On the 7th Day of Christmas… A Wendell August Forge Giveaway! (Winner Announced)

UPDATE: The winner of the Wendell August Forge Wintersong Hostess Tray is:

#1,378 – Lorna: Her comment on being an RSS subscriber was the winner, but her favorite ornament?
“My husband started a tradition where we make a new ornament with our picture each year; those are my favorites. :)”

Congratulations Lorna! You should have already received an email from me; make sure you reply with your mailing address so I can get your new platter shipped out to you!

Thanks everyone for entering, and good luck as the giveaways continue next week! :)

Welcome to Day 7 of the “12 Days of Giveaways”!

Today I am featuring a gorgeous hostess tray from Wendell August Forge, which was founded in 1923 and is headquartered about an hour north of Pittsburgh. I have received a couple of their pieces as gifts in the past and recently have purchased every single ornament they have created along with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the last couple of years. They are known for their handcrafted aluminum giftware, ranging from platters to home decor pieces, ornaments, jewelry, and everything in between.

I was invited up to their factory for a tour and to get a close-up look as to how their products are made. Let me first say that every single person I met with could not possibly have been any nicer, just wonderful people. And secondly, I was utterly blown away by the amount of precision, detail and painstaking work that goes into each and every piece.

One of my first stops on the tour was the room where die cutting takes place. On the left, a gentleman was using hand-crafted tools to etch out a new design. On the right, another gentleman was using a machine that enables him to go over a sketch with his right hand, and an engraving tool copies his movements onto the metal below.

Below on the left is just one row in a room that has metal plates for every single design that has made its way into a Wendell August piece. There were rows and rows, with thousands of die plates. Truly incredible.

On the right is the picture that I most treasure from my trip to Wendell August. Although I couldn’t talk about it at the time because it hadn’t been announced yet, Wendell August partnered with the Pittsburgh Penguins to make Christmas ornaments from the roof material of the Civic Arena (which is in the process of being torn down). What you see on the right are actual sections of the Civic Arena roof that had been delivered to Wendell August for the ornaments.

I honestly can’t say enough great things about this company – from the craftsmanship that goes into their work, to the kind and generous employees that I met. I am thrilled to be giving away a gorgeous Christmas serving piece to one of you! I’d also like to encourage you to check out their website – if you are stumped about what to buy someone for Christmas, you just might find a treasure there! They have everything from serving pieces to ornaments, home accessories, and even jewelry. If you’re like me, you’ll end up buying a bunch of stuff for yourself :)

(Just a reminder that there will be no giveaways over the weekend; they will resume on Monday for the final 5 days of giveaways!)

Giveaway Details

The winner will receive one (1) Wintersong Hostess Tray (pictured above) from Wendell August Forge

How to Enter

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“What is your favorite Christmas ornament?”

You can receive up to FOUR additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “Day 7 of “12 Days of Giveaways” from @browneyedbaker: Win a gorgeous Wintersong Hostess Tray from Wendell August! http://wp.me/p1rsii-3T9”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Today (Friday), December 9, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced here tomorrow. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Wendell August Forge and Brown Eyed Baker.

GOOD LUCK!!

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  1. Diana on December 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    My favorite ornament is one I made with my mom when I was little. Its just a felt stocking, but its really great.

  2. Kristin on December 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I have a blown glass Christmas ball with lots of little strands of glass along the inside like cobwebs. It’s gorgeous when the light hits it!

  3. sharona on December 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    disco balls

  4. Kristin on December 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’m a RSS subscriber.

  5. Kristin on December 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’m a facebook fan!

  6. anna richards on December 9, 2011 at 9:56 am

    My favorite christmas ornament is an old bear that I have had since I was 3. Hes all tattered and old looking but I still love him!

  7. Jen on December 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    My favorite ornament is a silver rocking horse that with my name on it. I received it as a child.

