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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
    
Dave, Besides the parchment and ink there's the cost of the Gidin for sewing it up and the cost of the computer checking. Then there's the Eitz Chaim and the Cover. There's also the cost of the manual checking if you don't do it yourself. But as you said, the major cost is 62 Yeriot @ $50 each. I have no idea how many hours it took. By the time I was done, I could do 11 lines / hour. So "the next time" would (in theory) take me about 960 hours. Parshios thake longer as the writting is tiny and errors cannot be corrected later. –  Danny Schoemann Jul 29 '10 at 10:38
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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
    
@DannySchoemann, you should post your experience as an answer. –  Isaac Moses Aug 27 '13 at 16:24
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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
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Yes. Sorry for my bad typing I fixed it in the text. –  Rabbi Michael Tzadok Aug 9 '10 at 8:57
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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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