My Handmade Journey – Specialties Craft

We are back with another interview in our handmade journey series and this week we are talking to Billie and her husband Robert who are owners of a wood crafting shop called Specialties Craft.

Robert hand cuts each of their items on a scroll saw. That is no easy task! Be sure to stop by their shop and have a look but first enjoy our interview.

1)    Tell us a little about yourself?

Robert and I have been happily married for 25 years and have 3 awesome kids. 

2)    What do you sell?

Our Etsy shop consists primarily of Scroll sawed Woodcrafts during the Christmas season we have several listings that are Ornaments they range from the traditional Santa ornaments to Pet ornaments the biggest seller is our Dachshund ornaments and we are fortunate to have some repeat customers every year, we also keep our ornaments up year round and have just this year began adding just simple woodcuts and are trying to make some seasonal ones which are proving popular as customers can paint and decorate them any way they choose our ornaments paintable as well.

3)    Without giving away your secrets can you describe a little about your process or the time that goes into making an item?

All of the Woodcrafts are cut using a scroll saw and the time it takes truly varies depending on how intricate the patterns are.

4)    How long have you run your shop? Full time or Part time?  If part-time when do you carve out time to dedicate to your shop?

Our Etsy shop is part-time. This is our 3rd Christmas season and our busiest season most of the time spent is evenings and weekends.

 Photo Credit: Specialties Craft Photo Credit: Specialties Craft

5)    Your favorite part of running your shop

Robert is the true craftsman of the shop and says it sometimes actually helps him relax he loves working with the tools and takes pride in making everything look just right.

6)    The least favorite part of running your own shop

Trying to make it all work, he hates waste or losing whatever project he’s working on.

7)    What helps you to stay motivated and creating new products? Do you listen to podcasts or have any favorite Etsy guru’s you follow?

Our motivation is the extra income and yes sometimes I research or try changing up my listings or even trying to find what may be popular.

 Photo Credit: Specialites Craft Photo Credit: Specialties Craft

8)    Your best advice for someone thinking of opening a shop up on Etsy or for someone struggling with their current shop?

It truly is both fun and frustrating at times but do not give up just when you think no one likes your items or you’re never going to get that sale it just seems to happen.

To anyone thinking of trying I say try. I am happy that I made that leap and when you hear the Cha-Ching it’s all worth it.

Thank you to Billie for sharing her handmade journey and be sure to stop over at their only shop to see all the amazing hand-cut woodwork.

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