Custom Order

A while ago, a lady contacted me about a custom order. She had a tree that had sentimental value, but they had to cut it down. And she was wondering if I could make some mementos out of it for her and her daughters.

We decided I should make what I’ve dubbed “Candle Boats”!

Here’s the process of how I made them:

The finished items!

Thank you, Caren! I hope you are all enjoying them!

P.S. Check out the updated About and Gallery pages!

P.P.S. Jill over at Green Bean Gardens is giving away two of my items! Check it out here. Giveaway ends Feb. 1st 2012.

Unglued Christmas Market

A few weeks ago, Ashley from the Unglued Christmas Market  contacted me. She said they would like to sell some of my items at their pop-up boutique! Their store will be open Black Friday thru Christmas Eve.

I started working on making items for Unglued right away. I’ve been working on them for the few weeks now, which is why I haven’t been posting many new items on etsy recently.

Anni had to work on labeling and packaging all the items. She had to hand type over 50 tags. On a real typewriter! Which meant that if she messed up, she had to throw the tag away and start. all. over.

Here is a Boxelder Burl Pen all labeled and ready to go! The tag has the name of the wood, the price, and a little information about the pen on back. We also included a business card with each item.

And here are seven pens all ready!

L-R: Boxelder Burl, Black Ash Burl, Russian Olive, Black Walnut, White Tailed Deer Antler, Caragana, and another Boxelder Burl.

And here are the pens, along with a bangle, a top, and a honey stick.

These are just a few of the items I will have for sale at Unglued.

I have over 20 pens, along with some boxes, jewelry (a bangle and rings), a honey stick and almost a dozen tops!

I got to have a sneak peek at the store when I delivered the items. It is amazing! It is full of hand-made items from artists all over the Fargo-Moorhead area. The whole store is so modern and artistic. I’m really excited to be a part of it!

Ebony

Recently my uncle gave me some Ebony wood!

It’s very rare to have a whole log of Ebony, most of the time you have to buy it in small pieces.

Ebony is a very dense hardwood. It’s so heavy that it sinks in water!

Traditionally, piano keys and the black pieces in chess sets were made out of ebony, while the white pieces were made out of ivory.

Tip: The log had a few small cracks in it, so I used melted candle wax to seal it. I had to use wax because I wasn’t at home, and didn’t have my end-grain sealer that I normally use. This was the only thing I could think of to keep it from cracking more. It seemed to work well.

A few weeks ago, I cut up the log into manageable pieces. I’ll have to plan and use them very carefully! I’m very excited to be able to use such a special kind of wood.

Custom Orders

I love doing custom orders! They are often challenging, which is why I like them.

A few weeks ago, a lady saw one of my egg cups, and asked if I could make another so she could buy two. I ended up making the second one out of contrasting wood, which made a great his/her set.

Another custom order I’ve done was for deer antler pens. A man wanted pens made out of deer antler from a hunting trip he’d been on. We negotiated prices, and he ended up buying three!

One of the most interesting custom orders that I’ve had was to make something I’d never heard of before: sugar cone molds! I think it’s pretty sweet that some people still make sugar cones by hand. The lady who contacted me sent me a picture and dimensions, and I took a whack at it. This is how it turned out:

I actually ended up making two cone molds, and she bought them both!

It was really fun to make something totally new. Don’t be afraid to ask for custom orders. I just might be able to make what you want!