Archive for the ‘Exhibitions and Happenings’ Category

Wood Shop News Article

January 6, 2012

Our Wood Shop News Article finally came out and it turned out great. Jennifer Hicks did a fantastic job.  We expected to get a few woodworkers emailing us, but we’ve also had some potential customers contact us as well. So some real good leads have come from this article. This magazine is geered to all woodworkers, but mainly emphasizes on large cabinet shops. So getting Jennifer to come to our rural home and interview us was quite a surprise. We feel honored to be in this magazine amongst all those power house wood shops.

We also had some photos in Wood Worker West Magazine, for the Mesa Museum Contemporary Crafts Exhibit that we were invited to. This was a surprise to see our two pieces that will be on display at the Museum January 27 through March 18. Right now we are geering up for our departure to the AZ Fine Art Show, that takes place January 19 through April 1. We have been busy working on many new carved sculpture pieces and a rocker. We will have some outstanding and unique pieces there and can’t wait for the customer reactions to our work.



AZ Fine Art Expo & Mesa Museum Exhibit

December 2, 2011



The AZ Fine Art Expo is quickly approaching. Only 6 weeks to get ready for this 10 week show. We are working feaverously to have enough pieces for the entire 10 weeks. This high-end show with about 100 artists, exists of mostly painters, but there is a variety of other artists, such as bronze, metal, clay, leather furniture and just a few other wood artists.  We plan to have both our Bentwood and Shangrila II rockers at the show. Not sure what other furniture pieces we will have time to get done, but most of our booth will consist of the Sculpture and wall pieces. We do have the opportunity to work at the show, so this will enable us to add more pieces throughout the show. The show also has a Market Place, where artists can place a few of their smaller items for sale. That way the booths are free for the larger higher end work.

Marketplace for smaller art pieces

The outdoor Sculpture garden also consists of a café, Koi pond and the artist working cabanas. This is where people can come and watch us work on furniture and sculpture pieces.

We are so excited to be a part of this premier show and to get away from our harsh winters. We were able to buy my sisters rv, which has plenty of room for the three of us. Being able to stay right at the show with Sampson is a huge bonus. We hope this show is good for us, so we can continue to go back. For more information on the show, see pictures and videos visit the following links. Or better yet, come visit us.

Show Dates  January 19-April 1  10-6 Daily


Mesa Museum Contemporary  Arts Exhibit

Out of 242 artist submissions, with only 50 pieces being accepted, two of our pieces (Bentwood Rocker and a Carved Vessel) were accepted. This exhibit is of a variety of contemporary artwork by renowned artists across the United States. We feel very honored to have been selected to exhibit. All work is for sale and will be on display from January 27-March 18 2012 at the Mesa Museum in Mesa AZ. This exhibit works in conjunction with our Scottsdale show, so will enable us to be at the preview party and be able to tell people we will be at the AZ Fine Art Expo for them to see more of our work. The Bentwood rocker we will have on exhibit will be made from Cherry and Ash and the carved vessel is Alligator Juniper.

Just a couple of local celebrities that frequent the exhibit.

For more information on this exhibit, please visit the Mesa Museum website.





New Mexico Magazine Article

September 20, 2011

We are so excited that our New Mexico Magazine article just came out. It looks great. We weren’t sure how the backdrop would turn out in our natural setting, but it looks fabulous. Reminds us just how beautiful our area truly is. To be able to live in such an inspiring place with nature all around, is our piece of Shangrila.



Linda Thornton (middle picture) did a great job on this article. She is a very sweet person and had some knowledge on furniture making to help with this article.



New Mexico Magazine Interview

July 5, 2011

We were so excited to get a call that New Mexico Magazine wanted to do a full article on us. We have had a rocker and a bowl in their Unique Boutique section in the past, but never a full article. One of their writers came from Gallup and interviewed us for an hour. Then a photographer came out and took photos for over two hours. The magazine wanted a New Mexico setting, so the pictures were taken amongst the trees and with a view and the article sounds like it will have more emphasis on our area, why we love it so much, how it inspires us, etc. The article is set to come out in their October issue, which should be on stands in September. I will post when it comes out, but be sure to look for it on stands then.

We also had a writer (Jennifer) from Wood Shop News come from back east to do an interview and take photos. She had an interview in Phoenix and then Albquerque and wanted someone in between. She found us and we were available for the date she would be in the area. She brought her daughter with her, so they could see some sites and the first thing she told us was, “I love New Mexico”. She had never been here before and was awe struck. I’m sure coming from back east that this area is both beautiful and overwelming. We had a great interview, she took some photos and checked out our little cabin and then her and her daughter left to go to the Wolf Sanctuary that is down from us. This article won’t be out for a few months. We count our selves lucky and thankful to be included in a magazine that mainly talks about big cabinet shops. Every once in a while they talk about the small mom and pop (in our case husband and wife) shops. Unfortunately our camera was acting up and I didn’t get any pictures of her taking photos. But below is the NM Mag photos.

