Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last min. Christmas order

  I got an email this past Wed. from Alex. Alex saw my work at the imadeit for the holidays show in Bakery square and wanted to buy a few pieces as Christmas gifts but the person who the gifts were for was with Alex. So Alex took one of my cards and placed an order with DSH Woodworks.

  Alex and I emailed a few times to work out the details because Alex wanted the pieces for Christmas and they would have to be shipped. Being that each piece at DSH Woodworks is handmade one at a time it was going to be close. I worked out how long shipping would take and worked backwords from there to see if I could even fill Alex's order. I figured the latest I could ship them out to get there before Christmas would be Monday, so that gave me four days to make the three pieces Alex wannted.

  Time to make sawdust!!!!

  After some long hours in the shop(I love doing that : )) I got the three pieces done and they are packed and ready to ship tomorrow.

  Here are the pieces Alex ordered..... Bike 1, Bike 2 and a hanging lantern. They turned out great and I hope Alex enjoys giving them for Christmas.

Last min. orders are stressful, especially when they are being placed to give as gifts, not only gifts but CHRISTMAS gifts the week before Christmas. BUT last min. orders show you what you are made of. It shows you how much you actually can work, how creative with your time you can be, it helps you find short cuts that you might not have figured out before, it takes away the excuse of "I don't have time".  This order was VERY fun to complete!!! I learned alot, not only about my craft but about myself as well.

  Thank you for your order Alex!!!!

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Antler plaques

 This order came from a co-worker, yes I have a day job, thats how I pay the He ordered three antler mount plaques. He even had a pattern for me to use. These plaques could be used for any type of award, antler mounts, etc...

  The plaques are $25 ea. They can be stained any color you choose and if there is a different shape you would like please put that in your custom order.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next

Celtic Cross

  I met a woman at the imadeit for the holidays show at Bakery Square. She wanted a Celtic Cross, she came to my table just as someone else was walking away with the last one I had at the show. No worries tho because here at DSH Woodworks we take orders as well as custom orders. She placed an order and a week later I sent it out. I hope she enjoys her cross as much as I enjoyed making it.

  Thank you for your order Jennifer

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

DSH Woodworks in Carmel, IN

  I got a call a couple weeks ago from a woman(Danielle) in Carmel, IN who found me by doing a search online. She placed an order for two guitar cutouts. She is making a box for her nephew and wanted to put a guitar on each side of the box. She said she looked everywhere for guitars but could not find exactly what she was looking for, until she did a search and found exactly what she was looking for here at DSH Woodworks. We talked about what type of guitar she would like, size, etc... She chose the Les Paul guitars, unfinished because she is going to paint them to make them match the box they are going on.

  I made the guitars that weekend and shipped them out to her early in the week. Well she got them on Friday and couldn't be happier, which makes me happy. I can't wait to see her final project!!! I will post photos of  her finished project when I get them from her. For now here are the guitars I made for her. Each guitar is about 18inches long and 1/4inch thick.

  We aim to please here at DSH Woodworks. As I have said before if there is something you are looking for but don't see it on the site don't let that stop you from calling or emailing me, I am sure that I can make what you are looking for. Custom orders are always fun to do and when the customer is happy with their piece it makes all the hard work worth it.

  Thanks again Danielle!!! I look foward to working on other projects with you.

  Enjoy, and stay tuned for whats next.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Next show

 DSH Woodworks will be at the imadeit for the holidays show on Dec. 2nd and 3rd at Bakery Square. Have someone who is hard to shop for? Stop by the imadeitmarket show and find exactly what you are looking for. Over 80 LOCAL artists will be there selling their handmade wares. For more info please visit

  DSH Woodworks with be there with some new items and some favorites. Stop down and if you don't see what you are looking for you can always place an order, custom orders are always welcome also.

  Anything you can think of DSH Woodworks will make it for you, BY HAND, one at a time so each piece has something you can't buy at a "regular" store(ie: walmart, target, etc...) Each piece made for you by DHS Woodworks has HEART!


Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next,


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Old School Tool Box

This piece was made for a friend who wanted an old fashion looking tool box to put baby books in for her new addition to her family. I hope it brings them many years of joy. I had a great time making it.

The box is 3ft long, 1ft wide and almost 2ft high. It is made of popluar and staind golden pecan, which is a natrual looking stain.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Never forget......9/11

  Ten years ago today the events of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the world and it is something that we should never forget. Remember the people who died, the rescue workers who died trying to save other peoples' lives, our military who even as I write this are still at war.....never forget one moment of that day!!! The events of that day changed each and every one of our lives forever.


  I woke up this past Sat. morning knowing that I wanted to make something in honor of that day. I went onto Steve Good's website and found exactly what I was looking for. Steve is a scroll saw artist who makes patterns and puts them on the web for everyone to use. Steve is a great artist and a great person for putting his patterns out for all to use.

  Again I give Steve Good thanks and credit for this amazing pattern. I cut the pattern out of quarter inch thick poplar and red oak. The back pieces are stained rosewood, the towers are red oak, the fire fighters are natural stain and the words are painted black.  NEVER FORGET!!

My Fiance' and I have fallen in love with NYC. We go there at least once a year. We just love the people, the energy, food, sites, sounds, smells, just everything about the city. NYC is where we took our first vacation together, its where this past May we got engaged over looking the Statue of Liberty, on that same trip was also when we got osoma. Needless to say NYC has a special place in our hearts.

