The summer challenge at Ted’s Woodshop is “keeping up” – keeping up with shop production, our responsibilities as members of our local artist cooperative gallery, and mowing/gardening/harvesting. Considering the challenges of the past year, we are grateful to have several Homer venues for selling our work. And in these uncertain times, we are grateful to have customers who shop with us through our online store.
Ted enjoys creating custom items for customers based on their special requests and preferences. Over the past few months he filled orders for a color-themed pizza cutter, a set of spiral pepper and salt mills, a matched set of mills, and stave pepper mill with matching salt shaker. The spiral mill set shown below is unique in that the design in each mill spirals in the opposite direction.
The stave pepper mill and matching salt shaker were challenging because the thin contrast pieces were made up of three thin strips, not just one.
It has been our pleasure and privilege to support the efforts of Loving Hearts 4 Paws, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides financial assistance to those who face catastrophic veterinary bills. This excellent organization, which typically has several online auctions throughout the year, has supporters across the country and has helped many pets and their families over the years. Although the organization’s hard-working founders are taking a temporary but well-deserved break right now, we are looking forward to 2022, when we will once again donate an “I Love My Dog” pen (or several) to support the cause.
Hot Summer Sales:
While summer in Homer is anything but hot … Ted has been spending more hours than usual keeping up with Ted’s Woodshop demand. Some of our best sellers this summer include cheese planes, honey dippers, Homer fish trivets, pens, ice cream scoops, and — surprisingly — Christmas ornaments.
Stainless steel honey dippers are a new item for 2021. Ted uses yellow and black SpectraPly and adds a maple “stinger” to the tip.
Why did it take us so long to discover out that ornaments sell well in the summer? They are lightweight but sturdy and easy to pack. And we’ve been told that they make good gifts.