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Handcrafted Coasters is a custom product designed and built by woodworking and running duo, Joe and Kari VandeMerwe.  From his Dutch roots, Joe learned to work hard and build furniture from his father, who immigrated to the United States from Holland in the 1940's.  As a mother of four boys, Kari began running more than 20 years ago, and has competed in more than a hundred races and triathlons.  She still wakes up at 4:30 a.m. several times a week to hit the pavement with her friends and family.  They live in a rural northern Utah.  This is their story:


All of my medals, even the ones I was super proud of, just collected dust under my bed.  What a great idea to turn them into beautiful, useful coasters.  And they are so well constructed, they will last forever.

Norm, Ogden, UT

While I'm proud of my race medals, I'm not one to hang them on my wall. Handcrafted Coasters lets me show off my accomplishments in an innovative, conversation-starting way. The wood and craftsmanship are stunning, and whenever anyone uses the coasters I get to tell the story behind the medal - reliving the race glory in a classy way.

Chelsea, New York, NY

Thank you for the coaster. The craftsmanship is amazing. You have surpassed all expectations.  I'm talking serious wow factor.  It’s on my desk now and I will look fondly on a great accomplishment and a beautiful piece of art. No better way to display a medal in my opinion. I’m going to show and tell everyone I know about you. Thanks again for everything, the thoughtful note and great communication.

David, Driftwood, TX