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Speaking of Trilobites and Tagua Nuts...

Q: What does this 400-million-year-old creature from the bottom of a long-lost ocean... ...have in common with this rock-hard seed from a South American palm tree? A: The Bearded Guy took one of each from his Cabinet of Curiosities and turned them into handles for his handmade heirloom boxes!  Check 'em out here and here. SaveSaveSave

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Accepted!

We were tickled pink to open the envelope accepting us to two premium craft shows this year! We will be at Craft Westport 2017 in November and Holiday Craft Morristown 2017 in December. We'll be keeping company with some mighty fine makers: And now, we gotta get cutting, sanding, staining and sewing....see you in Connecticut and New Jersey.   Save

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Poster Child

Just received this photo from Leland in Austin, Texas. We couldn't be more honored and excited! Just days after his release from the Witness Protection Program, the first photo Leland had taken was with our beard comb and his magnificent whiskers. Thank you, Leland (if that's your real name). Save

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A Salute to John Flood

Somewhere in Kentucky, sometime in the past, a man carved an exquisitely detailed  beard comb out of a hunk of wood.  We stumbled upon it in an antique shop in Arizona, with a tag that said only, "Wooden Comb. Kentucky." We were struck not only by the resemblance to our beard combs, but by the detail in the relief--the hooves, the bridle, the stirrups. Did the carver make it for himself? For his brother? His son? We'll never know. Every piece of history about the carver has been lost. Except his name. John Flood, you were a helluva craftsman. And...

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Creative Ways to Save a Memory

Creative Ways to Save a Memory

No, not THAT kind of memory. 'Fraid I  don't have any real solutions for that. But I do have creative ways of saving mementos from our trips together before storing them in my precious Stagecoach Box. For example,look how I dress up the notes I take while we travel.   I tuck them into  envelopes I fold from handmade paper and decorate them with paper ephemera and the occasional chimpanzee. I get the ephemera at flea markets or at online suppliers like Regina's Studio. The chimp was just here. Paper emphemera also comes in handy for more free-floating storage in...

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