It’s been over 14 years now since I started designing and building wood jewelry and keepsake boxes. I also began supplementing them with small accent tables, free-standing cabinets and armoires, and more. Many of my designs were driven by customers who wanted something more, or a bit different. Thanks to them, many of those designs have become popular with others as well. As a result, the scope of my work continues to expand.
However, the reality of getting a bit older, has caused me to begin a major realignment of my marketing and distribution. In 2012, I began marketing my boxes on etsy.com, and this became and remains a successful channel for my work. In addition, I was fortunate to be selected as a supplier to Don’s Home Furniture in Madison, WI., an upscale retailer of custom designed, Amish built furniture. Coupled with my work with existing and former customers, and my gallery work, and I have decided to retire from the art show circuit. Labor Day weekend, 2013 will be the wrap for that venue. I will miss the fun of meeting so many people and my artist friends. But I admit that I won’t miss the 2+ hour set up and tear down, the rains, the winds, the heat, and all the rest. Know that I will be making boxes as long as there is wood and people to enjoy what I build!