This year on February 2nd, Groundhog's Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, indicating 6 more weeks of winter. However, with only a 60% track record, we don't put too much weight behind that little critter.
Pete and I have started to experiment and create more with epoxy for Wild North Design. Pete has done multiple resin pours while I’m obsessed with ‘painting’ with epoxy. I enjoy creating my own colors and painting on laser cut wood to create the 3D effect of the epoxy. The website has many new products utilizing this method. I can create and customize just about any sign with this technique. Pete has been mastering the pours. Using the beautiful Alaskan birch he milled and planed, he’s cured the pieces then uses the CNC router to cut precise table tops, salmon, and trees. He plans to add some color changing LEDs to the pieces for an extra pop. I will make sure to share the final pieces on the Wild North website!
This month Pete also built a work bench for the garage/shop. I needed the existing bench (actually, a plastic folding table) for my Wild North Design product shows. It was time to build an upgrade anyway. We had to move the deep freeze to make way for the larger than expected table. But would you expect anything less from an Alaskan Pete? Haha! Pete has also continued to work on plans for a shop build this summer. Getting one more building in as practice before taking on the house build boosts our confidence. We continue to lay out summer plans with the shop build and making sure we stay in line with developing our small farm. It makes us nervous taking on multiple large projects while peppering in cabin projects, miscellaneous homestead projects, and raising our daughter. It’s like standing at the base of Denali and looking up knowing you have to climb it in just a few short months. We will have setbacks and successes, and in the end, I know that when winter comes again and we reflect on summer, I will be proud of what we have accomplished whether or not we made it to the tippy top of Denali. I said it in 2019 when we first arrived here and I’ll say it again, we need hard hats for the Dogs so they can lend a paw or 4 so they can help with the workload too!
Thank you for reading and supporting us! We hope your winter has been as lovely as ours!
Days are getting longer with the sun setting around 6-6:30PM. Sun rises around 7-7:30AM. To the left in the shadows, you might notice the posts and chicken wire around my two "Mother's Day" apple trees/twigs. The makeshift fencing has done great to keep the hungry winter moose at bay during the tree's first winter.
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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