A couple of months ago I tried my darnedest to figure out how to warp my aunt's old Better Homes and Gardens loom from the 1950s. After three solid weekends of unsuccessful and frustrated attempts, Michael took pity on me and bought me a 24" rigid heddle loom! Last weekend I finished it and sent it off to {verdigreen} a vintage and home goods store just a couple of blocks away from me. I met the amazingly kind owner Azedeh a couple of weekends ago and am so excited to announce {verdigreen} will be carrying a few ORO Handmade items in store! These will include my hanging woven wall pieces as well as journals. All materials used for the weaving are completely local including the yarn from neighboring Modern Yarn

Adrift,  2014 // $250

Adrift, 2014 // $250


Borne out of my love of geometrical forms, the formation of rocks and minerals, and working with wood, I began making wooden quartz crystal-like carved necklace pendants many months ago. Spurred on and encouraged by friends, I decided to go all in and open up shop on Etsy to sell them. 

Each set is hand faceted, hand made, and part of a limited edition series of a particular type of natural wood. I began with Tiger wood, a warm toned wood with larger stripes of dark brown and lighter amber brown and then just recently finished a set of Bocote wood pendants, a cooler yellow-ish brown wood with many small black stripes in the grain. No stain or paint is used, just a delicious smelling natural beeswax called Wood Butter made by Autumn and Hive to finish the wood and bring out the natural grain. 

For setting up shop on Etsy, I shot both types of wood at my favorite place out east--Thomas Edison's old greenhouse at the Edison National Historic Park (which is comprised of his laboratories, library, office, warehouse, greenhouse, and personal estate). 

You can view and purchase at www.etsy.com/shop/orohandmade