I have had a grand season in Yosemite hiking here there and everywhere! I love Yosemite's grandeur. Both in the Valley and outside in the back country where few go. It is definitely one of the most amazing places in the world! Being born and raised in the local communities where tourist income is the main revenue and they flood the towns with fervor. Some locals complain but they do not realize the value and beauty that surrounds them. I guess I have been lucky enough to have experienced the outdoors to the fullest and realize the importance of having such an amazing part of the planet in my backyard.
As a youth and young man my friends all called me Goat. I guess it was the rock climbing and incredible balance that started it. As facial hair became a part of my life and I grew a goatee the name Goat was a larger fixture. When internet became bigger and bigger and email was new form of communication. I decided to come up with a unique name that fit me very well. YosemiteGoat was born!! I have used the name ever since and have continued to do so with my Yosemite Art Style and YosemiteGoat's Woodworking.
Today YosemiteGoat's Woodworking is composed of myself, my father Jim, and my girlfriend Christine. We each play specific roles that make the business/hobby a wonderful venture. Well, adventure would be more appropriate. I make a large majority of the items and the styles. I also maintain the business portions such as the blog, etsy and the simple book keeping. My father Jim has half of the shop tools and makes almost all the other items. My father is an excellent guy who has eccentric, out side the box, ideas. He is a great inspiration. Jim has an excellent eye for gathering unique pieces of wood from unique places. I believe it has to do with his many years collecting firewood!! Then we have Christine, my lady =) Christine is Quality Assessment and Quality Control. Basically she decides if it needs to go back to the drawing board. If she wants to keep the item then we know it is a good one (she has had fair picking of items). Christine also writes many item descriptions on the business cards for sales at local shop. The combined help I receive from these wonderful people make YosemiteGoat's Woodworking better than I could do alone.
I love making my Candle Holders from Manzanita. I would have to say they are the best sellers because the wood is so amazing. I make a variety of styles and a variety of tea candle cups. Styles include flat surface, natural, burl, arched, and square stock. If you would like a special order, please contact me and I will make one unique and specifically for you. I hand pick special request to ensure you receive the best I have to offer.
My first Pepper Mill. A client asked me to make one out manzanita because she enjoys the fabulous colors the wood has. This was a wonderful challenge and I have ordered 2 pairs of mechanisms to make more. Now that I have an understanding of the full components and mechanisms involved, I am ready to make a few more that come out awesome and will be ready for sales. The next few should be ready for Christmas time and presents for friends and family!!
These items are all from a small section of big leaf maple. The grain structure, coloring and spalting is some of the best I have seen in a while. These pieces will be great attractions anywhere and in any home!
Amazing Winding Oak Cribbage Board