About GWC Makers

Genuine Wallowa County is proud to carry products from NE Oregon and Nez Perce makers! Each gift box we send is lovingly packed with these bios, so your recipients can connect with the items (Inland NW Gallery items are shipped directly from their studios).

Click on photos/logos to visit makers' websites (when available).

 

ralph anderson, geezer craft, whittled wood

Ralph Anderson is a self-proclaimed “Geezer”—retired U.S. Forest Service—who carves utensils and other interesting objects from quaking aspen and other wood, while shaded up at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland site (Tamkaliks), often in the dance arbor. The wood is sustainably harvested from stand-thinning (allowing the growth of bigger trees); the bark is used for dyeing wool and the poles for whittlings. Ralph's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen gift box. 

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arrowhead chocolate, joseph oregon Arrowhead Chocolates started as a family business and recently transferred ownership to Jerry and Tracy Ivy and their daughter and son-in law, Sylvanna and Chad Dotson. The Arrowhead team makes chocolates in small batches, by hand, with an emphasis on the highest quality ingredients, beautiful presentation, and ethical sourcing and sustainability. AC's work can be found in just about every gift box, either as part of the box or as an add-on, and at GWC Provisions.

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kristy athens, ithaka ephemera, ithaka literary

Kristy Athens is the owner of Genuine Wallowa County, but any time she has a spare moment she is making a weird, irreverent collage artwork of some sort under the moniker ithaka literary ephemera. Kristy's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery

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nikki beachy

Nikki Beachy grew up in rural Colorado at the Wyoming line. As a young adult, she lived and studied anthropology and local languages in Tibet, where she met her husband, Mike. Nikki is a multi-media artist who interprets natural landscapes, textures, and patterns. She loves using natural inks. In addition to painting, Nikki enjoys hiking long-distance trails, fishing, working outside, skiing, and being with friends at potlucks at Wallowa Lake. Her work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen and Greetings Grab Bag Bargain gift boxes, and at GWC Provisions.

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mariah blackhorse, lost prairie designs, sheep shed joseph

Mariah Blackhorse is the creator of Lost Prairie Designs: Inspired by the endless variety of colors and patterns in earth elements, as well as the connection she feels when working with natural materials such as feathers and bone, she combines this natural beauty into unique items that are also grounding and healing on many levels. Mariah's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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rick bombaci, mossy old troll

On the day after Mt. St. Helens blew its top in 1980, Rick Bombaci left New England to return to Oregon and make Wallowa County his home. An avid outdoorsman, he’s hiked more than 5,000 miles around the world, reflecting his travels in written word and photographs that have been enjoyed by audiences coast to coast. Rick's work can be found in the Greetings Grab Bag Bargain gift box.

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andy boyd, boyd blacksmithing, boyd wallowa county

Andy Boyd started Boyd Blacksmithing in 2018 as a high school student. While apprenticing with local outfits Rusty Hammer Forge and Ugly Pug Forge, he has struck out on his own and is constantly coming up with new designs. Andy's work can be found at GWC Provisions. 

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Kyle Bkyle bratcher, sickfoot flies, fishing, fishermanratcher was born and raised in Baker City. He spent his childhood fishing in lakes and streams from the Elkhorn Mountains to Hell's Canyon. His love of fishing and the outdoors lead him to a degree in fish and wildlife sciences, a career as a fish biologist, and establishing Sickfoot Flies in 2019. Kyle has been tying flies with inspiration from his own fishing experiences for more than twelve years, and ties each fly with care and with durability and effectiveness in mind.  Kyle's work can be found in the Gone Fishin' gift box

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david brunkow, brunkow photography, brunkow photographerDavid Brunkow began his photography business in 1980, and has photographed everything from blushing brides to the highest-level sports to corporate events for some of the largest companies in the world. These days, David is devoting more time to the art of photography. From capturing the initial image to producing fine art prints and ceramic art, he has maintained a hands-on approach. David's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen gift box.

