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.
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