  When we go we stay in Jersey City which is just across the river from NYC, actually the hotel we stay at is right at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel. We take the path from Jersey City into the city and the stop that we come up into the city is at Ground Zero. This past May when we were there was when we got osoma. We popped out of the path into the crazy media from all over the world at Ground Zero, military was everywhere you looked.  One of the first things we did was find a street vendor selling American flags, we found one pretty quickly and we both put the flags in our backpacks to show our support and to show that we are proud Americans. We were interviewed a couple of times and had our photo taken more times that we know. One question I got asked more than once was "Are you afraid?" My answer was the same every time.....No I am not one bit scared, look around you, there is military everywhere and you can not be scared, if you are scared they win. You have to live your life to show them that they did not win.

  Every time we are at Ground Zero families are there leaving flowers, letters, photos, etc.. at the now construction site. These people will never forget.

Here are some photos of our last trip to NYC.

While cutting this piece, thinking about the events of 9/11 and knowing that we are going to NYC in a few weeks I have decided that I am going to place this piece at Ground Zero, it doesn't matter if its on a fence, on the ground, if it only lasts one day. If one person is reminded to never forget it was well worth it.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Next show

DSH Woodworks will be at the South Side Works with at the South Side Works Exposed event. This event will be all weekend, July 15-17. There will be bands, food, and lots of local artists selling there wares. For more info, see the flyer below and for even more info go to

  So please come on down and stop by the DSH Woodworks booth.

Les Paul

Here is a Les Paul guitar cutout perfect for the guitar player in your family, or yourself. Each guitar is about 18inches high. I am making other style guitar styles also, Strats, flying V, Acoustic, etc...

  Any style you can think of just let me know and I will cut it for you.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Desk Bikes(in progress)

    These pieces are cut but not finished/stained yet. There are six different bike designs, road bike, mountain bike, etc... These bikes are perfect for the biker who wants to take a mini version of their bike to the office for their desk, to display in their home, etc... Each bike is about 5-6inches tall and about 8-9inches long.

   I will post more photos after I finish these pieces.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next!

Bike work stand

  In between the fifty other projects I have going on right now I decided to make something for one of my other obsessions......A bicycle work stand. I saw this idea on a bike site that I belong to called Rat Rod Bikes( This site is all about classic, custom, handmade, etc...bicycles. This idea came from someone who needed a cheap bike work stand to work on his bikes and this is what he came up with. I changed the design a little bit to make it stronger for my needs.

  It is made completely from 2x4's which I screwed together and came out with this........... Pardon the mess, like I said its been very busy in the shop.

The bike in the stand is a 59' J.C. Higgins that i am restoring.

The stand also comes apart so it can stand along the wall to save space, which as you can see space in my shop is limited.

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Above microwave cabinet

  Its been a while since I have posted. I've been very busy in the shop, kitchen cabinets, getting pieces ready for the big show in July and this above microwave cabinet for a customer.

  This cabinet is three foot wide and one foot deep. The microwave is attached to the bottom of the cabinet and to the wall. Matching the existing cabinet stain was not easy. The existing color is more than likely an old color being that the house is a beautiful old house. So after many different samples the stain color the customer finally went with is called "cinnamon toast". They felt it matched the existing cabinets best. So here it is.......

Enjoy, and stay tuned for whats next.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Treat Box

  Every pet loves treats but they come in odd shaped bags, boxes that just won't fit on a shelf, etc... So what do you do? Keep them in a handmade DSH Woodworks treat box!!!! The treat boxes are a great place to keep your pets treats and they look much better than those bags treats come in.

  Each handmade box has woodburned paw prints and a bone handle. By special order I can woodburn your pets name on the bone handle.

  Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rose box, wood and clay

It has been awhile since I have posted, I have been super busy in the woodshop getting ready for another imadeitmarket show(on top of still building kitchen cabinets for my Mom's kitchen)

  This is the latest piece I have made. This box is made of red oak and the inlay rose is made of clay. I first cut out the rose design on the scroll saw, next fill the cutout with clay and then bake it in the oven. After sanding and glue up the box gets three coats of clear poly witch makes the colors of the clay pop. The box is 9inches long, 7 inches high and 5 inches deep. It would make for a great memory box, photo box, card box, etc...

  I enjoy making the clay inlays even tho it does take ALOT of time. I feel it adds color to the pieces with out just painting on a design, I really don't like to paint wood, it hides the natural beauty of the wood itself.

  So here is.....The Rose Box

This box along with many many more pieces will be for sale at the imadeitmarket show at the South Side Works on April 16 from 12 to 7pm (more details in my next post)

Enjoy and stay tuned for whats next.

Monday, March 7, 2011

28 Babies!!!

This past weekend I made 28 baby cutouts(thats 56 feet and 56 hands also) for my luv at Goodeelicious (  who has been getting more orders for baby shower center pieces/gifts. Now she will add her magic and off they go to good homes.

If you need any kind of gift please give one of us a call.

Enjoy, stay tuned for whats next.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hawaii Five-O box finished

Here are some photos of the Hawaii Five-O box finished. The box is red oak, the inlays were cut out on the scroll saw and then filled in with clay which I baked in the oven.

Enjoy and stay tuned for what is next.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Work in progress....

This box is for a friend of ours who is turning 50. She is having a birthday party with the theme of Hawaii 5-0 Get it she is turning 50yrs old and everyone coming to the party must wear Hawaiin atire.

The box is red oak and I used the scroll saw to cut out the shapes. I am going to use clay for the inlays again. It should turn out to be very colorful against the red oak.

Enjoy and stay tuned to see how this piece turns out.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentines Day is coming....

  Everybody know Valentines Day is coming so get an early start. This piece has a slot at the top to hold a card or a photo of you and your Valentine.

  Orders yours today for $10 any color stain or paint that you would like.

Enjoy and stay tuned for what comes next.