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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!!

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.

(All photos courtesy of Tim Boyden)

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!

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!