Friday, July 27, 2012

Anniversary Time Again

Time to celebrate and dance to the music all over again. Where have the two years gone. Four years ago this business was only a dream, a maybe possibility, a distant future goal. Now look at us with 2 candles on our cake.

When New Years Eve comes around almost everyone is reflecting on the past year and setting all sorts of goals for the next. So here we are with over 750 pieces designed, created and hand crafted by Steve and Steve alone. Ok so I, Debbie, wife of The WoodArt Studio artist Steve has added the neck cords to all of the necklaces that were added to our inventory line this year. Nineteen pieces were specially created from the Stonewall Jackson Prayer Tree that fell last May. We have our functional art in over 25 states here in America and several overseas. Two more galleries here in Virginia now carry several of our bowls, ornaments and utensils.

We survived several wind storms and lost one of our staunch supporters, our dear neighbor Jerry B. You could always count on Jerry for a kind word, helping hand and overall friendship. He will be sorely missed around the studio. We attended the first annual Highland County Old Time Fiddlers Convention where we sold not only WoodArt but fiddles along with having the pleasure of hearing some great old time music. There is such talent in the area.

Our future will hopefully hold several more functional art pieces entering into many homes across the world. We are busy searching for yet another Farmers Market to enter into along with possibly a couple more outside fairs. We might like to do some home parties. Are you interested? Contact us and let's talk. Maybe even an open studio one weekend?
So for now join us in celebrating two wonderful years. Thank you for supporting us here for without you there would be no WoodArt Studio.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fallen Trees

So why is a fallen tree(s) a good/bad thing? It is real good if you are a woodturner / woodcarver and can use the wood in one's craft. It is a not so good thing if you are in those trades and the huge tree that just missed your house in the fall is Pine. Now question me on what tree(s) fell on our little acre? Yes you got it Pine, and not one but about five on quick examination. We can't even burn the Pine in the woodstove because of all the sap. Wish that I could find someone in the violin rosin business.

So to make this short story a bit longer last Friday night we had one of the worst wind storms in the valley per some of our neighbors. Up to 80 mile an hour winds whipped through the area and most of Virginia. I have never seen such huge, over 30 feet tall trees, bend nearly in half. Pine as you may or may not know does not have the best root system so even though the tops can bend with just the right wind in just the right direction, snap it goes. Coming from basically treeless Long Island we still are getting use to the sway of the trees here on the land.

So with all that in mind and the heat well into the upper 90's plus we are slowly getting down to the clean-up of the June windstorm.

On the side note remember that summertime is here and Virginia is for lovers and vacationers. If you are in the area stop down to the Farmers Market where we vend every Tuesday and Saturday morning. There is something for everyone from the wee child to the older adult. Wedding gifts, true hand crafted Virginia pieces to take back with you can be found at The WoodArt Studio.

Until next we meet… choose the right branch.