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Behind the Shop: An Interview with Two Acre Woodworks

One of the best things about buying handmade items is knowing that you are purchasing from a real person rather than a huge corporation. There is something special about ordering something that you know was made by an individual person’s own two hands. The love, passion, and talent that go into each piece is something that simply cannot be replicated in a mass-manufacturing facility. 

At Rustiqued, we love getting to know the people behind the shops and are thrilled to announce that we will be sharing monthly interviews with our sellers. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with Andy of Two Acre Woodworks, who started making custom cutting boards about 3.5 years ago as a hobby before launching his business as a side gig. Today, he has more than 21,000 followers on Instagram and has come to be one of the “go-to” custom board people. Keep reading to learn more about Andy and Two Acre Woodworks! 

Who are you? Tell us a bit about yourself. 

My name is Andy. I’m located outside of Stratton, Colorado, and I am the owner of Two Acre Woodworks. I come from a background of farmers and mechanics and have a college degree in automotive restoration. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, working in the garden, camping, and spending time with my wife and kids. 

Please tell us a bit about Two Acre Woodworks. What types of products do you make? How did you get started? 

Two Acre Woodworks mostly makes high-end, end grain cutting boards. I specialize in unique designs and inlaid boards. It started as a personal hobby where I made a board for us, then my uncle, then a friend. Word quickly spread that I was making cutting boards, and several people requested on. Shortly after, I got started on social media, and that’s when the business really took off. 

Initially, I started the business as a side gig. Things got busier and busier, though, so my wife and I decided I should take the leap and quit my job as a diesel mechanic to start making cutting boards full-time. Originally, the plan was to do this for a year until we had gotten moved into a larger place. Slowly over the last few years, I’ve built a name and following and in the last six months decided to stick with it. Making boards is my true passion, and I love it! 

Please share a bit about your creative process. Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you have a studio? 

I draw a lot of inspiration from the things around me. My brick wall cutting boards, American flag boards, Texas flag boards, and so on are all recreations of things that can be found in our everyday lives. With the addition of the CNC, I have been able to take a lot of my designs to the next level by adding hardwood inlays. 

My shop is full of lumber, tools, and sawdust. It’s also insulated and climate-controlled to make it an ideal place to work year-round. 

In your opinion, what is the best part of having your own business selling handmade items? 

It allows me to be my own boss and spend my days doing something I’m passionate about and love doing. 

What are the biggest challenges you face as an artisan? 

One of the bigger challenges that I face as an artisan is the pricing at box stores. There is always someone who wants something that is handmade and customized for the same price as they’d pay for a standard cutting board at Walmart. This, of course, causes issues and hurts sales because I can’t complete with those prices. In the end, though, I feel that my quality shows that I am making a superior product that is worth a higher price. 

What made you decide to start selling on Rustiqued? 

I learned about Rustiqued through a friend. Upon looking at their platform and talking with Sergei, I felt like it would be a great addition to my arsenal of selling items – especially with the loss of shows where I’ve sold in the past. 

What advice would you like to share with others who are thinking about selling their handmade creations online? 

Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t expect to make sales the first day! It was three weeks before I made my first sale on my own website. Also, don’t be afraid to have variety and diversity in your shop. Cutting boards may be my main focus, but I make and sell other products, too. I offer several smaller items for people who would like to buy from me but aren’t in the market for a custom cutting board. 

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