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Monday, March 21, 2011

Giveaway: Red Onion Woodworks

Well, I told you I would have a nice surprise for you today. :)

Meet Camille. She is a woodcrafter and owner of Red Onion Woodworks, where you can find beautiful one-of-a-kind wooden cutting boards and serving trays. I've been eyeing these for a few months and plan to have one in my kitchen very soon!

She has been generous enough to provide an amazingly-crafted serving tray ($90 value) to giveaway to one of my readers -- lucky you!


Camille of RedOnionWoodworks

Tell us about yourself!
I live in a tiny cabin in the woods of Western Oregon with my husband and our two small children. We share 25 acres of property with a blue-heeler dog, two lazy cats, two dairy goats, a flock of chickens, and a whole lot of wildlife that moves in and out of the area. It’s pretty quiet out here, but it’s a great place to raise kids.

I earned a BA in geoscience, but during my late teens and early twenties, I spent about as much time working on an organic vegetable farm as studying. Being in college and working on a farm simultaneously helped me cultivate a love for language and critical thinking as well as an appreciation for hard physical labor. My Mexican coworkers taught me Spanish while weeding and harvesting vegetables, so I can speak if pretty fluently with an Oaxacan hillbilly accent. This helped me write some awfully good reports on volcanology of southern Mexico because I could read papers published in Spanish.

The older I get, the more I enjoy learning and trying new things. I bought a DSLR camera this winter, and after reading a couple library books about photography, I’m having a ball experimenting with all its settings and options. I make a lot of chévre and mozzarella with fresh goat milk, and my goal for this spring is to produce a decent cheddar cheese. I’m also planning on taking a screen-printing class in the near future, so I can gift Red Onion Woodworks T-shirts to all my friends and family.


How did you get started?
I never in my wildest dreams thought I would grow up to be a woodcrafter or a small business owner. After college, my husband’s parents offered me a job apprenticing in their custom woodworking shop. It was WAY out of my comfort zone, but they were patient with me and took the time to explain all tasks with quality control and safety in mind. I learned the basics Karate-Kid style, doing repetitive, seemingly mindless small jobs, but after a year or so, I came to realize that I actually knew a whole lot and was comfortable with a variety of tools and techniques.

My father in law kicked me out of the shop when I was five months pregnant with my first child because he heard some vaguely substantiated rumors about noise from shop equipment causing hearing loss in unborn babies. I was really excited to become a parent, but it was sad to abandon both my newfound love of woodworking and the working world in general. I spent the better part of three years being “just” a stay-at-home mom to my son (now 3) and eventually my daughter (now 1 ½). I loved being at home with my kids, but I craved the intellectual, social, and physical stimulation that I had known in previous jobs.

My husband, a natural-born entrepreneur unlike me, encouraged me to start my own business where I could work on a flexible schedule and create product that I was proud of. It took a lot of planning, tool purchasing, and soul searching, but I could tell right in from beginning that it wasn’t a mistake. Now trying to maintain a balance between work and family can be a challenge, but I couldn't be happier about the success of my business.


How does your lifestyle cater to your craft?
Where I live and whom I know makes my business possible because I need beautiful wood to make beautiful wood products. In the Northwest, conifers and red alder dominate the commercial timber market. Bigleaf maple harvested in industrial logging operations is mostly sold for paper pulp or pallet stock. The wood that I prefer to use in my projects is incredibly beautiful because of its wild grain, but it has little value to large timber companies. My husband and I have a number of connections with local foresters and loggers, and through them, we are able to have burls, crotches, and irregular chunks of wood set aside. We’ve also partnered with a small sawmill operator and family friend who, along with my husband, mills these logs and pieces into lumber. The journey from standing tree to mill to shop is usually dozens of miles, not hundreds or thousands like the things people buy at big box stores.

