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Laser-Engraved Wooden Arbor Collaboration with Tim Boyden

Did you know that Twin Ravens Press also offers custom laser engraving for a wide variety of materials and applications?  We create a lot of paper goods here, but we also do a fair bit of engraving into wood, acrylic, leather, fabric and other materials too!  Check out this awesome collaboration with local Eugene artist Tim Boyden of Out on a Limb Gallery.  Tim was commissioned to build this cool driftwood arbor for one of his client’s upcoming weddings and he hired us to engrave the dragonflies in the sign hanging from the top!

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Above is the whole arbor and below you can see detail images of the sign and laser-engraved dragonflies by themselves.

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Weddings | Renee & Peter

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What do you get when a really awesome Australian couple with Scottish roots decides to get married?  Really awesome wedding invitations, with a nod to their Scottish heritage.  Renee and Peter contacted me earlier this spring about creating a set of wedding invitations for their upcoming wedding in November and I had such a wonderful time working with them, I couldn’t help but show their invites off to you!

Renee and Peter’s suite features so many fun elements including lined envelopes, blind embossing, letterpress printing, and a really fun and unique laser-cut piece!

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Renee and Peter’s invitation is a standard A7 size that features a blind embossed woodgrain pattern all over the background and letterpress typography printed in black ink.  The design of the invite is casual and fun and I was super-excited when they asked if the graphic at the bottom could be a set of bagpipes!  (It was honestly really exciting, no one has ever asked me to draw bagpipes before).

Like many modern couples, Renee and Peter planned to have their guests RSVP online, so we needed some sort of way to indicate where to do that.  In order to do that, we took of running with the bagpipe motif and created a custom, laser-cut and engraved set of double-sided website cards out of maple wood veneer that featured their website address on one side and the password on the opposite.  The wooden bagpipe cards were then tied around each invitation with jute twine.

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Aren’t they just too cool!?!  This combined with the green and navy blue tartan envelope liner you see in the top photo, I think, were a really nice nod to their Scottish roots!  I’m imagining that there will be some awesome photos of gentlemen in kilts, possibly playing bagpipes, to come from this wedding in just a few short months!

Renee & Peter, thanks so much again for working with us!  You two are awesome!!

Shop Twin Ravens Press at Raven Moon Emporium!

RavenMoon3Hey, hey, Eugene!  If you haven’t done so already, you really ought to go and check out Raven Moon Emporium in the Whiteaker Neighborhood!  Twin Ravens Press is proud that they are our newest, local retailer.  At Raven Moon you can find Twin Ravens Press cards, as well as our sister company, Firehouse Lasercutting’s, custom laser-engraved liquor flasks!
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Raven Moon is also a full-service floral design studio offering everything from single bouquets of flowers to corsages, boutonnières and wedding floral design!  Their retail store also showcases lovely goods including, but not limited to antiques, furniture, body care products, stationery, jewelry, curiosities, clothing and air plants!  It’s truly a wonderful store with something new to see every time you shop there!

Raven Moon is located at 1093 W. 1st Street  in Eugene, Oregon.  You can also find them on Facebook or online here: http://ravenmoonemp.com/!  Go check them out!

Laser-Engraved Stainless Steel Flasks! Oh Boy!

Happy Monday, everyone!  If you’ve been paying any attention to our Facebook page lately, you may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot of very excited noises about a new project I’ve had in the works, that isn’t actually related to stationery, letterpress or paper goods.  On Friday afternoon, I posted these two photos on Facebook, promising an unveiling of something entirely new on Monday:Flasks2Flasks1

Well, it’s Monday, and I love keeping my promises.

A few months ago, I engraved a stainless steel whiskey flask for a friend:

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He and I were both so smitten with the result, that it got me thinking about how I could be using our laser cutter for multiple products, on a consistent basis, outside of the paper/stationery realm.  (Don’t worry, we’re still laser cutting lots and lots and lots of pretty paper goods as well!!)  So, I did some more research into flasks.  I mean, really, they’re kind of the perfect object.  Almost everyone I know either is someone or know’s someone who loves a good whiskey (or other adult beverage) every now and then.  Plus, the flask is a time-honored accessory, a great conversation starter, and a prime gift that fits almost any occasion.

