Shop Story

Rustic Engravings is a handcrafted wood and leather shop focused on producing quality Canadian made restaurant and wedding guest books, family and wedding photo albums, baby books, artist sketchbooks and portfolios, personalized paddles, travel journals, poetry books and more. Each piece has its own unique character and is completely customizable. Everything at Rustic Engravings can be personalized and altered to suit your specific need.

My passion has always been creating artwork of all kinds. Since I was a child I have loved to create personal things for people with sentimental value. In the early 2000s I began selling original artwork and prints online and in 2014 I began experimenting with laser engraving. I found engraving to be a fun and exciting new extension of my artwork and I decided to start this shop so I can share my engravings with more than just the people in my community.

Everything I create is handcrafted in my home. For my wooden books I carefully select each piece of wood, choosing only the pieces with the most interesting grain and texture. I hand cut and sand each piece of wood adding grooves around the edges to give each piece character.Then, I design the engraving (with your help) and laser engrave the wood. The engraving can be the most challenging part of each project but it is always the most fun! Once the wood has been engraved, it is re-sanded and several layers of stain and finish are applied for a darker more rustic look. I carefully and artfully stain my wood using a layering technique that I came up with to give each piece of wood its own unique rustic character. Staining can take 3 to 7 days to complete. Paint is added to some areas to enhance the rustic appearance. Metal embellishments are screwed, glued, and hammered on. Genuine cowhide leather pieces are molded, rubbed with mink oil to bring out a nice leathery smell, and then made into the spine of the book. Finally, everything is assembled. This process can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks to complete but the final result is a completely unique piece of artwork.

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