New stuff

New stuff

Jul 19

 

 

Been working on new items for ye ol’ Ardoria store.

 

Here are a few new items we have in stock (for more info click here –> Ardoria):

 

Carpenter Bee Trap
Fleur-de-lis Carpenter Bee Trap

 

Victorian Wine Caddy
Victorian Wine Caddy

 

Victorian Wine Caddy
Victorian Wine Caddy

 

Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy
Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy

 

Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy
Grapes/ Vino Wine Caddy

 

More to come, stay tuned.

Brandon

 

 

 

Outdoor Deck Wine Accessory

Outdoor Deck Wine Accessory

Jul 06

 

 

Summer is finally here!!!

 

Here’s the perfect wine accessory for the great outdoors. Whether just relaxing or having fun entertaining, this is a great accessory for your deck.

 

 I make these and sell them through Ardoria Studios.

 

As you can see in the photos, these are designed to hold other beverages too.

 

They are solidly constructed of wood and aluminum. Everything is coated with outdoor rated finishes so they can withstand the elements.

 

These attach easily to a deck post or 2×4 railing with 2 screws (included).

 

Click here for more details and pricing: –> Deck Wine Holder

 

 

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Jul 04

 

 

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Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!!!

Dane and I went to to the fireworks store yesterday and are ready for tonight. Missy is making BBQ pulled pork. It’s going to be a great day today.

Thank you to everyone who has served or are currently serving in our military.

 

—– Brandon

For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

For Sale – Antique Chamois – $125

Jun 01

I have an antique Chamois I recently restored up for sale over on Ardoria.

These pieces are very hard to find in good condition.

I bought this one on Ebay. It had a couple condition issues and I restored it with the plan of keeping it; but we already have a couple similar to this one in our collection.

So here’s a chance to own a fully restored great piece.

Click on the pictures below to view the larger images:

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Click here to see more pictures and/ or purchase this piece –> Antique Chamois

Thank you for looking,

 

 

—– Brandon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

May 12

 

Here’s a rare piece that I just finished recently for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.

The antique dealer Arlene Wagner (Nutcracker Museum’s curator) bought it from thinks the piece is from around the 1830’s and was made in France.

I only fixed the lower lip and left the rest of the piece’s character intact. When a piece is this old, doing a minimal restoration helps maintain its age and integrity.

 

Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker

Before Restoration

 

Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker
Before Restoration

 

Joan of Arc Figural Nutcracker
After Restoration

 

Thanks for looking,

—– Brandon

 

 

A Day at the Range

A Day at the Range

Apr 19

 

Had a great safe day at the range yesterday. Took an “Intro to Competitive Pistol” class.

 

Tim Logan runs a great class and runs a really safe range.

 

I learned that actively engaging a target pushes you as a shooter, and also pushes your equipment to a point where any weaknesses in your setup become very evident.

 

I have a Glock branded 10 round magazine sitting in the trash today as a result from consistent critical failures yesterday that never showed up during stagnant shooting.

 

I shot well, but the consistent 10 round magazine failures hurt my times. On a positive note, I got a lot of practice clearing jams, swapping mags, and cycling the gun under pressure.

 

Here’s pictures of the basic course and the instructors showing us how it’s done.

 

 

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—– Brandon

 

Homemade Gin – Day 3

Homemade Gin – Day 3

Apr 06

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we have Gin!

 

With this kit, it only takes about 36 hours to make Gin.

 

The kit is great! It came complete with everything to make Gin except 750 ml of cheap run-of-the-mill Vodka. It even includes the bottles to put it in!

 

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I was skeptical that the strainer would actually work and keep out all the solids I had added to the Vodka (see Day 2 post).

 

As you can see, it worked great! No solids whatsoever!

 

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So, how does it taste? Well, I’ve never had Gin, but I can definitely say it’s a sippin’ kind of drink. That’s a good thing, though.

 

 It’s smooth with what I would call a hint of coconut an pine combined. I know, that sounds awful, but it’s not. Mixed with Sierra Mist, it tastes kind of like Ginger Ale, but smoother. It’s good.

 

Keep in mind, I’ve never had Gin so my description may be a bit unorthodox because I’m not at all familiar with Gin. Feel free to leave comments if I’ve completely botched describing it.

 

Honestly, this was drop dead easy to do and I think the results are great. The kit runs about $50 and they sell the seasonings separately so you can keep using the kit over and over.

 

I give this kit a solid thumbs up so if you like Gin, definitely give the Homemade Gin Kit a try – http://www.homemadegin.com/.

 

—– Brandon

Homemade Gin – Day 2

Homemade Gin – Day 2

Apr 05

 

Here’s a quick update to my Homemade Gin adventure.

 

Added the Botanical Blend from the kit tonight.

 

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Now I wait.

 

According to the instructions after 12 hours, I’ll have Gin.

 

Stay tuned!

—–Brandon