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Re: Craft & Relic

typewriter_logo_with_datesTHIS WEEKEND!!!

UNLIKE ANYTHING MILWAUKEE HAS SEEN!

Experience more than 200 of the most unique vendors from across the Midwest, filling their booths with vintage, salvaged, industrial, handmade, hand-forged, modern, antiqued, up-cycled, and re-purposed goods for the home and garden. Items include furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, garden items, artworks, pottery, and more. This is re:Craft and Relic.

10:00am to 4:00pm, Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road, Franklin, WI.

I Think It’s Spring!

I know they’re out there, but I’ve yet to see my first robin. Why? Because I’ve been spending all of my time in the shop getting ready for a great 2015 Art/Craft fair season!

This weekend (April 4th) we’re in Madison at the Warner Park Community Center for their Spring Fling Craft Fair. ALL handmade. Door prizes and food available. Walk or bike on over to pick up a last minute Easter gift or treat for yourself! As I always say, you’re sure to find something you cannot live without!
April 11th and 12th finds us in Onalaska at the Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Road. 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Door prizes and food available.

UW Washington County in West Bend is our destination on April 18th for their annual Festival of Arts. This is one of our favorites! Great quality and variety of art, great food and entertainment. 10am to 4pm.

Think Spring in Waupaca at the Hidden Waters Golf Course, E4480 Wisconsin 22, Weyauwega. 10am to 3pm. Our first outdoor show of the year. It may be chilly, but we’re more than prepared to get the outdoor craft season underway. See what we’ve created during the winter months!

Just some of the places we’ll be traveling to this year for Art/Craft shows – Spring Green, Racine, Madison, Door County, St. Germain, Eau Claire, Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Eagle River, Richfield, Milwaukee, Lakewood, Horicon, Holy Hill, Appleton, Kohler, and more! Whew! Quite the road trip. We’ll see you on down the road! Make sure to check out our calendar tab to see where we’re at on any given weekend. And remember, we have some items at the Seranya Studios Art Boutique in downtown Plymouth, Wisconsin, and we also have items at the Z Place Gallery in Ironwood, Michigan.

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to oil your wooden items on a regular basis. You can’t have too much oil. Much like our skin, wood needs to be moisturized to prevent cracking and splitting. And NO DISHWASHER! Wood just cannot handle the heat and caustic soap. We have Butcher Block Oil and Wood Conditioner that we blend ourselves. Ask about it when you see us.
Take care, and Happy Easter!

Time flies!

Wow…I cannot believe it’s October already! Where has time gone? I  haven’t been very good at updating this blog! We’ve been SO busy trying to keep up with inventory. It was a great summer, and we’re just about done with outdoor shows for the year. We have a VERY busy fall and early winter scheduled! Check out our calendar for an updated listing of shows.

This weekend we’ll be in Eagle River for Cranberry Fest. Held at the Eagle River Fairgrounds, the show hours are: 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. We hope to see you there! Dress warm…the temperature is only supposed to be in the 40’s. We’ll have a small heater in our booth, so if you need to warm your toes, stop by!

The last date for the Elkhart Lake Farmers and Artisan Market will be Saturday, October 11th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Village Square. This will be our last outdoor show of the year.

EXCITING NEWS!! We’ll be “showing our wares” at the 14th Annual Food & Wine Experience at Kohler’s American Club – an extravaganza of food, wine and fun! This interactive culinary event features celebrity chefs, libations specialists, wine experts and epicurean enthusiasts from around the world for dynamic culinary seminars, tastings and signature festivities. The Gourmet Marketplace (where we’ll be) will be held at the American Club on Friday, October, October 24th, 11am-6pm, and Sunday, October 25th, 9am-5pm. Your Food & Wine tickets include admission to the Gourmet Marketplace. For more information on the celebrity chefs in attendance, and the plethora of sessions, visit http://www.americanclubresort.com/calendar/2014/10/kohler-food-wine-experience. Get your tickets today!! This is more than an event – it’s an20140927_08384020140927_083747 experience!!

