Post by Dave Thatcher on Oct 24, 2016 21:16:43 GMT
I'm always working on around 10 - 15 projects at a time. This is due to all the stages and drying times.
This is resulting in my not knowing where I am at times with commissions in terms of recording the time I spend. I'm working 40 hours+ a week on katchu, yet at the end of the month my invoices seem to be low as I'm forgetting to write stuff down.
So to help my old brain I've produced a set-fee price list on standard items, like lacing, building shikoro, gessen and tare with whatever desired finish is required.
Bespoke jobs can be agreed on either an hourly rate or day rate.
(1) When a dealer repairs or has something repaired, it was usually (in the past) repaired in Japan. There was a large cost involved in shipping and the repair itself. This justified the premium markup on the item, as it was an expensive refurbishment.
(2) There were few who did this work, and they were in Japan. For the reason of scarcity, they cost was increased because the market could handle it.
Today, there are option, but honestly, not many more. If you are in Europe, people have you and one other. That will save significantly on shipping, and your labor rates are 1/2 in most regards to Japan. However, we in the North/South/Central America's don't have the same luxury. I sent you a Dou and a hanpo and it cost me $130 US to ship book rate, 21 days. So, American dealers will still hold onto the "expensive" line of thought because there are few options for items over here to be repaired. Another is turn-around-time for items. If a dealer wants to quickly recover his or her money, the repair needs to be fast, and with so few options, they pay premiums to get the work completed quickly so they can sell it. This adds to the story line that it is expensive.
However, if we have more people, more repair is possible, but price lowers. Capitalism.