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Working with Live Edge Slabs

Live edge slabs have become super popular lately. There are a lot of people wanting to jump in on this gorgeous trend, but there are some things you need to know before taking on a such a project. "Live Edge", also called (albeit not exactly correct) living edge, tree...

Authenticity

There is a trend happening now, and it's very exciting to be a part of it. People today are looking for more from everything they live in, drink, and eat. What they recognize is missing with a great many things is "authenticity". To be authentic, it can't be...

Kitchen Island Paradise

Kitchen Islands are the meeting place for big families. They've become a replacement for the formal dining rooms of yesteryear, and they serve as command central for most families outside of entertaining. Being the focal point of a kitchen, the island is often one of...

Joining a Woodworker’s Club

Joining a woodworking club can be a fabulous way to stay inspired and learn new things. Usually, it's a big group of qwerky old guys, but I can speak from experience in saying that some of the best advice and common sense I ever learned was from old men. I love it....

Pinners Conference – Scottsdale, AZ

Oct 6-7th, 2017 Emy and I setup our booth space we're sharing with Rockler Woodworking of Phoenix. It's our first time attending this event and it's pretty exciting. Emy runs our Pinterest page at Porter Barn Wood and, like many pinners, she loves to see...

Looking for glove in all the wrong places

Okay, so you got past my title pun and wonder what in the world this could be about? Truth be told, there's a lot of safety products out there, and once you start building in the public eye, you get the array of commentary from the peanut gallery telling you to...

Surprise Them with Design

One of my favorite things to do with design is to catch people off-guard. Whether it's a piece of furniture or an entire space, the little details that make it unique give your audience their first and lasting impression. For commercial spaces, in particular, this is...

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