New Artwork by Designer Andy Whitcomb

by Forest Eckley | January 07, 2015

Seattle-based furniture designer Andy Whitcomb is a master of repurposing materials, breathing life into discarded industrial elements and transforming them into timeless pieces of furniture made for everyday use. Andy says he often draws inspiration from the aging qualities of each found object and material. His lasted series of artwork emerges through observing, imagining, and placing the materials from his studio in different combinations and orientations. Playing with contrasting shapes, materials, textures, and colors to bring forth a dynamic visual experience. There is no agenda, no deeper meaning. His artwork is about the experience of creating something beautiful, by elevating under-appreicated materials and objects to a place where they will be valued.
Andy Whitcomb Furniture:

Posted in Art, Design, Events, Seattle

Crystal Hunting 101

by Glasswing Admin | November 11, 2014

A few weekends ago we went searching for one of Washington’s greatest treasures hidden beneath the soil: crystals. The Snoqualmie Batholith in the North Bend area has several crystal hunting zones where quartz crystal deposits are exposed due to uplift and erosion. Most of the crystals are on or just above the surface, so few tools are needed for beginners. We explored the Hansen Creek site, where we found a variety of quartz ranging in size, color, and shape. After a few hours we had dozens of crystals to show for it; crystal hunting is addicting! A bit further up the dirt road we started at a trailhead that took us up to Scout Lake to camp for the night. In the morning we explored around the lake and found a spot to clean the crystals. Most of the crystals were covered in dirt and took a lot of cleaning, but once all the dirt was removed the hard work was worth it. This is one of the coolest places in Washington we have ever been, and is an easy and fun way to get out of the city for an afternoon.


take I-90 E toward Snoqualmie Pass. Just before the Hyak exit, take exit 47 and follow NF-55 and NF-5510 to Hansen Creek. We recommend taking a car with some ground clearance or that can handle the primitive dirt road.

Turn right onto Asahel Curtis road then turn right onto Tinkham road and follow for about 1.5 miles. Turn left onto NF-5510 and stay left. Turn right onto Hansen Creek road and follow it up the switch backs. About half-way up the road there is a turn off that is marked with big boulders. This is the spot. Walk the overgrown road for about a mile, then you will hit a trail that takes you back into the lower Hansen Creek site. The steep slope is where people hunt. To find more potential sites wander up the the hill.

Gardening shovel and rake
Gardening pad for your knees
Small bag or container for the crystals
Clothes to get dirty



Photography & Story by Lauren Stelling


Posted in Outdoors, Photography, Seattle, Travel, Washington State

Introducing Glasswing Workshops!

by Alisa Furoyama | October 09, 2014

Last week we announced the first set of Glasswing workshops in the store.  The night featured two hands on events.  We had a terrarium building workshop as well as a candle making workshop.  We had so much fun hanging out and spending the night learning about two of our favorite in-house products.  Please stay tuned for the dates of our upcoming workshop!

Posted in Events, Seattle

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