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I'm wondering if anybody else has experience writing their own Sefer Torah, how long it took them and how much it cost.

It took me about 9 years and about $3,500 to write mine.

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Were there any costs besides the parchment and ink? – Dave Jul 22 '10 at 16:40
Also, in terms of time, how many hours would you estimate it took? I know a sofer who would like a new set of parshiyos for his tefillin, but doesn't have the time to write them himself! – Dave Jul 22 '10 at 16:42
At $20/hr, that would be be close to $20,000. Puts the price of Sifrei Torah in perspective... – Dave Jul 29 '10 at 14:26
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the question is not about Judaism. – mevaqesh Jul 18 at 2:48
@mevaqesh if writing a sefer Torah is not Judaism, what is? – Isaac Moses Jul 19 at 1:43
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It took me just over three years for each that I did. I wrote roughly half an amud(21 lines a day) using a reed. The cost was just over $8k, but I used an exceptionally high quality klaf(better surfaced and no gid marks). For the second it was just over $12K(though that was a nightmare of a sefer to write). I wrote in Klaf Gvil, which costs double the price and then you have coat it with a special substance to keep the letters from falling off, unless you want to dig up a really old recipe for ink and brew it yourself.

Most professional sofrim can write one in under a year. However at the same time they write full time and have special gadgets to help them along.

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I assume you mean that the first one cost you $8K. – Danny Schoemann Aug 9 '10 at 5:49
Yes. Sorry for my bad typing I fixed it in the text. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Aug 9 '10 at 8:57
As a note I should add that I typically don't go in for computer checking. Everyone I know who does it charges too much($75 a Yeria) and then it is not that accurate. By comparison I can have an expert Ba'al Megiah from my Yeshiva check for $10 a Yeria and get pointers on how to make my writing more hiddur. – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Aug 9 '10 at 13:46

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