Making Memories Around the Dining Table: My Journey to Launching My Business
I have always been passionate about woodworking and furniture making. As a child growing up in a small, rural town in Nottinghamshire, I was fascinated by the beauty of woodwork, and the craftsmanship of the furniture that was passed down through the generations in my family. I have fond memories of sitting around the dining table with my family, sharing stories and laughter. This is where my love for crafting furniture began.
From Hobby to Small Business
As I grew older, my passion for woodworking and furniture making grew stronger. I started to spend more time working for my family before being in my workshop, experimenting with different tools and techniques. I was creating beautiful pieces of furniture for my family and friends. I soon realized that this was something I could turn into a business.
My family and friends were my first customers. They were always encouraging me to pursue my dreams. After gaining some confidence, I decided to launch my business and start selling my creations online.
Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life
Before I could launch my business, I needed to come up with a name. I wanted a name that reflected my passion for woodworking and my commitment to creating beautiful pieces of furniture. After much thought, I decided to name my business “Riverwood Furniture”. The name captures the essence of what I wanted to achieve: creating pieces of furniture with modern contemporary designs using natural wood and epoxy that would be cherished for generations.
Once I had settled on a name, I needed to create a logo and a website. I wanted something that reflected my passion for woodworking and my commitment to creating beautiful pieces of furniture.
Developing a Brand Name
Once I had settled on the name and the logo, I needed to create a website. I wanted it to be professional, yet inviting and easy to navigate. I also wanted to showcase my work and give potential customers an insight into my process.
When it came to developing the website, I wanted to keep things simple. I opted for an attractive and modern design that was easy to navigate. I also took time to create a portfolio of my work and a blog to share my passion for woodworking and furniture making.
The Process of Designing a Piece
When it comes to designing a piece of furniture, my process begins with sketching out my ideas. I like to spend time sketching out the different components of the piece and how they will fit together. This helps me to get a better understanding of the structure and how it will look when it's finished.
Once I have an initial design in place, I then start to source the materials I will need. I like to use high-quality solid hardwoods. This is an important step in the process, as it helps to ensure that the piece of furniture is durable and will stand the test of time.
Choosing the Right Materials
After I have sourced the materials, I then move on to the construction stage. Every piece is crafted to the highest standard and I take great pride in my work. I pay attention to every detail, from the joinery to the finishing touches.
When it comes to selecting the right materials, I always opt for solid wood. I love the character and warmth that solid wood brings to a piece of furniture. It also has a timeless quality that will ensure the furniture can be enjoyed for generations.
Crafting the Perfect Dining Table
Once I have completed the construction stage, my next step is to finish the piece. I use a range of different finishes to enhance the look of the piece and to protect it from everyday wear and tear. I take my time to make sure that every detail is perfect, from the sanding to the staining.
When it comes to crafting the perfect dining table, I always take the time to ensure that the design is timeless and that it will be enjoyed for years to come. I use a range of different materials, such as solid oak and walnut, to create a piece of furniture that will be cherished for generations.
Making Coffee Tables
As well as crafting dining tables, I also make coffee tables. I take the same care and attention when creating coffee tables, carefully selecting the best materials and finishes. I always strive to create pieces that will be enjoyed for years to come.
When it comes to designing coffee tables, I take inspiration from the natural world. I like to incorporate natural elements into my designs, such as beautiful wood grains or interesting shapes. I also pay attention to the details, such as the legs and the feet, to ensure the piece has a timeless quality.
Crafting Desks, Chopping Boards, Shelving
In addition to dining tables and coffee tables, I also craft desks, chopping boards and shelving. When it comes to crafting these pieces, I take the same care and attention to detail.
These pieces of furniture bring a unique and timeless quality to any space. I love the way they can be used to create a beautiful, functional and inviting space. Whether it’s a desk for working from home or a chopping board for preparing meals, these pieces are designed to be enjoyed for years to come.
Launching my business has been an incredible journey. I have enjoyed every step of the process, from sketching out the designs to crafting the perfect pieces of furniture. I am passionate about creating beautiful pieces of furniture that will be cherished for generations.
My goal is to create pieces that bring people together and evoke memories of shared experiences. I am proud to be able to share my passion for woodworking and furniture making and to create pieces that will make memories around the dining table.