Monday, June 23, 2014

The CraftStar Featured Artist: Rustic Craft

RusticCraft - handcrafted, modern rustic designs Heirloom Quality natural wood cutting boards, upcycled furniture & more. Handcrafted, hand-engraved unique wedding, anniversary & housewarming gifts. Creating eco-conscious, functional and beautiful items from natural, salvaged, or up-cycled materials is our core philosophy; providing consumers with attractive hand crafted items to fit their green lifestyle in a beautiful way. We ship most of our personalized items within 3-10 business days of order and approved engraving design. If you need your item ASAP, rush shipping is available, contact me =)

Recently, The CraftStar sat down with Nick and Sam Squailia, the artists behind the store, RusticCraft.  They are a husband and wife team from Fitchburg, Massachusetts and together they have a 4 year old super cute toddler named Niki.

Sam is an Architectural Engineer and has been designing for 14 plus years. Her husband Nick has been a Woodworker and Carpenter for just as long. They officially started RusticCraft in March 2012 when they started off with Nick building rustic furniture for their home. 

Kitchen Chalkboard- Hanging Chalkboard Tablet - Medium Cherry with Leather strap - Unique Birthday Gift

This migrated into also doing rustic wood cutting boards and other rustic wood items like elevated pet feeders, wine racks, chalkboards, engraved signs and ornaments. Nick does all the woodworking and Sam do all the engraving, marketing, and online management.

Personalized Hammer - Engraved Hammer - 5th Anniversary Gift - Husband Gift- Best Man Gift- Hand engraved custom designed

We asked the couple what item currently for sale in their shop was their favorite and they both agreed that their personalized handcrafted solid wood cutting board is by far their first choice. Their favorites do change though with every board they make, which is completely understandable considering the cutting boards are all so stunning! It's a spalted black cherry with live edges on raised cherry rails. It has awesome live edge coloring and wormhole-ing which gives such awesome depth of character to this board. Plus it's reversible, so you can cut on one side and flip it over to use as a serving or display board the rest of the time.

Personalized 4 tealight holder- Rustic Wood Personalized Candle Holder-Unique Personalized Gift


My favorite part of interviewing Featured Artists is asking them what their biggest lesson or mistake they've made while doing business so that we can learn from others. Sam told me about a time that she did an engraving. She traced the design onto the board and wood burned the design over the tracing, took pictures, and packaged up the board for shipment. As she was loading the engraving pictures onto her computer she realized that she missed a line in an "N" in someone’s initials! She immediately reopened the package, fixed the mistake, and mentally noted that in the future these types of things must be double checked prior to packaging. 

Personalized Business Card Holder - Rustic live edge wood - Unique office gift - Custom engraving included

You can find RusticCraft on a variety of different forms of social media. Follow them!  Show them some love!

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