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Michael Pikula
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 2:40 pm    Post subject: Silent auction for Haiti on all instock items         Reply with quote

I have been thinking about how I can do some greater good with the work that I make other then the satisfaction between just myself and the client. Talk is cheap now days and making a difference has to start somewhere so I am offering all in stock items up for a silent auction, I ask that the selling price be donated directly to UNICEF ( http://www.unicefusa.org/?gclid=CL6Z29iBuZ8CFQkIswodnwiz1A ) and then pay actual shipping by paypal. Help me make a difference.

Send me an e-mail: volundforge@hotmail.com with "Auction" in the subject line, and then the item number and the most that you are willing to donate. I ask a minimum of $50 per seax and the Kukri, and a minimum of $100 for the sword. Every bit will help the efforts. I will try to get another post up with the specifics on each piece when I get a chance, but I wanted to get the ball rolling. I will update the high bid daily and the auction will close on Sunday January 31.

If you are not interested in participating in donating I would ask that you help spread the word around.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 2:58 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Outstanding idea. I admire your work and your thoughtfulness.

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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 4:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I lost some friends in the quake. Thank you so much for making this great effort to raise funds for the relief effort. I hope people bid high and bid often.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well I got the word out to the SBG. I would love to do some bidding, but my bank account says no.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Good idea, I already donated to the Canadian Red Cross at my bank early last week so I'm not going to be participating on this one but it's hard to imagine a better use of some available funds.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'll be bidding on this one just to get the ball rolling.
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Jan, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The sword would seem to me to be something that someone wanting a Viking sword and a folded steel sword at what could be a relatively low price should jump on the occasion.

Don't know how the bidding will go but anything under $1000 will be a " steal " as I would normally assume a selling price in the multiple thousands of dollars ...... anyway, a good cause worth a little extra BUMP to encourage some realistic bids !

I wouldn't bid anything under $500 for it without feeling very embarrassed about not even being close to it's value at the moment or it's value a few years down the road when Michael's work WILL BE very much more expensive due to demand. Wink Big Grin

The other offering are also very worth it but would be fairly prices between $250 to $500 in my opinion.

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jan, 2010 10:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jan, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cry

I just made a big donation a week ago . . . wish I'd waited and seen this.
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jan, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just sent in a bid on #2. It'll look great in my collection if I'm not out-bid! Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jan, 2010 2:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael,

This is a great idea and a good thing to do as well. I am going to see what I can scrape together and put in a bid on at least one of the items. Events like this really remind me of why I am so fortunate. It also does the heart good to see just how nice the people here are. Expecially Michael for doing this.

On a side note, I have to say that the sword totally rocks and the other do as well. Though I think Jean has under estimated what the true worth of that sword will end up being.

Scott

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PostPosted: Sat 23 Jan, 2010 4:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Many thanks to everyone who has pledged/bid so far! Please excuse my not working back on getting back to everyone personally, I am working on it though. Here are the current high bids.

#1 - $560
#2 - $175
#3 - $100
#4 - $200
#5 - $65
#6 - $100
Also I have a floating bid for $150 for any item which I will assign at the end of the auction

So far we have $1200 pledged not counting the floater.

Thank you so much once again to everyone that is bidding, and to everyone that is helping get the word out!
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jan, 2010 5:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are the current high bids on the auction pieces. Thank you once again for all the bids and helping to get the word out!

#1 - $900
#2 - $200
#3 - $100
#4 - $200
#5 - $75
#6 - $100

Which gives us a total of $1575 not counting the $150 floating bid.

Thanks again to everyone and I'm looking forward to next couple days!

Michael
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jan, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

hi, im not gonna bid, cause that's a bit high for my blood now. I just wanted to point something out that I saw, essentially Mr. Pikula is donating currently $1575, but if the high bidders donate directly to unicef Mr. Pikula doesn't get a $1575 tax write off! Why not have the high bidders pay to Volund Forge and then have Mr. Pikula donate to UNICEF so he gets the tax write off?
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jan, 2010 11:11 pm    Post subject: Michael Pikula         Reply with quote

Hi,
I have a bid in on one of the blades and I think that it is a good idea that Michael gets to use the tax deduction
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Jan, 2010 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Michael Pikula         Reply with quote

Robert Muse wrote:
I have a bid in on one of the blades and I think that it is a good idea that Michael gets to use the tax deduction


I do, too. Let's consider the fact that he's GIVING AWAY the items which means he's giving away all that sweat equity and the cost of materials. The least he can get, and I mean the absolute least, is a tax deduction for the work, materials, and the thoughtful actions on his part.

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Jan, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Michael Pikula         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Robert Muse wrote:
I have a bid in on one of the blades and I think that it is a good idea that Michael gets to use the tax deduction


I do, too. Let's consider the fact that he's GIVING AWAY the items which means he's giving away all that sweat equity and the cost of materials. The least he can get, and I mean the absolute least, is a tax deduction for the work, materials, and the thoughtful actions on his part.


Yes it would seem logical and fair for Michael to get a tax break at least since he is giving away his work although others are paying for it and making the donation(s) possible.

Also simpler to manage as only one donation would have to be made.

Also I'm giving the subject a little " BUMP ". Wink Big Grin

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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan, 2010 7:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you again for everyone that has bid! Here are the current standings:

#1 - $1000
#2 - $250
#3 - $100
#4 - $200
#5 - $85
#6 - $100

Which gives us a total of $1735 not counting the $150 floating bid!

I'll close the bidding on Midnight Sunday, central time.

As for the donation money being sent in to me to donate for tax purposes, I don't want to complicate things. Plus you take away the paypal fees from each bid, if you are from Canada the government will match your donation dollar to dollar, I would rather the high bidders donate directly, and I'll be in touch with my tax professional to see how/if I can work it in from my end. Thank you very much for the thoughts though!

Also I will be trying to stay on the ball as far as communicating the high bids between bidders in real time so please excuse the messages if they seem short and to the point, at least for the next 3 days.
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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan, 2010 8:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I can't afford to bid on them, so I do my best to spread the word. I deeply respect actions like this!
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