The bulk of our work is producing one-of-a-kind pens/pencils, both decorative and utilitarian bowls, cutting boards, and keepsake boxes, but we have made serving trays, coasters, candle/tea light holders, clocks...the possibilities are endless.
The vast majority of everything we make comes from urban lumber or wood that would have ended up in the landfill or in someone's fireplace. When we started, neither of us had the extra money to go out and buy the exotic hardwoods that many woodworkers use. And if we did buy wood, we'd feel really awful if we screwed it up somehow and lost a beautiful piece of wood that we paid hard earned money for. We figured it's much more environmentally friendly to use woods that are cut down in our neighborhood. For us, the sound of a chainsaw whining in our neighbors' backyards is music!
We take wood from freshly cut urban trees, wood from pallets, wood from old furniture we find on the curb, wood from just about anywhere we can find it and convert it into something new, useful, and/or artistic. Taking wood from a fresh cut tree, milling it, drying it, and then shaping it, takes a lot more energy than heading down to the store and buying kiln dried exotic lumber. As does taking apart, stripping, sanding, and repurposing a broken desk, chair or shelving unit we find on the curb. But we think it's worth the effort. And it adds to the challenge.
Because of the medium we choose to work with, everything we make is a one-of-a-kind item. We don't use templates, or "cookie cutters," or make items in batches. We make one thing at a time and the shape of the item is always dictated by what nature has given us. This puts the art in our craft.
Unfortunately, if someone asks us for a bowl, pen, or cutting board "just like the one on your website" that's a request we likely just can't meet. Because the wood that made that item might have been made from shelves from the local school library that was getting refurbished. Or from a tree that was dying in our neighborhood with a kind of spalting you won't find anywhere else. Or from someone's porch swing that their grandfather built. Once that wood is gone, it's gone.
If you have a special request, we are happy to discuss any project you have in mind and we can definitely make something that you will be proud to own or give as a gift. Perhaps you have a tree in your yard you'd like us to use to make something? Or an old piece of furniture you'd like to incorporate into a new piece of art? We can do that!