a holiday give away!

woodcraft, woodworking, black walnut, oregon, spatulawoodcraft, handmade, artisan, oregon, spatulacutting board, woodcraft, made in the USA, orgeon, artisan, black walnut, serving tray, woodcraft, handmadeend grain cutting board, woodcraft, woodworking, handmade christmascutting boardsend grain cutting boardToday, just for fun and to spread some holiday cheer, we are taking a little break from the regularly scheduled heart and soul writing that makes up this space to highlight my dear husband’s wood craft business.  Woodworking started as a side project, winter work, something to fill the space left by the off season on the farm, to keep him busy and add some income to our somewhat capped farming situation.  But this year it has expanded beyond that, far beyond, and it has been a true blessing for our family and the perfect complement to our labor of love, growing food.

In honor of growing businesses and craftsmanship, and to bring some hand-crafted, micro-made love to all of you, we are offering one reader the gift of AjjA!  This was a year that also brought many of you to this space, from all the corners of the world, and that has been amazing too.  This wood work is a part of us, and this blog, and it feels right to share it with all of you, whether it is for your own holiday season, or as likely not for all you international readers.  It is the two hands of my sweet love and those of his partner and dear friend, working every day and night in the wood shop.  It is beauty we can share with the whole world.  Those veggies we grow, also a work of art, well, they stay right here in my home sweet valley home.

So, today, a giveaway!  From us!

You can read more about my husband and his partner and their wood craft journey on their website, www.ajjawood.com.  You can also order from there, and we are currently offering a discount for all online orders via my small viral outreach.  Enter coupon code LOVE20 for 20% off any orders made now through Sunday, December 15.  And by leaving a comment here, sharing something wonderful or just a hello, you will be entered to win one of of our beautiful hybrid straight/end grain 8 X 9 cutting boards, a perfect treat for you or gift for someone special.  Include your e-mail address or make sure to click to follow the comment threads to find out if you have won!  Winner will be announced Monday morning!

Thank you all for joining along with us this year, in this virtual space!

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In the shop

in the shopin the shop IIin the shop IIIin the shop IVBowls of wooden love.

You can fill them up with what you will.

But before any of that,

they were filled with the devoted and patient touch of two craftsmen.


Sharing with the tree~art.

And the beauty inside of everything.

AJJA Wood!  Back today at the Portand Saturday Market!

Woodworking on the farm

This was the table we enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner on this year.  It replaced the first table the farmer built, exactly two Thanksgivings ago.  And while I loved (loved, loved, loved) that other table, my new one is really a thing of beauty.  Crafted not just by the farmer, but primarily by his new business partner and our dear, dear friend, not to mention the boys, who helped sand it and sand it so that it would be ready for our feast, it was truly a gift to be thankful for this year.

The level of craftsmanship has definitely improved here on the farm, and the love of that work, the wood working, has grown too.  So much so that these two men have officially, officially created a business.  AjjA Woodworkers.  They are making some wonderful things out in that farm shop.  We are still busy getting everything in order, but the website is up, and there will be a way to order online soon via both the site and and etsy.  For this year’s holidays, we can be contacted and will happily set something up.  Otherwise, this wood will mostly be making the local’s season bright.

luca's table

luca's table 2

And just like the oldest boy is getting interested in what I am doing and trying it out, our Luca is expanding his woodworking skills right alongside his papa.  He has always been more inclined to work with his hands and his body–in the field with his papa, or with some yarn and knitting needles, and most often, in the shop with some wood.  He made this table for me.  I knew he was working on it, and I knew he was having a hard time getting those legs figured out, and I think he may have gotten close to quitting a few times, but he did it!  And then, he was too excited to wait until Christmas to gift me with it, so he asked me if he could give it to me early.  I love it so much.  And it fits right in the space beside my bed.

I sure do love this overflowing.  The trying on of various creative means by our kids.  I know that when we do it, we stretch and grow, so I hope it helps them do the same.

As for my first table, that is where it has landed, in the sewing/painting room, ready for some holiday crafting.  Even though it stretches me sometimes, I can’t help but make at least something for everyone on my Christmas list.  I am sure that the next few weeks will be busy, but all around my home I have these handcrafted beauties to inspire  me.

my first table

my first table 2

let's get crafty