Handmade Signs, Art and Frames

This past week we launched several new products at the Long Beach Art & Crafts show. We had been working for several months to create new items for this years crafts show around the tri-state, and the reaction was excellent. We created three separate items, a whale, and anchor and frames all handmade and created from locally sourced reclaimed wood.

The process starts working with local carpenters who provide us with the wood needed to make the art. This batch came from a cedar floor that was laid in a Long Island home in 1934. We then strip it of any nails and get rid of the wood that doesn't have enough character to be considered. Our customers and ourselves tend to like the pieces with a lot of aging and knots. We then glue them together and the pieces form one solid piece to be cut into shapes. Our original pieces, a whale and an anchor, are those that are standard for any ocean community like those around the Tri- State area.

After selling out at the show, we are steady building more pieces and coming up with new shapes. No doubt we will continue to keep innovating in this area. We love the whole process of creating something from scratch and in this case we are taking wood that is normally wasted and up cycling it into a piece of art.

We also launched some new frames made of discarded pallets. People have been using pallets for a many years to create fencing, art and even furniture. A quick stroll on pinterest will blow your mind on how much you can do. We decided to take this concept in making full finished frames. We are offering them in 11x17 inches with grooves for sliding in glass. We also have them as fully planked with a piece of glass face mounted to the front with art undernearth.

For now these are only available out at our local shows. We are also going to be launching a line for sale for our wholesale accounts that come out to the NYNOW show this August at the Javitts Center. So you will need to come out and see for yourself these hand crafted pieces of art.


Here are some images of the process...

The floor that will soon be art


Hand cut and painted signs made to have a vintage distressed look. We use Annie Sloan chalkpaint then wax the frame afterwards so that it maintains the finish


Team carpenter and artist Steve Corrigan looking over one of the pieces prior to sanding.


School of raw wooden whales ready to get some paint.


Painting up the whales


Some of the finished planks that we're sold at the show.

July 22, 2014 by james mcdonald


Obviously I am dumbfounded by the devastation around our area. A lot of friends, families and our customers got affected by Sandy. We got spared from some of the major effects the storm brought so I am working on some new art and some fundraising options to help support. My hands and hearts go out to all those affected.

Here's a few quick desktops and icons for your computer or FB page.








Fall Show List

Mark your calenders for some great events coming up. 

Long Beach: August 25-26th on the boardwalk

Argyle Lake Arts & Craft Fair, Babylon NY: Sunday, Sept 9th

West Islip Country Fair: September 23rd

Bay Ridge 3rd Ave festival: Sunday September 30th

Irish Fest Long Beach: October 6th

Oyster Fest 2012: October 13th and 14th inside the tents

St. Anthony's Mothers Guild Holiday Fair: November 3rd St. Anthony's High School, Hicksville NY

Updated Store List

I added a few more stores on where you can find some of my type maps. 

Here's an updated list of who, what and where.


Harlem Flo (currently in construction merging boutique and florist)

2276 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave)
Time out article about them here.

Shop Exit 9  Lower East Side

Carries New York City map framed and unframed

51 Avenue A  

New York, NY 10009
212) 228-0145 



Shop Exit 9  Cobble Hill

Carries Brooklyn map framed and unframed

127 Smith Street  Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-7720


Carries Brooklyn map framed and unframed

225 Court Street,

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-0255


Homebody Boutique

Carries Brooklyn map framed and unframed

449 7th Ave # 1  Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-8980  



Frame Me

Carries Brooklyn map framed and unframed

9014 3rd Ave # A  Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-5259


Site NYC

Carries Queens framed and unframed maps, Queens T Shirts and Brooklyn and NYC boxed maps.

35-11 34th Avenue. 

We are conveniently located near the Steinway R/M line, or the Broadway N/Q lines.




Carries Long Island and Fire Island framed and unframed maps

Bay Walk, 

Ocean Beach NY

Fire Island

Ocean Beach Recap


Thank you's go out to everyone that came out for the fair this past weekend in Fire Island. Was great to see some customers from last year and just as nice to make some more people happy with our art. Luckily the weather held up for the entire weekend and into the night.

All posters that we ran out of and that need to be shipped are mailing out tomorrow. You should have by the end of the week or early next week the latest.

Next up for me is back to Long Beach on the  25th and 26th. I will actually be away on vacation but some of the metalbox crew will be holding down the fort. I will have a few new things available at this fair as well, so come out and say whats up. Until then check out some of the images of the fair and the weekend.

Jam session during happy hour 

Dude named Tom Brady buying on of Genes pieces....Irony!

Best dressed on the beach too.

Water was rough all weeknd. Didnt even get a change to get wet....sucks. Next year were staying an extra day.

Michelle and me winning in darts til 3 in the morning. We were the official King and Queen of the dart board on that night. Check out that form!

2 maps hanging in the window at Klines. Great store for getting your beach gear and souvenirs.

View from the ferry of the Great South Bay and the Robert Moses bridge in the background.

August 14, 2012 by james mcdonald

Farmingdale Street Fair


We had a spur of the moment opportunity to have a booth at the Farmingdale fair out on Main St. over the weekend. Was a perfect day to get outside and I wanted to thank all the people that came through the booth. We are always grateful of the compliments and gratitude we get from people and am glad to add something different to these types of events. Graphic design, and good art in general, should always be something that is readily available to the people. I am glad we can contrast the things you see with something that is original, our own and as one thoughtful gentleman put it "valid".

It's also really great to see the disparity of people that buy from us. I sold to a woman who's sending a Long Island map to her family in Thailand, an Aussie who was bringing home a Manhattan map for himself, a ride your bike, jets and giants poster to a football loyalty confused bicycle lover, an Ireland map to and Irishman from Leitrim and of course several LI maps to people from the neighborhood. Indeed a few steps closer to global supremacy that even a little kid throwing up outside our booth cant stop.

One thing I wanted to point out, based on a comment from a customer, is that I was able to make an addition to the Long Island surf beaches poster. So welcome Tobay Beach, the often overlooked neighbor of Gilgo to the mix. Am having these printed as lithographs and are available immediately.

Thanks again to all  the customers and other people who showed interest. I also decided to continue having free shipping so that you can get something you may have not pulled the trigger on, and not have to pay for the shipping. If you have any questions feel free to email me or drop a comment in post.

October 10, 2011 by james mcdonald