[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier this month, we had the privilege to be a part of the Bissell Foundation’s Blocktail Event (aka the best dog-gone party in town). The Bissell Foundation is an organization that strives to reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet fostering, adoptions, spay/neuter programs, and microchipping. They help pets find homes in all 50 states and Canada. Each year the Bissell Foundation holds a Blocktail Event here in Grand Rapids to raise funds for their work.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hand-crafted Shuffleboards are our passion at McClure, and we especially love being in the Grand Rapids area. Community functions like the Blocktail Event make doing business in Michigan even more special to us! We’re a company that uses only locally sourced materials because we see the good it does for our local community. The Bissell Foundation has been able to help rescue pets not only in our local community but all over the U.S. and Canada. Helping so many communities is a cause that we can get behind![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you’ve ever been to our shop, you’ve probably met our two puppies! We can’t imagine not having them around while we’re making custom shuffleboards. When we discovered that Blocktail Event was being held here in Grand Rapids again, we decided we had to donate a shuffleboard to their silent auction. How could we not be a part of a cause that loves pets as much as we do? On June 11th, we loaded up our Contempo Shuffleboard and our pups to attend the Blocktail Event! Our puppies had just as much fun as we did, and lots of money was raised. We were honored to be a small part of a cause that changes the lives of so many pets and families across our country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”33579,33580,33581″][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Over the years we’ve come across many fine locally made products and tried to shine our own little light on them. Now, we’ve gathered together all the McClure Approved Made in Michigan products we’ve been lucky enough to stumble over and organized them, roughly, by category. Take a look.
Snacks and Beverages – Made in Michigan
Dark Horse Brewing Co.
Based out of Marshall, MI. Dark Horse Brewing Co. has emerged as one of the shining stars within the Michigan craft brewery community. With an exquisite eye for quality and an unwavering dedication to staying true to their roots, this Michigan brewery has found a way to stand out from the rest of the pack. So much in fact that they were recently chosen to be the subjects of an entire TV series on History Channel called Dark Horse Nation. Our personal favorite is Crooked Tree IPA, an ale inspired by the west coast but brewed with Michigan style!
North Peak Brewing Company
Headquartered in Traverse City, the North Peak Brewing Company has become a well-recognized Michigan brewery since its founding in 1997. Known for staple brews such as the Diabolical IPA and Siren Amber Ale, North Peak offers a variety of delicious seasonal and year-round craft beer. For the beer-drinker in your life, North Peak Brewing Company’s craft beer is sure to please. North Peak beer is available at a variety of Michigan’s biggest retail chains, though more information on where to find North Peak beer can be found on the company’s website.
Chateau Grand Traverse
This 2nd generation, family owned winery located in Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, MI provides both a uniquely amazing wine and an unmatched experience as wineries go. Pair this with your favorite gourmet cheese for any occasion (chopped on a famous McClure butcher block cutting board of course!). Chateau Grand Traverse has been carefully growing and crafting fine wines in Northern Michigan for 41 years. Our family tradition of winemaking is full of passion and it can be tasted in each bottle.
For the wine-lover in your life, Leelanau Cellars’ assortment of quality wines make for a wonderful stocking stuffer. Founded 40 years ago in 1974, Leelanau operates more than 90 acres of vineyards in Michigan’s Grand Traverse area renowned for delicious wine. The wine is available in many of Michigan’s grocery stores, so keep your eye out for Leelaunau Cellars on the shelves or visit the company’s website for more information.
The state of Michigan helped put Jones Soda on the map in the initial years after Jones Soda was founded in 1995. The creators of Jones wanted to show its appreciation in a way that could truly make a difference. To say thank you for the years of support, Jones Soda has partnered with Intrastate Distributors Inc. to bottle Jones Sodas products in the city of Detroit and give back to the city that showed it’s support many years ago.
Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
What started out as merely an idea, has turned into a full blown three location operation based on the concept that different coffees have different needs. With this methodology in mind, the good folks at Great Lakes Coffee treat each blend and cup of coffee they serve with the same attention to detail towards their craft that we put forth when creating our shuffleboard tables and butcher block products.
Hy’s Cider Mill
While there is an absolute plethora of quality cider mills, Hy’s Cider Mill located in Romeo, MI has certainly been a favorite of the McClure Tables staff. Known for their sweet and savory apple cider and world famous honey crisp apples, there have been many-a-game of shuffleboard played while drinking a glass of cold or a mug of hot apple cider.
Doug Murdick’s Fudge
Founded in 1964, Doug Murdick’s Fudge has made a name for itself with some of Michigan’s most delicious fudge. Cooked in a copper kettle and cooled on the store’s marble tables, Doug Murdick’s fudge makes for a scrumptious stocking stuffer this holiday season. The fudge is available at select retailers throughout the state or at the store’s two locations in Traverse City and Acme. With more than 15 flavors of delectable fudge, Doug Murdick’s has the perfect holiday treat for everyone.
