeroes.
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    I think it's unanimous! we all need to add 2 or 3 zero's to our pricing.
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    Personally, these are my favourite pieces that I have ever seen

    http://www.delmano.com/exhibitions/2...ibition_01.htm

    But, $24,000 ?

    Retusa Blossom, 2005
    and
    Padouk Blossom, 2004

    Are my favourites
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    If this is what the art world is paying for good turnings, there's been a few million bucks of work posted in the last few months. I have an idea. SMC should have a gallery with pieces available for purchase and 25% of the proceeds go to SMC or for donations to good causes. 75% to the turner.
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    There are some VERY nice pieces htere. What surprises me is the darkness of some of the pictures. Makes them hard to see.

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    BTW, I guess I need to RAISE my prices!
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    Do some homework on Mr. Hunter and you'll soon learn why his pieces command top dollar. And having Del Mano interested in your work (whoever you are) is considered to be one of the pinnacles of a turning career.
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