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Vintage Hometown Handcrafted Christmas at Shady Lawn

December 3, 2010

Welcome to the month of long nights, short days, candles, twinkling lights and shiny metallic ornaments.  Wednesday all of the November/Thanksgiving snow melted and people started moving around again.  It snowed again Thursday and guess what?  People slowed down their travel again…

At least if we are going to have a “White Christmas” it will be with fresh new December snow – not some leftover old November snow.  There comes a time when you just get tired of Thanksgiving leftovers – even if (maybe especially if) it is snow.

Last Saturday was the first annual Small Business Saturday where people were encouraged to shop/support locally owned small businesses.  I would say that the promotion had no economic impact for Shady Lawn Antiques.  It did however get me thinking about small businesses and the differences between local small businesses.

Small businesses seem to run the gambit from gift shops where everything is imported to stores like Shady Lawn Antiques.  The minute that you step into Shady Lawn it will be evident that SL specializes in reclaiming/restoring antique furniture.  At SL the initial condition of each piece is evaluated and loose joints are re-glued, broken pieces are repaired or replaced, and the finishes are restored to a beautiful durable condition.

Shady Lawn is the ultimate “green business”.  We recycle, reuse, and repurpose antique pieces into a wide variety of items.  They reflect the creativity and artistic passion of our family and friends.

Dave builds long harvest tables, tall entry/sideboard tables, small tables, coffee tables, benches, barn birds and barn stars from historic reclaimed (mostly barn) wood.

Oldest daughter, Carolyn, has created birdhouses from reclaimed wood, license plates (for roofs) and bent silverware.  She has also taken reusing to another level by creating large stars from slats of wood left over from the table building process.

Son, Nick, helps build the tables and has developed his own “line”of small wooden boxes and business card holders.  He incorporates local hardwoods and precise joinery to create small “gem like”works of art.

Youngest daughter, Charlotte, makes jewelry from the broken, cracked and chipped pottery and porcelain that always makes its’ way into an antique shop.  Her skill and technique has developed to the point where one of her friends thought that she just bought the necklace pieces and hung them on a chain.

Family friend, Tori, creates typewriter key necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  She has saved at least fifty typewriters from the metal recyclers.  When antique dealers see a heavy old typewriter they think boat anchor, Tori thinks jewelry.

Finally I can’t say (before Christmas) what Nick’s girlfriend, Awesome Kellie, is creating.  They may be gifts and her family and friends might be reading this blog.  Perhaps we’ll have her items for sale at SL, in the future, as well.

This is by no means a complete list of the recreated items that are available at Shady Lawn.  It is however obvious that SL should be at the top of your list when you are looking for a locally created high quality piece of furniture, a gift or even a memory of your Walla Walla visit.

The purchase of any one of these items will not only support a local artisan craftsman but you will be doing your part to preserve the environment.

These locally crafted pieces of art will be individually featured in upcoming blog posts…

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