The story behind Saw Dust City and how it came to be is quite touching and one that we are proud to share with you. Liz and Lanny Collins, husband and wife from Eau Claire, Wisconsin have three children: Morgan, Haley and Reid. The youngest Reid, was born in 1995 and unfortunately due to a severe illness, went through major surgeries during a stay at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, the family was blessed with Reid’s miraculous recovery and were able to finally enjoy time all together at home. However, the high cost of medical bills and the importance of not exposing the Collin’s son to many harmful environmental factors, the family needed to find alternative sources for both income and creativity. The story goes, that the following Christmas they made handmade gifts for everyone on their list. Soon the phone began to ring and the rest as they say, is history.
Morgan’s School Project
Originally considering the name ‘Collins Designs,’ Liz and Lanny eventually decided on Saw Dust City, after discovering it was Eau Claire’s nick name while daughter Morgan was doing a school project on the town’s history. This area of Wisconsin is rich in lodging history and Lanny’s grandfather Gerry Miller, was actually a real lumberjack back in the day; hence the Paul & Babe company logo. After five years of working two jobs and multitasking the many facets of business together, Lanny was able to focus solely on Saw Dust City’s success. Today, their shop is located on the north side of Eau Claire with a staff of only 20 employees. Saw Dust City has been recognized nationally and has even had three of their products featured in The New York Times Magazine.
Solid Pine Wood
Unique to Saw Dust City’s relationship with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, is that they provide us with both furniture pieces and nostalgic, quality made signs. Seen just above is our beautiful Punch-Tin Cupboard. For a classic early Americana look to your kitchen or bedroom, our Punch-Tin Cupboard features solid craftsmanship. The country wheat chaff pattern on the punch-tin gives this cupboard an antique-style appeal. Three handy shelves for your kitchen gadgets, jams, jellies, and baking pans, or use as additional space for linens and clothing. A handy storage piece you’ll use for years, made of solid knotty pine. All of Saw Dust City’s furniture pieces are handmade of solid knotty pine wood. They use screws and plugs, not air nails or staples to secure products together. The natural appearance of knots, variances in color, finish or wood should be expected due to its handcrafted nature. Each and every product that comes from the Saw Dust City shop in Wisconsin is intended to have an old look and feel; thus no two items are exactly the same. Customers can save $50 on a Punch-Tin Cupboard purchase this summer at SYW.
As mentioned above, Saw Dust City uses the highest quality knotty pine wood to create their furniture pieces, and same goes for their vintage farmhouse signs. Signs from Saw Dust City typically have a saw tooth hanger, making it very easy for customers to position them on their walls. In addition, rubbed edges and a natural “distressing” are a characteristic of all our signs from this company. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have a large variety of Saw Dust City signs that cover many themes. New for summer 2012, is our handcrafted Dream Big Sign, shown below. This sign is on sale for $44.95 during our made in the USA sale, going on now.
Green Saw Dust
Saw Dust City is happy to announce that they have been recognized as an entirely “green” company. After research and verification from their lumber supplier, they can proudly say that all of the lumber used to create their products is provided by high quality sawmills who follow Green Forestry Initiatives. It’s not only the wood that’s Eco-friendly, it’s the water based paints they finish with too. Saw Dust City also does their part to take care in all disposal of waste, and recycle as much as possible within their facilities.— Thank you Saw Dust City for providing us with quality, made in the USA products over the years!