Lilacs and Hearts

It’s all about the picture – initially, grabbing attention which can increase your online reach. This can also help you find that next awesome contact person and to follow, perhaps the next sale!!

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After the picture however, the rest is up to you. Create interesting content to promote your craft and engage with social media. Be generous with your peeps, share and support them and they will do the same for you.

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Which Wood – Cherry

Cherry Wood – from the fabulous Cherry Tree – a favorite for many, but not horses. Toxic to horses, who knew? Okay, back to the beautiful wood.

  • Cherry – Prunus Serotina
    • Black Cherry, American Cherry
      • Considered a hardwood, but towards the softer side of hard…if that makes sense.
      • Native to the Northeast US – yeah!
      • Often the 1st choice for cabinetry, turned pieces, artisan crafts, furniture, flooring, trim work and more.
Small - Medium in Rustic Cherry.

Small – Medium in Rustic Cherry.

Cherry heartwood is light brown when initially cut – but over time it will deepen in color – darken and become even more beautiful.  The sap wood – however – will not change.  The little cutting boards shown above have sap wood included on purpose for rustic character.  Do you see it? Do you like it?

Furniture and cabinetry in cherry wood can be quite stunning – but the cabinetmaker needs to be able to select the wood properly.  Who know’s what I’m talking about?

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Hope Chest in Cherry Wood – Natural Finish

This hope chest – shown in cherry natural and when it was just completed – is soooo much darker now – wish I had an updated picture. We favor the natural wood grain, but some stain cherry (walnut too). It’s just a preference thing, don’t judge.

See the bead-board cabinet behind it?  This is not cherry – any guesses?

We have yet to make a live edge piece in cherry, so we would like to feature one by a fellow woodworker – who happens to also be located in Windsor, VT.  What do you think? Is this gorgeous or what? Paul is super talented, we’ve seen his work and are thrilled to find out he is so close.  A meet-up is in order, hint, hint.

Cherry Table by Paul Wilson

Check out this coffee scoop in wild cherry – so unique and fun. Want one? Click on the picture to find out more…

Wild Cherry Scoop by Boot Hill Blades

Wild Cherry Scoop by Boot Hill Blades

What are your thoughts on cherry wood?rustic-cherry-counter-top

Joining a Gallery

We have made the leap – the leap into gallery world that is!!

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All Vermont made – artwork, crafts, fine woodworking and original prints – take a look at a few of the many offerings you will find at Sweet Grass Gallery & Gifts.

Shiny Things!!

Shiny Things by Janet Auman

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Lori Yarrow Designs

The wooden bowls are stunning and we love the hand painted glassware, elegant and fun. Do you agree?

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Fairfield Farm Bowls

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Simply Art Collection by Patricia Maeder

Alyson has a wonderful selection of pottery available as well.

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Battenkill River Pottery

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Polly Wellford Pottery

Original prints, paintings and floor cloths – so many designs to choose from.

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Red Poppies – an Alyson Chase Original

Notice the maple leaf sculpture above the Aly C Bags – it’s by John Arthur – Windrush Sculpture – his work is incredible.

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Aly C Bags!!

Bath and Body  – Candles and more. All made in Vermont (of course)!!

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Versante Bath and Body

Artisan Food is available, anyone have a sweet tooth? Maple syrup and dark chocolate among other items.

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Bond’s Butter Crunch

Alyson helped us figure out the best way to label our items and it was decided that string through the tag is the way to go.  Done!!  All of the displays look so pretty, can’t wait to see how she incorporates our woodworking. Cutting Boards, Cribbage Boards, Serving Trays and 1 Picture Frame (more to come if it’s a hit).

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Small Square Cutting Board in Sapele and Maple Wood

Our 1st gallery contractual agreement, super excited, but a little nervous!! Fingers are crossed that we fit it nicely and do well with Alyson and her fabulous group of talented artisans.

Hello Sweet Grass Gallery!!

Hello Sweet Grass Gallery!!

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