  8. Jen on December 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I tweeted: “Day 7 of “12 Days of Giveaways” from @browneyedbaker: Win a gorgeous Wintersong Hostess Tray from Wendell August! http://wp.me/p1rsii-3T9”

  9. Reese on December 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    My husband loves penguins, so when we celebrated our first Christmas together, I had an ornament made with two penguins on it and the year. It says “Our First Christmas” on it and every year when I unwrap it, it makes me happy to see it.

  10. Amy S on December 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My favorite is a little snowman that I have

  11. Jen on December 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m a facebook fan

  12. Reese on December 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I am a facebook fan.

  13. Amy S on December 9, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I subscribe via email as well

  14. Reese on December 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    And I subscribe via email.

  15. Jenny Waite on December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    My favorite ornament is a yorkie ornament with my dog’s name on it. I lost him a few years ago, but I still put the ornament on the tree.

  16. Sarah on December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    We have this ornament that looks like an answering machine and when you hit play it’s Santa’s voicemail and he says “Ho Ho Ho, I can’t answer the phone right now because I’m out on my sleigh…Merry Christmas!” No one even has answering machines anymore! I love it.

  17. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    My favorite ornaments are my children’s baby ornaments from the years they were born. They look for them first every year as we decorate the tree :)

  18. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I’m a facebook fan!

  19. Jenny Waite on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    My favorite ornament is a yorkie ornament with my dog’s name on it. I lost him a few years ago.

  20. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I’m an RSS subscriber!

  21. Samantha on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    My favorite ornament is a tiny pair of porcelain figure skates with fuzzy pom-poms on the laces (I’m an ex-figure skater).

  22. Jenny Waite on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I follow you on facebook

  23. Samantha on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I follow BEB on Facebook.

  24. Jenn on December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is the spinning star that was originally my grandma’s. You place a light on the Christmas tree behind it, and the heat from the light makes the inside of the star spin. It is gorgeous and makes me miss my grandma! :)

  25. Jen on December 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    My favorite ornament is the little angel ornament with a bell and my name that I was given as a young girl.

  26. Jenny Waite on December 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I follow you on twitter

  27. Kristina Dockendorf on December 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a wooden Clara puppet from the Nutcracker. I received it when I was 10. It decorates my tree every year.

  28. Johanna Swartz on December 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    i love my bell ornaments! as do the kids =)

  29. Jessica N. on December 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I don’t have a favorite …. But I do love the ones that are of a bride and groom from when my husband and I shared our first Christmas!

  30. Debby G. on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were little. They are so precious!

  31. Sherry B on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My favorite ornament is the first one my husband gave me 20 years ago when we got married!

  32. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My favorite ornaments are all the ones my kids make. homemade ones.

  33. jeannette on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    i havve many favorite ornaments. my family has a tradition where we give each other a new one every year. but if i HAD to choose one, it’s be my satin-y white one with pretty glitter snowflakes on it :)

  34. Sherry B on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Liked on FB

  35. Kendall on December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My favorite ornament is one my mother made out folded sheet music and ribbon. She makes me and my siblings each a new ornament every year.

  36. Samantha on December 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I’ve subscribed via RSS.

  37. Sherry B on December 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I receive your emails

  38. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker email.

  39. Melissa Cole on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

    My favorite ornament is one my mom gave me when my daughter was born! It just means a lot to me and love the pink and white decorations.

  40. Debby G. on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  41. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

    My favorite ornament is a sterling silver Reed & Barton bell that was a wedding gift. It has been on our tree for 20 years now. But truly, my favorites are probably the ornaments my kids made in preschool, etc. Always good memories there for a momma!

  42. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I love and recieve your emails.

  43. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  44. Sandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is drying in my kitchen right now *lol* It’s my toddler’s handprint and my infant’s footprint.

  45. Kristen Sandstrom on December 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones I have made – clear glass ornaments with paint dripped into them… slowly turning them over the course of 36 hours they look like beautiful marbles!

  46. Vera on December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Liking you on Facebook. what a nice FB page.

  47. Sandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I am a facebook fan

  48. Sandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I am an email subscriber

  49. Kristen Sandstrom on December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I follow you on Facebook! :-)

  50. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I follow you on twitter/

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