The Sears Trostel 16th Annual Woodworking Show, Sale and Competition — February 21-23, 2019

January 9, 2018

We love celebrating creativity at Sears Trostel — especially when expressed with wood!

During the Sears Trostel 16th Annual Woodworking Show, Sale and Competition we’re giving our fellow woodworkers a chance to show-off their creative talents.

Local artisans exhibit recent woodworking projects, compete for prizes, and have an opportunity to sell their pieces. And this year, craftspeople working with EcoPoxy Resins are also encouraged to enter.

Stop by the show to see a beautiful variety of original works — and maybe even take something home, too.

Each year we are awed by the furniture, turnings, carvings, novelty items, boxes, sculpture, and works with marquetry and intarsia that are entered into the show.

>> Check out last year's show entries

Show Hours:
  • Thursday, February 21 — 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday, February 22 — 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 23 — 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Show Address:
Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork Showroom
1500 Riverside Ave
Fort Collins, CO


Whether you consider yourself a novice or a seasoned professional, this is a chance to share your talents.  Whatever the creative spirit inspires you to craft with wood — or EcoPoxy — we want to see it!

Prizes for Best of Show and 2nd through 6th place are awarded:
  • Best of Show — $100 Sears Trostel gift card
  • 2nd Place — $50 Sears Trostel gift card
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Places — $25 Sears Trostel gift card

PLUS there are two new award categories this year:
  • People’s Choice — $25 Sears Trostel Gift Card
  • Creative Use of EcoPoxy* — $75 Sears Trostel Gift Card

EcoPoxy Resins are non-toxic, low odor and incredibly durable resins that are safe and easy to use. They offer endless creative possibilities to woodworkers, artists, jewelry makers and contractors. LEARN MORE

* EcoPoxy project entries are not required to include wood.

Registrations are due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20. Entered pieces must be at our Riverside location by no later than 9 a.m. on February 21.

>> Download the Registration Form here

Email your registration form to Liz Carter at, or drop it off at our Riverside location.

OR complete the ONLINE Registration Form BELOW.

See you at the show!


THANK YOU for your Support at Bread 'N' Boards!

December 20, 2018

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the 13th Annual Bread 'N' Boards event on December 1st!

It is another great year of helping the hungry in our community. With a few boards still available to purchase at the Food Bank for Larimer County, the nearly-final tally for money raised is $33,723. And most of that money was raised in just three hours! 100 percent of the net proceeds will benefit the Food Bank and will provide over 145,000 meals. Since 2005, Bread 'N' Boards has raised $329,358 for the Food Bank.

Thanks to the folks at Great Western Bank who did their part to ensure a successful outcome of the event. They came with carts and left with MANY beautiful boards!

A big THANK YOU to our steadfast sponsors! Fort Collins Great Harvest Bread Co. contributed the yummy bread samples and the certificates for free bread that went home with every board. New Belgium Brewery created and donated the fun tea towels available for purchase at the event.

Many thanks to everyone who donated one or more of the 74 Signature Boards and specialty items for the Signature Board Silent Auction. Your caring and craftsmanship are invaluable gifts that help make Bread ’N’ Boards the great success it is each year.

A shoutout and special thanks to the team at Baldwin Woodworking. Their contribution of 16 Signature Boards brought in $1,040, and one of the boards was the highest-bid board at $250.

THANK YOU to the local supporter businesses that contributed items for the silent auction:
  •     The Cupboard
  •     Deli Works
  •     Downtown ACE Hardware
  •     The Fox & The Crow
  •     Spoons, Soups & Salads

A big part of the fun at Bread ’N’ Boards is the music. We thank our musical guests, and Lauren Alman for working with them to provide great entertainment!

  • The States Duo — Janie and Martin Bates
  • Shane Miller
  • Don Diemer
  • Bob Jefferies with Tim Black

See photos from Bread 'N' Boards 2018

Thank you to the businesses that supplied essential items for the event:
  • John Boos & Co. for providing its Mystery Oil finishing oil that went home with each board
  • Foothills Unitarian Church for providing the tables to hold the boards
  • Best Rental for providing the coffee urns  
  • Downtown Ace Hardware and State Farm's Sharon Younie for donating bags for purchases
  • Color Pro Printing for donating the printing of Bread ’N’ Boards flyers  
  • Noosa Yoghurt for feeding our hungry volunteers

Many thanks to all the VOLUNTEERS that helped the event come together
— from those who sanded boards during sanding sessions, to those that helped at the event. And a big THANK YOU to the Food Bank for Larimer County for all the GOOD it does in our community.

We hope to see you all at Bread ’N’ Boards 2019!


The bread of Bread 'N' Boards 2018

November 29, 2018

Since the inception of the Sears Trostel Bread 'N' Boards annual fundraiser in 2005, the 'bread' in Bread 'N' Boards has always been Great Harvest Bread.

The Great Harvest mission fits perfectly with what Bread ’N’ Boards is all about. “BE loose and have FUN! Bake phenomenal bread. Run fast to serve others. & GIVE generously.” Both Bread 'N' Boards and Great Harvest are about blending simple, natural ingredients to create something for the good.

As the event has grown, so has the committment of Great Harvest of Fort Collins and its owner, Julie Damschroder. She has remained a steadfast sponsor, giving much from a financial perspective, as well as being the one to personally supply and serve bread samples at the event. Every board sold since 2005 has gone home with a certificate for a FREE loaf of bread.

Help us say THANKS by stopping by the two Fort Collins locations and take home some of the BEST bread you’ll ever taste. Great Harvest is ready to make your holiday preparations easier!

Our other dedicated Bread ’N’ Boards sponsor, New Belgium Brewing Co., each year brings fun custom silkscreened Tea Towels to the event, which are a great compliment to the boards for gift-giving. Be sure to stop by their table at Bread ’N’ Boards, and also check-out New Belgium’s latest offerings at its brewery on Linden Ave.

