Have you always run your current business?
I started woodworking in 2013 and officially began Beekeeper Woodworks in 2017 after years of sharing my passion with family and friends. I’m so excited to bring high quality kitchen and homeware to Fulton Farmer’s Market this summer!
What materials do you like to work with in your business?
I source almost all of the domestic hardwood I use locally, and whenever possible I seek out wood from other projects to repurpose. My favorite pieces to build are the ones in which I can incorporate metal ornamentation. The magnetic bottle opener, pepper mills, and coffee grinders are some of my favorites.
What’s your favorite thing to get from other vendors at the market?
The reason I love being part of Fulton Farmer’s Market both as a vendor and a consumer is to be exposed to the passion of the all the vendors that participate. Of course I love buying fresh produce and seeing products other artists have created, but more than anything, I love talking to the farmers and other vendors about what they do and why they love to do it.
What question do people not ask you about the market that you wish they did?
I am always excited to talk to market goers about the things I have in my booth. The one thing that I’d love to talk more about it is the process I undertook to create and produce each of those products. Once people make a purchase, that pepper grinder or cutting board becomes interwoven into the story of the food they prepare and the meals they share. I’m always excited to bring a little more to that story by talking about how that product came into being before it makes to their home and table.
Do you have a favorite market memory?
My favorite market memory is actually from my first business. I went to college in the Pacific Northwest, and at the time I ran my own pretzel business. It was a big step in sharing something that I had created with a public audience, and I felt incredibly supported by the market community in pursuing running my own business.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about your business?
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet a lot of kindred spirits while running Beekeeper Woodworks, and I think that their enthusiasm and encouragement have been the best advice I’ve received.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
If I could have any superpower, it would be to know everything. On the flipside, as much as I love knowledge, I think I might love learning even more so maybe my superpower would be the ability to slow down time. That would give me more time for learning, taking naps, and those kind of things.
What do you do when you’re not doing work for your business?
The most exciting thing I do when not woodworking is spending time with my wife Katherine and our little baby boy Jasper. Hopefully you’ll get to meet both of them at the market as well.
I also have the privilege of coaching rowing at the Minneapolis Rowing Club and working as the boatman for the University of Minnesota Women’s Crew Team.