Women & Wood

Monday, May 11, 2015

I have to confess that I could spend a good chunk of my time perusing pictures of anything handmade out of wood. I love the various colors and the way the grains can contrast, not to mention the textures that can be created. My weakness is especially strong for spoons and serving boards. This love led me to find and follow Nicole of vestige on Instagram. Nicole is a maker of small batch homewares that integrate sewing, painting and woodworking. When I first saw her Instagram feed, I immediately began swooning over her serving boards.

A few months after following her, I reached out and asked if she could help me with a project. I wanted to get my mom a handmade wooden tray for Mother’s Day. I had an idea of color and design and felt Nicole could create something really beautiful. Initially, we emailed back and forth a few times to come up with the exact design plan. A few weeks later, we met a wood shop in Omaha to check out some walnut pieces that were contenders for the project. We both had a good laugh at the shop as we caught each other ogling and touching all the unique pieces of wood on display. That afternoon, Nicole loaded up her car with the supplies she needed. Since I couldn't make it to her workshop in Norfolk, Nebraska, I asked her to take some photos of the process of making the tray. Here are the photos she shared. You can also learn a little bit more about Nicole in the Q&A section following the photos.


Photo by Nicole Cole

Photo by Nicole Cole 

Photo by Nicole Cole 

Photo by Nicole Cole 

Photo by Nicole Cole

Photo by Nicole Cole

Photo by Nicole Cole

Photo by Nicole Cole

Photo by Nicole Cole

             

You've enjoyed working with your hands from a young age. What was the very first thing you remember making? The first thing I remember making was a cross-stitch sampler.  I was so excited to work on it that I didn't wait for my mom to show me how to do it, I just dived in and it ended up being a tangle of knots. I did get better though!


You enjoy new challenges, what's the next thing you want to try or learn to do? Currently, I am working on practicing my skills in spoon carving, I hope to work into some other creative wood carving projects.  Also, I am really excited to set up my lathe when I get back home and try my hand at wood turning.  I have taken a couple classes already and I love it.


What are your goals for vestige? My goals for vestige include continuing to build my business both locally and online by bringing thoughtfully crafted goods into people's homes.  I really hope that the things I make can be cherished by people for years to come.  I would also love to do some collaborations with other artists.

Where are your products sold? Online at vestige, The Pilgrimer in Lincoln, Nebraska and various shows including the upcoming Bench: MADE event this Saturday, May 16th.

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