Asheville Custom Woodworking

Custom Woodworking Asheville NC - Phil Pratt of SilverHawk Sawdust.jpgWikipedia describes an artisan as a skilled craftsman who creates functional or decorative items by hand, such as furniture, household items, and decorative arts. We have found a skilled woodworking artisan in Weaverville – Phil Pratt of Silverhawk Woodworking.

 

Silverhawk Sawdust is a home-based studio in Weaverville, specializing in unique, custom-designed creations ranging from decorative bowls and kitchen items to built-in shelving, cabinetry, stair bannisters, pens, and even large point-of-purchase displays for retail stores. If your imagination can conceive it, chances are good Phil can create it for you.

 

Phil has been into woodworking nearly 50 years, since inheriting some power tools from an uncle. “Back in 1974, when my wife and I married and had little money, I built a set of unique shelves using wormy cedar,” he said. “My love of woodworking has grown from there.”

 

Asheville Custom Woodworker.jpgPhil’s love for woodworking evolved from hobby to business about ten years ago, when he purchased a high-end table saw. “One might say it was a cabinet-maker’s saw compared to a contractor’s table saw. This meant I could measure the tolerances down to 1/100” versus 1/16”, which makes a huge difference when mitering a corner,” Phil said.

 

Using the upgraded saw, Phil began making high quality furniture, but still not selling it. “A few years later, my wife gave me my first lathe and I began turning bowls, pens, candle sticks, salt & pepper mills, etc.,” Phil said. “People started wanting to buy them and I was on my way. I started getting orders from corporations for 25 and 50 pens at a time using the exotic woods I purchased locally at Cormark International and Klingspor Woodworking Shop.”

 

Custom Wood Bracelets Asheville.jpgSoon customers began asking for more. “I started making larger things like benches, cabinets and special fixtures for retail stores. The Asheville Visitor Center has become almost a showroom for some of my point-of-purchase displays and pedestals,” Phil said.

 

Silverhawk Sawdust really stands out for its ability to combine functionality with creativity. “A set of shelves can also function as a banister while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” Phil said. “Or a decorative Volcano Dish© can serve as a candy or nuts servicing plate. My small, lidded boxes are not only beautiful pieces of wood but can function as a salt cellar or jewelry box.”

 

Often the character of the wood itself dictates its unique aesthetic. “I often will use exotic woods (all legal in the United States) such as amboyna, sapele, thuya, bubinga, cocobolo, padauk, and olivewood,” Phil said. “The unique grains and colorings make for high eye appeal and most polish up to be extremely smooth. Next, if I’m turning something on a lathe, I will often allow the wood to tell me what form it wants to take. Sometimes I start turning with one design in mind but by exposing a knot or a check (crack), or maybe unique grain colors appear, I take a whole different approach to the finished item.”

 

AshevilleCVBCounterDisplay.jpgTalking about unique, no two of Phil’s in-store displays are alike. “A few years ago the manager from The Asheville Shop at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce said she wanted a point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) display to handle newspapers, maps, fudge, magazines, etc., and on the back, she needed an organizing system to hold paperwork. These are the projects I love because I must be both creative and functional, plus combine a little engineering for structure and safety.  Prior to cutting wood, I provide my client with mechanical drawings showing perspective views so they can better see what my mind is envisioning. Making changes on paper is a lot cheaper than once I start cutting the wood,” Phil said.

Phil’s love of wood totally shapes his “philosophy” of woodworking and wood art creation. “Wood is a fun medium that allows for creativity, strength and beauty,” he said. “Regardless of whether I’m making a P.O.P. display, unique candlesticks, a violin stand, or whatever, wood permits a craftsperson to be imaginative, to generate straight lines or curves, to mix with other mediums, to let the mind reach new artistic levels. This is possible because wood has its own strength, whether it’s a carved table leg or a thinly turned bowl that allows light to shine through the skin. And lastly, it has inherent beauty. I think every woodworker would agree that the most rewarding process is when stain and/or oil is applied to a finished creation and the grain coloring pops!  For me, it’s always a WOW moment.”

 

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Among all this creativity and variety, Phil has some favorite products. “My Volcano Dish© comes to mind, as the name is the result of imagination,” Phil said. “I had purchased a chunk of mallee wood, which is from the eucalyptus tree family grown in Australia. I had no idea of what it would become when I started carving it. The outer surface was gnarly, pointed, sharp – almost ugly – and the coloring was non-descript. Suddenly as I dug deeper into the wood, reds and whites and some browns became exposed to where it appeared like a volcano spewing red hot magna from the center and ultimately drying to an outer lava field that was gnarly, pointed, sharp, and almost ugly.

 

“A second favorite is the Stuffed Animal Cave at the Asheville Shop. Once I asked why several stuffed animals were on the floor under a table and I was told that kids love crawling under there to play while Mom and Dad are shopping. And this often leads to them getting to take one home. I said, ‘Why don’t you make that into a cave?’ and the manager allowed me to go with the idea. Now there’s a sign on it saying, No Adults Allowed!”

