Holiday Showcase: Fortremington

This week I am visiting with the shop keeper from Fortremington. Let's get started...

What kinds of fabulous goodies to you carry?
I have totally functional wood kitchen utensils of all shapes and sizes. Made from southern cherry wood, they are a durable and beautiful wood that is perfect for cooking, baking, mixing, grilling, etc.

What inspires your work?
New recipes! I love learning how different foods are cooked, the special utensils required for making the job easier and then designing that utensil out of wood. As I've traveled around the south, I've learned different areas that specialize in certain foods, like brunswick stew, lo country boils, chicken pileau. I have had requests from the "professional" back yard chefs for just the perfect tool for them to use. It's always fun to learn from them....and to pick up a recipe or two.

I am also inspired by antique spoons that look well loved and worn. I make replicas of old spoons for family members who have an heirloom spoon and would like to share it with their children or siblings. That way everyone in the family can have a spoon similar to Grandma's.

Why is handmade important to you?
I come from a family of hand crafters from wood to sewing, quilting and painting. The time a person spends creating an item from their heart makes it so much more meaningful than a mass produced item. The product has character and flaws are always welcome! Plus, you know the feeling they get when they accomplish a difficult task is an amazing feeling. Handcrafters know that feeling well!

Share a handmade gift that anyone can do!
This bulletin board is a great project for all ages. It can be done very cheaply with some time spent searching for your items.

Supplies:

1/4" or 1/2" piece of plywood (any size that you would like your board to be may be available from a contractor from his scraps)
Discarded wine corks (ask at a restaurant that serves wine to save them for you)
3/4" hemp rope (enough to go around your bulletin board twice.
wood glue
serrated knife (may not need)
2 sawtooth hangers (or wire for hanging your bulletin board

Just glue the wine corks on the plywood, totally covering the board. to the edge. If you need to cut them to fit, use a serrated knife. Experiment with different designs with the corks before you glue them. The possibilities are endless.

Now glue the hemp rope around the outside edge covering the side of the plywood and then around the layer of corks. This really dresses it up and gives it a rustic, primitive look.

Add saw tooth hangers on the back or picture hanger wire. Don't forget push pins!


Make them all sizes and shapes and use for gifts.

Where can we find you?
I am on Etsy at www.etsy.com/fortremington and I also have a web site at www.fortremington.com

I do local craft shows in central Florida and in Georgia and one in Tennessee.

Most week days I'm happily in the wood shop making spoons and doing my packing and shipping in my work room. Then on weekends I hope to be at a show.

Lastly, is there anything else you would like to share about you or your shop?
I am a 5th generation wood worker but the first female in the lineage. I still use my Dad's wood shop that I used all of my life and walk across our cow pasture every morning to go to work. It's my favorite part of the day! Then I visit with my Mom and Dad before turning on the saws. I am very blessed to have this life and be able to enjoy my 5 kids and 2 grandchildren. And have a wonderful husband who takes me to all the shows and keeps me company! Life is great!

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