Welcome to the very first feature on My Eco Finds. I went to the Etsy forums and look what I found! Woodland Woodniks! And much to my surprise and delight, Woodland Woodniks wasn’t the only shop! This lovely lady runs Wood N Goods on Etsy too! Two gorgeous shops, all run by one fantastic person? I had to have them as my very first feature. 😉
Here are a couple of my absolute favourites from her shops.
Isn’t this just absolutely stunning? The colours, the detail…It’s gorgeous!
Patchwork Mittens Made With Recycled Sweaters
These look so cozy and warm! I can just imagine slipping my hands into these on a cold winters day. Gorgeous!
So, I sent off my questions. Read with me, won’t you?
Tell us a bit about you and your craft. I live in the woods of Northern Michigan with my family. I’ve been crafting for most of my life, but began scroll sawing about 10 years ago. I began creating my own patterns when I couldn’t find what I wanted in commercial patterns, and have had some of my designs published in various magazines. For the segmentation and intarsia projects I make, each segment of wood is cut using a scroll saw, shaped, then hand sanded. All of the pieces need to fit toghether with minimal gaps. With intarsia, the different varieties of woods used and the grain direction give the project its completed look. With the segmented projects, I use a base wood (usually pine) and use many layers of stains, dyes, and paint to give it color.
What inspires you? The color, scents, and grain of the wood that I work with. I love taking a dull piece of wood and transform it into something with a rich and warm color.
Why is it important to you to use eco-friendly materials in your items? In addition to being a woodworker, I am also a forester. As a forester, I know people can use trees and wood in a sustainable way. I have also seen what happens to the earth when harvesting of wood is not done with thought and care. The waste of beautiful trees that are burnt and destroyed to clear a piece of property saddens me. When I found a company that takes those trees and makes useful lumber out of them, I knew I had to support it!
What is your favourite item and why? It is so hard to choose just one favorite! The Sea Turtle intarsia was the first special request I received after opening my shop on Etsy. It was also the first intarsia pattern that I designed. I also enjoy making the smaller projects like the angels and bears (designed by Kathy Wise) on my site.
If the world could only know one thing about you, what would you like that to be? “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I don’t think anyone knows the whole me – I have many different layers and interests and you may only be seeing one or two of those layers.
What did you have for breakfast this morning? A bowl of raisin bran. What I would have liked – a piece of home-made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! I may have to bake this afternoon. lol
If you were a colour, what colour would you be and why? Dark Red, that flares to bright red at times. 🙂 A little like my moods I guess.
If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be? Mother Teresa.
Be sure to stop by and visit both sites to see the wonderful items she has! You will not be disappointed, trust me!