Two NEW items this week – both “treenware” – a flipper and a stirring spoon. The stirring spoon was a real hit last weekend. We darn near sold all of our stock. Guess you know what I’ll be making this week

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A big thank you to all who’ve

come to

see us and made purchases at recent shows. It was great seeing familiar faces and making new friends! If you need something, give us a jingle, or check out our schedule to see where we’re going to be next.

 

If you haven’t already done so… make sure you check out the Seranya Studios Art Boutique in downtown Plymouth, at 307 E. Mill St. Its a delightful collection of art, jewelry, wearables, etc. We have some pieces here as well. Everything  in the store is hand crafted and it’s truly amazing how much talent fill the walls, shelves, etc. Every time I’m there I discover something new. The collection is always changing and the artists and craftspeople frequently work on projects in the store. They also have a full assortment of workshops and classes to bring out the artist in everyone! www.seranyastudios.com

Have a great week! And remember…..you can never put too much oil on your wooden boards, treenware, knife handles, etc.  Speaking of knife handles, NEVER put a knife with a wooden handle (or anything wooden, for that matter) in the dishwasher!  The wood just cannot hold up to the heat and the caustics in the detergent. Wash them by hand and coat them periodically with butcher block oil or cutting board conditioner. We all seem to neglect the handles on our knives. And sad to say, I do too! So next time you’re treating your cutting board, do your knives a favor, and oil them as well.

See you down the road!

 

award

We are very honored to have received an Honorable Mention Award at the 2014 Art on the Island Art Fair on Sunday, June 1st in Fond du Lac! The award is given in honor of Eugene Noe, a 103-year-old oil on canvas artist who passed away earlier this year.

Art was a special part of Gene’s life and he embraced it with a passion. He joined the Fond du Lac Artist’s Association in 1968 and has painted hundreds of landscapes in oil which have been displayed throughout the Fond du Lac area and have won numerous awards and ribbons spanning six decades. He continued painting almost until his death.

We take great pride in knowing that our work is held in such high esteem and to receive this honor in Eugene’s  name, knowing what an accomplished and passionate artist he was, is humbling.

Upcoming Events

This Saturday, June 7th is the 7th Annual Walk in the Woods Art Fair, to be held in St. Germain, Wisconsin! Hours are 9am to 3pm. The Art Fair is held in the park behind the Chamber of Commerce in St. Germain.

On Sunday, June 8th we’ll make another appearance at the Cheesetown Market Days in Plymouth. Held at the Fairgrounds, the hours are 9am to 3pm. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 14th marks our first appearance of 2014 at the Elkhart Lake Farmers and Artisan Market. This very popular open air market features flowers, produce, bakeries, and local crafters and artisans. Held in downtown Elkhart Lake, the market is open from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. We’ll also be at the Market on Saturday, June 28th.

We’re so much more than cutting boards! 

Once you buy a good quality cutting board, chances are you won’t be in the market for another cutting board for quite some time, unless of course, you wish to buy them for all of your friends and family! That’s why we have so many different items – to appeal to a wider audience, so to speak. If you’re not in the market for a cutting board, how about a spatula, or a bread tray, or a clipboard, etc.? At recent shows, we’ve had 42 different items! Forty-two! And we’re dreaming up new items all the time, so chances are, if you’ve seen us at a show recently, the next time you see us, we’ll have another new item. We get so many suggestions that it’s impossible to make all of them, but keep those ideas coming!

Last, but certainly not least…..have you oiled your cutting board and other wood items this week? Oiling helps keep them from absorbing too much moisture so your board won’t crack, split, etc. You can’t have too much oil, so keep on applying it. We sell both Butcher Block Oil and Cutting Board Conditioner; both of these are blended in our kitchen so we control what ingredients go into them. Both are $6 and can be purchased at a show, or by giving us a call or dropping us an e-mail.

