The Story Behind Our Greenhouse

The Story Behind Our Greenhouse

By scott parker

More people than ever have started setting up gardens, and more people than ever have been wondering about our greenhouse, and if we can make one like it, or a smaller one. The truth is, like all things, is it started by me breaking something first. When my son and I were throwing a football around, I threw straight through our garage window. Being ever cheap, I found some free glass on line that I could cut up and use. When I got there this guy had glass everywhere, and he said take it all. "All of it"  just happened to be a couple pieces of float glass that I could use to replace the window, but most it came from an old country church, and it was all 1/2 inch tempered glass, all the same size - 5 feet by 2 feet. He said he was going to make a greenhouse but just never started.  Over the next year I cleaned, took apart, and reframed all 55 panels of glass. After that the next two years consisted of making the frame and putting it together. It is all done in traditional post and beam construction, meaning there is no bolts, screws, nails, or glue. It all fits together like a puzzle, and is held together by wooden pegs made by hand. In fact the whole thing is made with four tools- a tape measure, a saw, a chisel and a hand plane. If it was not for the free glass, there is no way we could have the greenhouse that we do, the glass alone would be the price of a car. each panel being about $350 or so new. It was a side project that I fit in between work and other projects, and I usually have at least one of these type of things going at once, where it looks like it will never get done, but given time, it does.

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Play Palace Contest

Play Palace Contest

By scott parker

Send us a picture of you and your feathery friend hanging out, and be entered into our contest to win one of our three tier play palaces. Perfect for just hanging out or exploring around, chewing on one of the several toys, or climbing the ladders. We use only high quality hardwoods, and carve all our own perches from hand. Email your pictures and a short sentence about what type and the name of your pet to prairiedogwoodcraft@gmail.com

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Baking Contest

Baking Contest

By scott parker

Send us a picture of your latest baking success (or failure) and we will enter you into win one of our premium hand turned traditional rolling pins with sealed bearings. These are made to be used, with a half inch solid steel axle going through a barrel made of maple, cherry, and walnut. The will not flex, and are superior to the small rolling pin you might be used to. Send your picture and story to prariedogwoodcraft@gmail.com

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About Prairie Dog Woodcraft

About Prairie Dog Woodcraft

By scott parker

My name is Scott Parker, owner and maker at Prairie Dog Woodcraft. I have always been a creator and designer; the materials may change, but the goal is the same: to bring joy to the people who interact with the things I make. This desire to create has led me to be a carpenter, welder, painter, sculptor, pastry chef and anything else that allows me to express myself. (I’ve been trying to play guitar for over a decade now, but let’s just say some things I will only do for my own enjoyment, and not torture other poor souls with). I have had a shop now for over a decade, selling things here and there while my full time job was as pastry chef in hotels, then COVID happened. The first three months were spent redoing our entire kitchen, making the cabinets, the island, hood, and even the window, and then the second wave hit. Since then, I have started this little store, at first with the bird enclosures, as this was something I had made for ourselves  years ago, then expanding to kitchenwares and furniture. It has grown with new and repeat customers asking for custom pieces, and I have enjoyed building my clientele. Like pastry, I see my main job as customer service, I just happen to make furniture. I want your experience with my store and my products to be unique, and enjoyable. I look forward to helping you, and if I can do anything for you, or if you have any questions about my products, or are looking for something unique that you do not see, please don't hesitate to ask. I am only a phone call, text or email away, and I promise I will do all I can to help you. info@prairiedogwoodcraft.com or at 1(587)987-2788. Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop!

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we are live!

we are live!

By scott parker

After months of trying to get this going we are finally up and running. Well, it might by a slow jog, or crawl, to start but here is hoping that with my usually stubbornness and anxiety levels, it will grow into something more.

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