Autumn splendor comes to the Big Woods



Todd Sauerwein displays his catch – or rather – creation, he designed out of driftwood collected from local rivers. Through his Big Woods Originals, Todd makes wall hangings reflecting the state’s sports teams, as well as outdoor recreation. Photo by Ginna Young
Although it’s now a thriving side business, Big Woods Originals, which features metal and wood designs

By Ginna Young

Although it’s now a thriving side business, Big Woods Originals, which features metal and wood designs, got started by what owner Todd Sauerwein calls an accident.

Around five years ago, Todd was at a friend’s just north of the Sauerweins’ Holcombe residence. The friend, Tom Thornton, was attempting to cut out a tree design from a saw blade, after his sister, who lives in New England, wanted to purchase one from a craft show – with a $200 price tag.

Tom thought he could do it cheaper, but had trouble cutting out the trees.

“I said, let me cut that out,” said Todd, adding that it took him 10 minutes, while Tom had worked on the project for days. “So, I cut it out, and he’s like, holy crap. He said, ‘I think you could probably do this.’ So, that’s kind of how it actually started.”

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See Thursday, October 11, 2018, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more of this story. 

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