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Stick & Stone

Stick & Stone

"Wood is so beautiful with the different grain patterns that it produces - like the way that cherry wood kind of looks like the flesh of a salmon," says Aynsley Schopfer. "Once you start working with wood you really fall in love with it. The limitation is really only your imagination."
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As former caretakers of a working vineyard, Brian and Aynsley Schopfer have always been connected to the earth. But the answer for where their lives would soon be headed came from a literal shake of the earth. "There were these tremendous heritage oak trees that would sometimes come down in storms," says Aynsley. "These trees held space for our family and it was heartbreaking to see them come down, but to know that you could breathe new life into this tree by turning it into a work of art that would be enjoyed everyday in someone's home - rather than just burning it and sending it back to the sun - that was important." 
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So in a space above the tasting room, in an old horse stable, Brian set up a woodshop. And with a wood-mizer and a portable band saw, they started salvaging everything they could. Even repurposing oak cask wine barrels into swings and mirror frames. "Each piece of wood is unique and has its own life story. Just to be able to clean up a piece of wood by sanding it so that the grain patterns are visible and then to put some mineral oil on top to watch the depth and shimmer that comes... it's incredible." Their love of creating out of wood was further solidified through a DIY workshop at Grain Surfboards of Maine where Brian and his brother-in-law crafted their own wooden surfboards and, eventually, a plan to bring Grain Surfboards to Amagansett.
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Three years ago, the Schopfers moved out to Amagansett with their two kids and their abundant wood collection in tow to open up an outpost of Grain Surfboards on Long Island with their brother-in-law. Realizing the endless possibilities of the wood shop and wanting to bring their own design visions to life, it was here that Stick & Stone was born as part of the shared space. The Stick + Stone name birthed from the family's propensity for finding beauty everywhere... and then taking it home with them. "Everyone in our house is a collector. Literally our house ends up being full of really cool gnarled sticks and beach stones. Stick and stone was just the natural fit for who we are and what we do."
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"I think we're just so happy to share the beauty of a material that we love with other people. And I hope they get used everyday and aren't tucked away and saved for that rare special occasion. And often times with the cheeseboards in particular people are like 'this is too beautiful I'm never going to cut on it.' And our belief is you should absolutely use it. You should be surrounded by beautiful things and use them all. Life is short. Enjoy it."