karen geiger on Dec 6, 2016
Bought for Christmas gifts and my kids will love them
One Mans Tree
Below is a article written by Patrick Sauer who did an interview with me in 2012 a few years ago and published the article below. It pretty much tells the story of my Etsy Wood Shop far better than I can. Thank You Pat. You can read the article below or at the website below where it is published or as in the quote below giving Credit to Patrick Sauer who wrote the article. It was sure fun talking with Pat during the interview. I hope he is doing well.
"WoodDesigner: One Man's Tree is Another Man's Treasure
Published: 14 September 2012
Since his days in high school shop class, Linderman, 46, has loved working with his hands. His family includes a bunch of loggers, so woodworking was his natural calling, if not his career. An electrician by trade, Linderman tinkered with items on the weekends for fun until he realized, "I'd run out of things to make for myself."
He decided to enter the marketplace by making signs out of the recycled wood (he also has an in at Home Depot, which sells him discarded stuff on the cheap) in an array of designs, including kitschy slogans,handgun warnings, fishing mantras and a tribute to a '57 Chevy. Although he customized the signs' engravings, the shapes and sizes were generally uniform, which meant there was plenty of leftover wood for experimentation. He began handmaking board games in his Houston workshop, harkening back to classics like Aggravation, Wahoo and Tic Tac Toe. Once they started to sell, he even had a woman contact him about a game called Zots, which her grandfather played on a troop ship crossing the Atlantic during World War II. He made her a deal: Send the instructions on how to play the game and it was free. He isn't just a craftsman -- he's a board "gamer" as well.
That was a unique situation, but it took Linderman awhile to figure out the best way to peddle his wares. He tried selling the items at a few craft shows, but found all the traveling and "monkeying around" took him away from the workshop and defeated the point. He also didn't care for the eBay route because it required monitoring the auctions, and the percentage of sales was more than he wanted to pay. He found the channels he was looking for at artisan-driven online stores like ETSY and ArtFire, where listings are dirt-cheap, and they only take 5 percent of sales.
Although Linderman says he could never match the salary, benefits and insurance of his day job, he considers WoodDesigner more than a hobby, thanks to the state of the economy. Recently, the company Linderman works for had layoffs. He calculated what it would take to pay the bills and made sure that his side gig would provide security just in case.
Fortunately, Linderman still has his electrician job, but he isn't slowing down on the woodworking. He spends eight hours a day on the weekends keeping up with the orders, working on eight to 10 items in various states of cutting, painting and polyurethaning. His only help is "head of quality control," girlfriend Regina Randall. They do all the work, and minus the shipping and sweeping hassles, it's a labor of love.
Linderman may never make more than a few bucks, but he's helping recycle, reuse and reduce an important natural resource in a way that's a lot more fun than a homemade compost bin. It's the perfect second career for a man who doesn't think of tree limbs on the sidewalk as you and I do.
As Linderman says, wherever he sees wood, he asks himself, "Well now, that's got an interesting grain. What can we do with it?"
Patrick Sauer is a contributor for AOL Small Business and a freelance writer for Fast Company, ESPN,Popular Science, Smith and Huffington Post Humor. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Presidents. Originally from Billings, Mont., he now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. For more from Patrick, follow him on Twitter (@pjsauer), or visit www.patricksauer.com."
Hello, A little more about me. I started woodworking when I was around 12 years old and have been "messing" with wood ever since. So far I have managed to keep all my fingers so I consider my woodworking Hobby successful. YAY!!
I believe in honest friendly transactions and I want you to be totally satisfied with your purchase. Check out my shop and I hope you enjoy yourself. Every Item in my shop was hand made by me in my little one man hobby shop.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
Cash works but DO NOT send cash in the mail. Cash is reserved for items picked up locally. All Money orders and Checks to clear before shipping.
I will REFUND any major overpayment in SHIPPING.
I Ship on mainly on Thursdays and Fridays.
I ship to the address you provide to Paypal, Etsy, or to me VIA convo or email.
* I usually ship via Fedex or USPS.
* Items on website will ship within 7-12 business days.
* I send a tracking number on all items shipped via email
* I will automatically insure EVERY item that is shipped.
* Custom Made items will ship within 9-14 days as I need time to make your custom item and you don't want me to do a rush job. :-)
* I use recycled boxes and packaging for shipping. Meaning I don't buy shipping boxes. It’s my way of helping the environment and keeping "your" shipping costs as low as possible. So don't be surprised if your sign arrives in a Toaster or TV box or wrapped in cardboard and wrapping paper as both of us are doing our part for the environment.
If you live in Houston Texas and would rather pick an item up rather than paying shipping let me know. Who knows you might right down the block and you can save shipping costs.
I will ship INTERNATIONAL (Canada and the U.S) BUT PLEASE convo me prior to purchase for shipping quote via USPS.
Refunds and Exchanges
I need to be notified if an item is damaged in shipping so that I can file a claim. So far I have had only a few damaged items that's why I stick with USPS and FedEx. I may need pictures showing any damage caused by shipping.
Items damaged for other reasons may void my refund and exchange policy.
Additional policies and FAQs
First 30 days full warranty including shipping.
After 30 days I will replace anything I make for 25.00 which includes shipping.
After 1 year I will replace anything I make for for 35.00 which includes shipping.
All I may require for warranty is a picture showing the reason a warranty has been requested.