Friday, May 24, 2013

Wood Brain at the Unique Spring Show 2013





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Our first ever Unique LA show was a huge success. We had such an amazing weekend.
Our booth was a collaboration between, Dawn Sinacori of Seadrift Soul, Meredith Harbuck of Meriebabie handbags and myself Lindsay Zuelich of Wood Brain. The three of us shared a 10'x20' booth space and used all the footage to our advantage. We had many creative meetings between the three of us, gathering our concepts and designs for our booth space. Meredith did a mock up of what the three of us envisioned for our space for the Spring 2013 show in Sketch-Up. (pictured below)

Concept sketch for our booth 
Sketch-up model by Meredith Harbuck


The Unique LA Spring show is held every year on Mother's Day weekend in the California Mart's penthouse suite on the 13th floor. It was our first time participating in a Unique show. We wanted to be a fully prepared for anything we would run into during our set-up at the California Mart. 

We were one of the first to arrive on set-up day Friday May 10th the day before the show. We made many trips using the freight elevator and learned some tips from the veterans that had done these shows many of times. After everything was off loaded we went to work on constructing our booth. We detoured a little from our original design model but in the end we were happy with our booth layout. check out the pictures below for a little recap of set-up and the show.

Friday morning our booth bare, before set-up

Dawn Sinacori doing a little paint touch up after the wall installation 

Our Amazing helpers for the weekend displaying our signs



Booth Space 152 in the Eco-Friendly section

Booth 152
Seadrift Soul, Meriebabie and Wood Brain




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(left to right)
Dawn Sinacori of Seadrift Soul, 
(myself) Lindsay Zuelich of Wood Brain,
Meredith Harbuck of Meriebabie handbags 


Now that all the fun is over for the Unique LA Spring show, its time for me to gear up for the Unique CAMP June 6-9. I'll be headed to a outdoors business conference for 4 days. I'll be sure to write a blog about all my adventure when I get back. In the mean time you can check out more about the Unique CAMP on this link.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wood Brain will be at Unique LA Spring show and CAMP Unique


Unique LA is the largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy to buy local and shop handmade. The products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA. 

Applications opened for the Spring 2013 show on Febuary 18th and closed on March 31. I applied for a (10'x20') shared booth along with two other amazingly talented people, Meredith Harbuck from meriebabie handbags and Dawn Sinacori from seadrift soul. The three of us currently have a 10'x30' booth down at Crafted in San Pedro. We've been looking forward to applying for Unique for quite some time now and applied for the show the day applications came out. We eagerly awaited April 1st when they sent out notifications of acceptances. Exciting news came in the form of an email that day, notified us that we had been accepted into the Spring 2013 Unique LA Show...


Dawn Sinacori .  Lindsay Zuelich .  Meredith Harbuck



The 2013 UNIQUE LA Schedule
The Spring Show will arrive at California Market Center May 11+12

Cost: $10 at the door, or buy online to reserve your free tote bag Kids 12 and under are free. 
At each show 10% of all ticket sales go to a partnering non-profit, we’re proud to be working with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) for the Spring Show.

 Admission includes:
• An exclusive UNIQUE LA tote bag, each one featuring a different artist’s work. Our last bag featured an illustration by Brian Rea who recently collaborated with Marni and illustrates the New York Times “Modern Love” column every week in the Sunday Styles section)! *for the first 5000 people through each day
• Unlimited re-entry for both days
• Our UNIQUE directory & mini-magazine!
• Free cocktails from our friends at Art in the Age, plus free drinks from IZZE, Honest Tea, GT’s Kombucha and more!
• Free DIY workshops + crafts from author Marisa Lynch all weekend long!
• Free photo booth portraits and a print at the Oh Snap Studios Photo Booth
• Our curated cafe featuring LA’s best restaurants and trucks, so you can enjoy lunch or dinner, snacks, coffee or a sweet treat







OUR MISSION IS TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS SUCCEED

Our formula is simple; gather a network of like-minded doers, place them in the environment of a summer camp and provide a curated curriculum that allows them to rediscover the youthful idea that “anything is possible.”





I was very excited to hear about Uniques newest project CAMP Unique, a new style of business retreat, geared towards creative small businesses. I was also stoked to find out that CAMP will be held in Big Bear at the YMCA's Camp Whittle, the same place I was a camp councilor for many years. 
I'm looking forward to attending CAMP  in June.


June 6 – 9, 2013.  All Camper’s board a private bus that departs from Los Angeles the morning of Thursday June 6, and return to Los Angeles in the afternoon, Sunday June 9th. 

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Driftwood wall vase hanger giveaway...

Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe: driftwood wall vase hanger giveaway...: Ever since I've known Miss Lindsay of Wood Brain , these driftwood wall hangers have been my most favorite thing she's made. I mean, look ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Rhino Project - by Wood Brain



I've love those Nation Geographic documentaries about far off places like Africa and recently I did my part to help save a Rhino in need. One day while at my shop at CRAFTED, a cute little lady approached me looking for the Wood Brain person that she had heard so much about.


She told me how her husband had brought this hand sculpted wood Rhino back from Italy and somehow one of its ears had broken off. She was really upset and was on a mission to bring her Rhino back to its original state. She asked me to take a look at it and see if there was anything I could do for him.  When I picked him up I was surprised at how heavy he was. I could tell right away that this little guy was special and was made of an exotic wood most likely ebony, it was deceiving in weight. There was great deal of care that went into the construction of this little guy.


From time to time I receive unique request for custom wood working projects, and this was definitely one of those projects. I quoted her a good price for the restoration of her Rhino's ears, which she happily agreed upon.

I had never saved a Rhino before, but I know that if I put my Wood Brain to it that I could help bring this little guy back to normal. I informed her that it would be best to make a set of two new ears for him and that the procedure would take me a few days, but would need about a week to recover before being returned back to her.

I transported the Rhino to the Wood Brain Workshop and after getting him settled in I went looking through my exotic wood collection to see what would work best for his new set of ears. I found a great piece of dark walnut that I knew would work as a good foundation for his new ears. I carefully removed his existing left ear and placed it on my surgical table which I used as a template for his new replacement ears.


I used my scroll saw to cut out the new set of ears and with great patience and attention to detail I sculpted the ears out of the walnut wood with my dremmel tool to form the new ears. I then used multiple grit types of sandpaper to achieve the smooth finish his ears needed. It then took me two more diligent days of staining the walnut wooden ears to match it's original ebony appearance. After that I attached his new set of ears and allowed him to recover for a few more days.

Once I knew he was strong enough to return, I called my cute new friend to inform her that her Rhino had made a great recovery and arranged for her to pick up her new and improved Rhino at my shop at CRAFTED. When she was reunited with her Rhino, the cute little lady was over joyed. She was so happy to see her Rhino back to his full glory.


Seeing this happy Wood Brain Customer reunited with her wood Rhino is what keeps my passion for wood working fueled.