thinkinanddinkin

The Thinkin' and Dinkin' Shop

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thinkinanddinkin

The Thinkin' and Dinkin' Shop

47 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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~~~~ Recycle ~ Reuse ~ Repurpose ~ Reduce ~ Refuse ~~~~
Welcome to The Thinkin' and Dinkin' Shop! Here you will find beautiful cutting boards, re-purposed candles, and other creative odds and ends.

I'm Aimee, The Thinker, and he is James, The Dinker. We have a love of nature and the outdoors and we strive for sustainability in our home and the world around us. I have a background in environmental studies and Jamie was a machinist who began working with wood as a hobby several years ago. He has creatively designed beautiful furniture, cutting boards, and a variety of other types of functional art. The mediums he enjoys the most are metal and wood.

About Our Wood:

We strive for sustainability and quality in our materials. We use high quality wood selects, from a local company, in all of our cutting boards. This company practices sustainable harvesting methods in their production. They even use all the scraps and outs to fire their kilns. 8-)

The wood we use in all of our furniture come from a local family owned and operated sawmill. All of their lumber is from sustainable harvest, of which 90% comes from storm damage and yards. This type of wood has more character and is ideal for unique one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. The logs are cut on a Peterson swing blade mill and slow dried in a dehumidification kiln. This type of kiln recycles the heat used to dry the wood, making it much more energy efficient than other kilns.

When we get the wood home The Dinker rips the boards into strips and planes both sides. They are then glued together, clamped and left to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. When the glue is dry, the boards are run through a large sander to even the height. James then adds his creative ideas to the design of the cutting boards and hand sands them to perfection. We finish with The Dinker's Wood Rub, a unique formula of mineral oil and beeswax that brings out the natural beauty of the wood. This wood conditioner also protects the wood from moisture and stains. A detailed description of materials we use and care instructions are included with each board.

The Inspiration of Our Glass Works:

The inspiration for our cut glass comes from a few different quirky ways. Much of what we do is driven by nature and our need to waste less, so I will start here. Recycling is great! Recycling 1 ton of glass saves 1 ton of natural resources (sand, soda ash, and limestone)! Recycled glass also emits 20% less air pollution, 50% less water pollution, and uses 40% less energy than glass produced from virgin materials. The down side is that it’s still using a good amount of energy and emitting a good amount of pollution. So, we feel that re-purposing is better. Using a bit of human energy to transform trash into something useful is much less costly to our environment.

When we have a chance we stumble through the woods with our trusty reusable bags and dig old bottles up, as well as other discarded objects from the past. We bring them home, clean them up, and figure out what to do with them. I know people have collections of vintage bottles that sit on shelves, and that’s cool. We have our own small collection of funky and unique bottles scattered throughout our house. Our problem is that we live on a dirt road and collections like to collect too…a whole lot of dust! So, we try to make the things we enjoy surrounding ourselves with useful. One found bottle has been repurposed as our dish soap dispenser. The more an object is used the less dust it collects.

Knowing our quirky habits, a friend gave us a glass cutter a couple of years ago so we could cut the bottles we find and make more fun useful things for our home. Living in a rural area we are subjected to lengthy power outages when Mother Nature has a little fit and candles have gotten quite expensive. So, we have wanted to make candles out of these bottles for some time now. However, the time to play with the glass cutter had eluded us. Then one day a few months ago we were looking for fun goodies at a local flea market and came across a crate of vintage 1960’s 7up bottles. It was missing one bottle but we had one at home to complete the set! And so the cutting began.

Our Mission:

We try to follow the 5 R's of sustainability: recycle, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and refuse (eg: what you don't need, excess packaging, etc.). So, you will see many items in our shop that are made from repurposed materials. We also use as much of our scraps as possible. Waste not, want not.

We work hard to provide you with quality pieces of functional art for your home. We love what we do and hope that you love what we make. Stick around. Keep tabs on us. Watch us evolve. This is just the beginning. Enjoy your wanderings!