Other local business supporters help make this a great event by contributing items for the Signature Board Silent Auction. Be sure to check out and bid on items from:

The Cupboard

Deli Works

Downtown ACE Hardware

Spoons Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

The Fox & The Crow

Join us for Bread ’N’ Boards on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  9:00 am to Noon.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. Bread ’N’ Boards has raised the equivalent of nearly 1.5 million dollars worth of food since 2005.

Come support a wonderful cause, and take home beautiful boards that make great holiday gifts!

1500 Riverside Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Bread 'N' Boards 2018

October 29, 2018

Join us for the 13th Annual Bread 'N' Boards fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. It’s our favorite and most anticipated event of the year. Come for the boards, the fun, and to help a great cause!

Bread 'N' Boards 2018
Saturday, December 1
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork
1500 Riverside Ave.,
Fort Collins, CO

Come early...the boards will go fast!

Cutting Boards Make Great Gifts

With a donation of $35, take your pick from hundreds of beautiful hardwood cutting boards created by Sears Trostel employees and sanded by community volunteers. With many shapes and sizes to choose from, and the holidays soon upon us, you may want to take home more than one!

Each board comes with a certificate for a FREE loaf of Great Harvest bread, and a bottle of finishing oil. The Food Bank provides color gift tags to include when giving the boards as gifts.

Place your bids in the Signature Board Silent Auction where you’ll find one-of-a-kind boards — and other handcrafted items — donated by local artisans. Auction closings are at 9:30, 10:15 and 10:45 am.

As you browse the wide selection of standard and Signature boards, enjoy a slice of Great Harvest Bread and music by local musicians. Stop by the New Belgium Brewing table for silkscreened dishtowels made especially for the event.

Why We Do This

Since 2005, Bread 'N' Boards has raised $295,635 for the Food Bank. Each $1 donated provides $5 worth of food. The equivalent of $1,478,175 worth of food has helped feed families in Larimer County since the first Bread 'N' Boards event. Last year’s event raised $35,512, and we’re prepared to make that goal again this year!

Bread 'N' Boards is one of the top external fundraisers for the Food Bank each year.

The money generated by Bread 'N' Boards goes to covering transportation costs for donated foods, as well as numerous Food Bank programs:

Fresh Food Share — The Fresh Food Share programs consist of our brick-and-mortar pantries, mobile food pantries and Family Medical Center pantry where neighbors in need can shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, dairy and shelf-stable items – all at no cost to them.

Nutritious Kitchen — Staff and volunteers work in the Food Bank kitchen each day, preparing fresh scratch-cooked meals for children and seniors in Larimer County. Last year, more than 170,000 meals and snacks were prepared in the Nutritious Kitchen.

Nourishing Network — Provides food to over 85 non-profit organizations to distribute to their clients in need. Member agencies include food pantries, kitchens, shelters and snack programs that serve low-income populations. Each year, the Food Banks saves these partner agencies over $2 million on food costs.

Join Us for the Fall DEMO DAY Event on October 25, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

See the latest tools and products from top woodworking brands IN ACTION! Talk with manufacturer reps, enter to WIN great PRIZES, and have a FREE lunch at this fun and informative event. Whether you are a professional contractor, home DIYer, woodworker, or artist, this event has something for you.  

And you'll want to be sure to witness one of the amazing hot dog vs. SawStop table saw demonstrations. See who's the winner!

Register on Demo Day to WIN over $700 worth of prizes:

(You do not have to be present to win)
  • A pair of Kreg Track Horses ($240 value)
  • EcoPoxy UVPoxy Kit (4L) and 2 jars of Metallic Color Pigment ($191.95 value)
  • Bora Portamate 300-pc Drill Bit Set ($120 value)
  • A pair of Bessey Tools EZS 90-8 Clamps  ($71.89 value)
  • Bora Portamate Pedestal Roller ($55 value)
  • Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic Kit ($48.36 value)
  • Snappy Tools 1/4″ Hex Power Bit Drive Shank set ($30.59 value)
  • 2 FastCap ProCarpenter Tape Measures 30’ ($13.99 value)
  • FastCap ProCarpenter FlatBack Tape Measure 16’ ($9.99 value)
  • FastCap HD Skins Gloves ($6.60 value)
  • FastCap Skins Gloves ($5.50 value)
Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy BBQ and beverages on us!

While you’re here, take advantage of the Trade Up to Festool Promotion that runs through October 31. Purchase a new Festool 55 Circular Saw or Plunge Router, and Festool will send you a $100 pre-paid Mastercard when you trade-in your old tool. Festool will even pay for the shipping of the old tool!  A Festool rep will be on-hand at this event to discuss the full line of Festool tools. Test them out yourself!

See the possibilities with EcoPoxy Resins. People are using EcoPoxy to create all sorts of stunning projects. With no toxic chemicals, low odor, incredible durability, and crystal clear to very colorful options, EcoPoxy makes it safe and easy to express your creativity.

Check out the NEW Kreg Track Horse and its advantages over traditional sawhorses.

Dakota Rustic Collection has the weathered look of reclaimed wood at a more economical price, and comes in a variety of colors. A Dakota Rustic rep will be on hand to discuss the advantages of using Dakota Rustic for residential and commericial interior design projects and more.

Find out why the Fein Multi-Master is one of the most useful tools for faster and easier completion of a wide variety of renovation and construction tasks. Try it out for yourself!

If you work with large volumes of dust and debris, learn about the NEW Festool CT CYCLONE that separates and collects large debris and coarse dust before it reaches a Festool CT Dust Extractor, resulting in better dust extraction and greater cost-efficiency.