One of the best things about being in the workshop is the trial-and-error of ideas for new products. Sometimes the ideas can be quite the distraction; other times we feel like we've really developed a great new item.
Our latest creations are a bench that can be personalized and our Tahoe end table. The bench is SO fun as it can have any message you want (within reason, due to size limitations), and we can incorporate a variety of colors. So we tested out some college logos, an anniversary message or a special birthday or other occasion, like graduation (Congrats Class of 2020!). We're also experimenting with different stain colors, so maybe getting a blue bench would be a possibility. The lettering is still not perfected, but once we get that down, the bench will be available on our website.
We've also been playing around with our Tahoe end table. Derek is really becoming quite the welder, designing a number of different legs for all our tables. This latest end table has three square-shaped, steel legs and a lower shelf for extra storage. It's still a work in progress, but Charlie has called dibs on putting this prototype in her room.
Stay tuned, we have two more ideas in the works...
As our country continues to stuggle through one of its darkest periods in our history, we had a ray of light visit us at the workshop today. Two-year-old Shay was out walking the neighborhood with her Mom and one-year-old sister, Alanna. As Shay shyly made her way out of the bottom of her stroller, we brought out the prototype of "Charlie's Stool."
"Shay, would you like to sit on our stool?" As we backed away a safe distance, she ambly sat down and smiled, her big, blue eyes bright with joy. While sitting on the stool, a moving truck drove by, which, to any two-year-old eye, looked like a UPS or FedEx truck. Shay smiled, pointed and said, "Look, package truck."
With her astute observation, Derek decided on the spot that Shay should "get a package." So we gave her the stool, all ready to color, paint, stain or just sit on, whatever she chooses.
Shay, Alanna and their Mom rolled up the sidewalk, the stool nestled safely in the bottom of the stroller. She turned and waived, "Bye-bye," and our hearts melted. It is the smile and wave of a toddler that can help alleviate some of this heaviness we are all feeling.
We went back into the workshop, carrying Shay's smile with us. Not only did we stain and use "Madame Glossy" on a Tahoe table, but we also finished the "T54" (our 54" Tahoe coffee table), cut out Montana (thank you Doug W!), finsihed up four more cutting boards (we have them back on the website, AND! we were able to make a special wedding cutting board gift, thanks to cousin Trina!), and we finshed up one set of Cornhole. Not a bad Friday. Hope you all stay safe and healthy.
Wow, what an amazing day! We had four table deliveries, starting with our Nevada Bistro table in South Reno. From there, we had a beautiful drive over Mt. Rose Highway to the north shore.
We delivered our first noir-stained (with an exterior finish) Tahoe coffee table to Sean in Incline. The table looked stunning in the backyard, surrounded by seating that had black cushions and gray accent patio colors. From Incline we drove around the lake to Rubicon Bay, and finally ended our delivery route seeing our childhood, "spin the bottle" friend, John, in Homewood.
With each now home, it felt like our tables were welcomed and invited in with such joy! What an amazing day, so grateful for Kim, Sean, Karla and John!