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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1,400 Responses to “On the 7th Day of Christmas… A Wendell August Forge Giveaway! (Winner Announced)”

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  1. Lynn on December 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Oh, this is a hard one b/c I collect Christmas ornaments but one of my favorites is actually a new one I received this year as a gift as a memento from a trip with friends to one of our favorite places. It is a sand dollar my friend found and decorated.

  2. Terri on December 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

    No doubt it is my Partridge Family Bus ornament that plays ‘Come on get happy’!

  3. Terri on December 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I follow BEB on Facebook

  4. McKenzie Huseman on December 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

    My favorite ornament is the first one my husband received after our wedding.

  5. Ange on December 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

    My baby ornament, it’s 32 years old!

  6. Ange on December 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I like you on FB!

  7. Ashlee on December 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a clay figure of a girl playing soccer. I don’t know why this is my favorite, I just remember going to pick it out and how excited I was to have a soccer girl!

  8. Ashlee on December 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I am subscribed via email!

  9. Ashlee on December 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I am a facebook fan of Brown Eyed Baker!

  10. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I follow your blog.

  11. m @ random musings on December 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Vintage glass

  12. m @ random musings on December 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I follow on twitter

  13. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I gave my partner a very silly ornament with reindeer for the first year we were together at Christmas. I think it’s pretty close to my favorite.

  14. m @ random musings on December 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I follow via rss

  15. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I don’t celebrate Christmas, so my fave ornaments are the beautiful ones I’ve found to give friends over the years.

  16. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I follow you on Twitter

  17. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I like you on Facebook!

  18. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

    You are in my Google Reader!

  19. Autumn on December 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Awesome prize yet again!!
    I follow on twitter.

  20. Karen on December 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    What a beautiful tray! My favorite ornament is actually a set of glass Wizard of Oz characters that my husband gave me a few years ago. They are gorgeous!

  21. Autumn on December 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  22. Karen on December 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I follow you on google reader.

  23. Julie M on December 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    my favorite ornament is the one i received from my grandmother, a little mouse

  24. Julie M on December 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    i also subscribe in RSS / google reader

  25. Heather Taylor @ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    My favorite ornament is our homemade family ornament. Of course, we need a new one because this year we have a new addition!

  26. Autumn on December 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I tweeted!

  27. Heather Taylor @ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I subscribed to your RSS feed!

  28. Heather Taylor @ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  29. Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are my baby’s first Christmas ornaments for each of my children.

  30. Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I am a fan on facebook.

  31. Autumn on December 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Picking just one favorite ornament is too hard! Our tree is full of special ornaments because we get a new one every year that represents the year we’ve had. I also get my son one of his own. I’ll give them to him when he gets married some day (he’s 10 now).

  32. Melissa Herrmann@ Kids in the Sink on December 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

  33. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

    my favorite ornament is the kids 1st year christmas photos

  34. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

    like you on facebook too.

  35. Leslee on December 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    The glittery ornaments my grandmother made and gave to the family for Christmas.

  36. Carly on December 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    One of my favorite ornaments is a tin foil icicle my Dad made when he was younger. It looks terrible and makes us laugh every year, but each year we carefully unwrap it and delicately and lovingly put it on the tree, just as we would any other ornament.

  37. Kristen Johnson on December 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My favorite ornament is a star with an angel kissing baby Jesus in the middle.

  38. Val on December 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my children have made over the years. Now that they are grown they become more precious each year.

  39. Willa on December 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Favorite ornament is one of many I have collected as I traveled. I always picked up ornaments as souviniers –small, packable, light weight. Then there are the ones I have made or someone made for me. One favorite? I don’t think so!

  40. Willa on December 9, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I subscribe via Googe Reader

  41. Jan in Virginia on December 9, 2011 at 7:51 am

    That is beautiful!
    I am glad I found your site. The recipes are delicious and your photography is awesome. Thanks for what you do!

  42. Willa on December 9, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I am a FB fan.

  43. Brenda on December 9, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My favorite ornaments are the reindeer that my kids made with their hand prints.

  44. Christine on December 9, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My favorite ornament is one my parents gave my husband and me on our first Christmas together. It is a heart with our names engraved on it. It means a lot to us!

  45. Kayla on December 9, 2011 at 7:53 am

    My favorite ornament is a Lenox bride and groom my husband and I received as a wedding gift.

  46. Debbi on December 9, 2011 at 7:54 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a simple sparkled ornament :)

  47. Debbi on December 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I subscribe to BEB through email!

  48. Debbi on December 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I am a fan of BEB on facebook! I love the website :)

  49. Jen Merschel on December 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    My favorite ornament is a flying dumbo with a red glitter jacket. His ears are enormous and I smile every year when I put it on the tree.

  50. Kasha the FarmGirl on December 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hmmm… favorite ornaments are those that have been on my tree since childhood and were even on my MOTHER’S childhood tree.

    My new favorites are the anatomically correct gingerbread people. They’re hidden for ‘adults only’. LOL

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