We were raised in South Dakota and both attended SDSU. After several years of marriage, we made the joint decision to see what opportunities and experiences the Navy could offer. After 30 years of the Navy life, including living all over the United States, we prepared to approach retirement (or at least a major transition to civilian life). We decided we wanted to return home to South Dakota and actively searched for a way to combine our hobby passions into a new career.
For years, Robin has been a quilter and Kevin’s best customer for Kevin’s woodworking projects. Whenever he was home for any length of time, he would spend time in the woodshop fulfilling requests for such items as quilt stands, a sewing table, a cutting table, ruler racks, thread shelves, and many other items. When Robin was working on many, many Quilts of Valor, Kevin built a beautiful oversized linen press to store these treasures until they were delivered to very deserving service members.
Kevin will tell you that when he had time to choose his own projects, he would rather have been designing and building some other piece of furniture: an occasional table, a wine cabinet, DVD cabinets, bedroom furniture, dressers, changing tables for grandchildren, tables, and cabinets. Even before attending the Vermont Woodworking School, Kevin researched all types of techniques to make certain his pieces would be able to last for generations. Many of these early pieces are showcased on our gallery page.
When the time came to transition into civilian life, we were blessed with the opportunity to combine our passions and open our own small custom woodworking business. Being practical, we used a big part of 2011 to prepare ourselves to move from hobbyists to entrepreneur. For almost a year, Kevin attended the Vermont Woodworking School to learn more about the use of hand tools, as well as more about other techniques used to build fine furniture. Robin took carving lessons from one of the instructors and is still working to refine her techniques. Together they took a 4 day workshop to see how to run a quality class, and each built a Shaker style hall table starting with the wood they picked out at a lumber mill. The Vermont experience truly enhanced they decision to open a custom wood shop.
Our mission statement defines our plan for now and the future. “We create fine quality, hand-crafted furniture and other unique wood items to meet the specific needs and desires of our clients.”