Terry at SFAC

Though it’s been a while since the last post, we haven’t been idle.  Terry entered his “Blue Lagoon” platter in the Sacramento Fine Arts “Off the Wall” competition and was accepted!   The exhibit runs through the end of March.  Come out and see it if you’re in the area.

We’ve also been hard at work processing the silver maple and blue oak we picked up last year.  All silver maple is off the back deck and we’re mid-way through the oak – whew!  Can’t wait to start working on boxes and threaded lids!!

"Green" silver maple turned to rough shape.
“Green” silver maple turned to rough shape.

Roughing silver maple

Well, we’ve finally been able to attack the silver maple we cut in November.  Terry’s made some hollow forms which I hollowed.  Terry’s also turning platters for future art pieces.  We finished processing the blue oak heal-overs but the pile of blue oak is still in back of the shop!!

A New Year

Well, craft fair season is over and it’s on to processing the piles of wood we harvested this fall.  We’re very excited as the silver maple shows a lot of curl and chatoyancy.  The heal overs we salvaged from Dan and Louise’s blue oak are showing amazing burl action!  Terry’s been calling it “American Spaghetti wood.”  I located a black oak burl that was started as a hollow form and flipped it over due to the burn and bug damage at the bottom of the form.  Started hollowing it and hope it turns out as great as it promises.

This year will be my year to perfect my box forms and learn to create threads so I can have threaded lids for my boxes.  Terry’s working on his artistic forms.  Can’t wait to see what he comes up with!!  I also plan to enter his forms in art competitions in an effort to build his resume.

Finally, we consigned several pieces to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s gift shop. Check out their link at http://www.sacfinearts.org.  They really liked our work when we were at their craft fair in December.  We’re hoping they sell!!

Happy New Year!

Terry’s latest foray into art

Take a look at Terry’s latest foray into the art realm.  The platter measures 18″ across by 2″ tall.  It’s silver maple with blue dye and turquoise filler for the “fish.”  The movement is natural to the wood and gives the appearance of water.  It will be on display for sale at the upcoming Napa Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire at the Napa Expo Center this weekend, November 20-23, 2015.

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon


Napa Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire

In preparation of the upcoming Gifts ‘n Tyme Craft Faire in Napa, Terry’s been turning some amazing pieces!  Check out some of the new art.  Please join us this weekend, November 20-22, 2015 at the Napa Expo Center.

As a reminder, Deb will be at the Rancho Solano Holiday Boutique from 9-4 on Sunday, November 22, 2015.  Stop in and say Hi!


Silver maple

Last week we were able to get a truck load of silver maple from Fair Oaks, CA.  The tree was approximately 4′ in diameter and had fungus growing at the base.  It had some spalting starting when it was taken down.  The figure is spectacular and the homeowner was amazed at how beautiful the wood was when cut.  We hope to get some great new products from this load.