Tell us about your business.Docksmith began as an idea for a Christmas present. We made the first dock for someone else, but fell in love with it ourselves. We found a beautiful piece of driftwood on the coast of Maine and realized that the rough, muted and unpredictable wood might be a charming companion to the glossy minimalism of iPhones and iPads. Fortunately the four founders of Docksmith include two carpenters and two visual artists, so the idea became a reality--and Docksmith was born. Our process is still basically the same as it was for that very first dock. We start by exploring our beloved Maine coastline. We hunt along sandy beaches, rocky crags and blueberry covered islands for uniquely shaped driftwood. We then take the wood to our barn just minutes from the ocean where we dry and handcraft each dock. The future for Docksmith is exciting. We are experimenting with different ways to finish our docks and will soon be offering our docks for a wider range of devices.
What makes your business stand out?We all grew up in self started entrepreneurial families and understand what it takes to be part of a small business. Our company may not be unique in itself but what we make certainly is. It makes us proud to to bring an original product into people's lives. Each dock is made from re-purposed driftwood that has found its way to the shores of our beloved state of Maine and like ourselves, we feel that each piece of driftwood that we find has a story to tell of its journey here. We love that every single driftwood dock that we make is truly one of a kind and always unique.
What's the best business advice you've received?"Be true to your work, your word and your friend." - Henry David Thoreau
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NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
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