I was contacted by the Manager of a pretty decent Farmers Market to see if I would set up a "sharpening table". They had no sharpener locally for the last 2 years.
It is an hour away so and the table costs 50 dollars to rent, so about $65.00 out of my pocket (Incl. gas money). I immediately said yes and I went there thinking that the first day would be a loss in terms of money but a gain in terms of experience, fun, networking.
I also went thinking that I would have no knives, as this would be their first exposure to a sharpener at the Market.
Well nothing unfolded as I suspected. It was a lot of fun, somewhat exhilirating and a little intense to be honest.
I am used to working on a knife at home, in private, completely focused on the job at hand.
I arrived there at 7am, the Market opens at 8:30, and I had 3 knives waiting for me. Any thought of getting up and wondering around and checking out the other vendors soon vanished, I spent 6 hours non-stop sharpening, it really was quite enjoyable. They had put it on Facebook a couple of days before so some folks did bring knives and others went home and got some.
Almost every knife was done by free-hand, it was just quicker and many people just came to watch and chat and talk about their oil stones and Grandfathers skills at sharpening and such, very cool.
I know that some of you have had this opportunity, thats' why I mention it. I recommend it if you get a chance.
In terms of money, I made enough to cover all my expenses and about 25 bucks on top of that. I'll see how it goes over the next few weeks.
I had just purchased a Sigma Power Select II, 240 grit stone a few days prior and it is worth it's weight in gold. I moved from that to my 500 and 2k Shapton GS and then finished them on the Imanishi 4k. I also had my 1X42 inch belt sander on hand which also came in very handy for repairs.
Oh, I made the pricing quite simple, $6.00 for paring knives and $10.00 for large knives, repairs were free. I think I will have an in-between price of $8.00 for the 6/7inch utility types.
I welcome any advice from you guys. Thanks.http://www.wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca/