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. Carolin on December 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a carousel horse my Aunt bought me just before she passed away.

  2. Carolin on December 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I tweeted!

  3. Tiffany Miller on December 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    My favorite ornament is my john deere tractor

  4. Roxy on December 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    An ornament that my mom made for me as a child. It is hot pink and not really something I would choose, but I don’t have my mom anymore and it so reminds me of her.

  5. Roxy on December 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I am a FB fan.

  6. Roxy on December 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I subscribe to your e-mails.

  7. Erin M. on December 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    My favorite is my baby christmas ornament. It’s not a traditional “ball” style.

  8. joette on December 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    an old plastic one that spins from the heat of the lights. Also what a lovely tray

  9. Judy on December 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

    My favorite is a beaded star that my 4th grade boyfriend made me.

  10. MaryBeth on December 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

    My favorite ornament is the “our first Christmas” ornament I received from my sister when I was a newlywed. It’s has had a special place on the tree for the past 22 years.

  11. Kathryn on December 9, 2011 at 6:34 am

    My husband always gets me a handblown glass ornament.

  12. LaLaLinz on December 9, 2011 at 6:36 am

    My favorite ornament is a Precious Moments ballerina that I was given when I was young. I still eagerly look for it every year!

  13. LaLaLinz on December 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I am already a fan on Facebook.

  14. LaLaLinz on December 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I already receive updates via email.

  15. Leah on December 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I’m Jewish, so I don’t have ornaments, but one time we bought Reese’s ornaments for a friend from Hershey Park!

  16. Leah on December 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I like you on facebook!

  17. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

    The old red, black, and white Buffalo Sabres christmas ornament that’s always in the middle front of our tree!

  18. mary on December 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

    My favorite ornament is a set of snowman bells given to us by a dear friend, personalized for the whole family.

  19. Ashleigh on December 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

    A White House ornament that a friend of mine gave me while she was interning in the West Wing :)

  20. Ashleigh on December 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I follow you on FB!

  21. Kelly on December 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

    My favorite is the ceramic, heavy big bird ornament – my first ornament from my mom as a child. She continues the tradition. The most recent ones have been baking related:)

  22. Kelly on December 9, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I receive your email posts/updates

  23. Kelly on December 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I follow you on FB

  24. Denise B on December 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

    A gold bell that my mom bought for me when I was small. It had my name on it. And my brother had silver ones.

  25. Denise B on December 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I subscribe by RSS.

  26. Ilene on December 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    My favorite ornament is a ny mets one that we put on last and make a big deal of it. It’s sort of a joke.

  27. Sharon on December 9, 2011 at 7:00 am

    My favorite ornament is any of my Snowbabies collection. Love them.

  28. Sharon on December 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

    I subscribe to Browm Eyed Baker through e-mail.

    • Sharon on December 9th, 2011 at 7:02 am

      *Brown

  29. Sharon on December 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I like brown eyed baker on facebook.

  30. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

    My favorite ornament is one with each of family’s names printed on it.

  31. Fran on December 9, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I subscribed to you in my reader.

  32. Fran on December 9, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I love the pinecone reindeer my daughter made in preschool.

  33. Kate on December 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

    That’s tough, but probably one of my hand painted glass balls from my parents.

  34. Kate on December 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  35. Kate on December 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I also follow you on twitter.

  36. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I love our set of glass icicles…

  37. Amilia @justeverydayme on December 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

    We have this awesome snowman ornament…he has branch for a walking stick and has birds on his branch arms. I think he looks like Gandalf in snowman form :)

  38. Meg L. on December 9, 2011 at 7:18 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a Santa ornament w/my name on it that moves it’s limbs when you pull a string. It’s a dancing Santa!

  39. Amilia @justeverydayme on December 9, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  40. Beth on December 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

    An ornament that I bought when I lived in Italy. I wish a had a whole tree of them!

  41. Jennifer M on December 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

    A dough candy cane that my son made and decorated in preschool.

  42. Jennifer M on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Facebook fan

  43. Amilia @justeverydayme on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I subscribe to your RSS and email!

  44. Beth on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I subscribe to emails!

  45. Amilia @justeverydayme on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I like you on facebook!

  46. Jennifer M on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    E-mail subscriber

  47. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is one my sister and I made over 35 years ago. It is purple and has lots of sequins and beads on it!

  48. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I am a fan on facebook also!

  49. Jessie on December 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I love our rubber duck wearing a Santa hat.

  50. Jessie on December 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I have the RSS feed.

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