Thursday, May 29, 2008

Deschutes Brewery Cribbage Boards....etc

The second Deschutes Cribbage Boards order has been completed and is on its way. They really turned out nice, and unfortunately I forgot to take photos as I was too focused to get them shipped.

Next pending orders of business are:

Six customized pizza peels for a client in Illinois,

This is the prototype of the first one glued and in clamp. It is being made out of birch and will be 18 inches x 18 inches with a 7 inch handle.

Three large cribbage boards for individual for a farmers market clients. This is the top and the bottom of one of them while being sanded and before the hinges are put on, and the finish applied.

Custom Blue Board cribbage board in shape of a bass for a farmers market client,
Custom walnut box,
Custom Walnut kitchen table.

I hope to post photos and progress of the pizza peel and large cribbage board later tonight. Oh and also during all that process I have to create more stock for upcoming markets/shows. Guess I better head back to the shop and get busy. Will be another long night...but I am having fun...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Whitefish Farmers Market

Tonight is the first night of the 2008 season at the Whitefish, Montana Farmer Market. This is always a fun good show with food, music, various venders and lots of people. Hopefully it will be a profitable sales generating evening..........Well...the Whitefish Market first night was cool and disappointing....hope it not a sign of the season to come...

Current orders are processing quite well. The Deschutes cribbage boards have all been cut out, lasered, sanded, and the first two coats of poly are currently drying. Once that is done we will put another coat on and drill the track. They are coming out very nice and should be ready to ship by the end of the week barring any surprises.

Worked on temporarily expanding the current now we have a separate area to apply finishs. Before when I did the finishing I had to stop in the creating area...because of the sawdust created. Now I can isolate the finishing and keep on producing in the shop area.. Once the new shop is completed,...{he says daydreaming}.... there will be a separate area for each function.....This is a short term fix

Monday, May 26, 2008


Very busy here all week on the shop front working on orders and stock.
Hope all of you has a nice Memorial Day weekend.

From one Vet to another:
I thank all the Veterans who have given their lives and time for all of us.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Deschutes Beer Bottles, Counter Cutting Boards, Cribbage Boards and other happenings

With the starting of the spring market season here in Northwest Montana it has become a very busy place around the workshop. That is the primary reason for the lack of regular posts here for a while. I will try and do better.
I am still receiving steady orders from my website and also maintaining stock items and creating custom work for folks at the local farmers markets. Being a one person shop with regular help from only my favorite little sanding and finishing elf keeps her and I very busy most all of the time. Please be patient if you are expecting a custom creation. We take our time and do the job right the first time.

Next week the Whitefish Farmers market begins and there are now plans to start a Farmers Market in the Village of West Glacier beginning on Friday June 27 of this year and continuing each friday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM throughout the summer season.

It is really great to have the freedom to do something you love, be your own boss, and make money doing it all at the same time. I will admit it is hard to stay focused here with spring breaking and the flowers and the woods coming alive, however I do try to make time to take the dogs and myself for walks a couple times a day for a break and to refresh the body.

In addition to all of this we have started clearing the land for the new shop. Although at this time I am not sure when or if that will happen(more to follow on that later).

Deschutes Brewery Beer Bottle Cribbage Boards

My main project currently is a repeat order for the Deschutes Brewery in Bend Oregon. As I posted previously I created a cribbage board for them in the shape of their beer bottle with their logo. The first order came out very well and they have now reordered. The boards have all been cut out and they are in various stages of being lasered, drilled and finished. Because of the steps involved and planning I am able to work other projects in between the creating and the finishing. It will be extremely nice to get the new shop built and have more room to spread out and create even more projects. I love it!

Custom Oak/Maple Cutting Board

This is a custom Oak/Maple Cutting Board counter top order I received at the Kalispell Farmers Market. It measured 2 1/4 inches thick x 15 1/2 inches wide x 25 1/2 inches long. The maple ends were biscuited and glued to the main oak center board. The board was finished using a food safe mineral oil. It is going into a new house kitchen and was very well received by the client.

Oak RV Cribbage Board

This two person oak cribbage board in the shape of an RV was created for a client as a retirement gift for someone. The cutout was created by using a Shopbot CNC router system . The lettering was laser engraved by Blue Dragon LLC in Columbia Falls, Montana using an Epilog Laser. This process creates a very detailed sharp image. Using these processes we can create just about any shape you can image.


This is Paws during a evening picnic trip to Lake McDonald last weekend. She is growing up to be quite a lady and a great guard dog. As some of you may remember we rescued Paws and her sister after they were abandoned in the park two years ago. It has been quite an experience raising these two. Callie was not being photogenic when I took this photo, I will keep trying.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posts here. I am busily working on projects in the shop trying to fill orders and prepare stock for upcoming shows and markets. My plans is to do a post soon with photos of what I have been doing. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the 70's with sunshine today and through the weekend. However I will behave and remain in the shop. : - } Have a great day!!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Kalispell Farmer's Market

Yesterday was the first farmer's market this year for me in Kalispell, Montana. It was rather cool at times, except when the wind would stop and the sun was out, then it was comfortable. It was a very good day business wise for us. Here are a couple photos of my booth. I will be very busy for a while working on orders and more different stock items. Next Saturday the weather forecast is for temps 70-80 degrees with sunshine......

Sunday, May 4, 2008

May 4, 2008

It has been an incredibly busy week since I returned. Trying finish up a couple of orders and getting ready for upcoming markets. I will try and post a update blog tonite about all the activities. Now it is off to the races once again...