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Welcome to alpineflower handmade! I'm Heidi, and this is my website. I've been crafting and making for decades, first with counted cross stitch and muffins from scratch as grade-schooler, and more recently with woodworking, which I've discovered a gives me a particular sense of joy that none of my other crafts have before. This is probably due in part to its relatively instant gratification (I've been working on my latest cross-stitch project since 2001, and even if you're fast it takes a few weeks to knit a sweater), but regardless of the medium, it's just fun for me to plan, troubleshoot, adjust and execute a beautiful, useful product.
In the winter of 1993, I took a 2.5-week high school interim-semester class in woodworking. I was the only girl in the shop for those four hours a day, and I had a blast learning how to use the table saw, drum sander and lathe. My mom still has the lamp base I turned in that class. I didn't get to do any woodworking for almost 25 more years.
By 2017 I was married, had three kids and a dog, and - most central to this story - spending money and an attached garage. I had bought a Bosch compound miter saw on Amazon for a screaming deal, and after a class at my local woodworking shop, I was ready to not kill myself. Since then I've built four tables, the requisite cutting boards, coat racks, and shelves, and I've sold my products at craft fairs around Denver. Not sure my 16-year-old self would know what to make of this business venture, but she'd probably want to apprentice!
I have no idea what this blog will turn into; I've always enjoyed writing, but not about the things I make. It remains to be seen whether I'll be able to maintain it, use it for random musings on whatever I'm thinking about, or create Masterful Woodworking Content. But thanks for reading, and feel free to follow me!