We help homeowners get their home décor down to a fine art.
This open-market style area features vendors with antiques, homemade and finely crafted items, and original art.
Chester P. Basil
Here at Chester P. Basil’s, we handcraft some of the finest wooden spoons, wooden cutting boards and wooden spatulas you can find today. In addition to our expert craftsmanship, we offer some of the most competitive pricing on the web. Our wooden spoons are designed to fit the hand comfortably without compromising functionality. Our handmade wooden spoons are crafted using premium Pennsylvania black cherry wood which offers an extra level of durability. We also offer a left-handed option on some of our pieces to fit our left-handed customers even better!
With a shop location in Lenhartsville, PA and a retail location in Kutztown, PA, Chester P. Basil’s takes pride in crafting some of the finest handmade wooden spoons right here in Pennsylvania and distributing them throughout the world. We believe that a combination of quality, functionality and form is what separates us from our competition. After purchasing a handmade wooden spoon, wooden cutting board or wooden spatula from Chester P. Basil’s, we are confident that you will return to us in the future. With that being said, we value each and every one of our customers and strive to go above and beyond whenever possible!
Visit us in Booth: M4
Jhoi Broom is the product of our family's journey to find the quintessential broom for our hardwood floor. Jhoi Broom is named to imitate the Vietnamese word for broom - “chổi” (pronounced JOI) and to represent the joy we hope our customers will have when using our brooms.
Generations of our family, from grandparents to our little one, enjoy walking and running around the house barefoot. There is a simple pleasure in being carefree and barefoot, feeling the smooth warm grains of the hardwood floor, the porous red terracotta bricks on the porch, the cracks in the weathered wood on the deck, and the smooth cold surface of ceramic tiles. All of these floor types need a broom that can sweep up even the tiniest speck of dirt to keep our feet clean and comfy.
But what is the ultimate broom? In the age of machinery and disposables, a hand broom offers a quick clean up solution that does not require batteries or electricity or contribute to landfills each time you clean. A good broom should be comfortable to use and effective at sweeping up dust and larger pieces of trash. The ultimate broom needs to be aesthetic, efficient, and leave as light of a ecological footprint as possible at the same time. Our search began in the US, where we encountered some Asian brooms but they were constructed from plastic and were not durable. So, we traveled to Vietnam and some other Asian countries to search for the ideal broom.
There are several types of grass brooms used in Vietnam and our favorite one is a particular kind of broom made of soft grass and vines. It is durable, soft, effective, and most important of all, ergonomic. These grass brooms can last for years of constant use and they adapt to the users‘ postures and habits. But the grass brooms commonly found in the markets, sadly, contain a lot of plastic and metal parts like the ones previously found in the US, and many of them would contribute to the landfills after the brooms are discarded.
During one of our trips to find a greener way to make these wonderful grass brooms, we stumbled across an old broom made of grass and vine, resting on the side of the wall, worn to the handle and yet held together. There was no sign of plastic or wire on the broom and it was beautiful. We asked local villagers and learned that it was an old design, which is still partially used in certain parts of Vietnam.
And there it is, this old hand tied broom became the design inspiration for Jhoi Broom, a natural ergonomic grass broom. Working with artisans from different villages, we revived the old craft of hand tying a grass broom using only vine and grass. Our Jhoi Broom stays true to the old design in terms of materials and tying method but it is made in different sizes with a slight change in design to accommodate different needs.
Philip Marc Sons of Liberty
We specialize in hand painted signs which recreate iconic symbols that appeared prior to and during the American Revolution. There are many historic images that appeared during this period, instrumental to the formation of our country, that have been lost throughout time. I believe that Americans should know the meaning behind some of these images which helped to spark the birth of this great nation. My objective is to reintroduce some of these meaningful symbols as a way to educate and celebrate our national freedom!
I utilize a seven inch tongue and groove Southern Georgia Heart Pine floor boards as the base for each image which are glued together and braced to ensure stability. Each item is finished with a rustic 2.5 inch pine board picture frame and bull-nose trim on the inside to ensure a clean appearance to the surrounding border. Each piece is distressed to simulate age. You will find find worm holes, ax markings, dents, cracked paint, and musket ball holes. Musket ball holes are simulated with a hammer and chisel to create a splintered effect to the wood. Each piece is designed to appear as if it adorned the wall of a patriot’s home during the war and, at some point in time, was very close to a British skirmish. Some signs do have actual lead musket balls embedded in them to add to the authenticity.
Visit us in Booth: M5