Our mission is to provide natural wooden products that serve as an alternative to plastics and other materials (that can contain lead, toxins and other chemicals that are detrimental to the environment and health) while lowering the cost of doing so.
We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy healthy, sustainable and high quality toys, blocks, crafts and more! That's why we will always be committed to providing our products at an affordable price to all of our customers around the world.
In the Past
A small start
When I started out with my business, I pieced together my workshop from old pallet wood pieces and scrap that I found. I even went to the extreme and made my own table saw by affixing my circular saw upside down on a table I made out of pallet wood.
Before I had opened my business I spent much of my time working with pallet wood as a means of learning new skills and techniques while not spending much at all to do it. If you would like, you can read about my pallet crafting time on my blog: Pallet Craft.
Overtime, my business started to grow, and so did my need for upgraded, precision tools.
What's in a name?
You may be wondering, what is Spud and where did the name come from?
Well as a young irish (among other things) lad I grew up disliking pototatoes to the point of utter disdain. However as I grew older (and got married) I soon learned to enjoy them.
That's not a great reason for the name so I have another!
There is fascinating hand tool called the bark spud that was and (in some cases) is still used to remove bark from logs before use.
In the end, I really like the name of Spud and it has grown on me... pun intended...
A year for growth: 2013
In 2013, my focus was on upgrading my tool's to become more precise in my work and to expand my product line. This was a great success as I purchased many new tools and expanded my product line to roughly 50 new items. I finished out the year learning how to run a business during my very first Christmas season, and it was crazy!
The birth of Spudwoodworks.com!
Spudwoodworks.com was launched in June of 2013 and is now 1 year old! It is amazing to see how much the site has changed over a year and grown in size! The site (designed and maintained by Ethan Harris) was started with approximately 15 or so pages, now the site has grown to over 100 pages and the designs are sharper and bring the customers the information they need and the shopping expierience they desire.
Take a look at how spudwoodworks.com's home page first looked when we first launched in 2013. First Edition
Growth at a fast pace! A look at 2014
2014 was a whirlwind of surprise and really tested Spud Woodworks ability to handle new growth, and handle it we did! We now operate out of a 2 door garage (farewell open air carport!) and have expanded the tools to a new level. In 2014 we really focused on making our current products better than ever while finishing out out product line of toy blocks.
More Transition in 2015
A new home to live, shop to work, products to make and truck to drive. My efforts in 2015 were much of the same; create, expand and improve. My family moved into a lovely home in Southeast Connecticut and with that went my shop. I looked for new product ideas to expand my product line and I am very excited for some new products that should be ready in 2016. I also purchased a truck to help me in my endeavers.
Check out my Facebook and Twitter pages to see some of my 2015 projects and photos as well as to see any updates from Spud Woodworks
Spud Woodworks has transitioned a lot over the years and we are always looking to improve! Today we operate through etsy as a main customer management system to help us drive customers centrally. We loved have a dedicated separate site and we still operate the spudwoodworks.com domain. However, we also feel it's best to do one thing right than to do many things poorly.
You can never know what the future might hold. However that won't keep me from making plans for where I want to take Spud going forward.
As a goal, I would like to better manage incoming orders and their turnaround time, as well as lower shipping costs overseas.
Who knows, time will tell whether my current plans will come true or if they change into something different. All I know is that Spud Woodworks is on a journey, and I will be hitching a ride.