Made With My Own Bare Hands
“Boards don’t always want to cooperate, they’re not like plastic. When you cut plastic it’s exactly the way you want it, without knots or cracks. Dealing with the knots and imperfections takes patience. With parenting, it’s similar to woodworking, there has to be patience.
Since launching the business, our parents have played a big role. They would get nervous when I said: ‘Geoffrey’s going to quit graduate school and do woodworking full-time.’ So we had tell our parents, ‘well you raised us this way, to value our family and faith, and to put that first.’ My first shop was in my parent’s basement, where they had to listen to the machines all the time. They would stay up until one in the morning sometimes helping me finish a table.”