At the Craft Carve shop, we like to view our customers as family. We also like to think our business is about more than the puzzle stools, it’s about making memories. And, as you’ll see in the story below, sometimes keeping a customer’s childhood alive requires something a little different.
Normally, we specialize in making puzzle stools for toddlers but this particular case was a little different. A customer came to us at the shop with a unique request. They wanted a recreation of their husband’s childhood stool for their daughter, Karra. The order was a little tricky because it wasn’t the traditional stool our CNC machines are set to make, but it was nothing the team at Craft Carve couldn’t handle.
This particular stool was a basic wooden stool with the name etched into the bench. There was no puzzle element for this project, and the original stool had the name written in cursive – a slight change from the formatting of our standard name puzzle format.
To make this gift unique to their daughter they also requested a slight addition to the original product. The customer asked us to engrave an alligator silhouette into the leg of the stool. Of course, this is something we do all the time here at Craft Carve and wouldn’t be a problem at all to include.
After a little tweaking to our CNC settings, a custom alligator cutout, and a little saw dust, we had our final product. When the customer received their unique personalized stool, they were blown away. The resemblance to our customer’s husband’s original stool was almost uncanny. Now, Karra has her own original keepsake that will last a lifetime and also bridges the generations together since it looks just like her Daddy’s.
The trickiest part of the whole project was matching the font of the older stool. Fortunately, we were up to the task. Our CNC machine is already programmed with the fonts we use in the shop, but with a little bit of technical knowledge and adjustments, we were able to find a font to accommodate the project. From there, we had to run the machine and then get to work putting the stain on with some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease.
How Did We Do?
It's our greatest honor to get to work on projects like this. It wasn’t the typical puzzle stool we’re known for but, at the end of the day, we’re in this business to do whatever we can to make our customers happy.
So, what do you guys think? How did we do at recreating this husband and father’s childhood memory for his daughter? Did we keep his childhood alive for another generation? We think we nailed it, but we’d love to hear from you as well.
Take a look at the photos and let us know in the comments. Also, feel free to ask us any questions or let us know what you’d like to hear about it in our next blog!