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I have friends who are natives of Bolivia. When they come to United States to visit they stock up on some of the oddest stuff. Shampoo, deodorant, makeup and designer clothing like Levi's and Niki shoes. I asked them don't you have these products in Bolivia? They said yes but the tariffs are so high it puts the price out of the average person rage. They told me if a product is made in Bolivia like blue jeans then a tariff is imposed on any imports of that country. Only problem is the jeans produced in Bolivia are substandard. Cheap.

The Bolivian government believes if you force people to buy products from your own country it will help stimulate the economy. But that is only true if the product is something the people want.

Point is the Bolivian Government imposes tariffs on the United Stated. But how many Tariffs does the United States impose on Bolivia? Not many.

The same is true with larger countries like China, India, Canada and Russia. The United States is getting ripped off when it comes to tariffs.

I've never been a big propionate of Tariffs. To me they only raise the cost of goods. But when other countries use tariffs to block imports from coming into their country what are we supposed to do. Just look at Germany and the automobile industry.

The United Stated has the upper hand, these other countries depend on us for exports. It's time to level the playing field. I think it will bring industry back into the USA.     

General Discussion / Re: extra cotton
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:11:04 PM »
Way too many uses for scrap cotton. Mostly to fill corners but also to build up the sides of inside backs and seat decks before you put the padding on. Also to fill the corners of cushions.

I generally keep a box for scraps but lately I have two boxes. I keep them because I know some day I will get a big job where I need a lot of scraps.



♦ Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool.  I gave him a glass of water.

No Joke. The neighborhood kids are always up to something. One day two grade school girls stopped by asking for donations for the school because the drinking water wasn't working. They needed money to buy bottled water. I thought this odd, couldn't their mother send water to school with them? I told them Rose has all the money and she's not here right now.

I wish I had thought of just giving them a jug of tap water. Lol

If you're sitting in public and a stranger takes the seat next to you, just stare straight ahead and say, "did you bring the money?"

General Discussion / Re: Attached back cushions to the wall
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:04:28 PM »
That decorative wood lip is a problem. Any chance they could make the back attached to the seat frame? That's how we did this theater built in.

General Discussion / Re: JoAnn Fabrics
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:56:24 AM »
Taking over an amateurs half finished job is never fun and often a money looser. You can count on having to strip the fabric, no telling what they used to fasten it with. The customer will expect a better price seeing they already cut the whole thing out. You can bet the cut job is all screwed up so re-cutting the fabric will be in order. There is a pretty good chance you will need more fabric. You could charge more than your normal fee but these folks are do-it-yourselfers and looking for a cheap job.

On the other hand the folks looking for an upholsterer before they buy their fabric could bring some jobs your way.

I can hear the husband when she pulled out the gun, you think your going to kill that beast with that little gun? :)

General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:01:08 PM »
It looks like they do not build love seats or sofas anymore.

I've rebuilt a few of their ottomans from the 50's and they weren't too bad. Their sofas and love seats weighed a ton. Their mechanisms were solid steel with lots of components and an unusual configuration. That alone was heavy but their frames were built like a tank. They lasted forever and that is why you still see them once in a while. They are based in Ocala FL and I guess that is why we see so many in the south.

Bernadette Castro, is the CEO. She was also a Washington politician for a while and would stop to chat on our local talk radio station in Gainesville. That must have been about 15 years ago. I was surprised when one day she said she was the daughter of Bernard Castro, the founder of Castro Convertibles. 

General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:48:55 PM »
Today Rose emailed the barber chair customer and told them after spending many hours of research we could not find information on how to disassemble it. She addressed our concern about prying it apart to force the components out and how that may cause damage to the porcelain or brackets that hold it together. She also showed concern that using a thicker material (leather) may make it difficult to put it back together. She also explained barber chairs are not part of our normal expertise. She told them if they could figure out how to get the components apart and if they wanted to be responsible for the liability and fitting it back together we would be glad to upholster it. 

She then gave an estimate for some other normal pieces of furniture. Will somewhat normal. Anybody ever do a Castro Convertible? Ugg. I didn't know they were still in business.


General Discussion / Re: Photobucket Update
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:21:13 PM »
Hi Keran and welcome to the forum. Personally I would rather see the ads than pay. And this is how Photobucket worked for many years. I even bought products they offered. Then suddenly the ads overtook in a fashion that it made the site unusable. It was pretty much if you didn't pay you couldn't use the site. And that's fine, its their site they can do as they please.

The problem is low data forums like this depend on Photobucket to keep from running out of server space. So people like me found alternative sites to post our pictures. I chose Google Photos. And I'm guessing I was not the only one because now Photobucket has had a change of heart and a change in management.

Now Photobucket is back to where they once were. And I am using them again with the ads and I'm very happy. I guess like any business you try things to increase revenue and if it doesn't work you go back to square one. 

The Business Of Upholstery / How Much Is Call Reluctance Costing You?
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:18:08 AM »
One of my biggest phobias is making cold telephone calls. This includes following up on leads. I've been that way my whole life. I don't mind sending an email and I can walk up to a perspective client at a party or event and start a conversation but the thought of making a phone call makes me nervous. Fortunately for me Rose can call and start a conversation with just about anybody. 

On this subject is another good read from Manta,


The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Curiosity - Making double cording
« on: June 04, 2018, 07:51:44 PM »
I'm a one pass type of guy. I once had a race with a two pass guy and was surprised the time spent was the same and the final result was too.

General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:01:42 PM »
I questioned the original construction of this chair. The base was taller than most I've worked with. And if you look at the first picture the springs, in my opinion, are to tall for the cavity.

I could have attached the webbing a little looser to bring the crown down a little but then you would see the webbing under the seat because the base is so tall. I don't know how the original was done. The seat was already half way stripped when it was brought to me. I imagine it was done with horse hair which would have given it a flatter look.

I could have used shorter springs but the customer didn't want me to change a thing. She gave me strict rules to leave all the scratches and dings in place.  I pulled the center springs as tight as I could and built up the sides of the seat with cotton. I wanted to use 3" foam but that was crazy looking so I settled for 2".

General Discussion / Re: Use of cotton batting
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:12:46 PM »
May I assume the chair takes a cushion? A very long time ago I had a customer complain because he could see and feel the outline of the spring through the seat deck. Ever since then I always make sure there is enough padding, even though the cushion covers it. A problem occurs when using too much padding under the deck that is now the seat front needs to be built up also.

Of all the different padding types for decks, cotton is my favorite. 

General Discussion / Re: Emil J. Paidar Barber Chair
« on: June 04, 2018, 10:55:47 AM »
My mistake, I do not know why I said Eastlake. Goose Neck is right.

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