Overall both interviews were great and we can’t wait to see them and the response we receive. We’ve been blessed lately and are very thankful.

Here are some photos of the photographer for NM Mag taking his pictures. We are so excited and can’t wait to see it and what it might bring.

Photographer Brian taking a photo of Scott working on some chair spindles

Brian climbed up on just about anything to get his photo. Here Scott is working on the bandsaw.

Brian got down and dirty to get a lot of the photos. He loves it. Here he’s photographing “Grand Canyon”, one of our carved vessels

You’re getting a sneek peak of our newest rocker design. it is a combination of our “Shangrila Rocker” with flexible back lumbar supports. Talk about melting into a rocker. This one is soooo comfy. This rocker is made from Bubinga and was a huge hit at our CA show. I will be posting pics of it after I can get it to our photographer.

Updates on Cabin

July 5, 2011

We were able to squeeze in a little time to work on the cabin back in May. It was in need of a fresh coat of stain, so with the help of our spray gun, we got it done in no time. And it looks so much better. We also cleaned up and threw away a lot of things that were just lingering around. We wanted a little color, so we built some window boxes, painted them green and filled them with petunias. We used some old wine barrel planters to anchor everything and added some climbing jasmin, snapdragons and daisies. Now we have color. Just doing that little bit made the place look and feel much better. Our friends and neighbors said we were making them look bad and to stop it. We all had a good laugh with that. Next on the to do list is to do the window trim and add gutters. We’re already making plans for an add on and the long porch on the west side. Hopefully if all goes well with our summer shows, we can buy the materials for that and get started.

Nothing new on the inside, but the addition of a treadmil. We were able to make room for it. The additions would help with being able to move the treadmil in there along with the workout equipment we have stored.

We are finally getting elk to come through our property and not on the outskirts. I have a trough out for them and with this hot dry weather, they are stopping quite often. Unfortunately it’s when we’re sleeping. But at least they are coming through. We have lots of beautiful birds here right now. Between them and the hummingbirds, we are going through a lot of seed and sugar. But they are worth it. We just love watching all of them. We’ve had a lot of wind the past few months, making it scarey with all the fires in our state and AZ. We were getting lots of smoke from the AZ fire, making short work days. But it’s been clear lately and now we just pray that our area doesn’t have a wildfire like so much of the state.

Below are some photos of our little cabin to date. I have also included a photo of the freak snow we had in May. It melted that same day, but what wacky weather. We went to below freezing temps to the 90’s in no time. June has been hotter than normal by about 10-15 degrees with no acclimation for us. I lost a few plants with the unexpected May weather and now they are having a hard time with the heat. Gardening is quite a challenge here.

Cabin with a darker stain, window boxes and planters.

View of trees a little ways from us, with our new feeder station. This is looking out our french doors. Elk came up on the other side of the raveen right after this photo was taken. This view was blocked by a storage carport and we had just moved it. Great timing.

May 9, 2011 Snow fall. View from our french doors.

Fine Wood Artists Book

April 3, 2011

We have been featured in our first book, put out by Fine Wood Artists. This all color book features over 30 other fine wood artists creating furniture, turned bowls and more. Our Shangrila Rocker made from mesquite was featured, along with a carved vessel “Surprise Sensation”. This is very exciting for us and we can’t wait till our copies arrive. We will have this book for sale in Hardback for $55.00 and Softback for $$43.00, plus shipping. If you would like to have one of these art collectors books please inquire.

Pictures from England of Mesquite pieces

April 3, 2011

Received photos from our contacts in England of the mesquite pieces we sent over there. The one of the photographer taking a picture of the Shangrila Rocker is our favorite. The other photo of the carved mesquite vessels looks real good on the cabinet. Much better than the one we took ourselves of these pieces. We look forward to seeing the ribbon sculpture photo as well, since it their photo will show the detail of it much better than ours. You can see more detailed photos and information on the Shangrila rocker and the vessels in other posts on our blog.

Right now we are getting ready for the Texas Mesquite Art Festival in San Angelo on April 15-17 . This is an all mesquite wood show where artists create anything from furniture, turned bowls, scrowl saw work to much more. We will be displaying a mesquite pedestal table set and a new bentwood rocker design made from mesquite and walnut, along with several new carved vessels and sculptures. We always look forward to these mesquite shows, since it is line one big happy family with the other artists and the customers come to buy and add to their mesquite art collections. Stay tuned for more photos of our new rocker in the coming weeks.

Cabin Bathroom features

December 3, 2010

For the past several months, working on the cabin has consumed our lives. But it has been well worth it. We’ve had some great friends and family that have helped us out during some of the process and we can’t express our appreciation enough. Life in the cabin has already proven to be much easier and enjoyable so far. We still have some work to do on it, but for now we’re so very thankful to be in here, and just before winter hit. I believe the happiest of us is Sampson. He has room to move, isn’t in the way and it’s nice and cozy in here. Since he is the most important part of our lives, it makes us happy to see him so content. God truly blessed us with a wonderful dog.

