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    For members of the Forum that accept carving orders and commissions; You have been asked to carve a particular subject, you accept the challenge to carve the subject and shoot them a price based on what you feel at the time would be a fair asking price. As you get into the carving of the piece you find that it is much more difficult and will require more time that you ever imagined. You have already quoted a price. Do you just bite the bullet and forge ahead with the carving and vow to be more careful the next time? Just asking for a friend. (grin )
    Last edited by Cottonwood; 04-13-2019, 11:57 AM.

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    Curious what the "sticking" point is in the carving? I send detailed layouts of what I want to do and get an agreement on that. Maybe I have done so much stick making I know almost all the details involved.

    Sadly I'd take the hit and complete the work as agreed to...but it is just me. Figure it as a learning experience.

    Another option is to explain the problem to the customer and if they don't want to increase the payment...you could offer to stop and refund their money. Consider your reputation though. No great answers from my end.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      This is a relief carving with 5 levels, 2 of which converge into others, A case if hasty price shooting here. Will probably "bite the bullet" and go ahead with future business in mind.

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      • #4
        That is what I would also do, Cottonwood. Take a picture of the final piece and use it as a promotion...some reward there.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          Cottonwood, in a small business I owned before retirement, from time to time I would misfigure a job, or run into installation problems, either of which would result in a loss. In every case, I would bite the bullet and honor my quote without hesitation. I looked on it as a matter of integrity and professionalism. I would do the same in your case.
          Arthur

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          • #6
            As above. I'd do the job, finish the task, complete the contract.
            Lots of pictures for my own use and suggest a realistic ball park figure and add even 50% to that.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Hi Millard , Your Word is your Reputation , I agree with the others , bite the Bullet and complete the Agreement . Hope you didn't take to big of a Hit. Merle

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              • #8
                I agree with the others, you quoted a price, best stick with it. It will not hurt your reputation as a fair businessman, and once the client realizes the amount of work that went into it, they may surprise you and give you a bonus. It happened to me.

                Bob
                Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by squbrigg View Post
                  I agree with the others, you quoted a price, best stick with it. It will not hurt your reputation as a fair businessman, and once the client realizes the amount of work that went into it, they may surprise you and give you a bonus. It happened to me.

                  Bob
                  Bob, that reminded me of something from about five years ago. I had a tree to be cut up, and a young family man in the neighborhood quoted me a price of $300...I countered with a figure of $250, which he agreed to. After he was through and it was time to pay him, he did such a good job, cleanly and promptly that I paid him the $300 he originally asked for...we both felt good about it.
                  Arthur

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                  • #10
                    I am also in agreement here. It's happened to me on several occasions, I consider my integrity and reputation, bite the bullet and finish the project. Chalk it up to a learning experience. In some cases that customer came back to me again. I charged a higher price for my work this time and the person never balked.
                    Keep On Carvin'
                    Bob K.

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                    • #11
                      A man is only as good as his word. I'm with Bob K. My reputation and integrity is worth a lot more than a couple of hours carving time.

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                      • #12
                        I have made that mistake more times that I want to admit. Some times your the windshield and some times your the bug.
                        Randy

                        WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                        • #13
                          I'm with the other's - I bite the bullet and deliver for the quoted price. Sometimes, I end up getting about $3 per hour when I misjudge the effort, but...I gave my word.

                          Claude
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