Have a great June…..stop by for a visit at one of the shows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day is here!

Wow, May is almost over; I cannot believe how fast this month has gone! Memorial Day is just around the corner; the official start to summer (hear that, Mother Nature?).  Whether you’re planting your garden, grilling with friends and family, etc., make sure you take time to thank a vet for his sacrifices.

But, I digress….now on to news about Round Barn Woodcrafts! This weekend we’ll be in Sturgeon Bay for the Sturgeon Bay Fine Arts Fair. Held at Sunset Park, the Art Fair features over 100 artists and fine crafters, food galore and live entertainment throughout the day.  Find out more at the www.sturgeonbay.net website.

Did any of you have a chance to go over to Plymouth Fair Park for the innaugural Cheesetown Market Days? It’s held the 2nd Sunday of each month, May through September, 9am to 4pm. We’ll be at the June event, but previous commitements prevent us from attending subsequent shows. Check it out!  Artists, crafters, rummage, collectibles and food!

For up-to-date information on where we’ll be, click on the “Calendar” tab on the left menu. The calendar is always being updated, so check back often.

And now for a major announcement – in the next few days we’ll be taking some items to the new Seranya Studios Art Boutique in downtown Plymouth. Seranya features a collection of talented artists in all genres. Seranya is located at 307 E. Mill Street; they’re open 7 days a week, so stop and by to see all the beautiful pieces! This is a great way to showcase our work and have it available on a daily basis for our client base!

And more exciting news! Aren’t we just full of it? We are brand new members of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce! And if you haven’t heard of Chamber Cash, it’s time you did. Chamber Cash is designed to keep your money in Sheboygan County by utilizing local businesses. Chamber Cash can be purchased at the Sheboygan County Chamber office at 621 S. 8th Street, or at Festival Foods in Sheboygan. It can be purchased in $10 and $25 denominations. Best of all, you can use Chamber Cash at literally DOZENS of businesses in Sheboygan County, including Round Barn Woodcrafts! We invite you to check out www.sheboygan,org and click on the Chamber Cash tab at the top to see the entire list of businesses where Chamber Cash is accepted.

Well, time to sign off so I can get some sanding done for this weekend. And just a friendly reminder – have you oiled your board today? Or this week, or this month? Remember, oil is your friend and you can’t oil your wood items too much!

Over and out! See you at an upcoming show!

Greetings!!!

Welcome to our website! We’re so excited to be able to share our work with you, and we feel so blessed that we’ve reached this juncture in our woodworking journey.

Check back often to see updates on shows, new products and happenings from our workshop. Very soon, we’ll have our Store online so that you may purchase items and have them shipped directly to your door. Stay tuned!

Our next show on the calendar is in West Bend at Washington County Fairgrounds, West Bend, WI – Ziegler Family Expo Center, coming up this 4pm.

Please stop by and say hi!!

Did I mention new products? New this year are a handful of fun and creative items.

  • Candle holders: Our 3-votive and a 5-votive holder are made with stripes of domestic and exotic hardwoods.
  • Mini clipboards hold a 5” x 8” legal pad. They’re also made with stripes of domestic and exotic woods.
  • Hand-turned pens made with beautiful exotics, spalted maple, cherry, etc.
  • Our ever-popular cheeseboards have a new cousin! We’ve introduced heart-shaped cheeseboards. These make great gifts for weddings, showers, etc.
  • Bottle stoppers: we’ve got a slew of them in all sorts of woods and designs.
  • Cutting Board Conditioner. We cook this up in the Round Barn Woodcrafts kitchen with a blend of waxes and oils. This offers another layer of protection after your initial coats of mineral oil.

New projects on the horizon include a grill scraper, pizza cutter, letter openers, bread knives and pepper mills.

Please check out our gallery for items past and present. This will give you an idea of the scope of our work. We’ll always be adding new photos to the gallery, so check back often!

Well, that pretty much sums up our first blog posting! We hope to see you at a show in the very near future.

John and Trudie