Category Archives: Newsletters

Happy Thanksgivvikah! The Season to Slow Down

Surprise. I love doing the dishes. Each night, the sub text of Cliff and I, parsing out the evening tasks, dishes or putting the kids to bed, is that both of us want to do the dishes. Cliff makes way more … Continue reading

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Growth Rings Summer 2013: Food

Cliff and I write these newsletters (not as often as we are “supposed” to) essentially talking about using your big ticket purchases, like furniture and cabinetry, to improve your green behavior. All the while, we know that big ticket purchases … Continue reading

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Growth Rings Winter 2012: Doors

Here’s and exert from our latest newsletter   .Wine Oak Barn Door Inspiration Building doors is a large percentage of work that come through the shop. Whether they close a doorway or an arch, a cabinet or a furniture case, … Continue reading

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Sweet Home

From extreme weather in Asia to politics in the Middle East, global reminders of change abound. In the case of our family, it’s the addition of Velma Alabama, born March 6, so if we are late replying to an email … Continue reading

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Wood Finishes Explained

This is taken from our latest newsletter. To read the rest, or subscribe to get it every few months, click here.   When I’m talking to a woodworker who’s been in the business for a long time, they yell. 20-40 … Continue reading

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Outdoor and Eco-friendly Furniture

This is an except from our most recent (every few month) newsletter. You can see the rest of this one or others or subscribe to get it in your inbox. Spring Break. Once upon a time, that meant nursing a … Continue reading

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5 Things that Make our Cabinets "Green"

Here’s an excerpt from our latest newsletter. We sned them out about every two months. If you like to see more or subscribe, visit our website. Cliff has wanted me to write the lead article for the newsletter since, well, … Continue reading

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Why are so many wood finishes bad for the environment?

  Upon moving into our new shop last winter, we pulled down two old open flame gas fired heaters that were hanging in the shop and gave them away through craigslist. These were a definite fire hazard in a wood … Continue reading

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5 Hints to Help Your Custom Job Go Smoothly

We just sent out our latest growth rings newsletter. Since different people get the newsletter than see the blog, I am posting the main story here. I knew a finisher in Culver City. He’s retired now. I thought was pretty … Continue reading

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