Toadvine

Handmade, Sustainable, Rustic Woodwork and Botanicals

Oregon, United States · 35 Sales

Toadvine

Handmade, Sustainable, Rustic Woodwork and Botanicals

Oregon, United States 35 Sales On Etsy since 2012

4 out of 5 stars
(13)

Announcement   Looking for sustainable, rustic home decor?

A proud resident of the Pacific Northwest, welcome to Toadvine Brand Co.

We feature a large selection of handmade wood products for the home, including cutting boards, frames, pressed botanicals, candle holders and also a jewelry line.

I believe in sustainable products, helping in whatever very small way I can, to preserve the beauty of the natural world. I focus on using reclaimed lumber as well as re-purposed glass and paper products to create rustic, high quality home decor. I also enjoy doing custom woodworking jobs, so if there is something you have in mind send me a message!

Announcement

Looking for sustainable, rustic home decor?

A proud resident of the Pacific Northwest, welcome to Toadvine Brand Co.

We feature a large selection of handmade wood products for the home, including cutting boards, frames, pressed botanicals, candle holders and also a jewelry line.

I believe in sustainable products, helping in whatever very small way I can, to preserve the beauty of the natural world. I focus on using reclaimed lumber as well as re-purposed glass and paper products to create rustic, high quality home decor. I also enjoy doing custom woodworking jobs, so if there is something you have in mind send me a message!

Glen David McHargue

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Glen David McHargue

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Average item review
4 out of 5 stars
(13)
laurenconn

laurenconn on May 22, 2016

3 out of 5 stars

I was super excited to get this, but was disappointed when it arrived with the frame off and poorly constructed. I still think it's really beautiful, but if I had seen it in person first, I probably would have passed due to the craftsmanship.

Jamie Diamond

Jamie Diamond on Feb 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Glen has excellent craftsmanship! His products are really beautiful and nicely done.

Karen Lassegues

Karen Lassegues on Jul 15, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

Very nice press; good size; well made - are wooden presses like this usually sanded?

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About

Focusing the Green Blur

Dust (woodworking)
Both my grandfather and father were woodworkers at one point or another in their lives. Throughout my youth my father taught me how things work and how to get things to come together, ensuring they will stay that way in the future. Great work was shown to me in whatever form it came, from a car's paint job to an addition on a house to a canoe made by a relative.

In my work I strive for pleasing aesthetics and excellent quality. I think this is due to the years of working beside my father and grandfather.

The Blur (botanicals)
While I learned botany my professor mentioned people sometimes seeing the plants around them as a green blur instead of a landscape of individuals. I don't press rare or flashy plants but rather the plants that surround us.

I hope that by doing this I can focus some of the green blur, that people may recognize the plants that I press while they are going about their lives.

All of my non-plant materials are bought in Portland, OR. I usually make the frames from reclaimed lumber. Reclaimed lumber is often from a period of first or second growth and has a tighter grain. Over time the wood develops a patina and character that new wood lacks.

I cut only common plants I know I can press and use. I collect plants with a “secure” NatureServe status- a system developed by The Nature Conservancy to rank and label a plant's conservation status. Even when a plant is considered common I only collect it if it's abundant locally. I follow the one in 20 rule, harvesting only if I see twenty other healthy plants of the same type in the immediate area. I collect wildflowers minimally. While on public land I don't take samples that could compromise the appearance of the area for others.

While working I learn about the plants I collect. My desire is to communicate the knowledge to the viewer, focusing the green blur.

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Last updated on April 16, 2012

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