I love gardening! Growing flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, plants – you name it, I love to grow it. I can spend hours drooling over seed catalogs and more time reviewing seed packets at the store. I have already started some seeds, and am really ready to get more going. Spring is here and I am ready to dig in the dirt!
Growing flowers in pots is one of my favorite summer-time routines. Around the deck, on the front porch, and hanging baskets. Jeff has handcrafted several stickwork plant stands and Baker’s racks over the years, all of which have supported my flower habit! These pieces are ideal for displaying potted plants anywhere and everywhere.
This year I am starting a clematis plant to grow on the stickwork arbor at the entrance to our walkway. Arbors are such a great way to add a new dimension to a walkway or entry, or a focal point for a garden. Even without a climbing vine the natural materials are pleasing to the eye!
I am excited to use a couple of stickwork garden towers in my vegetable garden this year. They are made of Locust branches, and they are super sturdy! Cucumbers will be taking up residence on these!
One of the reasons we love getting custom orders for our handcrafted stickwork furniture is that we really enjoy creating pieces that are unique ideas from our customers. One such order was a set of 6 bar chairs for a family with 6 kids. The chairs were for the eating bar in their kitchen. Because of the natural materials we use, each chair was unique, making it easy for each child to have a chair of their own.
Another custom order we received was for a mirrored pair of Stick-a-rondack chairs. The customer knew each handcrafted chair would be a one-of-a-kind, but desired to have a touch of symmetry in the design of the chairs that would be placed on her deck overlooking the mountain range.
For Christmas 2012, we received a custom order for a desk and chair from a man who wanted his daughter to have a whimsical and unique place to do her schoolwork.
Our most recent custom order for 8 Stick-a-rondack chairs is well under way – 4 are completed. Each chair has its own unique character, while contributing to the collection that is clearly a one-of-a-kind set.
The unique and creative ideas of our customers fuels our imaginations as well!
A strange idea, perhaps, for furniture to multi-task, and yet the phrase seems so appropriate for several of our favorite stickwork pieces.
This artisan stickwork version of a Baker’s Rack can also work as an outdoor kitchen or as a potting bench in the garden. Why not try it as an entertainment center? The only limit is the imagination!
Another of our multi-tasking and multi-purpose pieces is the ladder shelf. The popularity of this style of shelf in the past 10 years certainly bears evidence to its ability to fit so well in so many places. These handy units can be used in the living room, the bathroom and on the deck!