Happy Friday friends! The weekend is almost upon us, and I couldn’t be more ready. I thought it would be kind of fun today to do a little Friday introduction, and let you guys get to know man creating all this sawdust. I’d like you guys to meet the carpenter behind Settling in Sawdust!
When I met my husband, Phillip, I never in a million years would have guessed he would one day become a carpenter, but now that we’re here I can’t imagine him doing anything else. It has definitely been an adventure watching him grow his carpentry business, but…you know what, I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I’ll let him tell you how he got here…
So how exactly did you get into carpentry?
It honestly started over a PlayStation. Being a young couple on a budget, I found it exponentially impossible to ask my wife for the money to buy a gaming system I didn’t need. After my buddy saw the dining table I had built for my wife, he suggested I try selling them to make the money and so that’s exactly what I did.
But as you all know, life happens, bills happen, and those tables I had been selling actually ended up carrying us through on months where we were struggling to make ends meet.
Fast forward a few months, more than 20 tables sold, and a surprise trip to Europe I was able to take Allie on (paid for by the tables!), I still did not have my PlayStation, but I had some amazing memories and the confidence that maybe this hobby of mine could be something more.
Between this experience and the fact that I was completely unhappy in the corporate world and not making enough to compensate for it, I began a small carpentry business to help us out financially and also because I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than my 9-5 job.
Before I knew it, my small carpentry business had taken on a life of its own. And Allie and I decided it only made sense to see where this business would take us if I pursued it full time, and not to sound cliche, but the rest they say is history…
What is it about what you do that makes you so passionate about it?
I’ve always been artistic, so I think what made me fall in love with carpentry is the opportunity to create something from raw materials. Essentially when I build a piece for someone it’s not only a really awesome piece of furniture for their home, it’s also a piece of art that I created. And I don’t think I’ll ever get over that feeling.
What is the best part about what you do?
Probably the fact that carpentry is constantly pushing me to learn something new every day. And also I love putting a spotlight on an almost forgotten form of craftsmanship. Combine those two things with the fact that I get to bring people’s ideas to fruition, and I could talk to all day about the best parts of what I do. I seriously can’t get enough of it.
What is the worst part about what you do?
Having to be my own sales force. It’s hands down the least favorite part of my job.
What’s it like being married to a blogger?
It’s been really interesting and exciting. Just like Allie never saw me as a carpenter, but can’t imagine me doing anything else, I didn’t really see Allie pursuing something like blogging but I love watching her throw herself into it. And it’s really cool because we’re getting to do DIY projects and be creative together, and share this crazy roller coaster of a life with you guys. So yeah, overall I’d say it’s been really exciting being married to a blogger.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to start their own business what would it be?
Two things. First, find what you love and stick with it. Second, be brave enough to make it through the hard times. Because the truth is, when you start out on your own there will be a time where it will suck, but in my experience, it will be absolutely worth it in the end.
If you could do it all over again, would you?
Absolutely yes, but I definitely would have done it a lot sooner.
Isn’t he fun?! Don’t worry, I am completely aware and accept my bias. Thanks for sticking around and meeting the carpenter. We definitely wouldn’t be Settling in Sawdust without him.
Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!