Sometime ago I already mentioned in one of my posts that Don had an extensive and very creative “Gift Line”. This Gift Line included all sort of articles for any thinkable occasion: presents, boxes, toys, sculptures, games, bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, painter tools, jewelry, etc. You would always discover and buy something for yourself or for someone else when looking around the shop. Most of the times when we visited Don in Santa Maria de Guido I carried wish lists from my relatives with all the goodies I had to bring back home from SEÑAL, S.A.
One of Don´s specialties were his Bar and Gourmet Accessories. He would argument that no matter how you serve drinks and cocktails there are some essentials that no well-stocked home bar, no matter how idiosyncratic, should be without. The Shoemaker equipment in any serious home bar should include: at least one or two cut boards, napkin holders, a salt & pepper set, two sets of coasters and many ashtrays among others to make your guests feel very comfortable. (Don also designed a complete bar furniture line, but I will address this subject some time in a near future).
So, I have made a selection of some the Shoemaker gadgets that I use in our home bar for you:
- A cut board and a cheeseboard made in solid tropical woods (striped design including white mahogany, cueramo and other local rosewood species):
- Salt & Pepper Set – “Elephant” model. Don designed several salt & pepper sets, this was our choice made in cocobolo tropical wood:
- Napkin holder made in solid cueramo, cocobolo and other local rosewood species:
- Matching set of 6 coasters made in cueramo tropical wood and mahogany, a cocobolo ashtray and a set of teabag holders:
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