Below are images of the very first batch of flasks to come out of our engraver!  All of these vary in theme, occasion, and design, but all are totally awesome!!

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The flasks we are currently carrying are round, stainless steel,  and hold 5 oz. of your favorite beverage.  Custom engraving is available on all flasks, single or double-sided.  These run come with a flask funnel, and run $28 each, or less if ordering in bulk.  Please contact us for bulk pricing information, should you need more than one.

Custom metal engraving isn’t limited to stainless steel flasks!  We are happy to entertain projects involving engraving on other types of metals or other types of products.  Please contact us if you have an idea that you’d love to see us make happen!

Lastly, as I love keeping marketing streamlined and consistent, I also am pleased to announce that with this launch, you will also soon be seeing more information on the launch of Twin Ravens Press’ sister company, which will be specializing in our new, non-stationery line of products.  Please give a drum roll for Firehouse Lasercutting!  More information, a website, Facebook page and blog to follow.  Salut!!

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Custom Laser-Engraved Guest Book for Murray & Lurline

Guest-BookA very good friend of mine, from college, got married in Walla Walla, Washington last summer.  This same friend also recently opened his own letterpress printing and design business in Seattle, called Two Thousand Pounds of Letterpress, and one of his early projects in his own shop, was he and his wife’s wedding invitations!  The invitations were beautiful, and I was super-honored when Murray asked me to collaborate with him on creating laser-engraved wooden covers, in the same design as his wedding invitations, for his guest book.  Twin Ravens Press laser-cut the covers and Murray bound the book by hand.  The book turned out beautifully, and I’m sure will be a treasured heirloom for years to come.

If you’d like to check out Murray and Lurline’s matching invitations, you can over on their blog.  If you’re interested in having a custom guest book made out of wood, or traditional paper and book board, for your own wedding,  please contact us!  We would love to work with you!

Laser-Engraved Cutting Boards

Need a great gift for a friend or family member’s upcoming wedding?  Wooden cutting boards make a unique, functional and beautiful gift for a wedding or other event!  Check out this awesome one I finished engraving today for the Aunt of a bride who is getting married in September.  This board was designed and created by my friend, Tim Boyden, of Out on a Limb Gallery.  It measures approximately 10 inches square and is made of of various hardwoods.  I then engraved the couples’ names and their wedding date in the bottom right hand corner, in the same font that they used for their wedding invitations!  What a lovely gift!

To see some of Tim’s other work, please visit his blog.  If you’re interested in ordering a cutting board or other laser-engraved item, please contact us, or Tim at Out on a Limb Gallery.

Custom Laser-Engraved Guitar Stool!

Happy Friday, Everyone!  Today I wanted to show off a recent project that’s quite a bit different than most of the work I do!  You’ve seen some of the laser-cut paper projects and invitations we’ve done before on this blog, but did you know, that we can also cut and engrave wood with our laser cutter?!?  It’s pretty cool…  I recently worked on a collaborative project with Eugene artist and woodworker, Tim Boyden, of Out on a Limb Gallery, on this special commissioned guitar stool for one of his clients.  Tim creates all kinds of unique and eclectic furniture from wood and found objects.  Some of the objects Tim incorporates into his furniture include bowling balls, old shoes, coins, river rocks, lamp shades, and musical instruments.  You can see more of his work on his blog, or in person at Out on a Limb Gallery in Eugene.

This particular project was a commission from one of Tim’s clients.  It’s a guitar stool made from a variety of woods.  It has a bowling ball in between its legs for decoration and weight, and features a green electric guitar on the back.  I used our laser cutter to engrave some custom text in the top of the seat of the stool prior to the stool’s final assembly.  You can see the engraving work in the second photo below.

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Isn’t laser-engraved wood super-pretty?!?  I can engrave in just about any type of wood, so long as the surface is flat and can engrave just about any font, text or imagery you might want.  Think of the possibilities!

I love working with Tim and the other artists at Out on a Limb and am looking forward to our next collaborative project!  Happy Weekend!