Looking back at 2016

As we finished 2016 we realized we should take stock of what we did and how we need to prepare for 2017. We knew we had been busy as we had to work hard to keep up with our normal demand and the addition of 5 new stores, 4 in Colorado and 1 out of state store in Minnesota. Busy enough with the new stores that we didn’t do the normal round of fall shows for the holiday season.

So what exactly does busy look like?

  • We made 1150 cutting boards
    • 52 of those boards for USA Triathlon
    • We introduced 2 new boards ( a bear and a fox)
  • We made 71 coasters
  • We introduced and made 164 board butters
  • We created 10 clipboards for Hop Doddy
  • We placed product in 8 stores throughout the year
    • 5 of those were the new stores
  • We participated in 8 craft or fine art shows
    • We sold an average of 65 boards at each show
    • We backed out of 1 show because we had sold so much leading up to it we didn’t have the product to go

Looking back it is hard to believe it was only 8 shows. It felt like so much more. Guess that was the addition of 5 stores as we made 303 boards for them. Really we didn’t shoot for a Denver area code when we made them, it’s just a funny coincidence!


Collected dust in the workshop

Chips of wood fly in the workshop

There is always dust in the shop. Its just a fact of having a workshop, the cutting and sanding leaves it everywhere (including the outside of our garage door). Yet the collection of it always creates these glorious bags of layers in color.

Wood chips flying
Chips will fly in the shop

Before WoodRiver Woodcrafts had a dust collector it would pile in a corner. We once had a beautiful pile that looked like marble. Yet I digress…


We have a drill press for the boards that need a hole for a tail, an eye added in, creation of easter egg boards (they weren’t a big hit) and the like. I am rarely in the shop, but I have been out there more this year to capture Josh in action and the process of a board being put together. One such moment is the reason for this post.

Josh was working on creating a glue tray for the shop. It allows the boards to be off the table and out of the glue while working on them. While he was drilling the holes in a board to be cut in half for the PVC pipe to sit in, I shot photos. Close ups at that.

Our oldest was holding the hose for the dust collector to get the debris of chips from the drilling out of the way and I caught the shot of the chips in the air as the bounced from the vibration of the drill and the suction from the hose. Its a beautiful shot so I couldn’t resist sharing. We have lots of beautiful boards, this is my addition to the WoodRiver Woodcrafts collection of beauty.