Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Jan 01



I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.


This past year was a very busy year for my shop with lots of cool fun restoration work as well as a few really fun projects.


I’m looking forward to 2017 being more busy, more exciting, and hopefully way more fun!


I hope everyone had a safe and really fun New Years.


I wish everyone the best in 2017.


—– Brandon

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Jan 01





Happy New Year everybody!


We all stayed up and rang in the New Year warm, safe, and together here at home.


Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years Eve.


Wabbit Season!

Wabbit Season!

Dec 12


Yes, I’m a Looney Tunes nerd.


wabbit_seasonClick on the picture to see the Wabbit Season skit


Any who… I recently got the opportunity to repair a really nice figural rabbit (A.K.A. – wabbit) nutcracker for a Nutcracker Club member.


The rabbit had a big chip at the top of the left ear, an old very obvious repair on the jaw, a broken pin, and basically needed an overall refresh on the aged finish.


The repairs on this piece came out great and replacing the pin gave me the opportunity to make it a “hidden pin” which really adds to the overall quality of this piece.


Here are some before pictures:






Here’s how the piece came out:






Honestly, this was a fun piece to work on. It came out great and the customer was very happy with the work I did.


—– Brandon

Many Hats

Many Hats

Nov 24


My little workshop has to be flexible and wear many hats.


Today was no exception. Today’s task was to convert it to an electronic repair shop to see if I can resurrect an old 22″ Dell monitor they were throwing out at work.


I disassembled the monitor, pulled the power board and found 4 bad capacitors which is typical in Dell hardware.


1– Power board on the bench being diagnosed –

2– Bad Capacitors (domed tops) –

So after about 30 minutes of my time and 4 new capacitors (56 cents total), I have a nice large Dell monitor for my home PC. Nice!



– It’s Alive! –

This was a nice little project that yielded a nice much larger computer monitor for my home PC for next to nothing.




BTW – Yes that’s a VCR under the monitor. I use it to transfer VHS tapes to digital media, and the pint glass you see has Thirsty Dog’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale in it which I highly recommend. 🙂


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







An Addendum

An Addendum

Feb 21


Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers


It’s official, the Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers is available for purchase from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum:

Click here to buy the Addendum to The Art & Character of Nutcrackers

Be sure to look for my original pieces featured on pages 106 and 110.

There’s also mention of me on page 5 for the repair work I did on a 16th century French piece for the museum a few years ago. Unfortunately, the publisher misspelled my name as “Benard Etto”. So here’s a link to the repair work that proves it’s me:

Completed 1500’s Nutcracker

Also if you don’t yet already have Arlene’s first book (The Art & Character of Nutcrackers) it’s available in the store as well.

I actually own 2 copies of each of these books. One is kept pristine while the other is used as reference. That way I don’t get all worried about having to take it out to the shop if I need to.

Arlene Wagner’s first book was a key element in getting me started in creating and repairing nutcrackers. Having my work featured in her new book is a huge honor for me. So if you get the chance, be sure to pick up a copy (or two). It’s a great book and a must have for any collector.


—- Brandon