The HummelKrafts Story

HummelKrafts stamps were designed by Rod Hummel. Rod was looking for a creative outlet for his architectural career that he had to abandon to be a full time caretaker to his wife Bobbie, after she was diagnosed with ALS in the 1980's. Relocating from Pennsylvania to Oregon to be closer to their son and daughter, Rod started drawing images of the northwest. For a weekly respite break from caretaking, he took a hand-carved rubber stamp class and began quickly producing hand-made greeting cards with masculine northwest themes. Rod spent years trying to convince his daughter Janet there was a niche for more masculine greeting cards and encouraged her to make the cards with him. These cards and rubber stamps sat in boxes for years after Rod's passing in 2006. Finally Rod's daughter Janet after taking Beth's, owner of Paper Parachute, first art rubber stamp making class at Paper Parachute in 2012, was inspired to begin production of Rod's stamps. HummelKrafts was born! This stamp line is produced in memory of Rod Hummel, may his art live on! Many of Rod's hand-made cards are also available for sale at Paper Parachute's retail store located in Beaverton, Oregon.