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Project by scoobydooo9r posted 59 days ago 657 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Because I am a local Nevadan and a woodworker, I have wanted to create a product that embodies Nevada for some time. Taking it one step further, my goal was to utilize something that is so blatantly ubiquitous that it smacks you in the face, but I wanted it to be the last thing in the world you would think to use in woodworking.

Sagebrush was always at the top of the list for me, but it took me quite some time to figure out what exactly to do with it. Sagebrush is the state flower and it’s one of the state motto’s – “The Sagebrush State.” Well, I finally created a pen blank that was made from the branch/stalk of the sagebrush cast in Acrylic. The first test piece that I did was so good that it made it into my Etsy shop for sale.

The other key ingredient that I needed was to have a final product that was not only cool and quirky, but also beautiful… elegant even. I’m really happy with the results so far, and I haven’t even really begun to experiment further. I even made up a blank to be used for my first bangle bracelet, and it knocked my socks off!

The only difficult thing is trying to explain to someone what the heck I’m talking about. People don’t search for “Sagebrush” items in Etsy, so I’m still trying to figure out how to get people to notice it. I think they would like the looks and the whole idea if I can just get their attention!

I’m pretty stoked about my first sagebrush sale though. Someone messaged me on Etsy about a pen that I had custom made and sold to a friend (and frankly didn’t even know the public could even see that sale). Well, it turned out she was getting a gift for an author who just published a book and lived in Reno. She wanted something that was somewhat locally sourced. So, I quickly jumped on it and told her about the sagebrush pens, she loved it!

This was literally the exact situation that I would want my sagebrush pieces to be purchased for. It was like a movie or something the way it panned out!

So, let me know what you think of the newest craze to hit woodworking. Also, if anyone has any good ideas on how to get it noticed more on Etsy, I’m all ears. I’ll probably try getting it into local shops too, but for now I’d like to try to get it out there online first.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!





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VarnellWoodworks

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#1 posted 59 days ago

This is totally awesome! I live in Nevada as well and i have never thought to use sagebrush in any type of woodworking. This is very unique, and i am in awe of your creativity . Great job!

-- I am who I am and thats all that I am. ------Dustin

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 59 days ago

That’s awesome. Being creative and unique is what makes an artist.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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skeys

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#3 posted 59 days ago

Very nice. I like the combination of materials, they go well together. You should do very well with those in Nevada. I would think that you could do well with local shops for that.

-- Scott K., Virginia https://www.etsy.com/shop/HaresEarDesigns

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scoobydooo9r

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#4 posted 58 days ago

Thanks Dustin. I’m not too certain it would work very well in larger items, but if you could find some large ones, it may even work for small boxes and such. I’ll have to try it out some time! It’s not like we’ll ever run out of it.

I used to live in Vegas, and I have another idea that I’m working on that is all about Vegas. I’ll let you know when I get something done, I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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scoobydooo9r

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#5 posted 58 days ago

Thanks skeys, I’m working on getting into local shops next, but for now I’m only selling through Etsy. Soon though I hope, and I’ll let you know how it goes working with other shops.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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