My dad has worked with wood my entire life. (Pretty much his entire life as well.)
His hands are rough and worn from various tools taking their toll on his hardworking fingers for the last 40 years.
I can still remember lying in his lap asking him about each cut, scar, smashed fingernail and bump on each of his hands.
Addie’s room holds a tiny little chair he made for me when I was little.
My clothes are housed in a dresser he made for me when I was Addie’s age.
Some of my most prized treasures are held in a cabinet he made me for my 12th birthday.
My Christmas tree has always been full of ornaments he learned to make in Germany while in the Army.
My laptop is sitting on an adjustable table he made me earlier this year.
He just had his first etsy shop sale and he’s pretty excited about it. I helped him out by taking photos that hopefully do his little (and big) treasures justice.
My dad makes stuff with his hands. He always has. He has a gift with wood and an attention to detail that has won him several awards and ribbons.
I don’t really expect you to get all caught up with the sentimentality I have with my daddy, but I do ask that you support handmade whenever and wherever you can. You’ll be buying from real people, people with daughters like me and granddaughters like Addie and Vivi.
Grandpas who have dreams of attending the master class in marquetry at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking right here in Indiana. It may cost a little more but it has a story and was made by someone in their garage turned wood shop off the back of their house. There’s a good chance it was produced to the music of the Moody Blues as well.
If you have an ornament tradition like we do, my daddy makes some pretty swell ones. Trucks, trains, planes and toboggans holding tiny little presents are all available for purchase in his little etsy shop as well as the laptop table and a lovely mission style mirror that uses mortise and tenon joints. Need something more specific? He can make it for you. Promise. Message him, he’s a super friendly guy.
He’s offering all of you a 20% discount on everything in his shop through next week…just use the code ‘MOOSH20′ at checkout.
You can go ahead and tell him I sent you, and that nobody makes popcorn better than him.
Buy stuff from people, not machines.