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An Etsy Team of Two

Susan and Laurens from WildAtHeartWood share their story of how they team up and use their respective skills to run a shop on Etsy. 

For more than 30 years Laurens, my husband had been a middle school Industrial Arts teacher. Frequently we run into former students (now adults) who tell us they still have their footstools, birdhouses, and other wood pieces they had made under his guidance.  

In anticipation of retirement, Laurens built a workshop (known as the Dog House) just a few steps from our backdoor.  Now he had the space and the time to test his talents and skills as a woodworker.  I was blown away when I saw what he was capable of creating!  

It took a while, but I finally talked him into opening an Etsy Shop.  Because he has absolutely no interest in computers, I was assigned all the duties associated with setting up and maintaining Wild at Heart Wood.   Who knew the biggest challenge would be communication between craftsman and word crafter?

When we opened Wild at Heart Wood the only thing I knew about wood was how to spell it.  Laurens would make these beautiful pieces (boxes and tables) and the only thing I knew about them was the wood species.  After three years as an Etsian, I have learned how to differentiate walnut from cherry, oak from ash, etc.  I’ve learned about live edge, mitered joints, dovetails, tenons, jigs and urban forests.  

It remains a challenge to write worthy descriptions of Laurens’ creations.  It seems he doesn’t understand what I mean when I say tell me everything involved in making this piece.  Yet, when he’s talking to someone who compliments his work, his descriptions are vivid, lively and very, very interesting.  

I guess as he continues to craft incredible works of art, I’ll keep studying woodworking sites to find out how he does it.  

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