This year, our Annual Fundraiser will be held at the Le Chateau, 15 North Naches Avenue, here in Yakima, December 8th, at 6 PM. We'll start with a Wine social which will provide some time to look at our Silent Auction items. There will also be a raffle with a new guitar, and a live auction featuring a new custom built dinning set; here's the story:

The Peasant Table Wormy Chestnut, Quarter Sawn White Oak, House Painted Poplar, Antique Cut Nails, Natural Suede, and Oil Infused Wax Finish. One of a kind dining set crafted mainly with traditional hand tools and joinery. Please explore and enjoy the hand planed surfaces of the table top and the carved bottom of the stools. Every aspect of this set was built with care and a true passion for craftsmanship.

Cleaning and Upkeep Use a damp cloth and mild soap to clean. Abrasives should never be used. A good furniture wax should be used every so often to restore luster.

Story A while ago a friend of mine came to me with a very old and worn out bunk bed. It was made for him by his grandfather out of his prized collection of Wormy Chestnut. Being a wood nerd I accepted this gift knowing that I would one day use this material for something special. Chestnut is a near extinct wood that is no longer available commercially. When I was approached to make a dining set for this charity, the old bunk bed was the first thing that came to mind. Although the amount of material was small and limited my options for designing the table, when I pulled the nails and dismantled all the parts my vision started to come to light. I wanted to make something that was simple and useful, but to also be a reminder of why we donated our time and money to support such a wonderful cause.

The name "Peasants Table" represents the servant driven nature of Sunrise Outreach and the nature of which the table was designed and built. The design is inspired from 14th and 15th century peasant furniture. These items were made by the poorest of poor to take care of their most basic necessities. They used little to no adornment and were built with bare bones joinery. The staked legs made it possible for the tables and chairs to be sturdy with less material thus making it easily built and attainable.

Inspired by the work Sunrise Outreach is doing to work with these kids that have been rescued from the most heinous of situations, I wanted to build something that represented this, and honor the wonderful man who loved his grand-kids so deeply that he would build them such a special piece of furniture. Because of Sunrise these kids now get to experience the love that a father and mother have for their child, the love a grandfather has for his grandchild. Now you get to enjoy a truly hand crafted piece of furniture that will last generations and each time you gather at this table you can reflect on the lasting help you gave Sunrise Outreach and the many children that are blessed by them every day.

Pictures are available on our Face Book Page.

With great thanks, JARS FAMILY CRAFTWORKS, 2016