Tell us about your business.One day in 2002 I had a good paying career the next day I did not. Out of frustration with a terrible job market I decided that I never wanted to simply rely on a paycheck again. My initial goal was to do something I enjoyed while earning a second income. To my surprise by the time I was offered a job (at a much lower pay rate then I was making) I was so happy building and selling my products that I turned down the job offer and I have never looked back. I love the ability to create a high quality product that my customers love. In over ten years I have never received less than a 4 star review, a fact I am particularly proud of. I work from a small wood shop on my property where I build products that have been shipped around the world. I have worked to source the raw materials for my products that are also made in the USA. My goal has always been to deliver a high quality Made In The USA product that I am proud of and that my customers are proud to have in their home.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I work from a small wood shop that is way to small but I enjoy it, it is located 50 steps out my backdoor from my home.
What inspires you?Receiving a review or phone call from a customer where the are ecstatic about the product I just made for them.
What makes your business stand out?Customer service and quality products. How many business will alter/ customize their products to fit their customers needs?
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Do not get discouraged. You will have setbacks, but every one of those is a valuable learning experience. You have to keep learning everyday is an opportunity to learn an better your business.
What does American Made mean to you?Products made from American made products. Is it really Made In America if a product is simple a bunch of imported pieces put together in America?
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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