January 2, 2008
While many are still away for a few more days of vacation, we're heating up our engines here at the AT offices and kicking off the new year. Today, I have a real find for you.
Live Wire Farm is run by John Robohm is up in Jacksonville, Vermont and aside from repairing fence chargers and selling raw honey, he also sells absolutely stunning wood hooks, shelf brackets, napkin rings and spoons. Eclectic? Yes. But like many good things, the origin of how he came to do this is even better:
"The whole thing started a couple years ago while I was cutting wood for our woodstove. I used to take the tree branches to the burn pile as they were
too small to use in the stove. We needed some hooks around the house and in the barn and the solution just seemed to present itself. Then while stoking
the stove one day, I came across a few split logs with attractive grain and
coloring and decided to see what I could make."
This really is a small family affair, so don't expect a regular commercial website. You can see all of John's designs and then write to him through the site and he'll get back to you "as soon as farm time allows." The hooks are made from birch, beech or maple, start at $20 and go up to $50 for the big ones, and the shelf supports go for $60 a pair. Rings go for $20 each, while the spoons come in cherry or maple and run between $10 and $50.
Live Wire Farm
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