DollarMountain

Rustic, American artwork built by Marine Veteran

Grants Pass, Oregon 213 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (26)

DollarMountain

Rustic, American artwork built by Marine Veteran

Grants Pass, Oregon | 213 Sales

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Donnie Farmer

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About DollarMountain

Sales 213
On Etsy since 2015

This was never my intention to start a business making and selling rustic wooden flags. Truth is, my wife and I made a flag for our kitchen when we lived on base in Camp Pendleton that I measured wrong. Probably wouldn't have even posted it but I had to laugh at my gross miscalculation. Well that led to a lot of praise and admiration. In 2015, when we were faced with some family hardship and my active duty pay was not enough, I rolled the dice and bought some lumber and paint. In my brother's garage I put together 3 flags and very hesitantly, I posted them on my personal Facebook page for sale.

To my surprise, they sold immediately, and Dollar Mountain Woodworks was born.

Remember, I said that this business was not something I planned on. It was, and still is, a vehicle to get us to where we need to be. While I enjoy making these flags, and I find it extremely therapeutic to see a project from start to finish, there is more to us than just selling painted wood flags.

Even the chosen name, Dollar Mountain Woodworks, is a tribute to what I truly feel is our higher calling. Dollar Mountain is nothing more that a small hill on the Northside of my hometown of Grants Pass, Oregon. At a mere 1860 feet elevation, it is not exactly Mount Everest. On the other hand, the hills, creeks, ravines, and granite pits surrounding it hold some of my favorite memories as a child. My childhood friend Justin and I spent more time here than we did anywhere else. It was here that we played "Red Dawn" and "Full Metal Jacket" staying out so late that our parents didn't even bother to ask when we would return.

Fast forward to the winter of 2002. I was a Sergeant of Marines, deployed to Africa and the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I called home to check in and I was told that Justin had taken his own life. For me, this is the moment that guided the rest of my life. I don't have any answers for why he did what he did. And I'm smart enough to know that asking those questions over and over again would only keep me in a perpetual state of misery, doubt and pain.

Unfortunately, Justin was not the last close friend that I would lose to suicide. In fact, over the years, I've lost around a dozen close friends and associates to this affliction. I've been there myself more times than I want to admit. What I have found is that, through self reflection and allowing yourself to process both positive and negative emotions, you can help yourself overcome anything.

I started making wooden flags because I needed money. Plain and simple. I needed to find a second source of revenue and through a lot of failures, I managed to find some success in marketing myself and carving out a niche. My style evolved, I found new methods, new commerce platforms, and I started making enough money that we could afford to feed our four children and keep up our small farm in Oregon.

Most importantly, it gave us time to devote our energy and attention towards a cause that is much bigger than making money. My wife and I started to pursue degrees in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and together with like minded individuals we are launching a non-profit aimed at teaching mindfulness meditation in outdoor settings for our nations veterans.Proceeds from every sale directly impact our ability to reach more and more veterans and first responders and get them out of their element and into the great outdoors.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to learn more about who you are and what this flag means to you and your family.

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    Elliot has been a member of the team since 2018. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, and fellow outdoor adventure enthusiast.

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