 

  

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carman ranch, grassfed beef, cory carman, grass fed beef

Operating from a fourth-generation ranch at the base of the beautiful Wallowa Mountains, Carman Ranch Provisions focuses on ranching practices that restore the soil, respect the animals, build sustainable businesses in our rural community, and grow nutrient-dense and delicious food. Cory Carman and her team seek lasting change on the land, in their community and in the food system. These practices result in a unique quality and complexity of grass-fed beef. CR's work can be found in the Oregon Surf & TurfYum Yum and Monthly Yum gift boxes, and at GWC Provisions.

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janis carper, second chance productions, jezebels mother

Janis Carper is an artist and music-maker who has enjoyed living and creating in Wallowa County since 2001. She loves roaming in the woods and poking around piles of old junk, drawing much inspiration for her art from the natural world. Janis's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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cheryl north coughlanCheryl North Coughlan says she's been living a double-life for most of her adult life. She works a 9-5 job by day (luckily it's all about art, at the Josephy Center). In her off-hours, she creates and studies art. When it comes to ceramics, Cheryl loves functional wares and favors simple design and color. She also has passion for the whimsical — her animals are fun and always bring a smile. Cheryl's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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jerry crandall

Jerry Crandall is semi-retired, but also drives school bus for the Enterprise district. He enjoys time spent in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, horseback riding, hunting, or working as a wrangler or camp cook. He has been a woodworker his whole life, and recently learned to build knives. Jerry's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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lynne curry, forage

Lynne Curry is a writer, introduced to the Wallowas in 2001 by her husband, Benjamin, who grew up on a wheat farm in the North End. A professional cook and baker, Lynne writes recipes for national publications and her blog, Forage. The local ranchers raising grass-fed beef inspired her to write Pure Beef, a guidebook and cookbook for whole animal, sustainable eating that supports the land, animals, and local economies. Lynne's book can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen gift box, and at GWC ProvisionsPhoto: Talia Jean Galvin

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leigh dawson, hobby horse, stick horse

Leigh Dawson came to Wallowa County in 1978 as a Forest Service employee, and never left. She made each of her children a stick horse, which they rode everywhere and still cherish. Now a grandmother, Leigh wants to bring back toys that encourage imagination and creative play. Leigh's work can be found in the Li'l Cowpoke gift box.

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erin de long, life other doodles, wood burning

Erin De Long-De Lyria grew up in Eastern Oregon on her grandparents’ farm. After moving away from the area and living all over the United States, she moved to Enterprise in 2017. Life & Other Doodles was born in 2018 and has become a new way for Erin to express how she sees the world and what inspires her. In many of her pieces you see scenes inspired by Wallowa County. Erin's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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tamara hall fuchs, tammy fuchs, tamara da silva

Tamara Hall Fuchs is the author of two children’s books and of Blossom’s FearLess Journal. Tamara is an integrative health coach and retired neurodiversity specialist; through the journal she shows people how to lean in and learn from fear. Tamara lives in the Wallowa Mountains with her husband Tom and their Westie, named Baily, and chickens Parsley and Sage. Her work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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liz enslin, flora fibers, yak

A fourth generation Oregonian and retired anthropologist, Elizabeth Enslin has been living on her yak ranch near Flora, in the north end of Wallowa County, since 2012. She launched Flora Fibers in 2019 to pursue her growing passion for working with botanical dyes and natural yarns and fabrics. She dyes her scarves with leaves, flowers, and bark sustainably harvested in her garden and in surrounding forests and pastures. Liz's work is found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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joan gilbert, joan madsen

Joan Gilbert grew up in Eastern Oregon and has worked as a freelance graphic designer, director for Wallowology Discovery Center, and illustrator for more than 20 years. She writes and illustrates children books, and has recently embarked on a multi-year project in fine art. You can find Joan's work in the Greetings Grab Bag Bargain gift box and at GWC Provisions.

