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Our Story

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:

Testimonials

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

In Pickleball you have to EARN every medal you get, so displaying them as coasters is a great way to start a conversation about a great sport and show off your bling!

Maurie, Kaysville, UT