Announcement

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THINKINANDDINKIN
~~~~ Recycle ~ Reuse ~ Repurpose ~ Reduce ~ Refuse ~~~~
Welcome to The Thinkin' and Dinkin' Shop! Here you will find beautiful cutting boards, re-purposed candles, and other creative odds and ends.

I'm Aimee, The Thinker, and he is James, The Dinker. We have a love of nature and the outdoors and we strive for sustainability in our home and the world around us. I have a background in environmental studies and Jamie was a machinist who began working with wood as a hobby several years ago. He has creatively designed beautiful furniture, cutting boards, and a variety of other types of functional art. The mediums he enjoys the most are metal and wood.

About Our Wood:

We strive for sustainability and quality in our materials. We use high quality wood selects, from a local company, in all of our cutting boards. This company practices sustainable harvesting methods in their production. They even use all the scraps and outs to fire their kilns. 8-)

The wood we use in all of our furniture come from a local family owned and operated sawmill. All of their lumber is from sustainable harvest, of which 90% comes from storm damage and yards. This type of wood has more character and is ideal for unique one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. The logs are cut on a Peterson swing blade mill and slow dried in a dehumidification kiln. This type of kiln recycles the heat used to dry the wood, making it much more energy efficient than other kilns.

When we get the wood home The Dinker rips the boards into strips and planes both sides. They are then glued together, clamped and left to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. When the glue is dry, the boards are run through a large sander to even the height. James then adds his creative ideas to the design of the cutting boards and hand sands them to perfection. We finish with The Dinker's Wood Rub, a unique formula of mineral oil and beeswax that brings out the natural beauty of the wood. This wood conditioner also protects the wood from moisture and stains. A detailed description of materials we use and care instructions are included with each board.

The Inspiration of Our Glass Works:

The inspiration for our cut glass comes from a few different quirky ways. Much of what we do is driven by nature and our need to waste less, so I will start here. Recycling is great! Recycling 1 ton of glass saves 1 ton of natural resources (sand, soda ash, and limestone)! Recycled glass also emits 20% less air pollution, 50% less water pollution, and uses 40% less energy than glass produced from virgin materials. The down side is that it’s still using a good amount of energy and emitting a good amount of pollution. So, we feel that re-purposing is better. Using a bit of human energy to transform trash into something useful is much less costly to our environment.

When we have a chance we stumble through the woods with our trusty reusable bags and dig old bottles up, as well as other discarded objects from the past. We bring them home, clean them up, and figure out what to do with them. I know people have collections of vintage bottles that sit on shelves, and that’s cool. We have our own small collection of funky and unique bottles scattered throughout our house. Our problem is that we live on a dirt road and collections like to collect too…a whole lot of dust! So, we try to make the things we enjoy surrounding ourselves with useful. One found bottle has been repurposed as our dish soap dispenser. The more an object is used the less dust it collects.

Knowing our quirky habits, a friend gave us a glass cutter a couple of years ago so we could cut the bottles we find and make more fun useful things for our home. Living in a rural area we are subjected to lengthy power outages when Mother Nature has a little fit and candles have gotten quite expensive. So, we have wanted to make candles out of these bottles for some time now. However, the time to play with the glass cutter had eluded us. Then one day a few months ago we were looking for fun goodies at a local flea market and came across a crate of vintage 1960’s 7up bottles. It was missing one bottle but we had one at home to complete the set! And so the cutting began.

Our Mission:

We try to follow the 5 R's of sustainability: recycle, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and refuse (eg: what you don't need, excess packaging, etc.). So, you will see many items in our shop that are made from repurposed materials. We also use as much of our scraps as possible. Waste not, want not.

We work hard to provide you with quality pieces of functional art for your home. We love what we do and hope that you love what we make. Stick around. Keep tabs on us. Watch us evolve. This is just the beginning. Enjoy your wanderings!

Aimee and James

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Turning Waste Into Wonder

An owl calls out the warning of approaching dawn. In the distance a coyote is howling, calling his family to him after a night of hunting and frolicking. The birds begin their morning tribute welcoming the day in with a song. We open our eyes to an aerial dance given by the bats before they retire to their home for the day and the deer peacefully eating breakfast in the meadow. Welcome to our little farm nestled between the hills in a rural Michigan valley, we are Aimee, The Thinker and James, The Dinker. Together with our kids, Leslie and Kara (apprentice Thinkers) and Dillon (mini Dinker), we bring you handcrafted beauties from our Thinkin’ And Dinkin’ Shop.

