Red Alert—It's Almost Valentine's Day!

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If you are making Valentine’s gifts this year for your sweetheart, let Woodcraft point you in the right direction with some colorful choices for the season that they’re sure to love.


When we think of Cupid throwing those little hearts around, we think of shades of red and pink. Several wood varieties have a reddish cast, which makes them ideal for creating gifts from the heart. 

Bubinga, or African Rosewood (pictured below), is a dense hardwood with a rose-colored background and darker purple striping. Bloodwood, also known as Cardinal Wood, has a red to crimson color. These two exotic woods can be purchased as precut knife scales so you can fashion them into gorgeous kitchen knives with any of the available kits, including the Chef’s Knives, Fillet Knives and Parer Knives

Pink Ivory is a rare, unique wood with light to dark pink heartwood with lighter off-white sapwood. It turns well, so try your hand at turning an ice cream scoop with a stainless steel kit from Woodcraft. 

Spalted Tamarind with infused red resin has some really unique figure with the dark lines that run through this species. Grab a blank or two, and turn a bottle stopper or a magnifying glass to give to your love.


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Purpleheart, native to Central and South America, looks bright purple when cut but darkens to brownish-purple with exposure. This wood is very strong and machines well. How about turning a purpleheart bowl and filling it with candy for your Valentine?

Red Wine Infused Whiskey Wood is a bit out of the ordinary, as these blanks were previously red wine oak barrels. The wood is stained by and infused with red wine for a deep burgundy look, perfect for making wine stoppers or bottle openers

Cutting Boards are practical yet pretty, especially when made from an Exotic Cutting Board Kit. There are several kits to choose from, but I like this one with the purpleheart running through the center. Just glue it up, sand and apply a food-safe finish



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General Finishes has made it really easy to get the exact colors you need for your painted projects with their fabulous Milk Paint Custom Mixing Deck. It features more than 170 recipes for custom colors, including 6 cards devoted solely to shades of red and pink. Start with their standard colors on the red spectrum—Tuscan Red, Brick Red, Holiday Red and Coral Crush. Lighten them up with Snow White or darken with varying levels of Lamp Black, for another 16 tones on the recipe deck.

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Brick Red


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Coral Crush

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Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint also carries colors you will love for your sweetheart, including I Need a Bandage and Appalachian Sunset. Create lighter tints using Clean Canvas, or deepen a shade with Black Dog. This paint line is completely customizable, allowing you to mix your own custom color.   

Black Dog has also provided “recipes” for several custom mixes including Watermelon, Brickyard, and Pickled Beet.

Blush Pink is another beauty, this one from the Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint line.

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Make a Pen

Don’t have much time? Make a pen for your honey! Even a first-time turner can turn a pen in under an hour. Acrylic pen blanks make some beautiful writing instruments, including Watermelon, Blaze, Ruby, Venetian, CupidSolid Pink, Scarlet Mesh, Rage Red, Red & White Fan Favorite, Pink Flamingo, Fire & Ice, and Pretty in Pink. Pink Quartz (my personal fave) is pictured below. 

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Blaze Acrylic Blank


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Cupid Acrylic Blank

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Rage Red Acrylic Blank


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Pink Flamingo Acrylic Blank


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Pretty in Pink Acrylic Blank

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Whether you make a cutting board, a pepper mill or a pen/pencil set, you can’t go wrong with a gift from the heart made with your hands. Let Woodcraft help you select the materials and supplies you need to create something the love of your life will cherish for years.  

We hope you'll be inspired!

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  • Jv
    Wow! I can't believe It's almost valentine's day. Guys here are some nice ideas if you're running out of ideas!

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