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janet hohmann, jan hohmann, jan hohmann wallowa,

Janet Hohmann says she has always liked to make things! She got interested in wool a few years ago, and enjoys using the animals around her as inspiration for her creations. Janet's work can be found in the Plants & Animals build-a-box. 

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kathy hunter, nature tales, kathy hunter wallowa

All of Kathy Hunter’s stories have been pretested by Wallowa County kids, many of whom know her from the years of Fishtrap Storytime on local radio station KWVR. A 14-year old artist designed her CD covers, and Wallowa kids feature as animal characters. Locals Janis Carper, Henry Kinsley, and Robert Webb mastered the sound for these truly local  products. Kathy's work can be found in the Story Time gift box

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heidi jackson, deal canyon

Heidi Jackson grew up in La Grande and has been working as a dental assistant since graduating high school. She loves spending free time out in nature with her husband and dogs. In 2019, Heidi took a beginners' stained glass class, and while she was laid off from work during COVID launched Deal Canyon Stained Glass. Heidi's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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toni jones, wool artist, felted wool, wool home decor

Toni Marie Jones is an artist who works with wool using the ancient form of wet felting as well as the modern-day invention of needle felting. She designs and creates the wool fabric that comes to be colorful purses and pouches, or soft scarves and whimsical sculptured flora and fauna. Toni’s work is often embellished with beads and unexpected fibers. Toni was born in Wallowa County. Her great-great-great grandmother was full Cayuse, and two of her great-great-great grandfathers were interpreters for the Nez Perce and the Cayuse during the 1855 Treaty “negotiations.” Toni's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen and Gone Fishin' gift boxes, and at GWC Provisions

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kiyomi koike, sei mee tea, japanese tea, green tea matcha

Kiyomi Koike started Sei Mee Tea as a family business in 2004 (it’s pronounced “say-me-tea” and means “pure beauty” in Japanese). Her passionate journey started when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She began experimenting with green tea, and was thrilled when he was declared “cancer-free” five years later. Sei Mee Tea’s all-woman staff takes pride and joy in helping their customers achieve their health goals holistically. Kiyomi's work can be found in the Monthly Yum and Yum-Yum, and at GWC Provisions

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Carol kortnik

Carol McLaughlin Kortnik is a multi-media artist who lives in Joseph, where she and her husband have operated the Aspen Grove Gallery since 1986. Through her business, Carol McLaughlin Designs, she creates a variety of 2D and 3D artwork and wearable art. She has received numerous accolades and gallery shows for her work. You can find her work in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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todd kruger, kruger winding waters, kruger joysticks

Todd Kruger has been river-guiding with Winding Waters since 2005. His background includes working with troubled youth and as a master craftsman. He runs Twig, which produces functional items from recycled materials. Todd's work can be found in the Peace & Love gift box.  

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debbie lind, d.lind photoartisan, wallowa photographer

Debbie Lind has been a photographer for more than 45 years. Her education has come from workshops, books, mentors, and her own photographic and digital experimentation. Her creative inspirations begin with connection to images of the natural world, and oftentimes she use fractals to push and further shape her creative visions. Debbie's work can be found in the Love from Cowboy CountryPeace & Love, and Greetings Grab Bag Bargain gift boxes, and the Inland Northwest Gallery

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beth garrett lowe timber bronze

Beth and Garrett Lowe of Timber Bronze are "just two kids in our mid-50s who are looking to timelessly link nature and art through our unique bronze process. Beth brings levelheadedness and style, while Garrett brings creativity and passion. We consider it an honor to help clients bring their specific ideas to life and turn those ideas into art—art that can be passed on for generations." Their work can be found in the Plants & Animals gift box and the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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dustin lyons, alkahest leather

