By NICK IVIE
PRIEST RIVER — Owners John and Terrie Morelli are excited to be offering custom woodworks to the area after opening their news business, Terrie’s Creations.
Using Terrie’s longtime passion for crafts and John’s skillful eye and steady hands in woodworking; the Morellis’ have been providing their clientele with custom engraved wooden signs and have recently expanded into making urns and various other beautiful constructions.
“If you can imagine it, we could probably put it in wood,” the couple said. Adding, “We love to do custom work” and “our driving force was the need for Christian based signs.”
The couple has already supplied signs to six area stores, Simply Susies, Akre’s, Sharon’s Country Store, A-Z Treasures, Solar Bible Book Store, Art & Home Center, and broke into the urn making business after close family friends asked them to build a box for storing ashes. The project ended with extremely positive feedback towards their work and the business branching out with a new aspect of woodworking.
John and Terrie’s creations come to life by running a 3” x 4” block of oak or cedar through their CNC machine, which carves out the particular pattern and lettering after being uploaded by a computer software program. From their the piece goes through fine finishing; including sanding, staining, and painting to make the design pop.
Terrie’s Creations can tweak the routine to accommodate almost any customer need and always makes a plywood sample before machining the actual product.
The signs can follow a variety of themes including funny cartoon sketches, family name and address, business information, inspirational sayings, or Biblical quotes and messages.
The sky really is the limit when creating your own custom sign.
John and Terrie follow the tried and true method of good old-fashioned ‘learn as you go’ with the optimism that “mistakes hopefully makes knowledge” and their customers won’t be disappointed after seeing their ‘one-of-a-kind’ custom woodworks.
“Feedback has been very positive. People seem to love our designs and what we can do,” the owners said. Adding that, “they do it for the enjoyment” and find the hobby turned into business has been very “fun and relaxing.” “I love to work with wood and my wife loves to work with software, so it’s a good fit,” John said.
Terrie’s Creations can be contacted by calling: (208) 448-2110.