Tom Puskar (a.k.a Pops) is the craftsman behind the products we sell. Pops has been doing woodworking for over forty years and has handcrafted large furniture items such as dressers, desks, china closets, cribs and much, much more. Weather permitting, look for us in our "throw back" tie-dyed T-shirts.
As needs for large items were reduced, he turned (no pun intended!) to woodturning instead and created a line of pens, pencils, letter openers and related desk accessories. Soon the offerings were expanded to include vases, bowls, lamps and a host of small items. Pops has added an extensive line of kitchen knives including bread knives, Ulu knives and chefs knives.
Pops has recently become well known for his extensive line of pepper mills and grinders as well as salt and pepper combos. He uses a wide variety of recycled materials including lumber from trees felled during various storms such as Hurricane Sandy. He uses such techniques as wood stabilization and wood/resin combos to produce an interesting array of offerings.
Tom also focuses on the turning of non-wood materials such as acrylics, plastics and more exotic items such as deer antler.
Gloria Puskar is the pretty lady manning the craft show booth and helping with the demonstration and sales of Pops' items. As the first person who usually tries the items, she has experience with most of the products Pops makes.
Sonny B: Many of you got to know and meet Sonny B (Sonny for short). He was a Chow/Golden Retriever mix (so the Rescue people said). Sadly we lost Sonny in 2016 after having a wonderful life He was about 14 years old and we miss him dearly. He serves as our mascot, Director of Security and our Order processor.
Sandy: Prior to Sonny's passing he was joined by Sandy, another rescue we obtained at the Humane Society of Tinton Falls. She was found roaming the streets and we adopted her as a puppy. She celebrated her 5 birthday (we think) in 2017 and has become a valuable member of the Pop's Shop team. An updated photo is coming soon.