This was by far one of the most time consuming and challenging projects I have done to date. This 1952 Bentley Sedan was being completely restored and I was asked to refinish all the wooden interior. The finish was extremely hard to remove because of the amount of old finish that was on them. I wasn’t able to sand any of the old finish because of the walnut burl which is on most of the front and rear side panels. These pieces of burl are at the most .020″ thick. That’s about as thick as a business card to put it into perspective so it would be very easy to sand through. After much patience and lots of repeated steps of stripping the old finish I was able to stain and finish the wood. This is the end result which I am very pleased with as was the customer! Enjoy!

Recently my good friend Kelly was looking for a new bed frame and expressed some interest in having me make one for her. She gave me a lot of freedom with the project with the exception of using pallets for the main part of the frame. I have been wanting to experiment with using pallets and this seemed like a great opportunity to do so! Besides using pallets I had some spare cherry flooring lying around and incorporated that into the headboard. It turned out great and she loved it!

Here are some pictures of the finished product.

Made from reclaimed cherry flooring.

Made from reclaimed cherry flooring.

Cherry flooring headboard.

Cherry flooring headboard.

Cherry flooring headboard and pallet bed frame.

Cherry flooring headboard and pallet bed frame.

Cherry flooring headboard.

Cherry flooring headboard.

Headboard and Bed Frame

Last Friday I spent the morning at my buddy Michael Greenfield‘s shop in Montreal. It was great to see him and catch up. Check out his guitars here:


baasearsCouple of photos from my mom’s birthday dinner last night! The pictures are a little dark, but you get the gist. The earrings are gifted Brazilian rosewood with mother of pearl inlays. Tall tree, small tree.



Commissioned this spring, this 24″  x 24″ x 8″ cedar box was built to house one of Cortney Heimerl‘s beautiful handmade quilts. The inlay work on the top includes ebony, yellowheart, and holly.

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In April I helped out with Escuela Verde‘s ‘Free Little Libraries’ project. Escuela Verde is a public charter school in Milwaukee that is “designed to support students interested in sustainability, student-led learning, and restorative justice.” Pretty awesome, right?

Students assembled, painted, and installed six free libraries. These bird-house-shaped libraries were scattered throughout the surrounding neighborhood for communal use. I had a lot of fun working with the students. Thanks Bethany for asking me to be a part of this cool project! Bethany, who is a friend and an advisor at Escuela Verde also gets all of the photo credits.


Last weekend we sponsored Riverwest Fest, a two-day multi-venue DIY music festival in Milwaukee. The annual festival showcases local and regional music and celebrates our neighborhood and its local businesses. Some friends came up from Chicago (Scoundrel, Harps of Tartarus), some from Minneapolis (Animal Lover), and Brian Rogers even flew in from California. Check out these bands if you have a minute.

Anyway, it was an awesome weekend. The after party is tonight at Quarter’s on Center Street. The Jam of the Day Crew, which includes Dave Arnevik, is spinning records. Dave is the man. He not only plays great records, but he also designs the Riverwest Fest posters and  Baas Instruments promo materials.

That said, through February 1st, we are running a 2-for-1 guitar set-up special. $50 plus strings for 2 guitar set-ups. Get at us. Happy Holidays!



sign painted by the lovely and talented Vanessa Andrew. Check out her blog here:


Hover Craft was incredible. Thanks to all friends, family and strangers that came out and said what’s up. We met a lot of awesome vendors and shoppers. A special thanks to Sean Heiser for making a killer sign the morning of and to Sweet Water Organics and the organizers of Hover Craft for bringing it all together!!


More exciting haps:

– Updated our Bookcases and Earrings pages with photos of new goods. Check ’em out. Let us know what you think!

– Setting up at etsy page! Loading pics as we speak…or type, rather

– Since we sold out of Wisconsin cutting boards this weekend, we are making many more this week. E-mail us at to place orders

– Sponsoring a local music fest, Riverwest Fest December 21st & 22nd. Dets coming soon

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s article, Hover Craft fair revolves around Wisconsin,

Crafts orbit the Badger State

There’s a quality that sets Hover Craft apart when it comes to holiday season craft fairs: Its absolute commitment to Milwaukee.

Hover Craft is dedicated to mining the treasurers that exist right here in a deep way. More than that, the organizers, Alyssa Schulte, Cortney Heimerl, Ashley Chapman and Vanessa Andrew, actively cajole creative people in to creating things for the fair.

How about cutting boards in the shape of Wisconsin made by a trained luthier (guitar maker)? How about a winter Hover Craft hat in Packers green and gold commissioned by Wisconsin Knitwear? Or what about the painted plates of Tina Shinabeck, the collections manager at the Milwaukee Art Museum?

The fair promises affordable, handmade gifts and a great alternative to the mall. Hover Craft happens from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sweet Water Organics, 2151 S Robinson Ave. Admission is $2.

– Mary Louise Schumacher


Just finished a new bookcase for my friend Naomi. Some of the bookcases I’ll have at Hover Craft will be about this size. The headboard is Ash, the top two shelves are Douglas Fir, bottom shelf is Pine and the support beams are Cedar. Good for records, books and all your knick-knacks