Mark and Jan bring the North Shore and the perfect rock(s) to the Northwoods Art & Book Festival, August 11, 2018. Such unique talent! Make sure to visit their booth!
We start by hand picking rock from the shores of Lake Superior – both North and South shores. Other raw materials are Granite from the St. Cloud area and Ely greenstone and banded taconite – which we select from the Ely, Minnesota area and driftwood from Lake Superior.
Once in our workshop the rocks are cut, drilled, perhaps sprayed, and some are sandblasted. Mark assembles them and wires the lamps.
We got started doing this in 2007 when Jan found the perfect rock and asked Mark to figure out how to make it into a necklace. From there he went to making lamps, and everything in between. Probably our most popular products are rain gauges, bud vases, and sponge holders. Other items are cairns, bookends, business card rocks, drawer pulls, paper towel holders, and hangers –rock pulls on paddles, saws, and live edge wood. We sell our products at craft shows, from our web site (www.rockgifts.biz), and on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/NaturallyUniqueRock).
We both enjoy the outdoors and working with natural materials. Jan is retired from teaching and retail while Mark has worked as a wilderness guide, in the mental health field and retail. Our business keeps us happy and working and who doesn’t like an excuse to go to the North Shore?