EXCELLENCE AND PROFESSIONALISM
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"The perfection in handmade items are their imperfections."
My story is not that different from many others, who are also woodworkers, yet it is still personal to me, and it all started about five years ago. I collect political memorabilia, and had a newspaper from 1940 that I wanted to have framed, because it was naturally an odd size, I was going to have to have a custom frame made. To my horror, as I was pricing custom frames on-line and in the local area, it was going to be hundreds of dollar! I really did laugh aloud when I was getting quotes, and thought this is ridiculous. So, I set in my mind that I can make a frame for the newspaper.
Here the real story begins, after spending countless hours on YouTube an Pinterest, researching the different techniques that are used to make frames, and the most common do’s and don’ts, I was prepared. The frame I made, from pine wood with a black lacquer finish, still hangs in my office today, it is not the best thing that I have ever made, but I spent a fraction of the money as was quoted to me, plus the satisfaction that I made it. This started a role of making custom sized frames for myself, as well as friends and family. As the quantity of frames I made increased, so did my perfection and skill in making them.
After frames I extended, my new found talents, into making planter boxes, birdhouses, and cutting boards. In my Etsy and Pinterest searches I found items all the time that I thought were “cool” and decided to try making new items all the time. My little shop in the garage started growing in the number of tools that I have, as well as materials and inventory. I was over running my house with projects, which I didn’t need to keep.
It was suggested to me to set up a booth at a local music and craft fair, I was apprehensive to put my projects “out there” for the public to check over and be subjected to opinion. But, I did it and from that first year of doing that one event, I now do twenty events a year, and have an Etsy shop that I had never thought would happen. I have even been fortunate enough to be able to devote all of my time to the business that you see now.
I am the sole makers of the items that you see, though ideas come from friends, family and customers all the time, which I am very grateful for. All of the items that I make are made by hand, as well as cut out individually by hand, I do not use any lasers or CNC machines. This makes all of my items unique, and no two items are ever going to be exactly the same. I say “that the perfection in something being handmade is its imperfections.” I make a wide variety of items, and have expanded my collections to include stone wares such as coasters and cheese boards, which have become very popular over the past year. I try to use reclaimed materials when available, and appropriate, and try to repurpose items as well.
While I could go on, but I have bent your ear enough, I hope that you enjoy your time perusing through my shop, The Chippy Beaver, and will follow me to see what new projects will materialize in the coming months. Also, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.