* What is your name and your shop name
My name is Tim and my shop is Wooden Roads
* How did you get started in your craft?
In 1994 my wife and I bought a home. As usual with a new home, we needed a few repairs and upgrades. So I started watching all the home improvement shows and that got me interested in wood working. Since then I’ve made many pieces of furniture.
* What made you decide to sell on Etsy?
A friend of my wife’s mentioned it to me and I began to read all the help articles. After that I just had to try it.
* Tell us about the items in your shop:
For my jewelry boxes I tried to use woods that complement each other. I love working with walnut. It starts out very dull and then you sand and wipe on a finish. It takes on a character and depth that’s very warm. All the mod holders are left over from working with a wholesaler. That’s why there’re priced inexpensively. I’m developing a line of bathroom accessories that I hope people will like.
* What inspires you?
The best is when I can fill a need for someone. From store displays to simple storage solutions working to solve problems really gets me going.
* How long you have been crafting or selling
Since 1994 I’ve been a hobbyist woodworker. In 2011 I decided I wanted to go full time at this.
* What your plans are for the future with your work
I’d like to continue to develop items for the home. For the bathroom my next item will be a toothbrush holder. It will go with the toilet paper holder and soap holders. I would like to work with a jewelry maker to develop a display case. It would unpack into a portable display and pack back into a carrying case. I’d also like to become an employer. The best thing you can do for a person is a job.
Thank you Timothy for taking the time to tell us about your Etsy shop, the items you create and what inspired you!