Sanders Fine Chocolates
If you’re from Michigan, it is almost impossible to not have enjoyed what could be considered the 9th wonder of the world, Sanders hot fudge. They also make a simply divine caramel topping and quite a lot else besides. Sanders was founded in the Michigan tradition in 1875 and remains a staple in any Michigan dessert to this very day.
Kar’s Nuts was founded in 1933 in a tiny kitchen near Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, and served as a vendor to baseball fans entering the stadium. The company has since expanded and moved north to Madison Heights, and Kar’s delicious roasted nuts have evolved into a nationwide brand. Offering delicious, healthy roasted nuts and trail mix assortments, Kar’s products are sure to be a treat for friends and family. More information or where to find Kar’s Nuts can be found on the company website.
Grand Rapids Popcorn
Grand Rapids Popcorn offers a variety of delicious gourmet popcorn for the perfect salty stocking stuffer this December. Founded in 1944, the popcorn company offers more than 30 flavors of gourmet popcorn, ranging from classic popcorn style to uniquely-made speciality flavors. For a delicious, edible gift for family or friends this holiday season, go with Grand Rapids Popcorn. Their products are available at select retailers in Michigan, or through the Grand Rapids Popcorn website.
Charley’s Chips, a local business based out of Wyoming, MI boasts a unique style of creating homemade chips that they claim has never been done before. What started out as a small operation that began in the back of a pool hall has blossomed into a well oiled machine that produces their unique food product 24/7/365 servicing restaurants and stores all over Michigan.
Better Made Snack Foods
This week’s #MadeInMichigan feature Better Made Snack Foods has been making potato chips better since 1930! These days Better Made Foods uses 60 million pounds of potatoes annually to produce some of the best chips you will every have. Perfect with a beer or a sandwich (or both), Better Made are just made better.
Detroit Popcorn has been a Detroit staple since 1923 providing the highest quality and variety of snacks that are hard to put down.
Try the cheese corn as it’s perfect for a game of shuffleboard (don’t confuse it with the shuffleboard table cheese though!).
Blis Hot Sauces
BLiS Blast Hot Pepper Sauce, is a blend of chipotle, arbol and cayenne chilies aged for up to a year in seasoned oak barrels that once held Kentucky bourbon, BLiS maple syrup and Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast StoutOut. How does it taste? Pure Blis! (out of Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauces
Clancy’s Fancy Hot Sauces, out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers up a selection of hot sauces and BBQ sauces that bring enhanced flavor and not just heat. Now available in your local supermarkets. You will not be disappointed.
Goods – Made in Michigan
A Detroit staple since the 1800’s, Carhartt is a clothing line that falls in line with it’s Detroit lineage by providing industrial strength clothing that still has a midwest style to it. Originally conceptualized for railroad workers, this Michigan clothing line has expanded it’s line of clothing to match today’s urban aesthetic while remaining true to it’s core audience of people who are tough and want their clothes to be even tougher!
M22 was created to express a passion and brand for Northern Michigan. It’s embodied by the simplicity and appreciation for natural wonders found within the great state of Michigan such as bays, beaches and bonfires, friends and family everywhere. If you’ve been “up north” before, you’ve probably been on the famous M22 highway that tells you that civilization and all your worries are miles away.
Moosejaw Mountaineering has everything you’ll need for outdoor playtime. Clothers, boots, outerwear, camping supplies and more, Moosejaw has it. Shop online moosejaw.com or in person on North Avis in Madison Heights, MI.
Stay tuned for our more editions of our “Made in Michigan” and McClure Approved series as we continue to highlight businesses from our wonderful state. We know we’ve only just scratched the surface. These are just SOME of our favorite made in Michigan products. Check back on a regular basis to see our upcoming product spotlights and don’t forget to check out McClure’s handcrafted, high-quality shuffleboard tables and our beautiful butcher block products.
Food and fire. Shade and shelter. Quality furniture and sturdy tools. Life without trees, especially hardwood trees, is unimaginable. Yet, when lost in the forest of ever growing uses for wood, it’s easy to lose the beauty of the trees themselves. The smell of the flowering fruit trees in spring and the change of colors in the fall. The least we could do to show our appreciation is to call a few of our favorites by name the next time we walk through a park or forest.
The Hardwood and the Soft
First, let’s sort out the hardwood trees from the soft. It’s pretty simple really, at least in Fall and Winter. Hardwood trees are deciduous, meaning they drop their leaves when the weather changes. Those pines and firs and cedars are lovely in Winter but they aren’t hardwood trees. In Spring and Summer, you can tell the hardwoods by their thin flat leaves and often by their flowers, fruits or nuts. Hardwoods are giving trees in more ways than one. So, let’s take a peak at the score card.
