|Founder, Donnelly Designs Woodworking|
The drive to make it on my own is certainly from my father. He had a hot-air balloon when he was younger. He built bobsled frames that were used in the Olympics. He built race cars. He’s always been a part of everything. He can fix everything. That's where I really get it from.
The hardwood was found by myself and my father and a family friend of ours a decade ago. He owns a few hundred acres. So we cut it down, dragged it out of the woods with the tractors, and took it to the sawmill. And then they've been air drying all this time. So the hardwood is all locally sourced. Some of the others are from the Orange Delphi valley, which is on the way to Cazenovia.
The woodworking world on Instagram right now is just being overrun by women, and it's so cool. Sawdust is man glitter.
The most important thing for any side-hustling woodworker to know is you're going to screw up a lot. It's going to cost your money. You just have to find the way to do it and be open to trying new things and failing. And don't cut yourself badly.