We are Todd and Marie Huffman. Todd is the woodworker and I am the photographer. We opened our brick and mortar shop – Nature’s Glory Home Decor – on Jan. 3. On March 20, we had to temporarily close our doors due to the mandate from COVID-19. We are excited to be able to reopen our shop (with restrictions). We are located at 612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Unit B, Mount Shasta. You can reach us at (916) 412-7055. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Monday.
When we moved from Rocklin to Mount Shasta, I had always wanted to hike and take photos. Since I love to take pictures but never really learned about photography, I decided I needed to learn more about it. So at age 55, I went to College of the Siskiyous and took beginning and intermediate black and white photography classes led by James Gilmore, with the camera that used to be my dad’s. I learned to develop my film, print from negatives from a full lab at the college. I spent hours in that lab. I learned so much about photography and loved every minute of it.
We took two month-long trips in our RV. The first one (our maiden voyage), we went through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The second trip we went from the Northern California Redwoods up the entire Oregon coast and into Washington.
From those trips, and of course locally, we had enough photography to try to attend some of the local faires and festivals. So much fun! Except we had to buy frames for my photography. Since the frames were so expensive, our prices were higher, and Todd felt he could learn to make his own frames. He bought a router and other woodworking supplies and tools. We found the Siskiyou Opportunity Center here in Mount Shasta where we could get recycled wood at a good price and help the local community at the same time; therefore passing the savings to our customers.
He started making 11x14 frames, then 16x20, then 8x10, then 5x7, then 20x24. As his skills were expanded, he made triple 8x10 frames, then triple 5x7 frames. We began taking special orders for framing and that was a success. From there, I made greeting cards from our photos.
We expanded our products and soon graduated to double booths at faires. Todd started making trays, shelves and wooden table runners. Later, after we opened our shop we made other cool, rustic wooden decor. When the opportunity came to have our shop, we jumped at it. We still have a booth at our favorite venues.
We also have flavor infused balsamic vinaigrettes, olive oils, and stuffed olives from Mi Distinctive Tastes. We have gifts for everyone on your list at affordable prices. Come by and have a cup of coffee.