The Harvest Trail Journey
Building from Scratch
The Harvest Trail Journey expanded into the woodworking business in 2014 out of necessity. My husband Starson, a chef by trade, and myself, an agricultural guru of sorts (I have 2 degrees in Agriculture and after 10 years of wearing high heels happily went back boots and dirt), decided to pick up a hammer and some free wood. We were going to attempt to build some furniture for our TINY 1960's bungalow style bathroom built with absolutely no storage. Where did people put stuff back then?
We didn’t want to run out and pay for something we knew wouldn’t fit and that would likely fall apart pretty quickly, eventually adding space in a landfill somewhere (yuck, let's try and be a little sustainable right?). So like many other newly hammer wielding women, I searched Pinterest for ideas and created boards like crazy. I printed pages of ideas and took them to my husband. To my surprise, he agreed to build. We built two floor units, one in the very popular shabby chic style and one to match our rustic decor (we both grew up in the southwest and it's definitely reflected in our style).
A short while later we heard about Etsy, a online store where people making their own goods can have a virtual shop. I was free lance writing for a local food magazine (Edible Santa Fe) and working on an economic impact study for a local food cooperative that was about to wrap up and therefore welcomed the chance at another line of revenue. So we set up shop, and much to our surprise and delight- started selling! The shabby chic bathroom storage shelves we first built for ourselves is now our best selling item.
It’s only been one year and we are so grateful for the growth of woodworking business, our Etsy shop has even been featured on “Etsy Finds” -literally chosen out of millions of products to be showcased for the month of October in 2015 . We have come so far in a year and are very excited about the next chapter in our business.