 

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There are more favorites. “I could go on and on talking about my Heathered Pens (made from the iconic shrub that grows in the British Isles), or my colorful bangle bracelets made from wood burls and colorful resins, or some unique wood bowls, or … or ... I think you get the idea,” Phil said.  

 

Phil’s enthusiasm spills over into large product creations. “I enjoy listening to clients explain a need, and I’ll take a few notes,” he said. “Within a day or so while my memory is fresh, I’ll submit a perspective drawing of what I envisioned them wanting. More times than not, I’m very close to their wishes and with some minor tweaks here or there, I’m given the go-ahead. Nowadays it may be a few months before I can start their project, but the drawings are there from which to work.

 

“As examples, one lady asked whether a glass tabletop could be replaced with a wood surface accepting expansion leaves. She was delighted with the result. She then asked for Tao-style shelves that would also function as a bannister protecting a stairwell.  To enhance the Asian influence, I turned a Pagoda to be a handhold before descending the stairs. Another person wanted a built-in cabinet using barn wood. Or the Grove Arcade needed a special rack card display that would be versatile to allow different size material to be inserted, which could change periodically.”

 

We would like to emphasize that although we see Phil as a true artisan in his field, he is far more humble. “One will note my title on my business card is Master Sawdust Creator,” he said. “Having lived in the Asheville area for 15 years, I recognize the phenomenal craftsmanship in the area, some by true master craftsmen. These are individuals who have worked all their lives in the trade, not just as a hobby. Having said that, while I don’t consider myself a master, my clients keep coming back for more of my work which suggests it’s of high quality and creativity. And I’m very good at making sawdust!”

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So if you’re looking for some high quality sawdust, along with beautiful and functional wood creations, check out Silverhawk Woodworking.

 

 

 

Watch the Sawdust Master at work:

 

On the web: https://silverhawksawdust.com

 

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Phone: (828) 450-0189

 

Monday, 22 April 2019 13:22

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 14:02

Get the point with Acupuncture

Are you familiar with acupuncture? If you've ever wanted to try it, or if you'd like to try a different practitioner, try Ramsey Higgins at Acupuncture Integrative Medicine Clinic. Ramsey has the skill and knowledge to help keep you in optimal health. Call her at 828-773-2435 to make an appointment. Conveniently located on Tunnel Rd.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 09:49

Functional Medicine treats the whole you

Dr. Erin Stefanacci, owner of Carolina Holistic Health, will help you by addressing the roots of your health. Using more thorough tests than most physicians, she discovers "what ails ya". Best of all, many of the tests are covered by your insurance! Call Dr Stefanacci at 828-575-0830. Conveniently located in Biltmore Village

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 18:49

Say thank you the healthy way

 

You could say thank you with candy or a card, but why not go all out and give them something they will remember for much longer than a candy bar. Edible Arrangements in Asheville has so many ways to say Thanks!

 

Edible Arrangements first opened in Asheville in November 2005. Ever since, They’ve been helping people in the area celebrate all kinds of occasions – big and small. Their fruit arrangements and gifts are always freshly-crafted using fruit that's grown and picked to their Fruit Expert standards. And, they have the best variety of gourmet chocolate Dipped Fruit, too! (Visit them any time for a FREE sample!)

 

Did you know they also have fresh fruit treats you can enjoy on the go? Stop by today to grab a fresh fruit smoothie, Edible Donut, chocolate Dipped Fruit Cone, or any one of their other delicious fresh fruit snacks! They’re perfect for picnics, lunch break snacks, and even as an afternoon pick-me-up!

 

If you need a birthday gift, wedding favors, a holiday centerpiece, or even a little something just because, give us them call at 828-252-1550. 

 

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 00:07

Natural Pain Relief with Organic CBD Hemp Oil

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Are you looking for natural relief from pain? New Sun Products of Hendersonville, NC, a trusted local source of quality health products, natural supplements, vitamins and essential oils, now offers CBD oil and CBD capsules that are some of the “cleanest” on the market. Like all products at New Sun, they’re made from only the purest natural ingredients. Everyone is a good candidate for CBD oil, due to its immune system enhancing effects. Owner Cecelia (Ceil) Salvadori uses New Sun’s CBD oil regularly with positive results. “I love and use our CBD Classic oil daily,” Ceil says. “I find that I am able to stay more focused, have better energy and sleep, and the pain in my hip is gone!”
 
There are many reported health benefits of CBD. “In addition to aiding with the body’s immune system, research indicates it may be beneficial for arthritis, diabetes, addictions, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy and other neurological disorders,” Ceil says. New Sun customers come in looking for relief from pain, inflammation, and depression. “Some of them have switched from other CBD products,” Ceil says. “They say they are getting better results with ours, can use less, and our prices are reasonable. They’re reporting less pain, lower blood pressure, better sleep, better bowel function, and less brain fog – to name a few.”
 
