Last week, Tara and I were blessed to have the time to meet up with our friend, Chase Lott of JCL Woodworking, at his wood working studio. We were anxious to check out his process and snap some pictures. To get to Chase’s house and shop you drive back off the road, down a dirt drive, through old pine trees, past a very old barn… You get the picture, very old south. We pulled up at his shop and were immediately greeted by his cocker spaniel, Luci.
Chase’s workspace is so personal and inviting. He has trays of stacked wood, just calling out to become something new.
His hunting supplies are neatly stored and his tools are very well organized. (I am used to a much messier work space myself!) He showed us his different tools and explained all the different types of wood he works with. We even got to see a 100 year old Black Walnut stump that was from a tree that was on his family’s farm for, well, forever ago. Most of Chase’s products are made from woods that are native to the south that he procures from his family’s land.
Chase chose a block of wood, sat at the laithe and began showing us how he turns the bottle stoppers. His skill was apparent immediately as the stopper began to take form. It was amazing how quickly he formed the shape!
We enjoyed asking him all kinds of questions about his process and his interests. Chase also shared with us what he’s been working on recently, a collection of wood turned duck calls. We hope those will be landing in The Southern Mercantile Makers Market soon!
It is always a treat to get to spend time with fellow creative folks and soak up a little of their creative spirit and the love they have for their craft. Take the time to check out our Makers page to see our collection of Chase’s beautiful bottle stoppers! We think they would be perfect for hostess gifts, groomsmen gifts and stocking stuffers!
We’ll be sharing more of our favorite makers over the next couple of weeks. We hope you fall in love with their talents as much as we have!