Natural Woodworking For The Whole Family

wood, hands and a bandsaw
woodworking is not glamorous work
collecting driftwood on the Oregon Coast
some wood is too large to bring home
home is an old turkey shed & Mother Earth

(We) go among trees & sit still...

All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.
-Wendell Berry

I can't think of a more poignant expression of our lives as woodworkers living in this moment. When I wake in the morning and look out the window at the trees that are our life, our breath, our work, I know we are in our place.

Earnie (Ricky) & I (Ellie aka Heather) met in 1998 at the Eugene Saturday Market, the longest running outdoor market in the US, where we each had a booth selling our wares. Our love was dubbed "a true market romance' by our dear Market friend, Karen Buxton, who has since left this life.

We married a year later in September of 1999 and have a wonderful life together nestled in the woods of our 27 acres with wonder dog, Myrtle Jo, six good hunting cats, ten hens, and two roosters as well as the beaver, deer, raccoon and skunks that share our land.

Earnie has been a woodworker all of his life and a Saturday Market member for over 25 years. I have played with fibers all of mine, and keep my fingers nimble by hand knitting and felting wool & mohair blended hats in addition to the woodworking.

We were born artists and children of Mother Earth and we honor and praise her in our mission to create the treasures that we share with you.

Take care, be good & kind, and do your darnedest to laugh,
Earnie, Ellie & Myrtle Jo Efforts
Myrtle Jo Efforts
Our Inspiration
Myrtle Jo Efforts is our 'eyes of the world', our inspiration, hiking companion, and soccer player extraordinaire.
1953 Boice Crane
Earnie, Ellie & Myrtle Jo Efforts