Oh yes, that old chestnut. I know there have been countless articles and numerous blog hours given over to this subject. I have read the advice of experienced and veteran crafts-people, the opinions and musings of others like myself, and still I do not know the answer. A Wilkinsons' wooden spoon is 50p; a Peter Follansbee spoon is around £30-40. I might not be a Peter Follansbee, but I would hope my spoons have more value than a mass-produced wooden cooking spoon.
It's such a dilemma. On the one hand I would like to get some monetary return on all the hours I have spent carving, I have more spoons than I have places to put them; whilst on the other I feel cheeky even asking for someone to pay real money for one of my spoons. Who do I think I am?
One thing for sure, I was determined this time to label and price my pieces before hand - I made the mistake at a previous craft fair (the only other fair Julian and I have done) of not pricing anything but just waiting for people to ask the price, then sounding unsure and generally apologetic. As a result I think I managed to sell only three spoons and a couple of handmade knives that time. Why should I feel apologetic about charging a reasonable amount for the things I have made? I know Robin Woods has said in the past not to under value what you have made, but don't over price yourself either. It's just that finding that happy medium is what I'm finding so difficult!
On a different note, my wife was insistent that we should have a sign of some kind on our stall so that everyone would know who we were. So, here is the hand painted sign, made from an old pallet, that I knocked-up yesterday. If you visit the fair on Monday, we're down the bottom end of the field - keep an eye out for it and come and say hello.