Thursday, September 29, 2011

JV Wood Knot Puzzle (ltd. edition)

maple wood 16''x16''x16'' [shown unfinished]
2 out of 3 remain
contact us for more information

Monday, September 26, 2011


Friday, September 23, 2011


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why propolis.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Creative Soul

Expression of the creative soul ...
Views into intimate moments of a persons life.
Thumbtacks & magazine clippings, a cup, the stove ...
these are the moments that poetically describe the inherent
depth that exists within the relationship someone has with
their environment.

What does the routine of our lives say about us?
How do we facilitate it & what does it look like?

Design in this context has greater significance than
simple questions of style or taste. Inspirational places
have an interconnectedness, a depth of character that goes
beyond their surface value. Homes become a very close,
personal result of this experience ... whether we allow people to
look in or not, they tell a whole, unique story about who we are &
what is important to us.

Below are the rest of the photographs we took when visiting the
property of the late Raoul Hague whose house & workshop inspired this post.

Friday, September 16, 2011

BCM&T Co. Website

Welcome to Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co's Website

We worked with our good friend Steven Wilverding to create
our site. Steven's background is in print, however he ended up
having to change careers (not by choice) & is now in web design.
We absolutely wanted to support Steven in his new career and are
happy to be working with him.

Our turnings catalogue & ltd. edition pages will be up in the very
near future. [We are all very picky & want these to be completely perfect!]

We appreciate your support & patience & hope you like the site. We opted
for simplicity...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Raoul Hague

we were very lucky to have the opportunity
to visit the property of raoul hague , an artist/sculptor
who settled in woodstock, ny. very interesting & inspiring.
we will do a proper post in a few days...

[photo of a poem by robert frost hanging at the property]

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Scout - Episode 4 - The Craftsmanship Series

Josh Vogel from The Scout on Vimeo.

We feel so lucky to have met the amazing, talented, and fun people at
The Scout - Tom Ran , Brennan Stasiewicz , Ed David , Mindy Best & Adam Uhl .
It has been really exciting to have been part of the process behind the shoot, and
quite a humbling experience to be the subject. The video captures very essential parts
of the work we do in a completely unique, and accessible way.
Our many, many thanks go to The Scout for this wonderful gift of perspective.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Buried deep within...

josh discovered a metal hook in a chunk of maple
that he was turning last week. it may be there to have held some
old electrical wire at one point it time.

you never know what lies beneath the bark of a tree...unless
of course, you are a wood tuner :-)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Anthology Magazine - Issue 4 Feature

We are very happy to be featured in Anthology Magazine - Issue 4 "The Great Outdoors"
"We spend some time in the Hudson Valley with the couple behind
Blackcreek Mercantile in Going with the Grain"

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree...

We recently wrapped up a project with the Cook Alumni Association, part of
Rutgers University, in which we began the process of dividing up & cataloguing
the very last of the Rutgers Kilmer Oak tree.

The Rutgers Kilmer Oak was an enormous white oak tree that was made famous
by the poem "Trees" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer. (click for more on Kilmer) For years,
the lumber had been lovingly saved.

The finished pieces will be used to promote undergraduate scholarships at Rutgers.

We are very happy to be able to post about our involvement in the long and notable
history of such a famous tree, and we are excited to have had the opportunity to help the
Cook Alumni Association develop their scholarship program.
Education is a commitment that we all must make, not only to ourselves, but to our future.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Website update

getting there...

Monday, September 5, 2011


feeling well-balanced...


joshua vogel c. 2011


joshua vogel c. 2000
photo by james rexroad

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sm. double handle board

*new board size - sm. double handle 6-7'' w x 30-32'' l
[show in the rough]

we have heard our double handle boards are great for serving trout...
click here for pricing & more info
only 4 left in our sugar maple board batch!