It is safe to say that when most people walk into Grain Surfboards, they expect to find a surf shop — not custom furniture, handmade mirrors and original art.
But that is exactly what Stick + Stone offers in the shared Amagansett space, run by the very same Aynsley and Brian Schopfer who opened the surf shop doors three years ago.
“I’m not sure people ever know quite what they’ll see when they come in,” Schopfer said. “So many people don’t come in because they’re like, ‘Well, I don’t surf.’ And there’s so much more than that here.”
On Sunday, December 16, there will be even more than usual.
For one day only, the shop will transform into an Artisan Holiday Market, featuring work and ware by local talent — artists and jewelers, carvers and soap makers, potters and designers, to name a few.
“Working with your hands is what connects us to our humanity and the joys in life,” Schopfer said. “It seems like, nowadays, so much technology has consumed especially what our hands are doing, that taking the time to work with a hand tool or to string beads or whatever it is that you’re doing, it’s just that simple meditative human process of creating something beautiful.”
It is a theme that every featured artisan shares, she said, from Peter Spacek’s scrimshaw pocketknives to Rebecca Dolber’s talisman necklaces. Southampton Soap Company will bring its line of body lotions and hand soaps, Aileen Florell will display her ceramics, Adam Marr his men’s apparel and Shane Herrick his leather work.
“He’s actually based out of Sag Harbor — he works in a tiny house in Sag — and it’s incredible,” Schopfer said. “He hand-cuts and hand stitches all of his items, from beautiful wallets, travel journals, belts and all sorts of gorgeous, well-crafted items.”
Work by artist Scott Bluedorn will be on view, as well as photography by James Katsipis and wreaths by Kate McCarty. Bella Ornaf and Susan Nieland will bring selections from their jewelry collections, and Dereyk Patterson will display his handmade knives.
“We always choose our artists based on their ethos and their environmentally friendly practices,” Schopfer said. “That’s important to us, too, to all be stewards of the earth.”
Stick + Stone practices what it preaches, repurposing its scrap into wooden cards and gift tags, and upcycling wine barrel staves into mirrors, which will be available during the holiday market.
“Before we moved here to the East End, my husband and I lived on a vineyard in Rhode Island,” Schopfer said. “That was really when the woodworking and design line started to evolve. We made a lot of things out of wine barrels. The enduring designs are wine barrel stave swings, which are great for indoor or outdoor, and really a fun gift. And our wine barrel stave mirrors, which my husband Brian designed in a really beautiful way. Those are a nice accent to bring into any space, whether they hang alone or in a set of three.”
The market will be held from 12 to 5 p.m., and Schopfer said she is already looking forward to visitor reactions.
“When people come, it’s always so great to hear them like, ‘Oh my gosh, I had no idea this was here.’ That’s been our greatest challenge, getting the word out for people to come find us,” she said. “It is so important to support local artisans and the feedback loop that gives to the community — just to keep the value and keep people creating, supported and energized.”
The Stick + Stone Artisan Holiday Market will be held on Sunday, December 16, from 12 to 5 p.m. at Grain Surfboards, located at 11 Indian Wells Highway in Amagansett. For more information, visit stickandstone.org.