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New stuff

Personally (and also as a company) we are always working toward being more and more sustainable. It’s one of those things that is a journey and not a destination. One of the items that has always bothered us is the small pieces of wood that fall-off or had to be cut off because of knots or cracks. It is perfectly good and beautiful wood but you can’t really stretch or glue end grain together. For […]

New Year starts with a blackout?

Coming out of the holiday break we were unfortunately targeted for a copper wire heist. Thieves decided that breaking into a transformer and cutting live wires was worth the lure of $60 in scrap metal. For us it meant no power to run equipment, no work for our employees, unknown hours wasted on phone calls, some late orders and overall….anger on my part. It is one of my fundamental principles in life to respect one […]

The sad state of “Green” today

I went to Green Drinks last night which was hosted by the NM Green Chamber of Commerce– Albuquerque/Rio Rancho chapter. The guest speaker was Carolyn Parrs with Mind over Markets whose presentation was “Kermit is Dead: Effective Messaging in Today’s Green Market”. The talk was both informative but at the same time disheartening. Carolyn explained that green is really mainstream now and consumers expect all products to have a green tint to it. What was […]

American Craft Week, Oct 7-16

Now in its second year, American Craft Week is a nationwide celebration of the wonders of our country’s craft traditions and innovations. Beginning the first Friday of October and running for ten days, this year’s event will take place October 7-16 at galleries, artists’ studios, festivals and art institutions across the country. American Craft Week brings together individuals, small businesses and organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich […]

New addition to the crew

We are happy to announce that we have a new addition to our crew….Margie. She is an Australian Shepard mix that we adopted from the local Animal Humane Association. She is 9 years young so super mellow and very sweet. She has already demonstrated that she is great with kids since she was surrounded by 10+ T-ball players on her first night. Around the shop it is her responsibility to meet and greet guests as […]

Working with hardwoods

I was helping in the shop today and I was reminded why we work with Premium American hardwoods. I was applying linseed oil to pieces for new tables and the wood made me stop and appreciate the natural beauty. I decided to take a photo of oak and walnut pieces that had oil on one half of it…. As you can see, the oil finish just enriches the natural glow of the wood grain with all […]

A few tons of toxic material never hurt anyone….right?

So I went to the City of Albuquerque’s Hazardous Waste Recycling site a few weeks ago to turn in some burned out florescent light bulbs. I had about 10 of them. I felt like I was doing the right thing since there is a small amount (approx 20 mg) of Mercury in the bulbs. Little did I know that I would get ridiculed for trying to keep a toxin out of the environment.

Change.

For many it is a frightening word. I am convinced that some people would rather go to the dentist or speak in public before embracing change. For me, change is about the only constant in life. It is a fusion of hope and uncertainty that needs to be accepted and embraced. Business is not immune to change either so that is why we at Dapwood are in the middle of three major changes…