Several years ago everyone in our family got a cutting board for Christmas. The passion for woodworking grew and last year Crazy Grain, LLC. was born. Now you can get unique cutting boards, charcuterie trays, lazy susans, and coasters.
Each piece is uniquely designed letting the wood tell its story. Mark creates functional patterned wood art. He lets the wood speak by combining various species of domestic and exotic woods glued together through a combination of face grain, edge grain, and end grain boards.
Most works have a symmetrical patterned style. Some of the patterns he enjoys making are diagonal rip, diagonal crosscut, offset and staggered, straight and pixelated.
I create pieces you can enjoy for years to come. These are natural wood products that with care, will last a long time. Wood may have variations in grain, cracks present, slight curving to board, variations in finish, etc. All of my items are unique, handmade in Colorado, natural solid wood, and do not contain artificial colorings (only clear lacquer is used and wood glue). Many items I make may contain minor imperfections that are inherent in making wood products such as holes, splits, knots, chips, slight warping or twisting, etc. I like to call them birthmarks.
Anywhere from 3 to 5 hours for each item. Mark works in stages gluing up 10 to 20 products then they all go through the sanding, cutting, regluing, final sanding, finishing process together. While the technique is the same on all the products the end result for each of them is completely unique. Some products get one glue up but many of the products get two or more glue ups to create the intricate designs.
We get it anywhere we can. Road trips are great because different areas of the country stock different species of wood. In October of 2022 we took a trip along I-90 from Rapid City to Chicago, over to Lewisburg, PA then traveled home to Colorado on I-70. We stopped at 20 different woodworking stores and lumber mills. Now we have a whole new selection to work with.
The short answer is no. The wood is allowed to shine as nature intended. The cutting boards and serving trays are treated with a food grade mineral oil. The lazy susans and coasters are sprayed with a clear coat of polyurethane.
Of course you can. If you take care of your boards they will last you a lfetime. When you purchase any product from us you will receive instructions on how to care for your items.
Throughout the year we are a vendor at various arts and craft shows in Colorado.
Estes Park Art Festival-September 2: 9-5, September 3: 9-5, September 4: 9-3
Mollie Magee Fall Festival at the Boulder Cty Fairground-October 21 & 22: 10-4
Applewood Holiday Festival at the Ranch in Loveland-November 17 4:30-8, November 18-19.
Out of State Show:
Sedona, AZ Art Festival: October 7-8.
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