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Woodworking for the Soul

It’s winter in the Midwest. We just got a few more inches of snow and the temperature is struggling to make it into the double digits. Somedays this makes it a little harder to venture out to the shop to work on custom shutter orders. However, I feel rejuvenated with each positive review and satisfied customer.

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It’s usually dark when I start working. It’s either in the morning before anyone is really up or after the kids go to bed. I turn the lights on, close the shop door, and turn the music on. When I’m working I get in a rhythm, talk to myself, and lose track of time. There is something therapeutic about creating something by hand. While focusing on the next cut or squaring up the assembly – I forget about the problems of the day.

 

 

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Opening our Etsy shop has allowed me to develop my woodworking skills. I am always trying to learn new techniques that will help improve the quality of our products. I am an engineer so finding a better (and easier !) way to do something is constantly on my mind.

Board and batten shutters are not incredibly complex, but I think  it is their simple beauty that makes them so appealing.  I pick through the cedar stock at the lumberyard to select the best material for the order. I always spend extra time identifying the straightest, smoothest boards. For a painted order, I typically look for boards with few knots. However, a stained shutter can highlight the character of cedar and a few tight knots will really enhance the overall beauty of the shutters.

I take pride in the shutters I build. It makes me feel good to exceed my customers’ expectations and contribute to their visions.  My sense of accomplishment from designing and building something that improves a home’s curb appeal enhances my mood.  These are the feelings that drive me to continue my efforts.

 

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Check out some of our creations at our shop. It’s time to get to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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