Today's post is near and dear to my heart. Because it's my main man's Etsy shop, Burl & Badger. Now before you cry foul or favoritism, let me explain. I've spent the month talking about shops whose products I love or whose mission I support. But what I love about Etsy is that the majority of shops are just everyday folks putting out their pride & joy on display. An outlet to share their hobbies and craftiness for the world.
Which is no different from Burl & Badger. For a long time I told the husband that the homeowner's association wouldn't allow us to have a lathe in our garage. And he bought it for two seconds. Ok not really. But last Christmas I decided to buy one for him in hopes that he really would start the woodworking hobby he'd talked so long and hard about.
Enter the Burl & Badger. He is amazing at what he does & it's been a stress-relieveing outlet for him. And let's be honest, we all need one.
The badger in the shop name is for badger hair brushes, which apparently is the gold-standard for shaving brushes. This is one of his shaving stand sets, but is missing the matching razor in this picture. He can customize the wood for any individual piece or can make a mix & match 2 or 3 piece set.
Then there's his first love. Pens. He has a thing for pens. He's received them on special occasions. Gave them to his groomsmen. Needless to say they carry meaning in my man's world. And when they are crafted by his own two hands....they carry a special place in my world.
Burl & Badger makes fountain and ballpoint pens, pencils, shaving kits, seam rippers, and even honey dippers. Light woods, dark woods, you name it - he can do it!
If you are local, you can come lay hands on these products and more on November 8th at the Vintage Lynchburg market. Come see both of us as we share his hobby with you!
P.S. Know what a burl is? I didn't. Basically it's those tumor-like growths on trees. They are prized for woodworking because of the variations in the grain of the wood. File that under random facts for you Jeopardy knowledge bank.