Art and Craft from the Natural World

Portland, Oregon | 38 Sales


Art and Craft from the Natural World

Portland, Oregon 38 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Last updated on Nov 11, 2015

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Caitilin Pope Daum

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Caitilin Pope Daum


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Why not draw in wood?

One day a few years ago I asked a friend of mine, an art major, to show me how to make woodcuts for printing. My first attempt was pretty rewarding, and soon I was roping in my (then) new woodworker boyfriend into helping me find tools and wood for my new hobby.

He was convinced that the pieces of wood themselves were much more interesting than the printed sheets of paper, and he finally persuaded me to start presenting these carvings on their own and see if other people liked them too. While I have always enjoyed drawing and creating, these wood carvings were the first inkling I had of how I could share my way of seeing with the world. The solidity of the material, and the painstaking process of the carving, give them presence and solidity beyond a mere sketch.

Now I live with that same boyfriend in a cozy Portland house, where I split my time between my personas as artist, landscape designer (my day job), and urban farmer. He generously helps with sourcing and milling the wood for my blocks, and soon we plan to start collaborating on furniture with integrated carving. Stay tuned ....

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  • Caitilin Pope-Daum

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I live in Portland Oregon, where I spend time thinking about plants and how to build things, and enjoying the creatures around me.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 12, 2012
Welcome to woodcuts and other art by Ryestraw.

I source most of my wood from local small-scale mills that process salvaged or sustainably harvested trees.

The blocks are painted black with an artist's spray paint that is less toxic than the hardware store variety, and produced in Spain.

The finished pieces receive a light protective coat of rub-on polyurethane finish.

The notecards are printed on recycled paper, by a local family business.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I want you to be completely happy with your purchase. If you want a refund or exchange for any reason, I am happy to work out the details with you.
This shop accepts Paypal, Etsy gift card, or credit cards through direct checkout.

I will also accept checks or money orders.

Items will be shipped once notification of payment is received.
Completed items will be mailed within 1-3 days of the order, and domestic shipping will take 3-5 days.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am very happy to take special orders. Please contact me with your ideas.