Featured Vendor, Neil Stombaugh

Vendor of The Month – Neal Stombaugh

Most often times when customers walk into the Perfect Pair for the first time, we hear the excitement in their comments of how interesting or unique this or that piece is.  As we’ve said before in previous blog posts, we work with an incredible variety of vendors and almost all are Central Illinois based.  This month we want to feature one of our very talented wood working vendors, Neal Stombaugh.


If you give Neal almost any type or piece of wood, he will more than likely be able to create something impressive out of it.  Wanda even asked Neal to create something out of “Burl Wood”.  Honestly both Wanda and I had no idea what exactly burl wood was.  Perhaps a type of tree, but actually it is a growth on a tree in which the grain on a tree has grown in a deformed manner (Wikipedia).  It is also a very difficult wood to work with because of the grain of the wood being twisted and interlocked.  One might think who would want that, but actually, “Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity.  So, would Neal be able to pull it off working with such a difficult piece of wood?!?!


But of course! He created these two bowls for Wanda.  Look at the incredible detail of each bowl and each piece of wood.


Absolutely stunning craftsmanship.  Neal also creates other pieces for us at The Perfect Pair.  Check out the photos below for some more of Neal’s incredible work.  Stop in today to pick up a special piece for yourself or for a one of a kind gift for a friend or loved one. Or perhaps you would like to have a custom piece designed by Neal.

IMG_9895 IMG_9875The inside to one of to bowls handcrafted by Neil.


Wine stoppers with perhaps one of your favorite teams!


A custom wood grain pen.  A beautiful gift for a pen collector!  Did you happen to notice the clip of some of the pens in the cup that is a golf club?


Another one of his pens.  I love the style of this one and the color of the finish.

Or perhaps a custom wood sign for a special day in your life!


And last but most certainly not least, a small colorful spinning top for the little ones!


I don’t know what it is about a spinning top, but they definitely are a lot of fun to play with.  Something quiet that doesn’t require batteries, sounds just about perfect to me!