The ability to take something raw and shapeless – a chunk of wood, a hunk of clay, fresh garden ingredients – and transform it into something new and beautiful – a bowl, a mug, a meal – is a simple definition of the word ‘craft’. The word conjures images of small-batches, quality materials, and a high degree of passion by the maker (who is also the one doing the making). That certainly is our approach in transforming our apples to cider.
Unfortunately the word has been hijacked and diluted by large companies trying to appear artisanal. This can cause the best of us to become skeptical and cynical about anything labelled “craft” and write off any product that attaches itself to such.
When looking at bottle openers to add to our tasting room, we briefly considered the options from various swag and promotional companies. They are affordable, abundant, and easy. I even have one on my keychain for those inevitable events and markets that I forget to bring one. But for our tasting room, for our customers, we wanted something different, something better, something truly craft.
Enter Patrick of Dancing Scot Forge.
Patrick is a local blacksmith who works out of the smithy at the historic OKeefe Ranch.
I had the pleasure of stopping in when he was forging our bottle openers. I was amazed at the number of steps, the amount of time, and the careful hammer and chisel blows that went into each opener.
Each one is unique. Each one is built to last.
The rare sort of thing you can pass down to your grandchildren and know that it will work just as well as the first time you cracked open a bottle with it.
With a limited number of these made for the season, we are proud to offer something that is truly hand-crafted. We have them available now at the tasting room.
You can see Patrick at work out at OKeefe Ranch, talk to him at the occasional Vernon Farmers Market, or even sign up for one of his blacksmithing courses.