Dustin Lyons learned to make Renaissance-style handmade shoes in Ashland, Oregon, and then he put a root down in Joseph. When not on the road selling Alkahest Leather products at festivals, you can find Dustin nestled in the mountains, hammering away in his shop in the woods. His work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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angela mart, wallowa bicycle, fire starter

Angela Mart is an occupational therapist by day, and president of the Wallowa Mountains Bicycle Club on the side. She launched Mountain Woman Fire Starter as a creative outlet, and a fun way for people to get their wood stoves and camp fires lit. Adding to her enjoyment of wandering around in the woods, Angela gathers the tree bark and other elements from the Wallowa Mountains where she runs, backpacks, XC skis, mountain bikes, and calls home. Her work can be found in the Love from Cowboy Country gift box and at GWC Provisions. 

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beth mcbee, mcbee unlimited, feather pillow, decorative pillow, oregon pillow

Beth McBee is the owner and creator of McBee Unlimited. Her motto is “Re-imagine, recycle, repurpose,” which is why all her fabrics come from thrift stores and yard sales. Her background in design, studio work, and world travel informs her approach and color combinations. She finds Wallowa County a great place to grow a business—a supportive community that has helped her be successful. Beth's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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lo and ro, lip balm

Lauren McBurney (left) and Annie Rose Miller (right) write: "It all started when we were 8 years old. We set up a lemonade stand, and fell in love with entrepreneurship. We decided to create a clothing business, which flopped. We then tried jewelry, which also flopped. Finally we attempted lip balm. Our first recipe was too hard, so we kept trying new recipes and we now have the product that we do today, which leaves your lips as smooth as butter. We are Lo & Ro." Their work can be found in the Blissful Bath gift box and at GWC Provisions. 

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Sally B. Farms is a small farm nestled into the base of Chief Joseph Mountain. Wendy McCullough raises around 30 goats and makes soap using her own recipes. Each bar of handmade soap contains at least 25 percent goats' milk, skin-loving oils, and often wild-harvested herbs. Each bar cures for 4 to 8 weeks, and then is hand-cut and beveled, making it smooth and long-lasting. Wendy's work can be found in the Love from Cowboy Country, Li'l Cowpoke Blissful Bathand Monthly Yum gift boxes, and at GWC Provisions. 

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scott mcdonald, joseph creek coffee

Joseph Creek Coffee is owned and operated by Scott and Michelle McDonald in Enterprise. They have had a love of coffee since before they were married—they shared their love of coffee with early morning coffee dates while engaged, and have had a morning cup together ever since. Scott began roasting coffee at home in 2012 and has developed his craft year by year. You can find their work in the Monthly Yum and Yum Yum gift boxes, and at GWC Provisions. 

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hope mclaughlin

Hope McLaughlin is a survivor of the Great Depression and, as a result, is well acquainted with handmade, hand-me-downs, remade items from the best parts of used articles, and, of course, with a Singer treadle sewing machine, which was a necessity. She recently received an award from the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for her involvement with the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild. Hope's work can be found at GWC Provisions. 

  

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kim morris, kim morris wallowa, kimberly morris textiles

Kimberly Morris’s pieces are crafted with the belief that all things functional should be beautiful, easy to care for, and last for a very long time. She lives in Wallowa. Kimberly Morris Textiles can be found at GWC Provisions. 

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val nesemann, go figure, nesemann articulate

Val Nesemann began teaching art classes for students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Wallowa School District in 1984, and worked with them for 20 years. The first versions of her articulated, re-positionable figures were made by elementary students from discarded file folders and brass fasteners. Each uniquely decorated “Go Figure” is now made of magnetic sheeting, which allows anyone to play on the fridge or file cabinet. Val's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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nez perce, native american

“Iinim wenỉikt wées k’uusnim qicxnew’eet soyapoo wenỉikt wées Stacia Morfin. Welcome. My Indian name is Takes Care of Water, my given name is Stacia Morfin.” As a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation and owner of Nez Perce Tourism, LLC, Stacia’s vision is to unite all people with an integrated approach to intercultural understanding. Nez Perce Tourism works with Nimiipuu artists including Amy Wilson and David Branas, Raneisha Running, Melvina Killscrow, and Stephen Corpuz and Natasha Longie of The Quilled Path. Their work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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raylene oconnor