Organic CBD Hemp Oil Asheville Hendersonville NCEverywhere you look, businesses from health food stores to vape shops and even juice bars are selling some form of CBD. However, not all CBD is created equal. “Our CBD products are made with 100% Organic US grown hemp. We do not add coloring, flavorings, or cut with other oils,” Ceil says. “It is pure CBD oil, plain and simple. CBD is the big buzz in the natural health world, so do your research. Avoid products that contain additives, and know the source of the oil. Only put into your body products that are as close to nature as possible. We have enough exposure to chemicals in our everyday life, so why contribute more by taking products that aren’t truly natural as God made them?”
 
CBD Hemp OilNew Sun currently offers CBD oils in two concentrations and CBD capsules. “Our product line will soon be expanding to include topicals for pain relief, oral sprays to help with a number of health issues, products for our four-legged friends, and a personal skin care line,” Ceil says. “New Sun has been in business since 1987 offering customers on a national basis; products that are free of additives, fillers binders, anything artificial, organic when possible, as they are in nature.”
 
So is CBD all it’s reported to be for chronic pain, depression, and other health issues? Drop into New Sun and find out what it can do for you. “We’re dedicated to your health and well-being,” Ceil says. “We are here to help you achieve optimal health. Whether you’re looking for CBD oil, or the best in vitamin and nutritional supplements, our mission is to help you find a better way of life through natural means.”
 
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Monday, 01 April 2019 10:20

New month, new special!

Edible Arrangements in Asheville is the place to get beautiful and tasty gifts for any occasion.

 

Be sure to check their special, Petible Arrangements! Snif around their April 1st collection before it's gone!

 

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the person who has “everything?” We all have friends who don’t want any more “stuff” to clutter up their homes, even if our gifts are thoughtful and given with loving intentions. The perfect solution is a gift from Edible Arrangements. It’s healthy, delicious, and after it’s eaten, it disappears without a trace!

 

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Edible Arrangements owners Diana King and Susan Rossignol strive to connect with every customer to make their occasions special. “We know we are an extension of the message a loved one is trying to deliver,” Diana says, “whether it be a birthday, anniversary or just someone wanting to say thank you. We take it seriously and are so grateful we were chosen to be part of their message. Especially if they need to send a get well bouquet to someone in the hospital, or a sympathy bouquet to a family, we will make it special.”

Edible Arrangements has served the Asheville area since 2005, creating unique gifts for many occasions. “Our number one occasion is birthdays, and we have hundreds of different types of arrangements all made with fresh fruit, “Diana says. “Our focal point is our pineapples that we use to create shapes to define the arrangement.  We surround this with fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries topped with red seedless grapes. Some of the arrangements we make can be with just pineapples and strawberries and others will include oranges and dipped apple shaped like a donut.”

 

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Other special occasions are holidays, especially Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day, and Christmas. “Each holiday we focus our energy on creating special baskets themed to the holiday or events like basketball designs, chocolate Easter bunny pineapples, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day or snowmen and reindeer during Christmas,” Diana explains. “In the summer, gift creations include fruits like kiwi, watermelon, mangos, and blueberries.”

 

 

 

Edible Arrangements Asheville - Yummy Smoothies

In addition to amazing edible gift creations, you can also get great fresh fruit smoothies at Edible Arrangements.  “This is something a lot of people do not realize we do, and we are working to distinguish ourselves from other smoothie places that use syrupy products,” Diana says. “We have a grab and go section to our store that allows a customer to see our gourmet dipped fruit options and create their own quick pickup boxes of singles, half dozen or even a full dozen of dipped, apples, bananas, strawberries and pineapples.“

 

Diana says her favorite treats at Edible Arrangements are the smiles she gets from happy customers. “My personal favorite is chocolate dipped apples. We dip Granny Smith apples in chocolate for a delightful tart and sweet combination. A lot of my team will tell you that their favorite is the double dipped bananas that are first dipped in semisweet chocolate and then in white chocolate,” she says.

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What makes an Edible Arrangements creation a really great gift? Here’s Diana’s explanation. “We are a fresh take on an old custom of giving flowers,” she says. “We’re a healthy alternative to just chocolate, and we make everything to order every day, so you are guaranteed the freshest fruits that have been cut and put into amazing designs by our well trained fruit experts.  It’s this attention to detail and dedication to quality that makes someone’s day a little sweeter when they receive one of our designs.”

 

Diana says she feels great satisfaction in making people happy with Edible Arrangements. “We never knew how big this would get once we gained name recognition. It’s such a great feeling when we are asked what we do, and are met with OH MY GOSH, I love you guys or I received one of your arrangements and it was so amazing!”

 

Most of all Diana says she feels part of the bigger picture through her involvement with her business. “I love making a contribution to our community from creating jobs that people can take pride in the many nonprofits we have helped over the years, and to the smiles on the little kids’ faces when they open the door and see us standing there with a delivery.  I take pride in mentoring young people who have been part of our team and remain close to lots of team members who have moved on,” Diana says. “I consider it a privilege to assist people by sharing the wealth of knowledge I have gained not just from this business but the corporate world I came from.”

 

 

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Edible Arrangements

 

Address:

5 Regent Park Blvd, Suite 101

Asheville, NC 28806

 

Phone:

828-252-1550

 

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