About the shop: I'm Sheri, and I'm really an emergency room/trauma nurse in a big level 1 trauma center who uses woodworking to decompress from a slightly stressful job. I like the ER, but my heart is in the ocean with all the things that live there. I spend my time away from my "real" job in a little woodshop in Millers Falls, MA, carving whales, seals, sea turtles, sharks, birds, and just about anything else related to marine environments. I fell in love with woodworking years ago helping a friend who turned wooden bowls and made custom wooden cabinetry. I developed my own woodworking style and use my craft to help several important non profit organizations mainly on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now also in Canada and other critical right whale habitat areas. I use sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods in my work, and only use responsibly harvested tropical woods when needed for accents and color. I always pick highly figured, interesting lumber to ensure products that are both original and beautiful, and use solid slabs of lumber when possible for one of a kind cutting boards. I finish my pieces with oils and finishes that are food safe and environmentally friendly, and ship products using as little plastic as possible. I think it all makes a difference. Hope you have a look around the shop and email me if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy! -S
The non profits: CCS: Established in 1976, Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Ma has been a leader in the preservation of marine mammals and ecosystems. Their scientists, naturalists and researchers have rescued over 200 whales and sea turtles from life threatening entanglements, helped develop policies to reduce impacts of people on marine species such as the critically endangered Right Whale, and developed educational programs for students in marine sciences and visitors to the Cape. They also provide valuable internships for college students seeking careers in marine science and research, host public lectures on important marine ecology topics and have a number of fun events to raise awareness of marine species, habitat and coastal ecology. NMLC: National Marine Life Center is an amazing little operation in Bourne, MA. They rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles, and also play a huge role in educating both students and visitors to the center about these animals by offering internships, volunteer opportunities and learning environments for school kids and visitors to the Cape. AWSC: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is a non profit dedicated to raising awareness of white sharks through research and education. They support research through tagging and monitor and research movement of this species in coastal waters off the Cape and Islands. AWSC believes public education about white sharks will raise awareness and appreciation for the species and secure the future for these amazing creatures. NECWA: New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance is an all volunteer non profit organization that works to better understand and protect marine wildlife in the coastal waters of New England. Their work intertwines research and education with conservation activities and provides Marine Wildlife internships for high school and college students. Each year NECWA provides between 60 and 70 educational programs to kids and also shares important data they have collected with state and federal managers. They are currently working with Bridgewater State University to archive all of their data to make the information available to the public through an online system. (Abbreviated description from Krill Carson) Wildcare Cape Cod is a wildlife rehabilitation center that rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured or orphaned wild life and provides education about wild life to the public. Wildcare also inspires people to help native wildlife and preserve wildlife habitat. A Place Called Hope Located not on the Cape, but instead in Killingworth, CT A Place Called Hope rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, harriers, falcons, kites and osprey. They also have helped ravens, blue jays, crows and vultures.They make every attempt to release these birds back into the habitat where they were found, often to a waiting mate.