Raylene O'Connor was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but feels right at home in Wallowa County. After her husband said, "You must see eastern Oregon" for the 100th time, they decided to visit. "You're right!" she said. "I love this place.” And the process to relocate from Alaska began. In her free time Raylene enjoys knitting and felting her Knifty Bags or recycling wool into Spare Hearts. Her work can be found in the Peace & Love and Greetings Grab Bag Bargain gift boxes.

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lynne price, lynne nielsen price, sacred salve

Lynne Nielsen Price started Sacred Salve Company in 2009, but she has been making her Ancient Tree-sap Salve using a family recipe, which lore credits to Native Americans and Lynne’s French Canadian ancestors, for decades. Three of the salve’s five ingredients come from Wallowa County, as do the cottonwood buds that become her Cottonwood Salve. Lynne's work can be found in the Blissful Bath gift box and at GWC Provisions

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tera ptacek, alkahest leather

Tera Ptacek grew up in Minnesota with a passion to see the world and other cultures. All through her 20s, living in Alaska and traveling the world, she explored much! Reaching a point of wanting to put some roots in the ground, Tera and her former partner moved to Wallowa County and started a leather-working business. Tera feels right at home here, having fallen in love with the landscape and community. Now adventuring on her own, Tera is starting fresh with her own leather biz, LiminaL LeatherHer work can be found in the Love from Cowboy Country gift box, the Inland Northwest Gallery, and at GWC Provisions.

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kolle kahle riggs, kolle riggs, kolle riggs lostine, jim riggs

Kolle Kahle Riggs moved back to Wallowa County in 2018 to carry on her family tradition of making neat things out of rocks and sticks. She also attempts to intercept that sublime light that seems to be just perfect in Lostine. Also, she likes birds and mushrooms, and plants; mostly huckleberries. Kestrel Arts work can be found in the Greetings Grab Bag Bargain, Wallowa County Kitchen, and Plants & Animals gift boxes, and the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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annie robinson, annie's silverworks, annie jewelry, lostin jewelry

Annie Robinson moved to Wallowa County in 1999 and formed Annie’s Southfork Silverworks, named after the Lostine River (the “Southfork”), soon after. Annie fabricates jewelry that highlights the beauty of her materials. She chooses stones and shells that catch the eye, which she believes is the inherent function of adornment. Using designs and themes that echo the stunning natural world around her, Annie tries to make the world a little more beautiful every day with her jewelry designs. Annie's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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jimi schroeder, wallowa riversand, spice rub, seasoning mix

From founder Jimi Schroeder: "Wallowa RiverSand smoke and spice rub was born on the banks of the Wallowa and Minam rivers. Tested by friends and families who have made an art of giving of themselves to their fellow man. They work hard, and they play hard. Their meals are a masterpiece of family recipes handed down through generations. You no longer just salt your food, you accentuate it with RiverSand. It's an ancient craft of blending spices and smoke in an effort to go beyond enjoying a meal. Like stepping off the bank of a river in pursuit of your passion. A deep breath and a sigh. You -- have -- arrived." Jimi's work can be found in the Yum Yum gift box and at GWC Provisions.

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clay sharp, sharp saddles, sharp saddlery, handtooled leather

 

clay sharp, sharp saddles, sharp saddlery, handtooled leather  

Clay & Robin Sharp have been creating custom leather saddles for horses, mules and draft horses shipped worldwide for 25 years. Sharp Saddlery also refurbishes and re-covers furniture, and makes smaller items, such as the things available at Genuine Wallowa County. The Sharps' work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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theresa stangel, bison

Theresa Stangel comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers who migrated from north central Oregon to their current location, Enterprise, in 1958. All of Stangel's animals are born, raised, and harvested on their ranch in the beautiful Wallowa Valley. Through out their lives, the bison enjoy time between pastures that are located on "the Slope" and in "the hills" of Wallowa County. When the animals have reached the age for the highest quality product, the harvesting process begins. Theresa's work can be found in the Blissful Bath gift box, and at GWC Provisions. 