 Sampson all bundled up staying warm. He’s not spoiled at all!

We are so proud of all the work we’ve  put into it, especially the bathroom. We wanted to make sure that even though our cabin was small, that we had special features. And that anyone who visited, knew that woodworkers lived here. The bathroom has some of our favorite features so far. Of course we’re not done yet. So who knows what the rest of the cabin will look like when we finish. We opted to go with all wood countertops. And mesquite was the wood of choice. Not only because we had some slabs on hand, but because it is such a gorgeous wood. It was a big job filling in all the cracks and voids with epoxy, but well worth it. We inlaid turquoise into the bathroom counter. Scott carved a sink out of a cherry log, leaving the natural edge. It turned out beautiful and really adds to the bathroom. Several coats of a marine finish were applied so it would stand up to all the water usage. We decided to keep a mesquite and african purple heart mirror that we had made a while ago. And it ties in nicely with everything in the bathroom. We both fell in love with the river rock look for a shower and therefore decided to do it for ours. It was easy going up, but the job of having to wipe each and every rock proved to be a challenge. Not only was it very time-consuming, but your fingers get very sore after a while. But after seeing everything come together, it was well worth it. We still have to make the cabinet doors throughout, but we’ll get to it soon. We collected other artists work over the past few years to incorporate into our cabin and we finally get to show them off. We had an iron artist create our towel rods and hooks. They have little moose and elk heads on them and are so cute. Those along with some wall art and cabin rugs, round out the cabin look of the  bathroom.


             Bathroom Countertop with river rocker backspalsh, carved sink and mesquite w/purple heart mirror


                 Burling and inlayed turquoise                                                                               Cherry Carved Sink


             Cherry carved sink                                                                                         Mesquite and Purple Heart Mirror


                     Moose Towel Hook                                                                                    

We also incorporated other artists work in the other parts of the cabin. We have some tile to put up for our kitchen backsplash soon, drawer pulls and other artwork placed all over. Below is a picture of our kitchen countertop. This was a bookmatched slab of mesquite that spans  14ft. It has some incredible figure and I hate covering it up, so the counter has as little amount of stuff placed on it as possible. For both the kitchen and bathroom counters we left the natural edge, only removing the bark and lightly sanding the edge to bring out the yellow sap wood. We applied a marine finish to ensure that they could stand all the water and abuse.

We are so happy to finally be in our little cabin and can’t wait to start the next project and add more special features.


Mesquite Kitchen counter book matched section                                                    Mesquite Kitchen counter showing natural edge

Rocking Chair Class

March 10, 2010

We just finished up a rocking chair class with a gentleman that flew in from Virginia, to make a rocker for his first grandchild. This class is based on a Sam Maloof style rocking chair with our own design elements implemented. I am posting some of the photos from that class, along with some brief descriptions of what is going on. As soon as Dr. Peck finishes his rocker up, I will post pictures of it. The 6 day class went real good. It was a pretty muddy mess up here and we got some snow, but otherwise the weather was ok. Dr. Peck stayed at a cabin nearby and just loved it. He went hiking in the mornings before the class and at night sat out and stargazed (we have some magnificent night skies up here).

We decided to modify our classes and offer them more as a “Woodworking Retreat”. We still offer the rocking chair and chair classes, but have added a class on bentwood lamination and vessel carving. Our classes now include the nights stay at the cabin as well. We want people to enjoy their stay up here as they are learning. Our area has a lot to offer if you want to escape the city and enjoy peace, quiet, outdoor activities and wildlife. So if you are curious about learning how to make your own rocker or any of our other classes, go to our classes page on our website and see all the additions and changes we made.

Dr. Peck has made some furniture pieces for he and his family, but did comment on how much more involved making a rocker was. Since he had to fly back home and wanted to avoid shipping a fully assembled rocker, it was roughly put together and then dissasembled for packing. We decided to offer this with all our classes, to make it easier and cheaper for someone to get their piece back home. There is a little more work involved after getting home, but this also keeps things fresh in their minds so they can complete their rocker.

We all had a lot of fun, learned a lot and I do believe Dr. Peck was quite tired at the end.


This picture shows a runner being glued up in the bending form. There are a lot of clamps that have to be used for this. Tom is really putting some muscle into tightening the clamp.

Here Tom is grinding the joint area, where the seat and legs meet. When he gets home and starts putting the rocker back together, he will finish up the shaping of these areas.

This photo shows how the rocker is coming together. The arms and joint areas are done, except what final work Tom will need to do at home. The spindles and headrest are also being testfit here.

Tom finally gets to try out his rocker. I do believe after 6 long intense days, that he’s a little tired here. But well worth it. After this photo, the rocker was disassembled and packed away for the flight back to Virginia. Amazing that the rocker fit in three bags.

We had a great time that week with Tom and look forward to getting photos of it completed and with the new mom and grandbaby rocking in it.

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