We use common powered shop tools to create each piece to be pleasing to the eye and to the touch and at the same time to be very functional. Each piece of treenware (of the tree) and the various ikebana (flower arranger) designs are individually made by using primarily a band saw and pneumatic drum sander. Some of the work including trays and and servers use the full range of tools in our small shop.
Each piece is made from close-grained hardwood carefully selected for durability and use. The treenware pieces are made from maple and cherry while the ikebana and trays are made from a wide variety of domestic and imported hardwoods. They are then finished with a salad bowl finish and beeswax to be food safe.
We are committed to making each piece individually and avoiding the factory-made look. We handle each piece many times in the process and are not removed from it. Beyond an occasional shop helper we rely on the labor of the many people who grow and harvest the trees and who then dry and prepare the wood to the raw material that is eventually transported to our shop. This endeavor began with a man named Ron who over twenty-five years ago bought the local cabinet shop here in Yellville, Arkansas. He then began making cutting boards from trailer flooring which led to many people in and out of the picture over the years. Many of us are still at it in one form or another.