Treasures for your dinner service from Don´s Gift Line

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There always was this magical atmosphere in Don´s studio/home, it felt like being a child in a big toy store every time we visited him. To resist his delightful Gift Line collection was virtually impossible, no matter how, the discovery of a new piece or gadget that could match with something I already had at home came in the way. The following 1980’s vintage Gift Line catalog page with Don´s image on it brings great memories back to life!

I recently described in my posts “Home Bar Essentials” and “Accessories for every occasion” some of Don´s tropical woods trays, chopping and cheese boards, coasters, salt & pepper shakers, etc. This time I want to point out on his gourmet designs which were particularly charming and definitively making the difference when decorating your dinner table. Here two of my favorites…

For many years I have enjoyed serving my meals with these Don S. Shoemaker Pyrex holders produced in solid cueramo tropical wood:

We love Mexican cuisine but we also enjoy very much Asian food, chopsticks are a must for fine tableware. This set of 6 chopsticks with chopstick rests were made in solid cocobolo tropical wood, the set is absolutely gorgeous:

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Don´s Gift Line – Home Bar Essentials

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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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Accessories for every occasion

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Don never wasted an inch of his precious woods, everything ended up in his creative laboratory. He magically converted remaining small tropical wood pieces into bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, gifts, painter tools, jewelry, etc. It was an adventure to take a tour around Don´s shop and hunt for exotic wood accessories.

I am especially fond of Don´s parquetry service trays. They are a fundamental accessory to our bar at home. Below, two service trays from my personal collection made in tropical woods with decal studio label.

This capricious design of a nut cracker made in walnut wood is a very nice decorative piece, which I took with me during one of our many weekends together with Don at SEÑAL, S.A.

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