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Is Hardwood Really Hard?

Many of our patrons ask us why Sev uses hardwoods instead of softwoods to make his products. Actually, most woodworkers prefer working with hardwoods. Sev says that working with hardwoods is ideal because they have a greater range of colors, textures, and grain patterns than softwoods. These variations makes hardwoods the ideal wood for the […]

Meditate or Color…Your Choice

One way or another, we all experience stress at some point in our lives. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming, but there are many things you can do to alleviate stress. I’m rather partial to lathing, but here’s another way you can relax: Om… It’s hardly surprising that meditation can have amazing de-stressing effects, but do […]

The Making of a Calligraphy Dip Pen

I thought it would be fun to take a time-lapse video of our dip pen making process, so of course the pen breaks and I need to fix it while on camera. For those of you with inquiring minds, here is the process in a little more detail. The pen starts out as a dowel […]

Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Repurpose, Reinvent

Even though we primarily work with wood, we’re always thinking of new products we can sell and new materials we can play with.  Recently, Sev purchased a box of old, used watch parts in our desire to sell more steampunk-related items.  It’s our intention to embellish our bottlestoppers with some of these parts, as well […]

The Insanity of Fall

Spring and Fall are our busiest times of year.  Add the approaching holidays to mix, and Fall might win out over Spring as the craziest time of year for us.  Currently, we’re busy as ever preparing for Stan Lee’s Comikaze, the comic book and pop culture convention taking place this weekend at the LA Convention Center. […]

There and Back Again: A Woodworker’s Tale by Sev

Okay, so Sev really isn’t the one who writes these posts, BUT I couldn’t resist the Tolkien title reference.  We recently came back from the Northern California Renaissance Faire that takes place at Casa de Fruta in Hollister, CA.  We were just guest artists there, so we only stayed one weekend.  Aside from almost being […]

Summer Project

For the last year or so, our website has been notoriously devoid of a shopping cart that actually has products for sale within it, and I’d like say up front that we are working hard to change that.  Our library/work room has over the years become more and more of a storage room, which is […]

Arrrrr!

Sev and his daughter Jennifer arrived safely in Vallejo last night. Today, they set up a booth at the Northern California Pirate Festival, which will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The Festival is celebrating eight years of fun and fantasy in Pirate play.  The Festival website recommends that you “embrace your inner pirate […]

So long, Montrose!

We had a family meeting yesterday and came to the decision that we would no longer be participating in the Montrose Arts and Crafts Festival.  While this fair is special because many of our friends live in the neighborhood and take the time to visit us, the show itself has turned out not to be […]