October 2016
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Gift Certificates Now Available!

Gift Certificates make the perfect gift for any occasion. They are now available at Barouke and best of all, they will not expire. They can be emailed to the recipient or we will mail them for you. You may also purchase and add a gift certificate value to your account then decide on a partial or total amount you would like to forward to another recipient. They will then be able to do a partial or total redemption of this gift certificate. You will be able to keep track of your balance by logging into your account at:

Purchase a Barouke Gift Certificate today! Barouke Gift Certificate

The Beautiful Is In Nature…

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it. ~Gustave Courbet~

Western Juniper Floor Lamp with Travertine Base and custom-made Copper Shade

Available at: Barouke

Barouke | Facebook Online Store

Hello Everyone,

We have now made it possible for you to socilaize on Facebook and shop with us at Barouke with just a few clicks. You can add items to your Facebook Cart click checkout and in no time your order will be finalized at Facebook is automatically updated to reflect any new inventory added to our website. Do not forget to comment on our new store on Facebook.

We update our Facebook store on a regular basis so please keep checking in, sharing, and commenting.

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Hudson River Inlay | Humming Bird Marquetry Picture | Order now for Christmas

Order early for Christmas. Hummingbird Marquetry Picture news flash. We will have available a small quantity of Hudson River Inlay – Hummingbird Glory and Hummingbird–10″ x 13″ pictures only–Price: $99.00.

As you know, both of these editions were permanently retired in 2009 and have not been available since then. Owing to popular demand, we have managed to obtain a very small quantity which will be available next week–ETA, 11/07/2011.

As far as we are aware we will be the only retailer in the US to have these fun marquetry pictures (collectibles) available at this time. Remember, “early bird gets the worms.” Order now for the Christmas holidays. ‘Tis the season…

Hudson River Inlay Collectibles | Marquetry (Wood Inlay) Pictures

We have been receiving many enquiries from folks who would like to know what their older Hudson River Inlay Marquetry or Wood Inlay artwork is currently worth.

This is referred to as the “secondary market” (previously purchased) and we at Barouke are not in the secondary market business at this time. However, we do notice that there is a lot of activity on EBay for these collectibles.

Jeff Nelson of Hudson River Inlay (New York) has been crafting marquetry pictures and mirrors since the 1970s. In the 1980s he began adding wood inlay or marquetry to accent furniture–console tables, coffe tables, end tables, musical instruments and larger surfaces including flooring and furniture. Owing to the recent downturn in the economy, and the economics of size, he has retired the smaller marquetry artwork (6″x 9″ and 9″ x 12″ pictures) to concentrate on making larger pieces.

Certain small marquetry pictures may still be available (9″ x 12″) at certain larger craft galleries – As far as we are aware, the approximate original retail price of the 6″ x 9″s was $50.00 and up (no new ones available) and 9″ x 12″s $80.00 and up (2008-2009) when available. Authentic Hudson River Inlay Pictures are almost always signed “J. Nelson” (Jeffery Allan Nelson). There will also most likely be a legend on the back of these pieces listing the wood species, the country of origin for each wood, the location of each species in the picture ande also the name and product number specific to each piece.

For customers who recently requested information on the ‘Wood Driver’ picture – this was produced mid 1980s to the 1990s | ‘Flying Duck’ - was produced mid 1980s to 1990s .

We might be discussing Hudson River artwork in more detail later on depending on your feedback.

Giri’s Rocking Chairs – Sam Maloof’s Style

A neat discovery–rockers’ artsy dream rocking chairs–Sam Maloof’s style, available at Barouke in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. These finely crafted rocking chairs are not only beauties to behold, but are wooden blankets for thy weary bones and that of thy childrens’ children.

Giri’s chairs can be customized to ones hearts’ desire. Make ‘em tall, short, fat, skinny, lumbar curve, no lumbar curve, cherry, walnut, maple, exotic woods, he’s all ears.

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Giri Kalona recently immigrated to the United States. Today, he resides in Wilmington NC where he pursues his dream of creating these fine rocking chairs. Price $2600.00

Please visit Barouke to purchase a Rocking Chair lovingly handcrafted by Giri.

Mineral Oil Wood Finish – The Very Best!

Have you ever wondered what is the secret behind the extremely smooth lustrous finish of a David Yeatts creation? Well I had a chat with David quite recently and he was more than happy to share some of his wood finishing techniques with me.

Let’s say for example, you would like to apply the perfect finish to a lovely wood bowl you have just finished turning on a lathe–well not so fast,  power up that tool once more–you will need to do some power sanding as follows:

  1. Power sand on lathe using 80 grit paper all the way up to 180 grit.
  2. Remove bowl from the lathe.
  3. Hand-sand but this time use 150 grit paper working all the way up to 400  grit.
  4. Now turn bowl around, place on vacuum chuck and sand using 80 grit paper all the way up to 180 grit then hand-sand using 150 grit working up to 400 grit once more.
  5. Placing the bowl on a work bench, wet bowl down to raise the grain.
  6. Place Abralon pads on an orbital sander and start sanding again this time using 180-360-500 and lastly 1000 grits.
  7. Apply 1st coating of mineral oil to the entire bowl and let dry for 24 hours.
  8. Sand bowl using Abralon pads 260-500 and finally 1000 grits.
  9. Apply 2nd coat of mineral oil to the bowl.
  10. Test your finish by placing a gnat on the bowl at an angle. If this gnat slides off and break his legs then you’ve applied the perfect finish to your bowl.

We will be happy to answer any questions (courtesy of David Yeatts) you might have about this article but through this blog only.

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View our entire collection by David Yeatts here-

Fixing a Leaky Wood Goblet

fixing a leaky wood goblet

Lignum-vitae Wood Goblet

How does one seal a leaky wood goblet? I get this question from time to time.

Some would say, milk is the answer–good old-fashioned whole milk. Pour it into the goblet, leave it for a few hours and this is suppose to seal the leak. There’s just one thing, this method does not always work.

Does anyone here have the solution to this problem?

For the love of the art…

Ambrosia Maple Bowl

Artist: David yeatts

This bowl was hand-turned from prime stock of Ambrosia Maple. David Yeatts is famous for his meticulous work as a woodturner. In the above image, his amiable personality shines through his work.

For those of you who are not familiar with Ambrosia Maple– this is weakend, dead, dying or untreated maple that has been attacked by the ambrosia beetle. This beetle is of the weevil family. It chews its way through the wood creating a series of winding tunnels known as galleries or cradles. These galleries serve as a breeding ground for fungi which is the sole souce of food for the ambrosia beetle.

The tell-tale marks that the ambrosia beetle leaves behind are the distinctive blue, grey and black figuring on the wood which can also be identified by the entrance holes in these areas. The above image is a fine specimen of a salad bowl made from highly figured Ambrosia Maple which is not to be confused with Spaulted Maple.