We use common powered shop
tools to create each piece to be pleasing to the eye and to the touch and at the same time
to be very functional. Each piece of treenware (of the tree) and the various
ikebana (flower arranger) designs are individually made by using
primarily a band saw and pneumatic drum sander. Some of the work including
trays and and servers
use the full range of tools in our small shop.
Each piece is made
from close-grained hardwood carefully selected
for durability and use. The treenware pieces are made from maple and cherry
while the ikebana and trays are made from a wide variety of domestic and
imported hardwoods. They are then finished with a salad bowl finish and beeswax to be
Each utensil design
features a thin, clean edge to function well and the handles are formed to fit comfortably
in the hand. Each piece invites touch and with use the first signs of use are no longer
minor disasters but become a beautiful patina. The shapes are perfected after many trial
runs in our kitchen through actual cooking use. Many of our designs mimic
tried and true shapes that have been in use for years while other designs are our original
shapes that have been inspired by shapes in nature. Many of these have inspired imitations
|Our ikebana designs are intended to be used in
the home and office and have a small footprint to take little valuable space
while permitting fresh flowers in your work day and at home every day.
We designed the trays while eating sushi in a sushi bar and felt the need
for a different look and feel. We combined the art of ikebana with the
joy of serving food. The trays vary in size and form; usually dictated
by the desires of the piece of wood chosen.
We are a small
family studio and have been so for over 20 years. Bruce and Sharon
have been at this for all that time. Bruce recently returned to teaching middle school Math
after a leg injury has limited the time he can spend in the shop.
Sharon has returned to her first love, teaching high school
English. She still adds her design skill and active show presence while on
hiatus from teaching in the summers. We are proud to have our youngest
son Jonathan join us full time. He and Jeremy, our oldest son, have
been "show kids" from their preschool days. Jonathan adds a new
perspective for design and is a new dimension in the studio. He
recently began doing art fairs on his own.
Jeremy often adds his considerable skills as a builder having just renovated
a partially completed house in the Fayetteville area. After selling
this house he moved to the mountains of Tennessee where he continued his
construction work spending his off hours in his kayak. Before the move
he spent a couple of months here in Yellville as we replaced an old goat
barn which housed part of our studio. He recently returned to
We are committed to making each
piece individually and avoiding the factory-made look. We handle each piece many times in
the process and are not removed from it. Beyond an occasional shop helper we rely on the labor of the
many people who grow and harvest the trees and who then dry and prepare the wood to the
raw material that is eventually transported to our shop. This endeavor began with a man
named Ron who over twenty-five years ago bought the local cabinet shop here in Yellville, Arkansas.
He then began making cutting boards from trailer flooring which led to many people in and
out of the picture over the years. Many of us are still at it in one form or another.