I changed the name from Straw Woodwork to Straw and Company Fine Woodwork earlier this year. Changing the name is a way for me to be honest to the public and to the folks that work with me. Even though my name is attached to the business, the work, the service, the design, just about everything relies on more people than just me. Neil and I have been together for over 15 years, Patrick over 5 years. We lost Timmy and Clayton, each about three year tenures. Timmy went back to Poland with his wife Alex and has begun equipping his shop. Clayton is off exploring his creative pursuits. He comes back to help us when we get snowed under. We brought on three new people in 2019, Oscar, Jay, and Aaron, now we are a total of 6 (and sometimes Gabe (7)). The relationships and the skills that we build take time and intention, this is not an easy job and we do not do easy work. The guys show up and put in their all because they are respected, supported and they find the work to be fulfilling. As a rule, I make an effort to surround myself with good people, in life and in work. You may judge me by the company I keep.

December 26, 2019