Blacksmithing, The Art of Plastic



Plastic Arts are an art form which involve the physical manipulation of a plastic medium.



Humboldt Made Event Guide: Monica Topping Rocks Our World

Photo credit: Bob Doran

Monica Topping knows how to get things done. A Rutabaga Queen as well as former board member for Kinetic Universe and Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, member of the North Star Quest Camp for Girls organizing group, founder of Rock Chick Designs and mother of a toddler, she currently fills her free hours (hah!) as coordinator for North Coast Open Studios and Member Liaison for KHSU. With Open Studios coming up over the next two weekends, we corralled her into taking a few moments to talk about what makes Humboldt County such a special place for big events and what it takes to throw a successful one.

Coming Soon: Furniture Fest!

We just got a press release about this great event, happening for the second year in a row! A lot of great local artisans and Humboldt Made members will be featured, including Monument Settings, Dube Woodworks and Artisan Carvings.

Humboldt Made Event Guide: Picking the Right Photographer


Leon Villagomez won't let us sing his praises. When speaking about his work, he often says the “photographer should be invisible.” But all of the Humboldt Made members he's photographed have glowing things to say about his work and his personality and, well, we think he's the best. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Leon earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters in Administration before returning to a lifelong passion for photography. Wedding season is the busiest time of the year for him, but he was nice enough to sit down for a few minutes and give our readers his best advice about how to pick the right photographer for your big day.

Humboldt Made Event Guide: Get the Most Out of Your Caterer


For the first installment of our event planning series, we sat down with Chris Cassaro of Cassaro's Catering. Chris is fondly remembered by at least one visiting film crew as “the towel lady.” When Cassaro's catered a shoot in Redwood National Park she had a supply of warm lemongrass-infused towels on hand to give to the chilly crew. The towels were a big hit and so was Chris. Little details like that, she says, make a big impression. Chris has been in the business for over twelve years and, with the help of a crew composed mostly of family members, caters to a lot of local weddings and company parties. On the day we met she was nice enough to bring us this lovely salad and a couple of Mason jars of her delicious homemade salad dressing. We quizzed her on behalf of all of you planning your big day.