Essentially all the furniture in our tiny house is either made by us or handed down from a couple generations of woodworkers. You can take a virtual tour on my FB page, and it becomes immediately apparent that I have a personal affection for natural edged shelving, twiggy drawer pulls, or really anything that brings a bit of nature into my home, my kitchen, and my busy life. I’m looking forward to branching out my range of products in the future to include home accessories like some of these things that I’ve made for myself.

Read more about Camille in her Featured Seller article on Etsy!






The Prize!
This bigleaf maple serving tray is one of a kind. It features a contoured natural edge and a truly organic shape. The bronzed faces are alive with seemingly three-dimensional ripples of figure, and a large knot provides an asymmetrical focal point. A few cracks lace the wood because of compression that occurred during the drying process, but they will add character to this perfectly rustic server. It measures approximately 20” x 12” x 5/8”, $90 value


Enter the Giveaway (up to 3 entries!)
1. Visit RedOnionWoodworks and comment with ONE (or more) WORD(S) that best describes her boards. I encourage you to be original with what word you choose. :)

Extra entries!
2. Like her Facebook Page and come back and leave a comment saying you did so. If you're already a fan, just comment again letting us know!
3. Share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook and come back and leave a comment with a link!


Giveaway ends Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. 

184 comments:

  1. I love the organic, natural feel of her pieces!

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  2. Oh goodness, I am so happy to have found this shop! We're practically neighbors! I love the town she lives in & my mom's farm is just the next town over. Hooray for Oregon lovelies!

    Anyhow, 'rustic charm' comes to mind for her cutting boards, but I also think of juxtaposition since one side is edgy & the other is smooth.

    Beautiful work!

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  3. I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/#!/allisajacobs/status/49831034539347968

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  4. The words "rustic" and "gorgeous" come to mind when I look at Camille's work :)

    It would be an honor to win this lovely piece!

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  5. I also liked you on FB!

    Thanks for the opportunity Jenny and Camille!

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  6. i'm just going to go with "STUNNING"

    this beautiful board would be so great in my kitchen and provide such a contrast to my very urban stainless steel countertops ;)

    fingers crossed!

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  7. tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/ohjustjess/status/49835284610826240

    thanks guys :)

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  8. Absolutely unique and wonderful! This is perfect for my kitchen.

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  9. Also visit your FB and it's looks fantastic! off to tweet your awesome giveaway!

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  10. I live in NYC and Camille's pieces are so organic, light-hearted, earthy, and absolutely GORGEOUS - especially in contrast to the concrete chaos outside our windows :)

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  11. I'm also a Facebook fan of Red Onion Woodworks!

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  12. I just liked her Facebook page!

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  13. I would describe Camille's boards as "Rustic Beauties", I just love them. They make me want to have friends over and entertain with fresh local food and good wine!

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  14. when I visit R.O.W. the words that come to my mind are original and natural!

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  15. I tweeted this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/littlereddoor/status/49843030055862272

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  16. And I just shared a link to your blog Jenny and this give away on my facebook page! Great giveaway!!!

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  17. Natural beauty...is how I would describe Camille's work!

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  18. I love its rustic-ness (I know that's not a word, but now it is XD) and how the natural textures work together to make an attractive, attention-snatching piece. And they're just gorgeous. XD

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  19. I just liked her facebook page!

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  20. 'Rustic Chic' would be my few words... love these so much!!!!! Yay, Camile
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni - Fairyfolk and DovieMoon

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  21. I facebooked your giveaway... don't know how to include a link but here's a link to my fp
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002056012742


    ok, so I really wanna win!

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  22. Lumberjack! It has that rustic, log cabin, plaid shirt feel to it. And I love it, such a unique idea :)

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  23. when i look at Camille's work i feel like i am reading a tree's story, seeing its history written in the rings, ripples and grains. i am already a fan on facebook, and i shared the link to this giveaway! http://www.facebook.com/pages/margotbianca/163231495612

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  24. truly inspirational

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  25. Simply beautiful. Camille's cutting boards are so beautiful they make me want to cook!! And that's not an easy thing!!!

