Last year while living on Whidbey Island, our friends – and husband and wife team – Janae and Kelly Cameron at Turnco Wood Goods offered to make us a cutting board for the Airstream sink to replace the round, white plastic one that was stained and warped. I was familiar with all the other awesome wood products they made, so obviously this was a no-brainer.
Our little maple, walnut and cherry Airstream Sink Cutting Board.
Soon, our friends Laura and Kevin at Riveted asked about getting an Airstream Sink Cutting Board made in walnut for their Airstream. Easy enough — they have the same model so we knew the sink would be the same size, Kelly just needed to swap out the cuts of wood to customize.
The walnut Riveted board.
Then people who saw the Airstream, or our post about it, emailed asking if they could order one too, and from there, we started taking orders through our website for Kelly and Janae. Each board is made to order from local wood, and can be customized according to what you’d like.
Then our friend Grisel asked if Turnco could make a cutout for her Airstream Sink Cutting Board and this was born —
During the year, they started to find their way into Airstreams of all sized and shapes.
Carolyn’s cutting board– often seen at Highland Haven.
Dennis and Sandy’s 2015 International.
Jeffrey’s board in his 2007 28′ International.
And our first non-Airstream board! Chris’s Winnebago View!
The boards can now be seen in Airstreams from Seattle to Chicago to Kingston, New Hampshire and many places in between (CA, WI, SC, FL, TX, UT, VA, TN, NY, DE, IN and PA so far). If you’re interested in ordering one, you can find out more information here.
Lucy is starting to lose her night vision — she’s fine during the day, but at night she goes for her water and misses the bowl, or if we’re walking, she trips on the curb. We’re afraid she’s going to hurt herself when she jumps off the Airstream couch (which she sneaks onto at night) so Deke found these awesome LED sensor night lights that are just perfect for her: the Maxxima MLN-10 LED Night Light.
They automatically turn on when light in the area gets low, so we’ve put one under the table for Lucy and, selfishly, we put one in the bathroom so I don’t kill myself if I need to get up in the middle of the night. I guess I might be a little night-vision-challenged as well…..
It’s really hard to take a photo of a night light!
The bulb part of the light moves 360 degrees so you can aim it where you want — huge bonus as well. For $12.99 for a pack of 4, this has been a great investment so far!
We’ve been fortunate here on Whidbey to meet a lot of cool and interesting people who moved here for more or less the same reasons we did: a more laid back place to raise a family and run a business — and over all, just to live a more simply. Enter Janae and Kelly who just happen to be awesome woodworkers as well! Do yourself a favor and visit their site, Turnco Wood Goods, or check out Food52.com or Beam and Anchor to buy.
Cutting Board with bark edges – super cool!
Wanting to live and work in their own space on their own property, Janae and Kelly moved to Whidbey Island from Vancouver, British Columbia, bringing with them a love of mid-century design and the skill to make super high quality items.
Turnco Woodgoods Jar and Salt Cellar
As you all know, living in a small space requires being clever with your home items — multi-use tools and smaller sizes of essentials like cutting boards are a joy — when you can find them. But we haven’t found a lot that are also really high quality. And it’s just a bonus that they’re made by people down the road from wood they procured from the neighborhood. You should really give them a shout if you’re on the island and see about stopping by the studio. (Above: These jars have suctioning tops, so you can put them in the cupboard when you’re on the road and things won’t fall out.)
The World’s First “Sized for Airstreamers” 13 inch wood Rolling Pin!
The item I love the most (so far) is my rolling pin made from local Madrona wood. It fits perfectly in the silverware drawer and is a dream to work with. We’re so impressed with the work of Kelly and Janae that we’re not stopping here — we’re talking to them about making us a wooden table for the dinette. I think it’s going to be beautiful!
I don’t really know how to write this post, I’ve been struggling. But in the end, the Highland Deck Chair from Blue Ridge Chairworks isn’t for me, but it might be for you depending on what you’re looking for!
Let’s start at the beginning…
We’ve been searching for the perfect camping chairs for years and saw this chair on www.remodelista.com in an article about folding camp-style chairs. We checked out the website and really liked the options available. We wanted something that was well-made, would last a long time, and was easy to fold and store. Since the company is in Asheville, NC and their products are American made — that was also a bonus (however, the fabric used has a Made in Vietnam tag — slight bummer). After reading some reviews and watching a few videos, we were excited to order two of the Highland Deck Chairs.
- The quality of wood is obviously top-notch – well sanded, sturdy and attractive.
- The chairs are sturdy and the joints and moving parts are well made.
- They’ve been sitting in the damp for months and besides being a little tough to open, seem to be fine. There IS a bit of mold on the surface, but it wipes off with a brush.
- They’re expensive. $161 (although the price seems to be dropping online recently).
- They’re not easy to unfold. They don’t work like your typical folding chair — you really need two hands and a leg to get them unfolded.
- For me, they’re almost too big. The wooden bar at the end of the seat hits just at the wrong place on my legs, so it’s pretty uncomfortable to sit in.
Making new curtains for an Airstream is both easy and hard. Overall, sewing curtains is pretty easy (compared to, say, upholstery), but dealing with blackout fabric and those little curtain elastic tabs can be challenging. I’ve seen quotes from $400 to $1000 for Airstream curtains, and in the end, I hope everyone is happy with their choice, but personally, I don’t need $1000 curtains. And most likely, you don’t either.
I’ve made 3 sets of curtains in 2 years for us, and was a little hesitant when Aluminarium asked me to make a set (living room and bedroom) for them. I can live with mistakes I might make, but could they? I mean, I’m by no means a professional.
After a few months (or several, really) I delivered the curtains this weekend, and I have to say, I was pretty happy with the outcome. Are there mistakes? Yes. Some of the hems don’t square up perfectly on the reverse. Do they line up perfectly? Not always, but they’re the best I’ve done so far.
I’m not sure I want to make curtains for other people. Everyone has different standards and expectations and I don’t think I can live up to most of them, but we’ll see. I’m thinking about it.
I made these for Leigh and Brian because I know their taste, I spent time with them and we talked a lot along the way about they wanted the curtains to look, and I think that was an important part of how it all played out. Leigh spent a lot of time looking at fabric and really focused on what would change the whole look of their Airstream, and I think she picked out the perfect pattern.
See this look on my face? Its relief they worked out.
All photos except the first one by Leigh. You can see the finished result here: http://www.aluminarium.com/blog/custom-airstream-curtains/