"Wow, that is so amazing Rich, but not unexpected. The NFL has just found out what we've known for awhile now."(Briz)
When NFL franchise owners reached into their Super Bowl gift baskets last week, they found wine bottle stoppers handcrafted by a local artisan who happens to be a resident of Mt. Olive Twp.
The Super Bowl host committee personally selected the stoppers created by Richard Feier, founder of rdWorks29. Mr. Feier makes hand crafted, quality wood turnings, bottle stoppers just being one of the many items he creates.
Mr. Feier said the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee discovered his items when he was working the Holiday CraftMorristown show in December, a juried, high end craft show held at the Morristown Armory. They told him they were looking for local items to include in the owner’s gifts baskets to promote NJ & NY artisans. They selected a few stoppers, presented them to the rest of the host committee & informed him of their acceptance. It was a great honor for him to be selected.
Richard started turning wood as a hobby, found he has a natural talent for looking at a piece of wood & finding the “gem” that’s hidden inside. He started turning in small 10x10 unheated shed, running extension cords to power the small lathe. He outgrew that shed very quickly & now has the workshop of his dreams. He gets his wood from a variety of sources, from local apple orchards, friends, neighbors & coworkers who cut down their trees & graciously share their wood with him, to specialty shops that sell the “exotics”. He continues to improve his skills by taking classes at Peters Valley every year.
In addition to bottle stoppers, he makes a variety of diverse items, anything from bowls, vases, trinket boxes, magnifying glasses, letter openers, salt & pepper shakers, spinning tops, tea lights, key chains, bottle openers, coffee & ice cream scoops, etc.
He sells his items at local craft shows & has repeat customers that seek him out at every show. He also has items for sale at Petals Pines & Special Things on Main St, Hackettstown, NJ. His website is rdworks29.com & can be found on facebook (rdworks29). For special orders please contact him via face book or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)