Saturday, November 21, 2009

Woman In Garden

Here is my next woodburning from the same series (see below). I love her pose, the shape of her body made for a great composition and flow of the piece. I'm not exactly sure who this is, there was no info written on the back of the photo. Maybe a great aunt? If this doesn't top the Mona Lisa, I don't know what will!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Old Family Photo Album

Come on now, who doesn't love puppies? I recently came across some old family photos dating from over a hundred years ago. I've always loved old fashioned photos, and judging from their remarkably good condition, these albums must have been tucked away for quite some time. Girl with Puppy is part of a woodburning series from the family album. More coming soon! Be sure to come check out these new pieces at the Viking Hotel's Christmas Craft and Artisan show on Saturday, November 28th!
1 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 10am to 5pm. See you there!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Portsmouth, RI

A quaint little windmill in Portsmouth, RI. The water was a bit of a challenge for me, but I think it panned out alright. Thanks to family friend, John Hopf for letting me use his photography for inspiration. Happy Birthday to John, who turned 90 this week. (Or 89...he's not really sure.)
Hand woodburned on 12"x12" baltic birch.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Newport Sculpture By The Water

Here is my next piece from Newport. It was a beautiful, sunny day outside so I dragged Steve with me once again to go take some more photographs. The weather is definitely starting to get cooler, so I'm trying to take advantage of these nice days we've been having. Soon all the flowers and leaves will be all gone- but pumpkins are starting to pop up, so I'm thinking of doing some fall inspired burnings in October. Look for this and my other work at the Scituate Art Festival coming up in just a few weeks!
Woodburning on Baltic Birch, 13"x10"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cinque Terre, Italy

A friend of mine goes on a sailing trip every year, and always comes back with some amazing photographs from around the world. This one he took in Cinque Terre, Italy, and has been hanging on his office wall for years. I asked him if I could use it for my next masterpiece - and here it is. Enjoy! To purchase this item or to see more of my work, visit my online store at!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Rosecliff Statue

I've always loved visiting the gorgeous mansions in Newport, RI. Every summer growing up, we would take a drive along scenic Ocean Drive and take a tour of one of the multi-million dollar historical homes on Bellevue Ave. This summer, Steve and I visited Rosecliff for the Garden Show. I had him take a picture of this beautiful statue out on the lawn with it's huge flower arrangement. I love this style, and hope to go back soon to take some more pictures of the beautiful flowers and statues in Newport to add to this collection. Hand woodburned on 13.5"x9.5" oval.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Think of something you've recieved in your life that means a great deal to you. An old family heirloom, a hand made dinner from a loved one (even if it was a bit burnt); an artfully crafted love letter from the seventh grade. These things are irreplaceable because they are more than meaningless objects that you would buy at a store. They are given with love and hold unique memories that can never be replaced. Give your loved ones a gift that would live on, being passed down from generation to generation; something that will remind them of the memories we once had and want to hold on to. By now you have given many gifts for weddings, birthdays and Christmas, right? This time choose something that holds more than just a space in their home; have something created that will hold a place in their heart. Email me today at to complete your order today!

Friday, July 24, 2009

This is a wood burning I did for a wedding gift. A friend of mine got engaged in front of Cinderella's Castle in Disney World, and luckily she had posted a picture of the proposal on facebook that I used as a starting point for the piece. I wish them both a happily ever after...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Small Salad Bowls!

Get 4 of these adorable bowls to go with the larger serving bowl and you have the perfect set! Perfect for salad, fruit, or whatever you may be serving up this summer. Purchase one of the designs you see here, or have a set custom made just for you. Visit my online store by clicking below.

Fruits and Veggies Decorative Bowl

Makes a perfect centerpiece, or use it as a serving bowl. Features a detailed rim of fruits and vegetables. Makes a great wedding gift- simply have their names and wedding date burned into the bottom of the bowl. Purchase this design or request your own by visiting my online store:

More Coasters!

These red oak coasters feature Cherry Blossoms, Red Sox, and Wine designs. Each comes in a set of 4. Purchase one of these designs, or have them custom made with your favorite sports team or to match your home decor. Visit my online store for more options.

Wine and Grapes Cutting Board

This beautiful bamboo cutting board features a classic image of wine and grapes. Would be perfect for serving cheese with your wine, or simply hang it on the wall. To purchase this Wine and Grapes cutting board online, follow the link below.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lobster Cutting Board by NapierWoodburning!

The perfect decorative addition to any new england home. Makes a great wallhanging! 15"x 8" made from beautiful bamboo. Purchase this Lobster Cutting Board by clicking here:

Decorative Fruit Bowl By NapierWoodburning!

A beautiful and useful addition to your kitchen or dining room. Makes the perfect centerpiece! It's natural wood and dark brown burnt tones go with any decor. This rim design features a beautiful floral pattern. Have another design you would like? No problem! Contact me today to have this item customized, or purchase the one you see here by clicking below:

Monday, June 15, 2009

NapierWoodburning at Bridgewater's 4th of July Arts Festival!

Come visit my booth at the 4th of July Celebration at Bridgewater's Arts Festival in Bridgewater, MA. See some great artwork and put in an order for your own custom item by NapierWoodburning! Need to purchase a gift for a wedding this summer? Get the perfect gift personalized with NapierWoodburning. See you there! See schedule below.

