Frequently Asked Questions

How do you salvage wood for your pieces?
We scour the forest of Appalachia for fallen trees. No tree is ever hurt or cut down for our purposes. Because our community in North Carolina is close-knit and thoughtful, friends and sometimes local arborists give us a ring when a tree falls from natural causes (storm, strong winds etc). Some trees are truly too beautiful to be used as firewood or ground up as mulch. So we bring our axes and saws and save what we can.

How do I stay informed with shop updates?
Please subscribe to our shop updates by entering your email at the bottom left corner of the homepage. We send infrequent mail and will not share your information.

How often do you update the shop?
The shop will be updated seasonally with one of a kind wares.

Where do you ship?
We ship worldwide. The prices on the website are in US dollars.

What is the finish on your products?
We use beeswax. It is food safe.

How do I care for wood?
Wash your bowl after each use with warm water and a sponge or cloth to remove food oils. Rinse, then towel dry. Avoid soaking your bowl and do not put in dishwasher. Please do not put in oven or microwave. When your bowl looks or feels dry, lightly oil it with mineral or walnut oil. You can also apply beeswax. Spread the oil over the entire surface and let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe and buff your bowl with a cotton cloth. Allow the oil to cure for 24-48 hours before reusing it.

In our opinion, the best bowls are the ones that have been handled for many years and gone through dryness and wetness many times over. A well-worn bowl is timeless.

Who are the craftsmen? How did you come to woodworking?
Our cadre is made up of several characters. Doc has written the seminal book on woodturning chucks, but his real expertise is telling jokes. He has a PhD in Physics and it is obvious if you visit his house (self-invented everything from air conditioning to computer desk). He grew up in east Tennessee and has been woodworking for 30 years.
Lynn is a recent transplant to North Carolina from a lifetime of living in megalopolises. She studied architecture at Wellesley College and worked for 8inc and Studio Shanghai, but only learned how to chop wood with a maul this year. Her new capacities bring her great joy and may never allow her to sit at a cubicle again.

What is so special about your products?
Each piece is made by hand, with one solid piece of wood. You can follow the grain and see the life of a tree in three dimensions. We cure the harvested wood for at least a year. We salvage all our wood, so no tree is hurt! We also make what makes us deeply happy, so no scalability and profitably charts over here.

What is the difference between American vs. European style rolling pins?
American-style rolling pins have hardwood cylinders and independently moving handles on both ends that give it a smooth rolling action. Think of a rolling pin on wheels. European-style rolling pins are one solid, connected piece of wood throughout. It allows the baker to have full control over the act of rolling.

Do you take special or custom orders?
Shoot us an email and we can usually work something out. Our special custom work in hospitality has taught us to be courteous and on time.
hello@grainandgatherings.com