genuinely unique gifts and games
from our custom furniture shop in Falmouth, ME.
custom furniture designer and craftsman with commissioned
pieces throughout New England, New York City, New Jersey
and beyond (as far away as Tel Aviv) He has been building
furniture since 1962 and fine furniture professionally
of the items offered at wholesale are the result of
an adaptation of a commissioned work, and some are born
out of yankee thriftiness. All are produced in our shop
in Falmouth, Maine using the same care and techniques
that we use in high end custom furniture.
Much of the wood used in
the production of our products is recycled from somewhere.
Some from a huge old maple tree that had to be removed
from our yard. Some rescued out of the hardwood pile
waiting to be made into paper at a mill in Jay Maine.
More comes from the cut-offs at a furniture company
in Auburn and still more is the residual from custom
furniture commissions at our shop in Falmouth.
our most popular item, were developed out of the well documented
New England characteristic of thriftiness. Coupling a desire
to avoid discarding small but beautiful pieces of furniture
grade hard wood with a need to make each furniture show pay
its own way we came up with an attractive affordable
impulse item; the Shorescape.
Shorescapes filled those criteria
and instantly produced a demand for a wholesale component.
The Shorescape is a dovetailed
wooden box with glass faces that contains cleaned sand and
items that we find on the shorelines of Maine along with sand
dollars and sea urchins purchased from a fisherman in Biddeford,
and some commercially sold shells.
The pleasant ambience and careful
craftsmanship, including the same dovetailed corners as those
used in fine custom furniture, enable Shorescapes to sell
well in a variety of retail settings including galleries,
home furnishing stores, gift shops, tourist attractions and
The Shorescape is 7 5/8
by 5 5/8 by2 3/8
Our grinders had a serendipitous
beginning. It was while attending a wholesale show that
Greg got talking with another vendor who was looking for a
source for salt and pepper grinders. Greg began working on
developing a prototype which we are now debuting.
These items are 8" tall and
approximately 2.5" in diameter with a grinding mechanism
made of high-grade ceramic material that resists corrosion,
yet is durable enough to grind spices as well as salt and
pepper. Enhancing this utilitarian item are beautiful hardwoods,
many of which come from our custom furniture shop or are rescued
from the hardwood pulp pile at a local paper mill. Each grinder
is individually hand turned so no two are exactly alike. Paired
with some Smoked Apple Sea Salt, you've got a winning combination!
French rolling pin is the favorite style of pastry chefs and
bakers around the world. They have no handles but are used
with the palm of the hand. Shorescape Design individually
turns each of our rolling pins to approximately 1 1/2 inches
in diameter by 18 inches in length. Every tree and every piece
of wood is unique. Therefore, so is every rolling pin.
Combining thriftiness with
good stewardship, we gather the wood for our rolling pins
from a variety of sources. A lot of the maple is rescued from
the hardwood pulp pile at a local paper mill. Much of the
cherry comes from the end cuts at a nearby furniture manufacturer,
and the two examples shown above come from a beautiful curly
maple tree that had to be taken down in our front yard.
A custom furniture client of ours
commissioned us to make the first crokinole board, a game
that he has played sincechildhood.
Crokinole developed in rural Canada
in the 1860s and proved to be so popular with all ages
and cultures that by the early 1900s there were dozens
of companies manufacturing crokinole boards in the US and
The advent of TV sent most other
evening pastimes, including crokinole, to the attic , never
to be seen again. Some pockets of enthusiasts still continue
in the US however, and Canadians are likely to be familiar
with the game.
The simple rules and combination
of skill, strategy, and luck needed to play, all contribute
to the attraction and fun of this perfect board game. Anyone
in the family from 5 yr. olds to 75 yr. olds that plays crokinole
enjoys it; and its popularity is growing exponentially.
There is even a group of folks that get together to play regularly
in Portland and an international championship in Toronto Canada
Crokinole boards range from
27 to 32 dia.
Maine Creel is a somewhat more specialized item that grew
out of a friends desire to reproduce an unique antique
creel for his sons.
Creels which are designed to hold
brook trout while continuing to cast for fish, are usually
made of wicker. The Maine Creel is extraordinary in that it
is made of wood and is a marvel of engineering and beauty.
To be ready for use in a wet outdoor
environment the Maine Creel is made of cedar or cypress. As
a decorative item or even as a womans handbag it can
be made of cherry, maple, walnut, ash, or mahogany.
The symmetry and fair curves of
the Maine Creels alluring shape make it at home in a
fishing store, gift shop, or art gallery.
The Maine Creel is 14.5L