The scent of good strong coffee brewing calls us out of bed to greet the dawn. We grab a couple cups and settle in at our desks to plan our day… We have a few more orders to get ready before I go to the post with today’s shipment. We need to finish Patty’s table today and get started on the gun rack. Don’t forget to call LaVern to see how much longer the purple heart will be in his kiln and we need to put the cutting boards through the sander.

I wander out to tend the garden in my standard long flowy skirt while the Dinker opens up shop. As I finish picking the beans I hear the first saw start to hum. I head into the woods to check on the wild blackberries…I have a few more days before they are ready for jam. As I head back to the house I hear James putting the sander to work. I grab something for dinner out of the freezer, finish preparing packages for the post, make a batch of laundry detergent, and nudge Dillon out of bed. I’m heading to town and Dad needs your help in the shop. He sleepily mumbles something about servos and bearings as I head out the door.

We scarf a quick lunch over some computer work. James is dinking with a design for a custom furniture project while I catch up on emails, orders, and the social cyber world. I tell him the girls will be down tonight and they’ve found treasures! He asks, “You up for a road trip tomorrow? I found the project bike I’ve been wanting at a really good price”.

He heads back to the shop for the long laborious hours of finish sanding (by hand) and I set to work on some phone book art. Just as I am ready for a break the scavengers enter. An exuberant Kara bursts through the door, “Hey Momma! Look at these tea cups I found! I thought they would be great for candles!!” She is followed by a mellow and laid back Leslie, “How’s my mommy today? I found some sweet vintage material for you”.

As the girls and I head out to the garden for salad fixing’s the owls begin to call good morning and the coyotes start howling as they begin the hunt. The bats dance their way out of their houses and the birds quiet themselves as they snuggle down into their nests. The lights come on as the sun sets on our little valley between the hills in rural Michigan. We hope you had fun on your tour of a day in our neck of the woods. Enjoy your wanderings!

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  • James, The Dinker

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am James, The Dinker. I am a woodworker, metal bender, bike builder, inventor, photographer, and dad. I bring you hand crafted items from my rural Michigan garage located in a valley between the hills.

  • Aimee, The Thinker

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am Aimee, The Thinker. I am a creator, writer, gardener, muse, and mom who is inspired by nature. I believe in the 5 R’s of sustainability; Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and refuse. From the ashes of waste emerges the brilliance of wonder.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 5, 2013
The Thinkin' and Dinkin' Shop strives for eco-friendly products and sustainable living. Our wooden products are hand-crafted to last a lifetime. Our other products are made from items that have been tossed out. We re-purpose anything that we can. We believe that human respect for the planet benefits all.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
Payment methods include PayPal, major credit cards accepted through Etsy, money orders and personal checks. Payment is expected at the time of purchase. If payment is not received within 2 days of purchase, and there is no communication from the buyer, the sale will be cancelled.

For payments made with a money order or personal check we expect payment within 7 days and will process the order as soon as the payment clears (usually 3-10 days).
Shipping
We ship using the United States Postal Service. In keeping with sustainability we use recycled or re-purposed packaging whenever possible. We ship ready made items within 1 business day of payment recieved.

We do ship international! If you are outside of the United States and your country is not listed, please contact us for a shipping estimate.

If you purchase more than one item we will ship everything we can in one USPS flat rate box with the exception of cutting boards. Cutting boards are shipped separately. Charges will be as follows: Medium - $13.35 or a Large – 17.85. If you would like to take advantage of combined shipping please contact us or include a message with your first order.

Our shipping prices are based on our farthest reach. If there is an overage of more than $1 it will be refunded to your account.

If you are local and would like to pick up your order or have it delivered when we come into your area send us a message and we will let you know if this option is available.

We are not responsible for lost or damaged items during shipping. Insurance is provided for items over $70. If your product arrives damaged please let us know and contact the USPS at 800-ASK-USPS.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have any problems with our product please contact us. We want you to be happy and content with our products and will do whatever we can to make sure that you are.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders: Are very welcome! Do you have an idea floating around in your head? We can make it happen! Contact us with your idea and we will build a quote for you.