"Many people are sad when a tree is dead or diseased and needs to be cut down. I am too, but I also see the potential in what others overlook or discard."
Briefly describe for us, your business and about your products.
All of our products are made right here in Winnipeg using locally available material.
What’s the story behind your shop’s name?
Many people are sad when a tree is dead or diseased and needs to be cut down. I am too, but I also see the potential in what others overlook or discard. I turn the wood that I rescue into useful and beautiful things.
Where in Manitoba do you make these products?
How does your product connect with your customer or community?
People love that the materials we use are not simply disposed of.
What sparked your decision and motivated you to start becoming a maker?
I love working with my hands and creating things. I started doing this 40 years ago.
What do you love most about what you make and being a maker?
I love watching how excited people get about the things I make and how much they enjoy using them.
What’s the most difficult part about what you make?
A lot of people don’t understand why handmade goods cost more money.
What are some of the typical impressions or interactions you have at markets and what are your responses?
It depends on the market but often people ask how I make something because they are DIYers and want to make it themselves.
What was your biggest challenge you faced when starting your handmade business?
Defining my product line and setting prices.
What advice would you give a maker who’s just starting out?
Be patient. It takes a long time to get established and for people to know who you are.
What does it mean to you to be apart of the Made Here shop?
I am proud to included in this talented group of makers.