Christmas of 2018 has now passed and the gifting season is winding down. I am glad to have had a few commissions for gifts including a few cutting boards, signs, and a couple custom jobs. There is something about making an item that someone cares enough about to gift to a loved one that is very rewarding and I am glad to be involved in these exchanges. Personalized or custom items are always a bit exciting in their own way as they often require new designs to be drafted or create new challenges to work through.
The first of the custom jobs was a copy/modify piece of one that the customer had seen in a store but wanted customized. It’s a phone holder that fit 2 smartphones for charging, a pair of eye-glasses and misc. items in the lower tray. It was customized to fit the recipient’s personality with prairie grass lining the bottom edge.
The second custom piece is a memento frame that was made from a baluster that was removed from a home before it was demolished. This specific piece has great meaning for the recipient as the old farmhouse they called home for over twenty years was removed from a property destined for farmland. I was able to make two frames from the one section of banister that was provided.
I had also made three cutting boards for Christmas 2018 for some friends and family of my own. These are personalized with names and fun graphics and made out of some hard maple that was given to me by a buddy of mine.
All in all 2018 was a good year for WMC with plenty of new experiences and focuses that seemed to pay off in the end not only with a bit of business during the holiday season but skills and techniques that I acquired along the way. The prospect of 2019 and what will come along with it is exciting and keeps me optimistic! If you are interested in ordering anything like the orders above, check out my shop or contact me for a custom order!