Happy siblings day to my sister @harley__hale we usually didn’t get along and we may have chased each other around the kitchen with knives and blackmailed one another but I wouldn’t trade you for the world. We always had each other and for that I am grateful. I know sometimes you wish we had more in common, but we’ll always have our dedication to puns and our history. I’ll always defend you as I always have. No one picks on you but me. I love you.
Commissioned piece for a wedding cake topper. Their original design was done by CNC & all I had was a scroll saw. The real challenge was making some footers so that they could put it into the cake without contaminating it with stain while still being able to hang the piece in their home after the wedding. I made some little footers to set the piece into that were long enough to keep it up and away from the cake. I finished it with some spoon butter I make to keep a barrier between the footers and the cake. I also customized the design by adding their names on the trunk. I hope they enjoy this piece & a happy marriage!! #woodworking #scrollsaw #wedding #caketopper #maker #diy #decoration #custom
Super pumped to be attending @springmake up in Cleveland in April. Being surrounded by the maker community & learning from your heroes like @jimmydiresta , @wilker_dos , & @laura_kampf is the best self investment I can make. It’s like buying a tool that lasts a lifetime. Shout out to @zhfabrications for taking time to help me out! #maker #springmake #cleveland #excited #create
Question for the carver community: How do you give your bears color? Finally got around to finishing up my first full bear body & decided to try having him hold the heart while I was at it. I can see what I want to do better next time, but at least he’s finished and looks like a bear. #practicemakesperfect #chainsawcarving #chainsaw #Stihl #girlswhocarve #art #chainsawart #bear #maker
Oktoberfest 2018 in Munich, Germany. This is the first of a series I hope to complete as an homage to the places I’ve been fortunate to go and the experiences I have had. This piece encapsulates my experience with Oktoberfest. I tried to pay attention to the little details and the things that stood out. I was able to cut out a tiny Paulaner logo from a bottle label I had as it was the first beer tent I visited and the place that began the journey of the day. Oktoberfest for me was about making connections with people I’ll never see again, but will remember forever. It’s about trying radishes for the first time (& loving them). Between the drindls & lederhosen, dancing on the benches, and wooden atmosphere, it was a fantastic experience. I hope to perfect my sculpting as I make more but I’m happy with the details I included in the finished product. It was interesting to create a physical manifestation of a memory.
This walnut cutting board was made from a live edge slab sourced locally in Ross county here in Ohio. The finish is made with beeswax that’s also locally sourced. I love supporting local vendors that are responsibly & sustainably harvesting. With more awareness to sustainability we can continue to make & have beautiful products that focus on lasting a lifetime as opposed to cost saving. Plus it always feels great to make your own wares or buy something made from the hands of others. Here’s to a brighter greener future so that we may always have beautiful trees AND their products. #woodworking #cuttingboard #liveedge #beeswax #wood #walnut #maker #diy #sustainability #shoplocal #ohio #handmade #woodworks #kitchenstuff #girlswhomake #womenwoodworkers #green #hippy #treehugger
Premium Paw Pudding for @dottie_the_doodle_ so that her little precious paws stay healthy with all this snow❄️
Everything feels a little more important at 3am than it does at 3pm. Let me explain: I started work at Berger ER at the tender age of 19. I was fresh, new, and tender hearted. I’m still tender hearted but that place helped age me into who I am today. Those PEOPLE shaped me into what I am today. Those people that work there, day in and day out into the wee hours of the night. THOSE are my people. They are the ones I love with a dedicated passion that some people just don’t understand. It’s long nights and long heatfelt conversations. It’s silly drawings to help make a long nights shift seem a little bit better. I cherish every single memory with every single person who meant so much to me. I worked hard, and I mean HARD to prove myself capable and competent. I learned the value of dedicating yourself to being the best you could be. I learned that your hard work and dedication to being better can help those people in return. I felt appreciated. I still feel appreciated and valued for my contribution there, as small or as insignificant as it might seem. They were the best of times, they were worst of times, but even at their worst, they were still- to date -some of my best times BECAUSE I got to be my best. I had the satisfaction of knowing someone else got my best and appreciated me for it. My work now is done during the day under much less duress. It’s not the 3am possible stroke, get them into the system as fast as you can kind of shift. I can’t express enough gratitude to the people who participated in my journey. They are forever loved, and cherished more than they know. It taught me that even a small gesture can be the biggest one. I can’t express my love for my coworkers that work tirelessly through the night always remembering that every little part and role makes the whole thing monumentally more important. Sometimes it just takes going back to your home to remember that again.