This is a big tree; 80 to 100 feet tall when mature and can be almost as wide. White oaks will grow taller in a forest setting where they are competing for sunlight but will be shorter and wider when planted alone. They are found mostly in the Northeastern U.S but can be found as far South as Florida and as far West as Texas. The bark is rough on mature trees and tends to be an ashy gray more than white. The acorns are smaller and sweeter than those produced other varieties of oak (of which there are dozens) and are favored by many birds, deer and other animals. The leaves are largish and look a bit like long hands with stubby fingers.
Sugar Maple – Rock Maple – Hard Maple
A Tree by Any Other Name . . .
When you think of a tree leaf you are probably thinking of a sugar maple. It’s the leaf on the Canadian flag and if you live in Canada or the North Eastern United States, it’s probably the leaf in your yard waiting to be raked. Hard Maple trees get to be about 100 feet tall and usually live two centuries or more. In the fall, rock maple leaves go through a series of color changes before they fall. It is not uncommon to see a tree sporting all its colors, from bright green to dark red, at the same time. Its fruit are double-sided seed pods that ‘helicopter’ to the ground in fall.
Black Walnut trees are grey-black and grow over 100 feet tall. They leaf late in the season, when all chance of frost is gone. When grown in an open area they tend to have shorter trunks and wide canopy. Unlike maples, which encourage smaller plants to grown in their shadows, walnut trees poison the soil around them inhibiting the growth of many plants including apples and tomatoes. Black Walnut trees favor slightly warmer climes than their hardwood brethren, showing up more frequently in the American South East and very rarely in the states along the Canadian border. Unlike many other hardwood trees, Black Walnut trees rarely live more than 150 years.
Smaller than most of their hardwood cousins, Black Cherry Trees never get much over 80 feet and are usually much smaller. Like Black Walnut trees, they prefer to grow in open spaces. The bark of a mature Black Cherry tree is grey-black and chunky looking. They can grow in a variety of climes and soils. Black Cherry trees are found throughout North and South America. The leaves are roughly oval and two toned; dark glossy green on one side and a matted light green on the other. In the Spring, Black Cherry trees fill with small pink blossoms. As the blossoms fade the tree will fruit, filling up with bunches of dark red cherries.
White Birch trees are smaller, slender trees, usually topping out at 60 feet, although they can get to be twice that height under the right conditions. They are less than 3 feet in diameter. The bark is thin and a very striking pure white with thin black scarring. The White Birch is a cold weather tree, found mostly in Alaska and throughout Canada, rarely venturing south of Michigan. With their 140 year maximum lifespan, they are the fashion models of the hardwood world, dying young but staying slender and beautiful until the end.
The above list is woefully incomplete. There simply isn’t enough room here for all, or even most of the large list of hardwood trees to be identified. There are 128 varieties of maple alone. Still, we needed to take a moment here to open the conversation, as it were, and to honor these plants that give us so much. Food. Fuel. Shelter. Decoration. Geological stability. Ecological stability. Even oxygen via photosynthesis. Take a moment to sing the praises of these not quite stationary statues and remember to count these among the giants on whose shoulders civilization stands.
If you’re looking for a beautifully handcrafted hardwood table for your dining room or kitchen space, McClure’s stunning dining, trestle, and pub tables can be custom made to best fit your space.
Between McClure’s alluring Nottingham Dining Set, contemporary Oxford Dining Tables, beautiful handcrafted maple, cherry, and walnut trestle tables, and chic pub table sets, the company’s custom-made, handcrafted dining tables make for a beautiful and functional centerpiece for a kitchen or dining room.
Every dining, trestle, and pub table from McClure is defined by the intricate craftsmanship that goes into the construction of the legs and tops. Each table McClure creates is a uniquely made, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture that will add natural beauty to any dining experience.
Each top for every dining or trestle table is made from premium-quality FAS grade wood that is hand-selected by McClure’s expert craftsmen for color consistency and quality. Assembled with edge grain continuous rail construction, the tops are then hand-sanded to ensure a smooth, consistent texture throughout.
Upon finishing construction, each and every table is then coated with either a lacquer or McClure’s Clear Organic Seal finish to create a smooth, food-safe, durable surface. With McClure’s Organic Color Seal, both the dining, trestle, and pub tables can be custom finished to the color options of your choice.
For a casual dining setting, McClure’s trestle tables make for the perfect centerpiece. Each table is made with full-length continuous rails of locally sourced hardwoods, giving each table a beautiful uniform color and appearance. With a natural organic seal finish coating the table set, McClure’s trestle tables are also incredibly durable and 100% food-safe.
The bases of McClure’s trestle tables and add-on benches are carefully crafted by hand using mortise and tenon joints. While McClure’s standard models are made with premium-quality walnut, Michigan cherry, or Michigan hard maple, the trestle tables can be made with McClure’s standard wood species or specialty woods upon request.
