Solidwood USA, LLC

American Made Since 2012

Lee S Broadston

Chanhassen , Minnesota
Using a wood lathe, my son and I make handcrafted one of kind solid wooden vases, bowls, and platters from a variety of wood species.

Tell us about your business.

A couple of years ago my son and I won a contest sponsored by a wood working supplier, retailer, and tool manufacturer. The majority of the items in the winning package were woodturning tools, bowl gouges and also chisels, planes, etc. It was then that we learned about the craft of Woodturning. Since I myself, am partially disabled due to a spinal cord injury, it seemed like wood turning might be a great avocation to learn with my son and be a good distraction from the difficulties of my disability and most of all the hustle of the corporate self-employed world. So we purchased a 16” x 42” wood Lathe and the rest is history. We have been building our inventory of turned items for nearly a year now, creating unique and inspiring pieces from some really beautiful pieces of wood shipped to us from all over the United States and beyond. From raw wood to an elegant vase or platter, each piece is a one of a kind glimpse of beauty.

What makes your business stand out?

We have no patterns, plans, or dimensions before we start, all we have is a raw piece of wood and a vision. The piece really creates itself and we simply remove the right amount of wood. We turn large pieces, small pieces, display pieces, and functional pieces. They add warmth, love, and personality to any decor'. Our finishes truly highlight the natural beauty of the wood we have to work with. From a large slab of Maple, Cherry, Ambrosia Maple, Norfolk Pine, or Elm comes forth a creation of stunning beauty, just desiring to be released. An elegant platter, a detailed bowl, a tall vase with folds or blended woods and tones from all across America. Come see for yourself, get wrapped up in the amazement of what lies inside these creations from nature just waiting for the right inspiration to release them.

What's the best business advice you've received?

From our own experiences, we have learned that as entrepreneurs, you must have faith, dream, plan, and prepare as if the need already exists ... even if it does not.

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