Monthly Archives: July 2009

A Beautiful Turned Bowl from the Ashes

Our friend, Rick Cole of Lincoln Laser Crafts, scouted some lumber from the Sepulveda Pass where more than 150 acres burned last year. We think it’s madrone. Another 80 acres burned earlier this month. It seems theres is lots of … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

Chip happens to write for a great website about cooking, so we imagine he will use the cutting board well! Rumor has it, he’s a fan of pluots. Thanks to all of you who forwarded or become new subscribers to … Continue reading

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How about a chair in every window?

What a fantastic concept in San Francisco. Plenty of Los Angeles shopping areas could use a similar effort right now, sponsored by the city, or local arts organizations or even commercial real estate companies. It seems they would have a … Continue reading

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Easiest Raffle Ever! Win a prize!

The Prize Hand-crafted. Upcycled. Functional. Made from salvaged offcuts. Instead of feeding the dumpster, we make these cutting boards. They also make beautiful serving pieces. We make them in a range of sizes and types of wood. The prize (shown … Continue reading

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Shop Class as Soulcraft

This weekend, learning about WoodLINKS USA while at the AWFS fair reminded me of this book. “’Shop Class as Soulcraft’ is a beautiful little book about human excellence and the way it is undervalued in contemporary America. Matthew B. Crawford, … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Bed: Made in Los Angeles

I’ll admit it. Not everything in your home needs to be made out of wood. This upholstered bed is made by Vioski, a Los Angeles showroom of original, modern furniture created by architect and designer Jeff Vioski. All designs are … Continue reading

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Salvaged Mesquite Wood for Furniture and Woodwork

Mesquite trees grow like weeds in arid areas, from Southeastern California to Texas, up to Kansas and down to Mexico. Farmers and housing developers tend to dislike and discard them. As woodworkers, we wish we had endless storage to save … Continue reading

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Wood and Records: A Timeless Paring

Custom entertainment centers are a staple project for a cabinet maker. Hiding televisions, though now less intrusive with flatscreens, and audio equipment is a common priority for refining the decor of a home. Through this little window into what people … Continue reading

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Could Sunburns be Good for the Environment?

Like many Southern Californians, I tried not to think about work this weekend, celebrated the Fourth of July and went to the beach. I put sunscreen on all the skin that I could reach, once, then I went surfing. I … Continue reading

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U.S. Lacey Act, the World's First Ban in Illegal Wood Products

I just listened to a fascinating webinar about The Lacey Act and how companies who knowingly (or “it was so obvious they should have known”) buy illegally harvested wood will be prosecuted. Some of the biggest offending sources are Indonesia … Continue reading

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