AlaskaLaserMaid

Alaska Laser Maid ~ Mostly Cedar & Light

Thorne Bay, Alaska | 5497 Sales

AlaskaLaserMaid

Alaska Laser Maid ~ Mostly Cedar & Light

Thorne Bay, Alaska 5497 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (2362)

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Note from shop owner Update 2/5/19 in mourning, my husband fought valiantly until the end.

Update 1/29
We could no longer stay at home, my husband’s deteriorating condition took us on another journey, a week ago, to be near family during his hospice care.
A huge landslide on New Years Day took out the road between where I live and town, where my laser and shop are. The earliest projection for a fix is March, maybe. There is a logging track, only adds an hour to the drive and no place to be if there’s ice or snow. I’m not going back until the roads are safely passable and go be with my mom. She’s in her 80’s and has her own cancer battle going on.
So I really don’t know when the shop will be open again.
I’m not going back until the roads are safely passable and go be with my mom. Maybe April?
Life, it’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

In the meantime, visit me at Alaska Laser Maid on Facebook and see other things I do, but haven't listed on Etsy.
http://www.facebook.com/AlaskaLaserMaid

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 7, 2019

Update 2/5/19 in mourning, my husband fought valiantly until the end.

Update 1/29
We could no longer stay at home, my husband’s deteriorating condition took us on another journey, a week ago, to be near family during his hospice care.
A huge landslide on New Years Day took out the road between where I live and town, where my laser and shop are. The earliest projection for a fix is March, maybe. There is a logging track, only adds an hour to the drive and no place to be if there’s ice or snow. I’m not going back until the roads are safely passable and go be with my mom. She’s in her 80’s and has her own cancer battle going on.
So I really don’t know when the shop will be open again.
I’m not going back until the roads are safely passable and go be with my mom. Maybe April?
Life, it’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

In the meantime, visit me at Alaska Laser Maid on Facebook and see other things I do, but haven't listed on Etsy.
http://www.facebook.com/AlaskaLaserMaid

Deborah Ross

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How Alaska Laser Maid came to be

I got a part time job doing cool stuff for Bill MacCannel, the owner of Alaska Laser Craft in 2003, I think, he taught me everything I know about using the laser to cut and engrave wood, stone, plastics, glass, leather, vinyl, rubber and what ever else people came into the shop for us to engrave.

In 2006, his wife got very sick and they had to go 'south' (to Washington state) and left me in charge. To make a long story short, he decided that he didn't want to live here anymore or run the shop after his wife's death... so I bought it from him and had to change the name in June 2007.

Then I had a hard time getting finished sanded wood, because the guy who did that was tired of doing it... so I bought his 13 inch wide belt sander and dust collector from him and started sanding my own boards. All the wood is mostly salvaged logs from old logging areas here on Prince of Wales Island and is milled at local family owned sawmills.

And now years later, here I am, doing everything I did when I was then, plus a whole lot of other things. My laser is at my real life shop in the town of Thorne Bay, about 12 miles from where I live. So that is where I do most of the design, laser cutting and engraving, then I take it all home with me at the end of the day and do the finishing, lacquering, put it all together and bring it back in to pack and mail out.

My inspiration comes from my surroundings for the most part and imagination and general quirkiness. Sometimes the patterns of the wood inspire something, sometimes it's artwork or seeing things and thinking, "I could do something like that!, sometimes people give me ideas, sometimes I make mistakes that turn into other things. I do have templates that I've created for runes and boxes using Corel Draw and a 35W laser. Some times I get to use my own artwork, sometimes people send me theirs, often I find awesome things at clipart place I'm subscribed to. So ask about artwork you'd like to see and I'll see what I have or can find. It is so much fun making something new and different and that is why I'm here. I love my job!

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