I was reading an email from Etsy this morning and thought I would pass it along. Etsy is an online market place for handmade or crafty / artsy products. One of their vendors is a company called Timber Green Woods. I don’t know much about the company other than what I’ve read and by visiting their store on Etsy. They have a line of simple (but well designed) wood products that they make from local timber. The majority of the work is done using a laser to cut out the shapes.
When you think manufacturing, its easy to think everything has to be done in a giant building with a concrete floor. However employees of Timber Green have parts of their day that look like this:
These products are a great example of turning a local resource (the lumber) into a family of products without a tremendous amount of capital investment. Then they used an online presence (with a lot of SEO work and wordsmithing) to grow their sales. This is a wonderful formula where they made the use of the resources at hand and applied good design plus some innovative thinking to achieve success.
Here is the link to the story: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2014/quit-your-day-job-timber-green-woods/
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