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  26. I'm already a fan on FB!!

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  27. The best word for me to describe Camille's cutting boards is "AWESOME"

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  28. And I gave a shout out on my twitter

    http://twitter.com/Skiergirl5000

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  29. I would describe them as "gorgeously organic and earthy." Beautiful pieces!

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  30. Fantabulous!!! I'm already a fan on Facebook!!

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  31. I adore Camille's work and have for some time. Her pieces are just filled with life and the way she honors each tree really comes through in her final design. I think a single word that fits her work is alive.

    And I just became a fan on Facebook--I'm a little slow to the social media scene! Thanks, Jenny for hosting Camille's gorgeous work!

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  32. Her work is stunning. Period.
    I'm already her fan in Facebook.

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  33. love, admiration, & memories all come to mind when I look upon these boards

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  34. linked to your page: http://www.facebook.com/frannyz

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  35. yay! love love love these...
    the words that come to mind for me are "organic, natural, beautimous,earthy, yummy, potluck having, making dinner, pass it on to my kids goodness"...
    my kitchen would be oh so happy :)

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  36. The wood is just radiant. I love the golden ripples so much! Gorgeous, and reminds me so much of my years in Oregon.

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  37. I am already a Facebook fan of you!

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  38. And I just shared your giveaway on my FB page!

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  39. Hello!! I am a fan on Facebook!

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  40. OHHH it's so hard to think of one word that describes the boards.

    Organicallygorgeouslyearthyrusticallybeautiful!

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  41. Twittered it http://twitter.com/heatherkentart

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  42. Hello! A wonderful interview, and thanks for the opportunity to try to own one!! Camille's boards are the epitome of The green movement-AND what it really means - reclaim, reuse, recycle, and REJUVENATE!

    I am a fan of RedOnionWoodworks on FB. I have posted the interview on my FB page and tweeted it as well
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/tropAcoolcom/78395378379
    Thanks again! And my sincere best wishes for Camille, her product Rocks!

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  43. I love these cutting boards.

    My word to describe them is chatoyant. It's an old French word that means "to shimmer." It's often used to describe gemstones or especially lively, reflective wood grain. I think this elegant word is a perfect match for these cutting boards - so simple, but so lively!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Okay, I'll post a second entry!

    My other word is facile. As in easy, effortless. I think the simplicity of Camille's work features the beauty of the wood in a straightforward way that truly doesn't require embellishment.

    Thanks again!

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  45. I would describe them as "elemental"

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  46. I am already a R.O.W. FB fan! (Beth Reiman)

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  47. Already a fan and always will be..love her work and envy her life..."Simply Unique" describes her and her wonderful boards..keep happy hun :)

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  48. The Red Onion boards are naturally elegant.

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  49. Mesmerizing, soulful. The simple beauty of the wood is very restful to the eye and calming to the soul. Breathtaking! I am definitely a fan.

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  50. I think "rustic" is a great descriptor!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I like Red Onion Woodworks on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I tweeted, I'm @AmberGoo:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/49979887422943232
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I made a blog post on http://PaleoParents.com (scheduled for 3/22)

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  54. My blog post linked on Twitter (@PaleoParents)

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  55. Gorgeous. That's my word. :)

    Great interview with Camille!

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  56. My first thoughts were stunning and cool! I live in Oregon too, so I also thought "neighbor".
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  57. Beautiful, stunning and surprisingly romantic. I'm in love with her work!

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  58. Breathtaking. Elegant, natural simplicity.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  59. I'm also a facebook fan of course :)

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  60. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/mbm218/status/50008990532386817
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  61. Shared this on facebook. Met Camille at the farmers' market. Wonderful work. It looks like Oregon.

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  62. Camille is an authentic woman & so are her creations.
    So my word is Authentic.
    I am inspired by Camille and her work. xo, Laura

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  63. Brilliant! Camille's beautiful work is clever and creative, and the wood grain almost has that shiller effect used to describe some minerals!

