canamateros on Jun 4, 2015
Lauren Solo on Jun 2, 2015
tessaseitz on May 26, 2015
This item is of very good quality and craftsmanship! It came when it was promised, and no delays!
Randy & Ali Schaffner, parents, best friends, entrepreneurs, graphic artists, accidental woodworkers, and big supporters of Made in USA products.
Prior to 2008 I had spent my entire adult life working in the corporate world, the bulk of it as office manager/web developer for a water quality monitoring company. In 2008 the company was purchased and ultimately sold off in pieces by a larger corporation. It was the height of the great recession so I decided a short break was in order before going back out into the work force. It was then that my younger sister became pregnant; needing a special gift for her baby shower I looked to my husband.
My husband Randy on the other hand has spent his entire adult working life taking raw materials and converting them into finished products, founding manufacturing companies in the bicycle, snowboard, and powersports industries. He had been experimenting with digital printing on various materials for a few years but had yet to do anything with it. I decided that a custom art piece for my sister printed on wood was the perfect personal gift. On the day of her shower the feedback from the guests was so positive that a light bulb went off in my head, and Chocolate Moose Design was born.
In the years since we have added Truckee Frame Company, and My Vintage Farmhouse to form CMD Brands. I have been designing and manufacturing personalized artwork with help from Randy since 2009, in late 2013 he sold his business, and has dedicated himself full time to CMD Brands.
Every piece is handmade start to finish in our Grass Valley, Ca. studio. 80% of supplies are purchased from vendors within a 30 mile radius of Grass Valley. Keeping money in and supporting our local economy. Whenever possible our supplies are USA made.
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We would be honored to work with and for you. Randy & Ali Schaffner
Ali Obrien Schaffner
I love rust, I love rusty things. As a designer most of the time I am working to make the customers vision a reality. But if it were up to me everything would be rusty. – Ali O'Brien Schaffner, Designer
The production half of Chocolate Moose Design, my wonderful husband hand selects each sheet of maple we use, cuts each one to order and generally has all the hard, dirty, saw-dusty and not glamorous jobs that our business entails.
Hi - I am Moosey (as named by our resident 4 year old) the mascot. I am a recent addition to the company rescued from Lake Tahoe. I am still waiting for my official Chocolate Moose paint job, but I am sure to play a critical role in the company.
The art is printed onto maple! That's right, our creations are printed directly onto maple! Handmade from USA made A1 grade 7 ply maple hardwood plywood, which has beautiful grain, knots and movement to the wood. Sides are finished with maple veneer and stained by hand. Corners are sanded and rounded for a rustic age-worn look and distressed by hand the face of the piece is stained using a hand applied dry brushed effect.
Because our artwork is hand made no two pieces are ever the same, a truly unique piece of art that you won't find anywhere else. Finished with a fade resistant UV clear coat. Can be personalized with your saying, quote or bible verse for an additional charge.
Accepted payment methods
Payment is required before we can begin work on your custom sign.
Order Cancellation can only be done up to 5 days after purchase. If a request for a refund is not made 5 days from purchase, a store credit will be given.
Please be aware that we will ship your order to the address listed with Etsy unless otherwise specified. It is your responsibility to ensure that this information is correct and up to date.
We are happy to ship Internationally, please contact us via Etsy convo with the country you'd like shipped to and we will provide you with a shipping quote. All orders shipped outside the US may have duty or tax fees which your country may charge you. These are fees that we cannot quote for you and that we are not responsible for. Please purchase accordingly and cautiously, be aware that you may have to pay duty or tax upon accepting your order. We are charging actual shipping fees ONLY! Again we will not be responsible and will not pay your duty or tax fees.
We are happy to expedite orders, please contact us first to check our production schedule