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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:

What People are Saying

Give dad an excuse to casually sneak his PRs into conversation with coasters that showcase his race-day bling. The "woodworking and running" duo of Joe and Kari Vande Merwe will inlay any medal into your choice of wood and seal it behind a layer of waterproof and heat-resistant epoxy.

Runningworld.com

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Unboxing video from instagram drawing winner IRunOnBeer

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Thank you Joe - I’m in love! The St. George coaster collection set #1 is complete and I could not be more thrilled. Once again Joe at @handcraftedcoasters out did himself. He made my 4th coaster and the box to hold them. If you know me, I absolutely love the St. George Marathon and having my medals made into the coasters. I brag about these all the time and proudly use them daily. Seriously, go check him out at @handcraftedcoasters and tell him I sent you. You won’t be disappointed. This is such a unique gift for all the runners (or anyone) in your life.

@shes_running_away Instagram

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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

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I found you all through a web search. There were some other companies that did something similar, but you all looked like you provided the best quality product for what I was looking for, so that's why I went with Handcrafted Coasters. I just got them! We love them! Thank you for such a quality product that will give us a new way to remember and share our memories!

Nikelous, Cincinnati OH

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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 Utah

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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

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