The Joy of Maple

When my stock of wood at the house starts getting low, I get excited because it means I get to go down the road to a small family owned lumber yard and pick out new boards. I turn them over one by one and inspecting the grain; I ask questions about wood and they ask about my stamps.

Last week I was stocking up on more boards as I prepare for the Indie Craft Parade in September, when the man helping me (always the same gentleman) said that he is really proud to get to be a part of my stamps. I was a little stunned at first, sometimes I feel like a big pain in the behind going though a stack of wood one board at a time. But he assured me that he likes helping and trying to figure out what exactly I am looking for. As I was going through boards with him I realized, that is why I do this, why I make the stamps and not outsource them to some big online company. I am proud to support him, I am proud that I make my stamps completely myself, I am proud that my hard work then gets to be a part of your project.

This blog post is to give you a behind the scenes photo tour of the who, where, and how my stamp blocks come to be. And also a bit about maple itself.

Maple is the classic American blonde, it’s known worldwide for it’s strength and beauty. The rugged durability, and the light, uniform appearance produces a smooth, clean look when sanded for the stamp blocks.

For years, this sustainable wood from eastern North America was the wood of choice for building musical instruments and is considered to be among the favorite hardwood choices for furniture construction. Maple is strong, durable and stunning when properly finished. In tree form, Hard Maple is usually referred to as Sugar Maple, and is the tree most often tapped for maple syrup.

(Insert your cheesy wood joke here)

1 comment

Jul 14, 2015

Knock Knock
Who’s there !
Wooden shoe !
Wooden shoe who ?
Wooden shoe like to know !


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