April & Chaum Spehar
Jewelry, Ornaments & Hand-made Soaps and & Bath Products
Etsy: April Showers Soaps; Northwest Goods
We are the second generation of a small family business that has been making jewelry and ornaments in Corvallis since 1972. Chaum grew up with the business and has learned the skills integral to the craft. Since earning a BA in History from the University of Oregon in 1997 he has been a full-time jeweler.
Combinations of bronze, copper, nickel silver and sterling silver are used in our jewelry and ornaments. The metal is hand-cut to create various shapes, sizes and lengths that are brazed together using an oxyacetylene torch. Tools like pliers, hammers, mandrels and a drill are used to refine the individual pieces. We strive to continuously come up with new designs and to expand our abilities.
April designs and finishes the jewelry and ornaments. In 1999, she began making soap as gifts for family and friends and became hooked on the process. Ideas for different combinations of essential oils and natural colorants led to the making of many batches of soap. The quantity of soap around the house exceeded the family's need leading to the start of a small business. April Showers Soaps was off and running!
We take pride in the fact that we are the producers of our goods from design to creation. We enjoy collaborating with one another in the many phases of our work as well as being able to operate our business from our home.