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*** We recently moved out to the country! It is so exciting to be out here where frog songs and cottonwood fluff drift on the breeze. But there are many projects to be done at the new place, and so the woodworking portion of our business is on hold. But! Now that our daughter is a touch older, I am able to get out my bead stuff back out. I am enjoying making jewelry once again! ***

My husband and I design and make solid hardwood toys, furniture, and jewelry using locally recovered trees. We have been enjoying building things together since our 2nd date. Now our daughter, Anamaria, is our muse and the wood itself is our inspiration.

From cutting down trees or clearing them away after the utility companies go through, we recover wood that would otherwise be given little use. We mill the logs into lumber right…

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  • Joined December 15, 2010

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Hardwoods, Black Cherry, Sugar Maple, Hickory, White Ash, Red Oak, and Black Walnut

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About

*** We recently moved out to the country! It is so exciting to be out here where frog songs and cottonwood fluff drift on the breeze. But there are many projects to be done at the new place, and so the woodworking portion of our business is on hold. But! Now that our daughter is a touch older, I am able to get out my bead stuff back out. I am enjoying making jewelry once again! ***

My husband and I design and make solid hardwood toys, furniture, and jewelry using locally recovered trees. We have been enjoying building things together since our 2nd date. Now our daughter, Anamaria, is our muse and the wood itself is our inspiration.

From cutting down trees or clearing them away after the utility companies go through, we recover wood that would otherwise be given little use. We mill the logs into lumber right at the shop, and then stack it away in the barn for a year to dry. Before the wood can be worked, it is pulled into the shop to further dry out for a month. From there we plane the planks down to the desired thickness and create a piece to last generations. My pendants and wooden jewelry are made from the "scrap" bin. Though, a bin full of Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Hickory, and Champagne Sugar Maple hardly seems like scrap! The sawdust from the shop is collected for landscaping paths and flower beds. We do our best to minimize waste and protect our precious, natural resources.


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