    I'm also a FB fan of Red Onion Woodworks and have shared this on FB.

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  64. The two words that come to mind are "intriguing" and "fluid". Love it!

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  65. and....I like Red Onion Works on FB, cool stuff!

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  66. breathtakingly beautiful!

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  67. like Red Onion Woodworks on facebook from Misty Sunrise

    itsjustme62613 a gmail.com

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  68. shared on facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/mistysunrise/posts/210572698959946

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

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  69. The word I would use to describe her works- breathtaking!
    writer61@yahoo.com

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  70. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    THEY ARE CERTAINLY DIFFERENT

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  71. A lot of words ran thru my mind when I looked at Camille's boards, but the one I settle on is "art." asthenight at gmail dot com

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  72. I liked Red Onion Woodworks on Facebook.

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  73. I shared on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AsTheNight/status/50181668807512064 .

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  74. AMAZING! I just adore your work Camille!

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  75. natural crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  76. ruggedly natural and inspiring

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  77. They look "Alive" to me the way they flow from one edge to the other. They also look "Silky" and I just want to run my hands over them!

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  78. I would have to say sexy - I love woodgrain!

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  79. Rustic and genuine!!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@yahoo.com

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  80. Gorgeous! I seriously cannot come up with one word on how beautiful these are! calvad at aol dot com

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  81. one word....gorgeous. I know that's not very original but I can not think of another word
    joni dot taylor3710 at gmail dot com

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  82. liked on facebook
    joni t
    joni dot taylor3710 at gmail dot com

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  83. i shared on facebook
    joni t
    joni dot taylor3710 at gmail dot com

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  84. I liked on facebook! Can't wait to see that virtual tour!

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  85. Shared on my facebook company page!

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  86. I would say "clever" and "bold." They are very different and quite beautiful.

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  87. romantic and divine --- very amazing.

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  88. Tweeted @moonmicrofarm
    Liked and added to my Fan page at www.facebook.com/moonlightmicrofarm

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  89. I would describe them as very pastoral.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. The word I would use to describe her work is actually the name "Gaia," or Mother Earth. I would love to use something so natural and organic in my kitchen!
    Thanks!
    Olivia dot lovelyatyourside at gmail
    www.lovelyatyourside.com

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  91. Stunning!

    monster6236 at gmail dot com

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  92. I think of rustic simplicity when I see these gorgeous cutting boards!

    Rachel

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  93. "liked" on facebook as Rachel Earle Edwards Martorano

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  94. I just shared the link on both my personal page and business page (facebook.com/ravensrascals). Awesome giveaway and awesome artist!

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  95. Camille's boards and trays are ORGANIC and EXTRAORDINARY!

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  96. I am a longtime fan of ROW on FB. I love supporting her as a local artist.

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  97. I posted about the giveaway on my FB page. https://www.facebook.com/amanda.whitmire/posts/150596075004454 Fingers crossed!

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  98. I'm already a fan of Red Onion! Love her work!

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  99. My word is "soul-nourishing" -- so grounded and earthy and organic and made to display or prepare food! A beautiful marriage of concepts.

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  100. I shared the link to the give-away on my FB page too.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1420800817

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  101. I would describe them as a piece of natural history - I love that you can see all the layers and rings, and each one is unique. I'm already a fan on Facebook and I shared a link here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/SarahSavageJewelry

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  102. my words to describe her work: natural warmth

    I'm already a fan of hers on Facebook! I have adored her and her work for a while now:)

    shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nichelefox

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  103. I am already a FB fan of Red Onion! Beautiful items!

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  104. My word(s) to describe her work are sustainable and luxurious.

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  105. just became a fan, blown away by
    the intricate organic beauty...

