Country Crafts Custom Woodworking
Hello. My name is Brian Pettengill, I’m a 25 year living in Niagara Falls. Originally from Utica NY, I moved out to the Western New York area to go to college. I went to the University at Buffalo for Architecture and Fine Arts of Sculpture. Growing up I always had a fascination for things that my grandma and grandpa would make, little wood projects for the different holidays. My grandfather saw how interested I was in woodworking so every so often he would help me use the tools and teach me little techniques. I can tell you right now I was hooked. From that moment on I was in love with wood working. Asked my family for books on wood working for my birthday and do my own wood working whenever I had the chance to. When my grandfather passed away in 2001 of lung cancer I swore to myself I would do whatever it took to do something with the knowledge he taught me. Fourteen years later, after high school, college, and the various contracting jobs after college, I finally started the business. It has been a dream come true to be able to sustain my life off of the work I do.
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Country Crafts is a custom wood working business that I decided to start back in August of 2015 with the idea of bringing beautifully hand crafted wood art to people’s homes at affordable prices. The biggest challenge I have encountered so far in this business is getting some custom work done for people with the limited tools I have. Sometimes a client asks for a custom piece and I don’t have some of the proper tools to get it done. I end up having to find creative solutions to get the work done for them. My customer base is everyone, I try to cater to as many different people as possible. Ideally in the next 5-10 years I would like to buy a warehouse space, preferably a 3 story building. The 3rd floor would be where I live, the second floor would be my workshop, and the 1st floor would be where I set up art studio spaces that people can rent out to use to hone their skills. The one thing that I am most proud of about my business is when I do a custom piece for someone that is a memorial to a loved one who has passed away, the design I do for them ends up bringing them to tears. It is such a powerful feeling knowing that my work can move people in that way. It’s one of those goose bump happy feelings.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Band Saw ($999) , Table Saw ($2469), Multiple Routers ($159), Planer ($399), Larger Scroll Saw ($499), Mortise Machine ($354), Edge Sander ($665), Spindle Sander ($389), Plywood, Solid Wood, Wood Stain, Glue, Clear Coat Finish. With these news tools I will finally be able to expand into doing custom furniture for people that implements my scroll saw work into them, making each piece I do truly 100% custom and unique to each individual client. Being able to do furniture for people will significantly increase my monthly revenue, since furniture would be higher ticket items than the work I can currently do for clients. The increase in revenue will ultimately allow me to go to bigger and more popular shows, and start to think about branching out to other companies and potentially doing wholesale contracts with said companies. The loan will impact me in more ways than just the purchase of the tools. It will let me know that the people out there who are reading this and inventing in my venture believe in the work I do and see it as a worthwhile cause. This is huge for me, wood working is my life. I have no greater love in this world than the work I do for people. Knowing that people want to help me out with this loan, well the thought of it is overwhelming happiness.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years