Meet the Maker: Field Treasure Designs
Meet the Maker is a blog series focused on introducing and sharing the story of other makers, artisans and small business owners doing creative work that reflects the Maker. Our hope is to build a community that is collaborative, open and encouraging as we unpack the Why behind the What.
This week we're featuring Field Treasure Designs. We spoke with Andrew about his story and are excited to share how he's turned a hobby into a thriving small business. His products are unique, handcrafted and durable — and they look so rad. Thanks, Andrew!
Why did you start Field Treasure Designs?
It was actually by accident. I started making things around our newly purchased home and my wife and I thought some people might want to buy some of my stuff online. So we opened an etsy shop and about 4 years later, here we are. I love projects and building things. I love developing processes and systems and it has been super fun learning how to run a small business.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Well this is really just a hobby since I work full time for a ministry organization called Pine Cove. You can find out more about that at pinecove.com. What I love most about this hobby called Field Treasure Designs is how there is constantly something new to learn and new people to meet. We also love being able to sell goods to people all over the country. That gives us a ton of joy.
What are your biggest challenges?
Our biggest challenges are ourselves. Everyday you have to fight against insecurity and fear of failure. Those are the things that keep most people from doing this kind of thing. We love being challenged through our small business but its not easy!
What's your big audacious dream for your work?
It would probably be to start a middle school/high school woodworking/design/small business curriculum that could be offered in local schools around the nation. We sincerely desire to help young people develop constructive skills and unlock each one’s creative potential to build not only great things, but great lives as well.
What's the biggest lesson you've learned since starting your business?
That anything is possible if you don't mind who gets the credit and if you aren't afraid to think outside the box! We have been blown away with what happens when you have courage and a desire to learn coupled with a hard work ethic!