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Old 07-29-2011, 05:34 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

My name is Eoin, i'm from Ireland and I have a love for most things made from natural materials ie: wood & stone. But I am also a website designer and thats what brought me to the craftforum.

I was looking for ideas for a new project, but when I came across the craftform, it hit me, and I now know what I would like to do, by mixing both my love for handmade things and website design together. But before I jump in with my idea, I thought it would be best to ask the people who it would be for what they thing of my idea.

I was thinking about setting up an auction website, but specifically for handmade things. So I suppose what I was wondering is, if this is something that would appeal to craftspeople?

Anyway, Im not just here to talk about website design, I do love handcrafted things, and have been know to get my tools out and make a few things myself... Although, im not sure if carving pieces of turf from the bog into figurines is considered a craft, but I like it

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Welcome to Craft Forum Eoin. Your craft auction website sounds like a neat idea. I say go for it. I doubt that the person or people who started ebay or Amazon ever dreamed of their ideas becoming what they have become. You won't know if you don't try.

Have you carved pieces of turf from the bog into figurines? I've never seen such a thing. If you have the time to post some pictures, we would love to see them .

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Hi gma2rjc,

Thanks for the warm welcome

Yeah, its just something I used to potter about with, I do have one left that hasnt been given away or turned on by my 4 year old son lol

Anyway, just took a pic of the one left standing in my office.

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Thanks for posting the picture Eoin. I didn't know that the turf was solid enough to carve something from it. Especially something with such detail.

Of course, I don't know, but it seems like there would be a market for your figurines in the United States. There are a lot of Irish people here, or people whose parents, grandparents, etc. came here from Ireland.

Owning one of the figurines would be like having a part of Ireland right in someone's home.

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Welcome to the forum.
I would say that carving is definitely considered a craft! Crafting isn't just children's cut and paste.
That is very cool.
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Turf comes in all shapes and forms, alot of the time the turf can be quite light and not so solid, but depending on the spread of turf it can be very solid. We use it here in the winter for the open fire and where I live there are some of the largest bogs in Ireland.

I might start making a few more soon. I carved one before with nothing but a tobacco knife. The one i posted above, the picture isn't great, but there is a lot more detail in it than you can see.

And, I have been having a few more thoughts on doing this auction website too and would love some input on it. What I might do is get a site ready over the next while and then maybe see if I could recruit a few craftspeople to get on to it and see how they like it and get some feedback.

I have been doing some searching around and it seems the main issue with selling craft online is the fees that (i wont mention any names here) other websites are charging. Which leaves me to think of a way to make it completely affordable for people to use it to sell their craft. Maybe even have no fees at all, because the more I think about it, the site is really putting my 2 passions together and hopefully giving other people with the same interests somewhere to share their interest and maybe make some money from it too.

But like you said, ebay and amazon probably never thought how well their websites would do when they first started them. Any ideas of feedback would be great though, because there is probably no better person to ask about this than the person that is going to be using it.. a craftsperson.

Anyway, i will try and get a better photo of the 'turf man'.. the blind was down when I took the last one, so maybe with the blind up, the light will be better.
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Welcome to the forum.
I would say that carving is definitely considered a craft! Crafting isn't just children's cut and paste.
That is very cool.
Thanks for the welcome Angela,

Yeah, ive always had an interest in craft. A good friend of mine is great at wood craft, he makes all sorts of things from clocks to furniture from bog oak and yew. Most of his work is made from the root of the trees, its really fantastic how he gets them from a piece of tree he pulled out of the bog to a work of art in his house. I suppose its all about the passion of what he does, you can really see it in his work.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I love your bog carving.
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I love your carving.

Just a little clarification for me - I think what you call "turf" is what we here in America call "peat". Here, turf is what we call grass (such as a lawn). I have heard of how dense the peat bogs can be and that the peat is cut and used for fuel. I had never heard of it being carved into figurines before. I would love to see more of your carvings.
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Hi gremlin,
Im afraid the one in the pic is the only one left standing.. I have either given the others away or they have 'over played' with by my son.

I have ordered more turf to fill the shed for the winter, so as soon as it arrives, I will find a nice piece and see what I come up with.. I don't think I ever planned what I was going to carve, i just start scratching, and what ever shape it takes, that's what I go with.

Yep, turf is peat. Depending on where you are from in Ireland, some call it peat, some call it turf.. to me, peat is the dustier softer stuff that I spread around the garden.

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