all have a story. The following is ours. We hope that you enjoy
it as much as we enjoy sharing it with you. After you’ve had a
chance to get to know us, we’d love to hear your story as
story begins soon after Wally’s retirement from a local grain
milling operation in Hillsdale, Michigan and the fortuitous
breaking of Anna’s wooden spoon used for the making her
legendary, at least with family and friends, homemade breads.
This spoon wasn’t just any spoon, it was her favorite and had
been her companion for about as long as Wally had been her
companion. After several days of constant reminding that there
would be no more bread without a replacement spoon, Wally headed
out to the wood pile, chose a particularly good looking cherry
log and split off a slab of “wooden clay”.
then headed to his humble workshop and with Anna’s broken
spoon, limited wood carving tools, but a tremendous desire for
homemade bread, he began to shape that cherry slab into a mighty
first Anna wasn’t very impressed with his initial efforts,
nothing was really going to replace her favorite spoon.
After several trips between the kitchen and workshop to
make the many adjustments required to shape, balance and smooth
the spoon, Anna finally proclaimed that all was well and the
task was complete. Wally was pleased to have finished this task
and once again enjoyed the oven-baked rewards that resulted from
that is only the beginning of the story. Once the bread started
coming from Anna’s kitchen again, she began to share the story
about her incredible replacement spoon . This lead to requests
for a spoon of their own from those that heard the story of
Wally’s new skills. Soon after, we attended a local craft show
exposing these beautiful spoons to many new friends and
the original four models, there were requests for many new
shapes and sizes as well as other helpful gadgets made from
cherry wood for their kitchens.
our first show in summer of 1999, we have added over 100 unique
cherry wood kitchen products, from spoons to spatulas, tongs,
cutting boards, and much, much more.
we are available to serve you in a variety of ways—the 12-14
annual shows, events and festivals where we take our products on
the road, or on the web where “most” of our products are
pictured, along with a convenient downloadable order form and in
2001 we opened our showroom to feature all of our kitchen
products along with some miscellaneous items including hall
trees, music stands and stools.
Wally’s always ready to consider a special request!
note that we hand-produce all of our products from native
Michigan cherry wood that has been claimed from mature trees
that were either downed during storms or that were selected for
strategic harvesting. We believe in the sustainable stewardship
of these beautiful trees that provide us with our base stock.
It’s our sincere hope that you enjoy using and gifting our
products as much as we enjoy making them for you, your family
and your friends. We look forward to meeting you at our showroom
or on the road throughout the