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Free Intarsia Patterns


The intarsia patterns you'll see on the next page are for you to use and enjoy.

You'll like building these woodworking projects for yourself or if you sell intarsia crafts, add these to your line.

Download as many free patterns or templates as you can use, or just view them for inspiration for your own creativity.

You'll notice that my intarsia is different from what you normally see, you may choose to follow my style or easily build these patterns to your own style of woodworking.

Much of my early work was building inlaid tables, that is how my style developed. More recently I've used  intarsia as decoration on entertainment centers, armoire's, gun cabinets, credenzas and walls.

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intarsia woodworking on cabinet doors

Seven foot tall armoire with intarsia doors.



 

Selling Your Intarsia


By Jerry Mifflin Our challenge as crafter's and intarsia artists is to discover our markets. You need to know your market, who is your customer?

Are you selling a product to local or global customers?

If you're selling to local customers say out of a storefront, you must know if you are in the right market and selling at the right price for this local customer. If you're not showing the right product to the right customer base, chances are they're won't be any sales or at least very few.

It only makes sense that If your selling a product that is not of use to the customer and its not something that they see they want or need, you had better find either different markets or a different product to sell from your store.

I use to have a shop that sold simple crafts like little animal yard and driveway signs.  These items sold well because I was living in a rural area where my customers had big yards and long driveways. I also sold lots of country style decorative items for the interiors of their homes.These people wanted the country style of decorating. They loved the crafts I was making for them. I even had other crafters producing items for me to sell for them. I was producing and selling to my market base.

If I was trying to sell the country style signs or plaques where I'm living now, in the city, I would not do so well. For my customer base is not the same. Their yards are different, their driveway is short and their interior decorating may not be the same kind of "country style." So for this new customer base you have to change your product line.

Does your product fit into the decorating scheme of most of your customers, if not very few are going to buy. You must be certain that your craft fits with your prospects or your business will fail. You must take the time to study this. Find the proper market place.

Craft people are use to having friends and loved ones telling them how cool and how beautiful there craft is, this is encouraging. The problem is that it's not realistic. You need to get input and about your product from a source that will give you a helpful honest response about your product.

When your customers come into your shop and say how much they like what you're doing but walk out without buying anything you have to ask yourself, what's wrong?

Are you in the right market for the craft you sell?

If your craft fits your customer, how is your price? The price you sell your product for may need to be adjusted up or down.

For the price setting you need to look at your competition.
At what price are they selling a comparable product. Ask yourself can I make a profit selling my product at that price. Can I sell my product and get a higher price? What can I do to make my product worth more money?

I now sell art, "intarsia woodworking art" that is higher priced, which means for the customer to let go of the money, she will have to really love your product.

Crafts, can be a tough market. I am a cabinetmaker, caught up in the world of art. I find myself adding artistic designs to cabinet doors to make them stand out from what other people build. The cabinets add atmosphere to a room by giving the room character and there by adding value.

I have managed to sell a lot of my work over the years. My prices are usually from about $200 to $15,000 depending on the work involved. As I said before, some time ago I had a craft shop in a small town. I built every wood craft I could think of to build and it was fun, but not really much money.

The money only comes after you learn the business end of the craft market.
As a cabinetmaker I have learned the hard way that you must get paid for the hours that you work, even when you love the work.

How much should I charge for my work?

It's basically the same for most businesses, how much do you want to pay yourself per hour. Just add to that a percentage for overhead plus a percentage for profit and add material cost. That gives you a charging rate for all of your products. You must add the profit, that gives you the money to grow, like buying more tools.
My charging rate depends on if it's commercial or residential, $45-$85 per hour depending on how custom the work is.
In my old "craft shop" my charging rate, at that time, was $35 hour, the price fit the product and the overhead.

If you can sell your craft as "ART" it will increase the amount you can charge for your product. Perceived value!
Do you have awards! Do you have newspaper and magazine articles about you! Do you have references? Have you developed a recognizable name for your market? If not, you need to work towards these things. All of this adds to the perceived value of your craft.

Intarsia woodworking is my craft, my art. It's the work I look forward to doing.
Find the craft you love to make, find the correct customer base, set a reasonable price for your work and your on your way to a successful satisfying life.

Copyright  Jerry Mifflin,
 All rights reserved.
Jerry Mifflin creates many works of Intarsia Art and gives away patterns of his work for other crafters to use. Articles and information on how to build intarsia are on his website, www.freeintarsiapatterns.com , specializing in woodworking art and business.  This article is available for reprint in your ezine, website or ebook. You MUST agree not to make any changes to the article and the RESOURCE MUST be included.  

intarsia wood inlay

 

 

Check out the "Sandflower"  hope chest,
 try your skills with this intarsia project,
it would make a fine gift.

hope chest with intarsia overlays

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   Woodworking Art

Woodworking, intarsia and art has been the main interest of my life. I've made my living at this for the past 30 years as a cabinetmaker and furniture builder. Sometimes I've been in business for myself and sometimes worked for others.

 Cabinetmaker's love building the fancy stuff, but for most of us cabinetmakers this isn't what you build on a daily bases.

 I tell people I have an affliction called "art" and it seems to drive me towards wanting to do something different, something artful with each woodworking project I'm involved with. 

 I love to design, to add the little finishing touches that makes the piece stand out as unique.

 Having owned woodworking businesses I am interested in the business end of woodworking and it's challenges. So these topics and some others like computers and business on the web are the main subjects of this site.

I hope that some of the information on this website will be useful for you and those who  are new to woodworking will, as I do, grow to love intarsia.

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