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stein distillery, stein joseph oregon, stein whiskey

Born in 2009 in Joseph, Stein Distillery is a family-run operation that maintains attention to detail from grain growth to harvest, and through fermenting, distilling, barreling, aging, filtering, and bottling. Every step is done by hand, producing the highest quality rye vodka, bourbon, rye whiskey, wheat whiskey, corn whiskey, barrel-aged rum and fruit cordials. From our grain to your glass! SD's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen gift box

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terminal gravity, tg enterprise, tg wallowa county, terminal gravity beer, tg beer

Located in Enterprise, Terminal Gravity embodies the spirit of the Wallowa Mountains. They brewed their first IPA in 1997, and they’ve kept brewing great beer at the forefront of their business ever since. Eating at the pub, under the aspen grove next to the creek, is a bit of a right of passage for anyone who visits Wallowa County. TG's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen gift box

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the bookloft, book loft enterprise, bookloft enterprise, bookloft wallowa, mary swanson

The Bookloft has been serving delicious coffee for more than 40 years. About 20 years ago, they decided to create their own special blend of coffee beans. They had a special tasting event to sample various combinations, and the winner is now known as the “Booklover’s Blend.” It’s a hearty medium blend, perfect for pairing with your favorite book or good discussions at your book club. Booklover's Blend can be found in the Yum-Yum gift box

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mikailah thompson, nez perce

Mikailah Thompson is a Nez Perce tribal member who was taught how to bead by her grandmother, Chloe Halfmoon. Mikailah says beadwork is an art form that holds importance within many native communities: “It's more than just jewelry or accessories. Many of us have beadwork that our great-grandparents made or that our ancestors had. When you receive it, it's supposed to last for generations and continue to be passed down. And this is one of the key reasons I am passionate as I am about my work." Mikailah's work is found in the Inland Northwest Gallery.

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trefin, tre-fin, tuna boat

Tre-Fin has built a co-op of like-minded local fishers who run small, fast day boats outfitted to bring in the same superior quality albacore caught on the Oppor-tuna-ty, whose two captains (Barrett and Mike), along with deckhand Malissa, are a hardworking, squared-away, veteran team at sea. Find their work in the Oregon Surf & Turf gift box and at GWC Provisions (shipping is limited).

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stirling webb, blown glass, glass art, moonshine glass

Stirling Webb is a glass artist who lives in Joseph. He opened a glass-blowing studio and gallery in Enterprise called Moonshine Glass Art in February 2019. He and his team of artists offer one-of-a-kind glass-blowing classes and demonstrations. Stirling takes pride in making glass art that he can showcase in his gallery, and hopes to blow and teach glass in Wallowa County for the rest of his days. Stirling's work can be found in the Inland Northwest Gallery








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bryce yanke, janell yanke, enterprise schoolBryce Yanke is a student who enjoys fishing on river trips and on lakes. His Creekside Lures are designed to attract trout, bass, and steelhead in lakes and rivers.   Bryce's work can be found in the Gone Fishin' gift box. 

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angelica zurita, la laguna joseph, la laguna wallowa, la laguna enterpriseLa Laguna was started by Angelica Zurita in Enterprise in 2003, and has since expanded to Joseph as well. Angelica worked very hard to learn all aspects of the restaurant business, training in other restaurants and comparing their practices, before opening her own. Her research has paid off! Angelica developed her salsa recipes using the finest ingredients, including local garlic. Angelica's work is available in the Yum Yum gift box and at GWC Provisions.