The following text was our entry into this year’s American Made competition (different images accompanied). From the About page: “Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.” As nominees, it was a thrill to be in the company of such a wide group of makers from across the country. There are three days remaining to cast your vote for the Audience Choice award. The contest culminates with a summit in NYC in November.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.
Adam studied Geology in college, but when his employer asked where he saw himself in five years, his reply was “building furniture”. When he left that job he did just that, working first at an established shop; then setting out on his own. Naturally, an extra set of hands came in handy, so Nicole soon joined him, helping out in the woodshop, at installs, and running the other aspects of the business.
In fifteen years, the business has evolved from a sole proprietor to a partnership, and now to a S-corporation this year. We’ve had a handful of employees over the years, but at our core it’s two people working together, and one very experienced set of hands. Much of our work is custom- we receive input from the client, and we listen carefully to their desires, refine the design and select the most appropriate materials and finishes. Adam thrives on making new original furniture, allowing the wood to speak for itself and creating a piece that is functional, beautiful, and durable.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE, SHOP, OR STUDIO.
We started our business in a neglected 18th century springhouse on a horse farm where we lived in our early twenties. Currently, the woodshop operates from a much roomier 4,000 square foot former sawmill building with a separate finishing room, making for superior end products. We’re utilizing a one room schoolhouse as our furniture showroom. The company office is located in a decomissioned timber-framed Methodist church, which is now our home, and only a short walk away from the woodshop. As a family business, this is optimal, since our kids can take a quick stroll over and play at the shop, watch Papa build, and make little wood sculptures by his side. The larger shop space allows for storage of a large inventory of locally sawn and dried lumber and slab wood to draw from for any project without having to go hunting through the stacks at the sawmill or lumberyard.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
As an isolated craftsman working alone in a rural setting, Adam is inspired by the community of woodworkers on Instagram. Being involved in a conversation about the work, and receiving feedback from such a wide range of individuals is great, as is seeing all the amazing craftsmanship out there by other makers. We’re lucky to live in a sylvan paradise where there are four beautiful seasons and the most incredible forests. As woodworkers, this is fortunate; and as outdoor people it is extraordinarily fulfilling to have hiking, foraging, paddling, and more – just minutes from our doorstep.
WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT?
Springhouse Shop and Studio combines time honored joinery skills with the highest quality workmanship and materials. We offer original design and fabrication of nearly anything built of wood, serving clients from the mountains to the cities of New York, Philadelphia and beyond.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR?
Go with what you’re passionate about. Be authentic. Look for your niche. Ask for help from those who are more experienced. Learn as much as you can. Feed your inner fires.
WHAT DOES AMERICAN MADE MEAN TO YOU?
Buying American made products supports real sustainability. Choosing American made work is a vote for the long picture over the quick bottom line. American made craftsmanship might cost a little more than the imports, but that choice nourishes American families, and American jobs. When you buy products made with local materials, by local labor, you are demonstrating your wholehearted belief in your community and making a choice you can feel good about.
Springhouse Shop and Studio Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals
Benton, PA, February 4, 2014 – Springhouse Shop and Studio of Benton, PA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The furniture and cabinetmaking company, which is poised to celebrate their 10th year in their Luzerne County location, was chosen by the Houzz community.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals.
“We are so proud to be chosen for this recognition. We hope it will help us to reach new customers and impress on them the quality of our woodworking”, remarked Nicole Karr, Vice President.
“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Springhouse Shop and Studio among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Springhouse Shop and Studio, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
The Springhouse Shop and Studio has been crafting wood furniture and creating truly custom cabinets for fifteen years. They work with homeowners, interior designers, and architects on custom woodwork all over the Mid-Atlantic US. Unique handmade furniture is available at their new store www.CampaignFurniture.us, with a retail location in a historic one room schoolhouse near Ricketts Glen State Park.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com
We are so excited to announce that several pieces of our furniture will be available on One Kings Lane later today starting at 9 pm eastern time in their Loft Living Contemporary Furniture sale. Included will be campaign furniture and the European Walnut Dressers.