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Burke's Saw Dust Works

American Made Since 2006

Amy Burke

Duluth, Minnesota
Realizing my dreams to become self sufficient despite my disability, I decided to form my own business doing scroll saw art.

Tell us about your business.

In early 2002, a couple sat down to teach me the art of scroll sawing. This is a rare art that I was intrigued by. I had my doubts that I had what it would take to be a scroll saw artisan, but I am always willing to try new things. I sat down with much patience and began to learn. What became of that learning experience is continuing to this day. Although many tell me that my art is awesome and very beautiful, I am never happy with it, and am always working to improve it. Through this desire, I have developed my business, my talent, and my life. Despite being disabled, I have broken the mold of society and formed a successful business back in 2006. At times I struggled to make my business work. In 2009, I took a giant leap of faith and decided it was time to take my business to the next level. Through countless hours of research and development, I went into a few galleries and expanded my craft/art show list.

What makes your business stand out?

I have a rare disability yet, I continue to work on my art. I find my art helps me to overcome my disability and make me unique. I love to work on my art, and I try to make my form of art very unique. You will notice that I put a back boarder around all my items, and most other people do not do this with their scroll saw art.

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

Reinvest in your business. Never take all the profits and spend it on yourself. Constantly be thinking ahead to the future and grow your business as you can afford it without loans. Watch your overhead and keep it low. And, always make your product as if you were making it for yourself, the highest quality at an affordable price.

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