Cash & Burn

*To start, I want readers to know that I actually own the products I talk about or have at least bought them as a gift for someone else*

With that said, it’s my first post about something you can buy – made right here in Paradise, NL!

Does anyone else have parents that are impossible to buy gifts for? I find occasions such a struggle, but this year my sisters and I opted to support local and buy handcrafted products for father’s day.

Torched is an endeavour started by a great buddy of mine, Nick Duke. An electrician by trade, Nick is also an amazing artist. He has been putting meticulous detail into his work as far back as I can remember. In high school, he would draw elaborate pictures on the back of his exams while he waited for them to be collected. Someone received 100% on a test? No one cared because Nick probably drew a detailed dinosaur in some tropical forest on the back of his.


Currently, he is putting those same skills to use by creating handcrafted, burned products that are custom-made to order. I can barely string a stick-figure together, while Nick is building furniture and often free-handing intricate designs. His stools are among some of his most popular pieces, often featuring sports team logos and the like. My father is a Boston Bruins fan, so we ordered two stools with that theme on the seat. He offers both regular stain and a signature burnt-edge look which is pictured below.


To go with the stools, we wanted something specific. When my sister requested a custom sign for dad’s boat house, Nick was extremely accommodating and made sure our vision came to life within the final product:

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I should mention that my father’s background is in carpentry and contracting. So, he of course inspected the work from top to bottom and was thoroughly pleased. It’s not an easy thing to get John McCarthy’s seal of approval!

The few pieces I have mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Nick’s work. He creates everything from coffee tables and coasters to charcuterie boards and beer sampling trays. His Facebook page showcases the majority of his products and features extremely cool time-lapse videos of his work. If you have an idea that you don’t see, I’m sure he can work with you to make it happen!


If you’re in the market for a unique gift or piece for your own home, I highly recommend that you check it out – he’s Some Shockin’ Good.

Facebook: @torchednl

Instagram: @torchednl

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