Made to Order ~ Pride Stick

An Assistant Football Coach from a local high school contacted us about a rather unique project. To motivate their defensive players, this high school created a tradition in which they award each game’s defensive MVP with the honor of having their name inscribed on a Pride Stick. The previous game’s MVP takes possession of the Stick and gets to carry it onto the field during the subsequent game.

This is what they brought to us a week before their Awards Banquet.

In keeping with the theme of the Stick, we were asked to carve onto a 2″ x 6″ piece of Douglas Fir. It was also requested that we carve the game scores of the season along the narrow edges of the Stick.


As requested, we painted the carved lettering with the school’s color purple and finished off with several coats of clear gloss. Later, at the Season’s End Awards Banquet, the Pride Stick is presented to the player who was awarded with the most MVP honors.

Here is the finished Pride Stick.

Our Daily Bread ~ Coming in January

Our dear friends over at Honoring Service commissioned us to create a Breadboard to their specifications. We were so pleased with the design and the result that we have decided to add a lovely Breadboard of Cherry wood to our pieces. Coming in January, Gathering Wood will be offering the beautiful Breadboard pictured below. We will be including our handcrafted blend of Beeswax Wood Treatment with each purchase.

Blessings to One and All . . . and Happy New Year

Archaeology Puzzle Solved

Well, . . . here we are a few days later with the mystery solved.

After assembling our Puzzling Green Beast, we ended up with a 5′ High x 8′ Long Velociraptor. Unfortunately, he is now officially extinct as a strong gust of wind knocked him over and damaged him beyond repair. I wonder if we have seen the last of his kind?

Perhaps, next time, we will build one from solid Cherry.

Our Children’s Latest CNC Archaeology Project

Jim needed to clear some space in our workshop. It seems that there was this big piece of MDF taking up a lot of space. It blocked the entry to my washing machine and the access to his Shop Vac.

Our dear children reminded us that we purchased this particular piece of MDF some time ago for a very special project.

Can you guess what it is? Check back soon to see the finished craft.

Allison is Learning to “Zero” the CNC Router ~

Jameson is Learning to Tighten the Collet ~



Making Progress on Their Special Project ~

Our Green Beast is Almost Complete ~ Can You Guess?

What Else Goes On In That Workshop?

We spend a lot of time in our workshop. There are times, however, when our hands are busy with projects that are not for our family business. You see, our children keep an endless list of crafts that they want to build in the workshop. So, from time to time, we gather up supplies and work on a project that has caught their eye. Actually, this time we worked on three.

Stilts caught Allison’s eye and were first on our list ~

Jameson’s Bullroarer was next on our list ~

And a Catapult turned out to be Cody’s (our Chocolate Lab) favorite project for use in launching his tennis ball ~

Our children honed their woodworking skills, got in a little math, and more importantly, made wonderful memories together.