When it comes to dining tables, McClure’s Nottingham Dining Sets and Oxford tables make for beautiful handcrafted centerpieces for kitchens or dining rooms. Each Nottingham Dining Set is made from hand-selected rails of beautiful walnut, while every base is painstakingly made using mortise and tenon joints.
For a more contemporary table, McClure’s Oxford Dining Sets make for a great option. The table and bench tops are made with hand-selected planks of premium, locally-sourced walnut, giving off a rich, dark appearance. These modern, fashionable handcrafted dining tables make for the ultimate kitchen or dining room focal point.
McClure’s pub tables and chairs make for a beautiful addition to your game room or entertainment area. The table and chairs feature handcrafted, powder-coated metal bases with a 1.5” thick hard maple top. The table and chair tops are made with continuous rail edge grain construction using premium hand-selected planks of wood to create a table that is as durable as it is beautiful.
Custom-Made Handcrafted Dining Tables
Despite the setting, McClure’s handcrafted dining tables are fully customizable and can be made to best fit your space and décor. If you’re looking for a handcrafted piece of furniture that’s both beautiful and durable enough to stand up to decades of use, go with McClure for hardwood tables you can trust.
Does your dad live for barbecue season? If you’re looking for a great Father’s Day gift to help Dad lock it down on the grill this summer, McClure’s cutting boards are great barbecue aides.
With the beginning of summer kicking off on Father’s Day, cutting boards and chopping blocks make for a great gift to help dad fire up the grill in style this year. Between McClure’s end grain chopping blocks, carving boards, and more, there’s sure to be the perfect BBQ cutting board or chopping block for every king of the grill out there.
Below are some of the chopping blocks and cutting boards offered at McClure that make for a great barbecue aide.
End Grain Chopping Blocks
For a surface that can stand up to even the most intense food prep, McClure’s end grain chopping blocks are a great choice. Offered in a variety of wood species, McClure’s chopping blocks are made in a beautiful end grain checkered pattern and are sure to make your grilled recipes look more appetizing.
Whether you’re prepping kabobs, juicy steaks or chicken, or even seafood, McClure’s chopping blocks will stand up to all types of cutlery and can handle the heat of fresh food off the grill.
If your dad is a master of cooking meat or steaks on the grill, then McClure’s carving boards are perfect for savoring the juicy flavors. Whether dad is cooking up chicken, pork chops, or any kind of steak, McClure’s carving boards will help him make his cuts fresh off of the grill and preserve the natural flavors.
McClure’s carving boards can also accommodate both food prep and serving and can withstand the heat of fresh meat and veggies off the grill. With handles built in on the sides and juice grooves to catch any spillage, these boards are ideal for bringing food back and forth from the house and the grill.
With a smooth hardwood surface accenting the hearty grilled vegetables and savory cuts of meat, Dad’s barbecue recipes will look better than ever before.
Dads are sure to up their grilling game with an ultra-durable BBQ cutting board at their side. It’s been proven that wood cutting boards have many advantages over plastic, and every McClure cutting board and chopping block is coated with a durable, 100% food-safe, bacteria-resistant finish to ensure Dad will have a surface to prep food for the grill for years to come.
So to truly impress Dad this Father’s Day, forget the patterned tie and check out the ultimate barbecue aides: McClure’s cutting boards and chopping blocks.
We do still make things with our hands in America and all McClure Shuffleboard Tables are hand crafted in Grand Rapids Michigan. On Fridays I am going to start to take some pictures of the production that week. Perhaps you will see your table here in this group of pictures of different WIP (work in process).
Shuffleboard Tops that are getting ready for finish.
Tournament II Table Look at the beautiful natural white hard Michigan Maple
Prestige Shuffleboard behind it is made with natural hard maple and walnut wood for inlay and horse collar.
Made with reclaimed barn wood the Dakota Shuffleboard ready for finish.
Custom tables made for a specific customer.
20 Foot Tournament on the bench should be finished on Monday.
Two Rock Ola Shuffleboard Tables getting ready for finish
McClure shuffleboard tables are built in our own factory. When we said made in America it is not a sales pitch. We make things here and buy most of our component parts made here in America. Our Climate adjusters for our tables are made in America, the threaded rod to connect them are made in America. When it comes to the nuts, washers and screws to attach to the table unfortunately most hardware today is now made in China. Manufacturing will come back in America it just takes the support of the consumer.
This is our weekly update as of 9/09/12 of the factory Friday images. These pictures were taken on Friday at the McClure Tables shuffleboard factory. You may see your shuffleboard being made if you are one of our customers. We take great pride in running a small family-owned business, where we custom build all our shuffleboard tables and butcher block products by hand made in