You have made it clear how valuable your skills are. I agree. We
should all be well paid for our work. However in some
circumstances (these) charity, openness of heart and generosity of
skills and pocketbook might be the order of the day. God forbid
such dire and tragic circumstances should overtake any of the rest
Its not in any way as a defence of my Ist post on this delicate
subject, but I have had a couple of emails saying in effect my
suggestions were out of place.
Fortunately, Helen has has an offer thst resolves her problem, and
thats all to the good.
however, when i posted my reply there hadnt been any offers of help
so there were only 2 options open to Helen.
Wait till she had the funds to pay for the engraving, or find some
other way to cover the cost. My suggestion was what I would have done
to get the result I wanted.
Needs must the devil dives.
This brings me to the other point you make how much I value my time.
All of us who work for ourselves have to decide how we charge for
our time and how we allocate each hour of the day.
There are lots of occasions where I give my time for free,as is my
choice, wether its to do something Ive not done before so consider
it a learning curve, or just because I want to.
The other poster in this batch of posts is from Brendar, re one of a
kind pricing is relevant to this matter.
Only you can decide what your time is worth, and that depends on how
confident you are in your work.
If its something thats nor been done before in your trade, then ask
what it really cost in time and materials.
You can always reduce the price!!
To give you an example, I developed a technique to forge titanium
some 1/4in thich by 18in dia bowls.
I knew that had never been done before so asked $5000.00 for it. And
yes, they sell..
So to put my cards on the table, perhaps its time to say I do have a
somewhat out of date web site.
If you google for Ted. Frater Bronzesmith and minter youll find a CV
and more on the work ive done.
The little monologue for the spirit of Creativity medal was a high
point in my minting work.
My work therefore has to speak for itself.
Judge it as you will