|Project by robbinscabin||posted 03-29-2012 02:58 PM||2346 views||5 times favorited||23 comments|
When I first joined Lumberjocks I had just started woodworking and carving a few screen doors. After a lot of encouragement and helpful advice I started my little business ~ North Country Rustics. My hubby gave me a year to be successful…his definition of success: sell to people I’m not related to by DNA. Well, today is the one year anniversary of starting my business and I am THRILLED to say that I’ve had some good “success.”
We’ve had our first internet orders, our first vendor experience at an Outdoor Expo, we’ve had good interest in our Facebook page and NOW, I’m proud to announce our doors are being sold in our first retail location…Cedar Mountain Mercantile in the Salmon Run Mall, Watertown NY is displaying 3 of our doors for sale. I couldn’t be happier!
To all of you who’ve offered me your friendship and so much advice through the years…Thank You!
Picture 1: Saranac the Bear~ I’m very excited about our new assembly process. Instead of attaching the door frame on the back of the door we are now insetting the carved plywood into the frame. It’s a bit more complicated but…I love the results. It takes the doors “to the next level”.
Picture 2: Buck Shot~ Again this is our new “Lodge Style” door but I love how the antlers are now 3-D and raised off the branch in the background.
Picture 3: Keene the Moose~ I’ve been really drawn towards darker stains lately but had a request for the light cedar color.
Picture 4: Darth Moose~ After 5 years of we finally decided to retire the first bear door I ever made. It was still in excellent condition but my carving and woodworking skills have gotten so much better that I felt like it no longer represented what I can do. I told you that I’ve been into dark stains lately…and here’s the proof! I made a joke with my son when I was staining that the “Dark Side is Strong with this one…” (referencing Star Wars ~ LOL) and before long we had nicknamed this door “Darth Moose”.
Picture 5: Our first vendor booth at the Altona Outdoor Show. Met some great people and have gotten some interest in custom orders. Looking forward to more shows soon.
Picture 6: Our screen door display at Cedar Mountain Mercantile.
I don’t know if I’ll ever really be profitable with this little business but I’m breaking even and having a ton of fun! Thanks again!
-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics