Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. This article appears in the February/March 2017 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Catherine-A Lalonde Knitting

Catherine-A. Lalonde knitting

Courtesy of Atelier 4920

1960s design and midcentury craftsmanship inspire Brooklyn company Candylab Toys heirloom play cars. Made of solid beechwood, these throwback racers, cabs, and trucks – which include cute details such as the Woodie model’s magnetically attached surfboard – can withstand even the most rambunctious play by actual as well as inner children.

Although good things come in small packages, better things may come in ginormous bundles. Founded by Catherine-A. Lalonde, Montreal studio Atelier 4920 embraces the physical feat of knitting with oversized wool and supports those ready to take on the challenge. Handmade scarves, blankets, and hats are available for purchase, along with patterns, chunky yarn, and 14-, 32-, and even 48-inch birchwood needles.

Using locally sourced lumber that’s sustainably harvested in the Midwest, Rosie Kovacs and Hayes Shanesy of Brush Factory celebrate traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design in their furniture and limited-edition reference posters demonstrating sawing and joinery techniques. The Cincinnati duo specializes in custom designs, but their classic end tables and hip Wooden Bottle Rocks can be purchased online.

Secret Wood, of Vancouver, British Columbia, conjures handmade scenes of wood, resin, and other surprising materials to wear on your ring finger. Choose from a dark, mysterious forest, a real flower blanketed in glow-in-the-dark snow, a windswept wilderness – or something from another world all together.

In central Utah, Light & Ink artist Lisa Lewis preserves the stories within tree rings by inking and printing salvaged stumps. The idea came to her as a way to record memories of the cherished tree she climbed as a child. Images are available as giclée prints and original artworks.