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GARDEN GATE: Episode 268 – Father’s Day Gift Ideas (June 9, 2023)

Father’s Day is right around the corner! We have lots of unique gift ideas for all the different Father figures in your life. Only the best – Tilley Hats! We have a few different styles and colors, and you can accessorize with a Dragonfly Wingman! These clip on to your hat, backpack or chair to … Read more

Garden Gate: Episode 50! – Maxwell pottery & Madoc Rocks

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CHEX TV air date: ?Friday Nov. 14th, 2014

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On this episode of the Garden Gate I showcase a couple of items which are great for people who love to entertain, live on a lake or spend time at a cottage!

Dip sets shaped like canoes and stone coasters from Madoc!

In 1991 Daniel Maxwell and his wife Jodi returned home to Northern Ontario to establish their Pottery Studio. Using a strong stoneware clay, all work is made on the pottery wheel or is hand built. With his own recipe of glaze colours, Daniel hand paints each piece in one of his many unique designs.

Daniel attributes his pride of craftsmanship and tasteful use of colour to having studied and worked at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design in Oakville, Ontario for nine years.

Daniel says to his customers “I make funtional pots. I want people to enjoy them for their utilitarian qualities as well as their decorative appeal.”

Daniel’s lead free pottery is dishwasher, microwave and over safe and brings many years of pleasure.

coaster40Nick Butts creates wonderful stone coasters out of rock he mines near Madoc and Nephton. The rocks are cut down to coaster size in sets of four. At this point some stones have designs such as loons or moose added. Then they are coated to protect and bring out the textures and colours.

Again these are terrific items for a cottage, but also a great gift for a man. He can use these in his “man cave!”

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