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Featured Seller: shantyfolk

Apr 18, 2007

by shantyfolk handmade and vintage goods


Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Ben Duncan. I live in the woods with my wife Heather, and lots of pets. We live in a comfortable, one-room shanty with canvas walls and a tin roof. We like it. We have spent the last five years building our “cottage”, but we’ll live in our shanty until the cottage is finished.


What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

When I was little, my mom made clothes for me and my sister. I remember noticing that she was MAKING something. I was impressed. I spent a lot of time taking things apart to see how they worked (VCR’s, tape-recorders, vacuum cleaners); I began to occasionally put them back together too.


What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

Why do you ask? Am I being accused of copyright infringement?


What are your favorite materials?

I love to work with wood, but my real favorite is a good junk-pile; some of my finest creations are made of ‘trash’.


What is your favorite color?

blue sky, with sunshine


What are your most and least two favorite films?

good: The Princess Bride (the book is better), and Idiocracy

bad: any two musicals


What are you reading right now?

Geeky stuff, like .pdf’s about how to use Quicksilver, Applescript, and OSX. (I said it was geeky)


Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

I just try not to think about selling while I’m MAKING.


Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Most of what I do is to ‘create’ things. I do tile work, carpentry, remodeling, cabinetry, etc… I also garden, homestead, and play with Apple computers.


How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

I am but an egg, …………however, I would like to be able to add a link to a video on some of my listings. I currently just put the url of the video in the description and suggest that visitors copy and paste that into their browser; it works but its crude.

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