Janie-Nicole Henderson and Dennis Duermeier have been working as artisans for the past decade. They share all the responsibilities of running their small business but they each retreat to their own studios to produce beautiful, artistic crafts. Dennis works with wood and creates spoons, kitchen utensils and spatulas and Janie-Nicole makes original leather bags and other leather goods.
Dennis developed his woodworking skills by making wooden bowls but quickly evolved his craft to create wooden spoons. He just loves making them! Each spoon is handmade from start to finish. Dennis selects a variety of woods from many different sources. He uses exotic woods from all over the world but often uses local wood or sometimes he even repurposes old furniture into spoons. For example, he saved a 1918 Heintzman piano from the landfill and made unique spoons from the wood.
Dennis loves to work in his workshop throughout the year. He has developed techniques to refine his spoons to make them truly works of art. Woodworking is a tradition in Dennis’ family. His father, Lothar Duermeier was trained as a master craftsman in Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and created beautiful furniture for 40 years in Sudbury, Ontario. Dennis often worked in his father’s shop and learned from him. He loves working with wood and has developed a real artistic style with his unique spoons.
Janie-Nicole started using a sewing machine as a young teenager and often made her own clothing and accessories. Several years ago, Janie-Nicole started making totes, purses and soft travel bags out remnants from upholstery material. She loved putting together the different fabrics and coming up with unique designs.
Dennis, who used to hand sew leather, had a piece on hand and suggested that she try sewing leather. Janie-Nicole knew right away that leather was for her. She made several messenger style bags as well as a few urban totes and just loved the results of sewing with durable and distressed leather. Since then, Janie-Nicole works exclusively with two types of leather: Kodiak leather imported from Brazil and Crazy Horse Water Buffalo leather which comes from India.
Janie-Nicole loves designing and crafting. She has taken several leathercraft classes and has thoroughly enjoyed learning about leather. She not only makes bags and purses but also makes electronic accessories such as computer sleeves as well as bracelets and wallets. She has really learned a lot over the past decade from a variety of people and it shows in her unique and high quality designs.
What People Say
The bag is so well made, absolutely perfect. Excellent quality leather, thick and supple, with that lovely leather smell, not the rancid guano smell of some leather goods. I can easily fit my iPad, phone, sunglasses, wallet or my travel sketch supplies. The strap is nice and wide, no shoulder digging. The lock is a great conversation starter, very ‘steampunk’ while being a pickpocket deterrent at the same time.Marianne
Easy to handle while cooking. Great natural product and well made. Arriving on time. Will purchase another items from this shop again.Sangravee
My items arrived so fast. The quality is incredible, the colour is rich, and surprisingly enough they smell amazing.Janelle
I can’t praise Janie Nicole enough. The quality of the item is astounding — and the speed in which it was dispatched still leaves me in awe. This was a special order which was fulfilled very last-minute. Janie Nicole was extremely accommodating and also offered some good advice — saving me from a costly mistake no doubt. This was a gift which was greatly appreciated, and the recipient is still commenting on its quality and style. I will be back for other gifts — for others, and for myself. : ) Thank you most sincerely for your helpfulness. Folks, this is a place where you’ll find the highest quality items, at very reasonable prices — gifts you can give with confidence, and be proud of what you’re giving. Highly recommend!Sylvia
Beautiful spoons! I am so glad I made the effort to find hand crafted items. The quality and care are obvious. The shipping came quickly as well.Violet
This is not my first purchase from this vendor. Love love love the wooden spoons. I’m a collector and love quality and unique wooden spoons. My purchases have been perfect, fast, I’m totally satisfied. Thank you.Kelly
I am delighted with the serving piece and the set of wooden spoons. The items arrived quickly and well packaged, and exceeded my expectations. They are even nicer than the photos on the website…artful design and excellent quality. These are a gift I will be proud to give, I know the person receiving them is going to be thrilled! Thank you!!C