Preparing for The Makers Fest

It’s the beginning of my favorite time of year and it’s truly the time when I’m the most productive. Warm days lead to cool evenings, which make woodworking bearable. Working in my 80+ year old shop isn’t too pleasant when high temperatures are in the 90s, but sometimes it’s a must.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy cranking out all sorts of reclaimed wood goods. All in preparation for the one late summer event that is sure to please: The Makers Festival. A mixture of hand made goods, food, music and beer. The best part, I’m showing off my craft only two blocks from where I grew up. Ten years ago I never even imagined owning a business. This month, I’m celebrating five years. Five years of salvaging piles of wood. Wood that I’ve used to make frames, jersey cutouts, trees, tables and displays. Wood that I’ve kept from entering the local waste stream. All of it I’ve done make a difference for our environment.

To prepare for Makers, I’ve made many items from tiny jersey ornaments to a huge 48×96″ display panels for my fellow maker, Greg Molyneux, who is stellar a depicting our South Jersey landscapes through his photography. Another friend who grew up near by will also be stationed in a nearby booth, Jeff Ruemli from LBIF. I can’t wait to show my goods while surrounded by goods friends. Here’s a look at some of the work that I’ve been busy with over the past few weeks.

Hope to see you on September 17, at The Makers Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park!