Our participation in the Beads of Courage program began about 2014 when our group produced a little over 40 vessels and grew to 165 vessels in 2018. We made special deliveries to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN. The nurses were always welcoming and very thankful for the efforts our group made in producing these boxes. The background image on this page is a small portion of one of our deliveries.


The program was born a decade ago and many people across the nation produce writing pens for our troops seeing action overseas. We produce close to 200 pens a year and we make it one of our special production weekends that we try to tie in with a public event, like a bbq contest, to draw attention to our craft and the reason behind the product. We have met several of our military who have received one of these pens.


The Empty Bowls charity is focused on producing bowls of your art form and donating them to an event that raises money to feed the local hungry people in that given city. The event highlights local restaurants and artists and for the price of a ticket you receive a crafted bowl and all of the soup you care to try by some fabulous local restaurants and chefs.