10:00 a.m. - Parade
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Artisans, Music Festival & Food Court - at School Street and at Boyden Hall, Bridgewater State College

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Coasters! By NapierWoodburning

Introducing a new item from NapierWoodburning - Coasters! These examples feature a classic RI scenic view (left), and a stylish geometric pattern (right). Have something in mind that you would like on a set of coasters? A favorite sports team? Something to match your home decor? Makes a great housewarming gift! Email me today with your request, or click here to purchase one of the sets shown:

Friday, May 29, 2009

NapierWoodburning Items Now Available on!

Just click on the link above to visit my online store at Check, money order or Paypal accepted. Keep checking back here and for additional artwork coming soon! And remember, if you would like to commission a custom piece of art for your home or office, email me today at

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tribal Giraffe Jewelry Box by NapierWoodburning

This Jewelry Box features an adorable tribal giraffe design with 3D leaves. Order today!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Personalized Jewelry Boxes by NapierWoodburning

Makes a perfect gift! Customize it with a design that fits her personality, then add her innitials to make it truly unique. This jewelry box features a tribal butterfly design on top with the innitials on the front.

Coming soon- another great gift idea for the men in your family- Customized Humidors.

Complete your order today by emailing me at

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Scituate Art Festival

Well, we made it back to Rhode Island from San Diego in 4 days! Lots of driving and lots of kitties crying in the back seat. But everyone made it home in one piece. Upon my arrival, I had a wonderful piece of news waiting in my mailbox. I have been accepted into the Scituate Art Festival! Very exciting- all you Rhode Islanders of course know all about it, but for those of you who don't, it's a huge arts and crafts festival that takes place in my hometown every year on Columbus Day weekend. So I will be working hard all summer to make some awesome artwork for display in October. I will expect everyone to drop by- no excuses! And anyone who brings by a candy apple or some Del's lemonade (watermelon is my favorite, but plain will do) gets a bonus gift from NapierWoodburning. See you all there!
PS And of course if you or someone you know would like to commission a beautiful piece of artwork for your home, bar, or place of work please contact me at

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Decorative Bowl and Plate

I'm leaving beautiful San Diego tomorrow for a cross country trip. Destination; Rhode Island. I have had such a wonderful experience the past 6 months here on the West Coast and hope to come back real soon!! I have met some really great people and I hope we will keep in touch.

Back on the East Coast I plan on spending the summer on the bay, working diligently on my woodburning. Be on the lookout for some great new stuff- coasters, jewelry boxes, bowls and of course some more beautiful pieces of furniture. Here is a taste of what is to come; this decorative wooden bowl with matching plate was made for my brother and his wife. Hope you enjoy it, and remember these can make great gifts! Birthdays, weddings, and if you are looking for a unique Christmas gift this year for someone special, be sure to get your order in early- it takes time to create each customized piece. I also hope to be at some New England festivals and art fairs this fall- I will keep you posted on the schedules. Thanks everyone for your support, and remember to contact me with any questions, or just to say hello, at


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Landscape on Side Table

It all started in my small apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I had been working as an animator for about four years. Every evening after a long day of work at my computer, I would come home to my apartment yearning to do something more creative with my free time; something to replace my evening television marathons. Just as we all do, I was searching for passion and fulfillment. So I racked my brain for new ideas and inspiration that would keep my creative juices flowing. I really wanted to think of something outside of the box; something different, something no one had seen before. Then one day it popped into my head; woodburning! The very next day I took myself to the local art store and purchased myself a woodburner. I just needed to find something to burn. A plain old piece of wood just seemed boring and obvious, but what else could I do? Furniture! Off to Craigslist. I went to search for the perfect piece. I bought my first side table for 6 dollars from a college student in Boston. A few experimental sketches of some simple floral designs, and I was ready to get started. Three tables later, I think my roommates were really starting to enjoy the small collection of furniture slowly building up in our living room, the stacks of sandpaper, and the cans of stain and paint brushes scattered about. A few weeks later, I had them posted for sale on Craigslist with my fingers crossed. Success! A young man came one night and picked up all three. Next came a bench, and another set of side tables all purchased by a wonderful woman in the business of homestaging in the Boston area.

It is now a year later and I've decided to take the plunge to see what can happen. My goal is not to just bring new furniture into people's homes, but to give them a beautiful piece of artwork and a great conversation piece that will accent their own individual space. Whether it be a beautiful landscape for a living room overlooking the mountains or an underwater scene for a bedroom in a beach house. Whatever your style, whatever your taste, my goal is to create something wonderful that you will love and admire everytime you walk into a room. Art doesn't have to be something you simply hang on a wall, it can be a much bigger part of your everyday life, and most importantly, customized just for YOU! Every piece is made very carefully with impeckable craftsmanship. Bring something new to an old piece of furniture that's been hanging around your house, or get a completely new piece to go with your latest decor. Whatever your need, it is my goal to make it happen! Take a look below at my latest transformation:

If you are interested in a beautiful piece of artwork for your home, please contact me at, and we can get started! Be sure to check back frequently for my latest work, or to see your own piece in progress.


Melissa Napier