Several items for the next Artisan's Show on Cape Cod

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Hello Fellow LJs,
It has been a while since I posted any projects – we moved over the summer and I’ve spent enormous hours setting up both the house and shop (posted new shop under My Workshop). Now it is time for a few Shows here on Cape Cod. So… some new and some not so new but with a twist items for the show. Lots of cutting boards and cheese boards (not shown – I just can’t post another cutting board!). The first 2 pics are my new item. They are personal snack trays. They are about 6×12 inches, there is a well for the cup (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup?) and space for a sandwich or other snack. There are simple handles and they balance nicely on the lap. The ones posted are maple with walnut handles and oak with purpleheart handles – each well has a cork bottom and there are cork strips to protect the bottom. They are simple to make and inexpensive…I used some scraps from the shop and got some nice cups from Pier One. We’ll see how they sell. The second 2 pictures are tea boxes. I’ve made and sold many of these The twist here is that the top is actually re-purposed wood – it is made from the centerboard of a sailboat! You can see that I have left some of the nicks and imperfections from use as a centerboard. The checkerboard coasters are also new for me. My thanks to MistakeMagnet for the idea. (I always try to acknowledge the LJ that gave me the idea – common courtesy.) They are simple 4×4 inch maple and walnut coasters and I am selling them in a set of 4. Best part is that I get to keep the extras! Finally, last year someone complained that I did not have a recipe box. This is my attempt at one. It is perfect for 3×5 cards and I’ll probably throw a pack in when I put it on display. It is oak with a wenge inlay and top. I love the contrast!
I can’t tell you how great it is to be back in the shop. Moving is just so crazy… even though it was a 2.5 mile move!
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 636 days ago

All beautiful as always, Ellen! I still love and use the beautiful cutting board you sent me last year. These items are all useful as well as pretty. You should do really well!

I have missed seeing your posts, but I know you are busy setting up your shop. I am going to mosey over there next and see how you have done with it.

Glad to have you back! :) (((HUGS))))


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 636 days ago

back at it ellen
and with some new items

gotta go see the new shop now

the best to you (both) at the shows

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 636 days ago

Fantastic work. I really appreciate the Cape/ocean theme with the tea boxes. Re-purposed sail boat wood and crab/star fish accents … perfect. You won’t have any problem finding buyers for items like this around the Cape.

Also, I’m envious of your new shop, just not the move. We recently moved from Charlotte, NC to Braintree, MA and it wasn’t easy. But I didn’t have tools. Your basement with 8-1/2’ ceilings and ample lighting makes my 1930’s basement look even more like the scary dungeon. Enjoy the new space and keep up the excellent work.

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#4 posted 636 days ago

Hey Ellen good to see your smiling face.A good variety of cool projects ,glad you have had some good shop time and wish you much success in the show. A super job on each product.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 636 days ago

I too am off to see the new shop…and love the coasters…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 636 days ago

Glad to hear your Shop is up and running Ellen!!
Isn’t moving a Bear?!
Nice Recipe Box and I like the “Personal Size” Snack Tray too… I could have used one of them the other night, when I was trying to eat Spaghetti from a too-hot bowl… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 636 days ago

Very nice work Ellen, They all should do well at the show.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 636 days ago

simple clean design. Elegant. I like the trays in the first pictures particularly. Ornate is nice but over rated in my opinion. Very nice Ellen.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 636 days ago

The snack trays are very clever because they are quite useful while the beautiful hardwoods make them elegant! And being someone who has spent many years boating, my favorites are the tea boxes with the centerboard tops!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#10 posted 636 days ago


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 636 days ago

All very nice Ellen. Good luck with the show

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 636 days ago


Your work is elegantly stunning, simple in design, and beautiful!

I love your snack trays! SO COOL… and Simple! Pic.#2 shows it better… Wonderful!

Your Tea boxes are also Super…

When I first saw your Coasters, I thought “Hey cool little cutting boards!”... Then, I found out how big they were… for really COOL coasters!
An Idea for you… way back when I made some molding & had some strips left over, I made two siple cutting boards about 6” x 8”... and we love’em… almost always our 1st to Go To for a cutting board.
...The idea: You could take some of your Coaster material, cut into ~2” squares and make 6×8 small cutting boards!
I’ll bet they would sell like hotcakes! Just a thought… Yes, you probably already have made an old cutting board like that already! LOL

Your Recipe box is also very COOL… Nice contrasting woods… COOL band too…

You have done a wonderful job!
I think you will have a huge success at the Shows!
Thank you for sharing…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 636 days ago

Per usual, all high quality craftsmanship coupled with interesting and unique design features. Best wishes at the show.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 636 days ago

ellen, glad to see your posts again. how are the handles fastened? love the snack trays and coasters. may steal the snack tray idea

-- wiser1934, new york

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#15 posted 635 days ago

Nice work. Good luck at the shows. I hope they didn’t move their recipes to their iPod! ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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