|Project by scoobydooo9r||posted 06-02-2014 06:32 AM||1263 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Locally Sourced Random Materials
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!