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We love festival season here at Ed Practical Art. It shakes us out of our introverted creating mode in the workshop and allows us to have some summer fun! The best part of every festival is the customer connection. Of course we love a sale but it is equally enjoyable to hear the positive comments…(Read More)

It’s festival season at the Lake and who doesn’t love an opportunity to be outside soaking up the gorgeous weather with the bonus of an art, music or wine experience! Summer is short here around Lake Tahoe so don’t miss your chance to celebrate with a memorable experience at one of these…(Read More)

Eric Dean Practical Art Summer Giveaway We have a beautiful new website and want to celebrate it with you ALL SUMMER! Prizes 1st Prize: Big Bear Silhouette A rustic hand crafted/hand finished bear wall art made from locally gathered reclaimed/recycled pallet wood. Value $125 2nd Prize Little Bear Silhouette A rustic hand crafted…(Read More)

How often do you end the day by the light of your phone or tablet? You’ve been grinding through the day, and at every break in your work schedule, you are staring at the screen of some electronic device. Answering emails, responding to texts… checking in on various social media channels. And then, so…(Read More)

Every woodworking craftsman needs a space where they can hone their art. I’ve seen some amazing converted garages and even a few backyard sheds as DIY workshops. ED Practical Art’s workshop space evolved out of a tough time. My wife and I were living in a condo and just as the real estate…(Read More)

I get a lot of inspiration from the outdoors. Pretty easy when you are lucky enough to live in the spectacular playground of Lake Tahoe. One of my neighbors that keeps me in a state of awe, is the black bear. It’s become commonplace to see bears rooting around in our yard or brazenly…(Read More)

Ask any craftsmen; artist, carpenter, surgeon, financial planner, etc. what sets them apart in the ease and ability to do a great job over an o.k. job and they will answer: “My tools!” It often takes time and lots of trial and error to discover the perfect instrument that becomes your partner in creating…(Read More)

Very simply, I make functional, beautiful things out of reclaimed materials. In the Navy I became a welder, following that I was a glazier (installing windows, mirrored walls and accents, glass shower enclosures, etc.) and I’ve also held stints doing various construction work…(Read More)

Cat House

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So I was getting really tired of sweeping the floor in front of our cats’ litter box every day and decided there had to be a better way. What if my cats could clean their paws BEFORE leaving the cat litter box, instead of tracking it all over the house? Then it hit me –…(Read More)

Practical Art

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Today, I want to talk about Practical Art, or Functional Art. Back in high school, when I took art class, we were taught that art should perform no function other than to inspire a feeling or evoke emotion.  But when I look around, I see art everywhere.  A beautiful structure can evoke so many feelings…(Read More)

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