About

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About the Craftsman

I  have been passionate about woodworking for nearly 50 years. When I was a  child in the teak forests of Thailand, I always watched the elephants  working the logs into floats for use in Bangkok and beyond. That scene  was replayed in my mind time and time again. Being a daydreamer and the  son of an artist-turned-missionary, from the beginning I was taught to  pursue these growing passions and see both what is and what could be. I  became fascinated watching the intricate designs of the woodcarvers  there. Carvings of teak were everywhere from architectural to temple  scenes and artwork. I began carving in a small village and I still have  my first carvings. Later we moved to Bangkok and I was very fortunate to  work as an apprentice for master carvers, carving deep reliefs for  temples.  

Many  years later, my high school wood shop teacher recognized my passion for  woodworking and encouraged me to go beyond the core curriculum and  build furniture and woodturnings as well as creative design. After  several years in the military, I became a marine carpenter, wood carver  and rigger and built two wooden boats of my own.  

I  believe that the tree is a living thing and any part of it will speak  to you if you are patient. If you listen not with your ears but with  your heart and passion; then see what's hidden in the wood and labor to  liberate it from its confines, a creation that reflects your passion  will emerge. What we hold in our hands can be older in its formation  than any man alive and is due respect. Using methods that use the  materials with the least waste is my constant consideration to preserve  the limited treasure of wood!  

I  firmly believe that a person who works with their hands, albeit  skilled, is a laborer - but when they add their mind, they become a  solid craftsperson. When they use their hands and mind adding their  heart, they become an artist.  

Now  retired, I'm free to work with the beauty of wood full-time as God  created it, to produce what is in me to do and allow my passion for  woodcraft to continue to grow and liberate what I see in the material.  

As  I mentioned earlier, my father was an artist before he was a  missionary. I am a craftsman/artist and our son has been a professional  muralist and wood carver for the last 20 years in California and  Washington. You can view his work at www.vernhestand.com.   

Thank you for viewing my site and sharing with me the products that bring us great happiness.  

Vern

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Process

The  products on this website are mostly constructed of indigenous materials  from the area in beautiful Western Kentucky at the confluence of the  Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. I do not use  endangered wood species but do incorporate wood from other parts of the  world, which consists of a smaller part of the materials used.

If you desire an item that has already been sold, please let me know by emailing to 4riverswoodworx@gmail.com. My product line is always growing and changing so please check back occasionally for updates!

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Guarantee

I create pieces you can enjoy for years to come.  If you ever encounter a design flaw or craftsmanship issue, I will fix or replace the piece–you only pay shipping. I'm also always available to help you you maintain the look of your wood. 

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About 4 Rivers Woodworx

The  products on this website are mostly constructed of indigenous materials  from the area in beautiful Western Kentucky at the confluence of the  Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. I do not use  endangered wood species but do incorporate wood from other parts of the  world, which consists of a smaller part of the materials used.  

If you desire an item that has already been sold, please let me know by emailing to 4riverswoodworx@gmail.com. My product line is always growing and changing so please check back occasionally for updates!

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Care & Maintenance

Caring for Your New Wood Purchase

  

The  functionality of our products provide both beauty and versatility to  your kitchen needs. Wooden bowls, cutting boards and utensils are a  great addition to a home and can certainly be passed down from  generation to generation with proper maintenance and care, which is  minimal.

Cleaning Instructions:  After use you will need to hand wash with warm water and a mild  detergent or non-abrasive cleanser, rinse, hand dry and allow to  completely air dry. Occasionally, cut a lemon in half and scrub with  some sea salt on the surface for extra freshness.
 

Long Term Maintenance:  Avoid letting your wooden ware dry out by oiling it with mineral oil.  This action will preserve your wooden ware from both splitting and  cracking. Mineral oil is perfect for many types of wood, such as Walnut,  Cherry, Ash, Beech and Bamboo, to name a few. Applying mineral oil,  which is also hypoallergenic, seals and protects from bacteria  infiltration. Other finishes, such as lacquer and polyurethane may be  treated with high quality wax or polish.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know in the Contact page.

WARNING
Wooden ware is NOT microwave or dishwasher safe.  Never soak wooden ware in water or use them to hold liquids. 



Special Instructions for Cutting Boards or Bread Boards

This  product is finished with Crystal Plus Food Grade Mineral Oil followed  by a coat of our own blend of mineral oil and beeswax. Mineral oil is a  non-drying oil, which means that it will not polymerize (form a  plastic-like substance) over time. This is good for oiling wood surfaces  that are in contact with water because it will stay a bit liquid in the  wood and flow into cracks and scratches. It is also food-safe and won't  go rancid or support microorganisms. Mineral oil is inexpensive and  available at a wide variety of stores. Periodic reapplication of the oil  after cleaning the board will return it to like new condition. Use mild  soap during cleaning and it should not be submerged in water.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know in the Contact page.

WARNING
Wooden ware is NOT microwave or dishwasher safe.  Never soak wooden ware in water or use them to hold liquids.