Brambleberry Woodworks

Espri Bender-Beauregard creates unique wooden spoons and cutting boards from upcycled and sustainably harvested local hardwoods. Each piece is “one of a kind.” She designs each utensil and cutting board based on the individual grain patterns and other unique characteristics of every piece of wood. “Flaws” in the wood such as knot holes are used as inspiration – they provide a jumping-off point for creative problem solving. The end result is a unique kitchen tool that is both rustic and finely crafted – functional and sanded to a high polish.

Brambleberry Farm

Brambleberry Farm is a small permaculture-based nursery and market farm. We sell fruit, nut and berry plants. We sell plants from the farm by appointment only (we do not have a regular storefront at the farm at this time). We offer consulting services and educational tours of the farm and our strawbale house.
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Brambleberry Farm1 week ago
Find the latest inventory video here:
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Brambleberry Farm3 weeks ago
This week's plant inventory video is up!
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Brambleberry Farm Plant Inventory, March 29, 2024
Wherein I walk through the nursery and show what plants are currently available
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Brambleberry Farm1 month ago
I spent a bit of time sexing and tagging spicebush shrubs today. They're almost done flowering so now is the time to get out there! Spicebush is dioecious (separate male and female plants), and you need one of each to get berries. Spicebush grows well from seed, but it takes years before you get flowers to tell if they're male or female. We like to propagate them from cuttings taken from known male and female plants so that our customers know what they're getting. Persimmons are another popular dioecious plant, and we get a lot of questions every year about how to sex them. In general, male plants produce more flowers than females, and the flowers are usually smaller. But the main identifier is the presence of the ovary in the female flowers. It will usually look sort of like a little mini version of the fruit that it will turn into. Spicebush are tricky since the flowers are small, but persimmons are very obvious.

Edit to add: with persimmons, you don't usually need a male, but you do need to know how to id the females if you don't have grated female varieties.

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Brambleberry Farm1 month ago
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Opening for the season this Saturday, March 23rd, 9-5! I'm calling it a soft opening because we don't have all our plants out yet, due to weather. Conventional fruit trees are all out, all the nut trees and most of the berries. We are able to access many of the frost tender plants for you. They're in the greenhouses and root cellar still. But there are some things under greenhouse benches that are too packed in to reach.

*Oops for those of you with sharp eyes, the scientific name for ramps is Allium tricoccum, not Mertensia virginica 🤦‍♀️ (that's Virginia bluebells)
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Brambleberry Farm2 months ago
Our scionwood and cutting order deadline is fast approaching! Friday, March 1st will be your last opportunity to order for shipping. We'll continue to sell scionwood for pickup at the farm throughout the spring, but we don't like to ship once temperatures start to rise. Get your orders in!

(Picture of a previous year's rhubarb for attn - ours isn't quite that far along yet, but it will be soon!)
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Brambleberry Farm2 months ago
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Scionwood inventory will be updated this afternoon at 4 pm Eastern. The pawpaws sold out almost immediately last week, so I'm happy to say we will be listing a few more. We mostly have more 'Mango', but I will also list just a couple more 'Sunsprout' and 'Tropical Treat.' There are a number of out-of-stock persimmons that I'll be refilling, including 'Dr Kazas', 'Geneva Long', 'I-115', 'Prok', 'Ichi Ki Kei Jiro', 'Coffee Cake', 'Korea Kaki', 'Zima Khurma', and 'Rosseyanka'. Very limited quantities on some of those. If you've already placed an order and don't want to pay shipping twice we can combine shipping. Use code "COMBINESHIPPING" at checkout and in your address line include the phrase "combine shipping" to alert us that this is a second order.

* We will start shipping out scionwood orders on Monday February 12th *

Esprí Bender-Beauregard

b. 1977, Paoli, Indiana

About the Artist

Esprí Bender-Beauregard graduated from Goshen College with BA’s in Art and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2001. She and her husband founded Brambleberry Permaculture Farm in 2003, and Bender-Beauregard has found endless opportunities to apply her design skills to the homestead. She designed and helped build the couple’s sculptural straw-bale house, handles graphic design tasks for the business, and has built a significant demand for her sculptural spoons, spatulas and cutting boards. Bender-Beauregard’s father, Ray Beauregard, is an abstract expressionist artist, focusing on acrylics on canvas, and he worked as a custom furniture maker for much of his life. This legacy has significantly influenced her love of wood as an art medium (and given her the physical legacy of a well-stocked shop!).

Artist Statement

It was largely my interest in environmental issues that led me toward spoons as an artistic outlet. We heat with wood, and a number of years ago we were getting scraps from a local furniture factory to use as kindling. So many of these scraps had really interesting grain patterns and knots that had caused them to be useless for production furniture parts, but which I found much too beautiful to relegate to the fire. Spoons, spatulas and small cheese boards were a perfect use for these short pieces of boards. My supply of wood comes from many different sources now, but I continue to use wood that is “up-cycled” or sustainably harvested. I draw much of my inspiration from the wood itself. I am passionate about wood grain and I let interesting grain features in a board guide my drawing. “Character” wood is a challenge to work with as a carpenter, and is often simply discarded, but I find the challenges of these interesting woods to be inspirational boundaries. I also love the challenges created by function. I’ve created unique spatula designs that meet my needs for everyday cooking tasks in a more ergonomic manner than commercially made spatulas. My wooden utensils and cutting boards are made to be used. I love art that can be integrated into our everyday chores to beautify and dignify mundane tasks.