Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:51 PM
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Several readers have asked about the wooden cup pictured in My Seasonal Homebrew post. It's a beautifully hand crafted wooden mug from the Madera Cup Company. The artisan, Brian Warner, sells his wares at both the Northern California Renaissance Faire and the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire. They aren't cheap by any means, but they are beautiful works of art that are guaranteed for life. I currently own three of Brian's mugs and drink out of them just about 365 days a year. From left to right I paid $180, $130, and $85. The one on the left is Leopard Wood and he only made six of them. It's my favorite!. Perfectly balanced and light weight, form meets function in these cups. They just FEEL right in my hand.
Brian's former partner Joseph Victor of Goodly Woods sells his wares at the Renaissance Faires in Arizona, Colorado, and Maryland. He also sells them on his website as well.
Finally my good friend Valerie's husband Tony is the artisan and owner of As Wood As It Gets. This extraordinarily talented wood worker makes a wide variety of beautiful and functional items for your home and/or office. He sells his wares online as well as at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair (going on now in San Francisco) and several other events here in the SF Bay Area , I suggest you browse his products for some incredibly unique gift ideas!
Handcrafted wooden mugs and other beautiful wood products make excellent holiday gifts. By purchasing from these artisans you are helping to preserve a beautiful art form as well as support small independent and local business entrepreneurs. Let Santa know you've been very very VERY good, send him a link to this post, and maybe you'll be sipping your holiday cocoa in one of these beautiful works of art!
DISCLAIMER: This is a completely unsolicited post. I have no financial or other incentive to promote these products or artisans. I just love hand crafted items and I support independent artisans. I have been asked by several readers about the mug pictured in my previous post so I decided to share.
GEEK TRIVIA (Completely Off Topic) - I met Valerie YEARS ago on Elendor. This MUSH (Multi-User Shared Hallucination) is the oldest role-playing game based on the works of J.R.R Tolkien on the Internet and has been continuously up and running since 1991. Back in the day, this text-based game was hands down THE place to be if you were a LOTR fan. I played this game and met Valerie and numerous other friends long before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. And now Valerie and I "play" together at the Northern California Renaissance Faire. How cool is that?