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  106. I love her stuff. It's truly raw, organic, down-to-earth, and gorgeous. I've been a fan of her work for a bit now and i want her fantastic cabin! :)

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  107. What comes to mind when I look at these wonderful pieces is the word rustic.

    mia at jacobsracing dot com

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  108. I'm a fan on facebook , that where I found out about this give-away.

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  109. What I love best about these gorgeous cutting board is that these are robust and elegant at the same time.

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  110. Uniquely rustic and beautiful
    Maizuru@aol.com

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  111. I like sui generis, because they're each unique and very, very special.

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  112. Her work has inspired my son and husband to do some woodworking of their own.The photos of her home and backyard on her facebook page make me want to visit Oregon.

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  113. Rustic, yet elegant!

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  114. Gorgeous upcycling at its finest!

    ~Lisa dot Wallig at gmail dot com

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  115. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I'd choose the words wavy and rustic!

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  116. Innately elegant.

    gandolina(atsign)hotmail(dot)com

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  117. Unique. Would look beautiful in any kitchen.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  118. 'Like' Red Onion Woodworks on FB - Jill Lear
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  119. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/chipdip2010/status/51618414367744000
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  120. The word that most comes to mind is "unrefined"--but not in a bad way! I love the rough edges of her pieces and the story behind the wood. I look at these boards and I look at the ones you can get in the store, and it's so hard to think that they're in the same category.

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  121. Majestic! Just like the tree from which it came.

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  122. I'm also a fan on FB, have been since she was featured on etsy--what an amazing artist!

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  123. I'm also already a fan on facebook!

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  124. Shared the giveaway on Facebook!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1375590369

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  125. Her boards are like bringing a piece of the forest to your table, beautiful, natural, rustic, organic. Just stunning.

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  126. I just shared this link on fb. http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000181806491

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  127. I'm already a fan of your Facebook page!

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  128. rustic magaic...that's how I would describe your work

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  129. these are GORGEOUS!!

    i would describe her boards as: relaxed

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  130. I shared the giveaway on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/#!/MandiLu07/status/51811418080673792

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  131. I also liked her Facebook page.

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  132. I think her pieces are very ENCHANTING. I love that they are each unique. I would love to own one.

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  133. I'm already a facebook fan of Red Onion Woodworks!!! Camille's boards are a beautiful "collaboration" between Camille, God and nature!!!

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  135. This is fine art only nature can share -- gorgeous.
    losweep@gmail.com

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  136. These boards are exquisite.
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  137. Like her on FB
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  138. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Timshaun291/status/51910790583816192
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  139. Shared on FB
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000044757301#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=109316105816581&id=100000044757301
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  140. Beautiful and unique come to mind! They are great and I've never seen something like these!
    lauraslittlepeople@hotmail.com

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  141. Absolutely unique !
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  142. primitive! and just plain gorgeous!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  143. i like Red Onion Woodworks on fb as mary gardner

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  144. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/jg4462/status/52091673894850560

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

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  145. Unique
    Earthy
    Rare
    Focal Point
    Spectacular

    Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  146. "GORGEOUS!" Thanks for the chance!

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  147. Both functional and sensual.
    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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  148. spectacular!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

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  149. tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/52144969330343936
    email in blogger profile.

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  150. I Like her Facebook Page -Joanne Schultz. http://www.facebook.com/js2222
    email in blogger profile.

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  151. I love the organic, natural feel of her pieces!

    sinhead83 at hotmail dot com

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  152. The boards are a reflection of how great nature is.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  153. liked them on fb
    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  154. shared on facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=163146100407934&id=536212900

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  155. Thanks for the giveaway...I would have to say their pieces are "Dendro-tastic" !!!

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  156. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/brianpiero/status/52204886238052352

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  157. Thanks for entering the giveaway! We will announce a winner tomorrow (Tuesday), March 29th!

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  158. I think I maybe to late...but I just wanted to say I love her work. I am already a FB fan and love to follow her home life, farm life, and woodworking. I just love her pantry, outdoor shower and tub. My word for her her work is WHIMSICAL!!!

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