Bread & Wood

Bread & Wood

Handcrafted Artisan Bread & Hardwood

Happy New Year!

 

 

Happy New Year to everyone.  I wanted to take time to write and thank everyone locally here in Oxford, across the country, and even internationally for all the help and support we had this year in the wood shop.  It was an amazing year for surpassing goals and meeting new people.  

 

Our wood products are currently being carried by two local Oxford businesses, and we shipped orders internationally to three different countries and 17 different U.S. states, including custom commercial orders for restaurants in Boston and San Francisco, and a new brewery in Cincinnati.  Our bread knives, cutting boards, and live edge pieces were also a hit locally alongside Kim's artisan bread.  Our hardwood was displayed uptown in the month of August, and we also had the opportunity to participate in this past year's Pyramid Hill Art Show.  I really couldn't have done it without your encouragement and your belief and commitment in supporting local business.  

 

It's times like these when I like to think back to the very beginning of the shop in the spring of 2010.  My wife and I were expecting our first child, and I remember having the desire to do something out of the ordinary that would show my support for her and also welcome our new child into the world.  We chose not to find out the sex of the baby before birth, so I needed something gender neutral, but I still wanted to come up with a creation of substance.  Getting back to something respectably old-fashioned, gritty, working with my hands, yet having to employ some patience and a certain set of skills - just felt right.  I decided to custom build the crib.

 

The crib is made of solid red oak, a very hard wood symbolic of the stability I wanted in our home.  The beardless picture (4 years and 10 lbs. ago) is of me having completed the build in the shop before applying the finish.  There are 104 total mortise and tenon joints.  Each slat was rounded and precision mortised into the rails on top and bottom.  I remember ordering plans and the hardware kit online and wondering if I could realistically complete the build in time.  "Oh, what a looming DEADLINE," I thought.  I remember the feeling of losing myself in the details of the build, sometimes forgetting to eat or sleep, and sought pleasure in knowing this piece of furniture would securely hold our firstborn.  Indeed, it did get done in time, as well as an oak chest of drawers that doubled as our changing table…both of which are now being used to sleep and change the diapers of Samuel's younger sister, Sarah.  And yes, I did hop in the crib to test it upon completion, and thankfully it held….(otherwise you wouldn't be reading this).

 

The crib connected me to something deeper inside myself that I've since become very aware of making space for - a desire to create.  In addition, Kim and I share a belief that it is healthy, physically and spiritually, to work with one's hands.  Combine all this with a belief in making use of those resources God has sustainably provided us, and it has made for quite an exciting journey thus far.  I am curious, ambitious, and hopeful as we head into 2014.  I wish you and your families all the best in the new year!  If you're in Oxford tonight, STAY WARM!

 

-Jason

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