June 6, 2013

Spotlight on...Kes Carvings...Just in Time Father's Day

We are overdue for a shop feature, so with Father's Day quickly approaching, we'd like to shine the spotlight on one or our own shops here in the First State which does a pretty good job of focusing on the gents. (They do make items that the ladies will like, as well, but today it's all about the guys.)

Shave Set, Razor Handle, Brush and Stand, Ironwood
Who is behind KES Carvings?
We are Mike and Emily - a husband and wife team. The business was inspired and created by Mike. Mike has been interested in woodworking since he was a teenager but was finally able to start the business in 2010. He creates all of the hand turned items and cutting boards (which accounts for virtually everything in our shop.) Emily makes the cuff links and earrings. Emily also does most of the "behind the scenes" work like taking pictures, answering emails, updating the website, shipping packages, etc. Mike grew up in Delaware but moved away for college and subsequent jobs. He always wanted to come back and we were able to move here in 2007. We both have other full time jobs but work hard in our spare time to make this a success. Our business was named after our 3 dogs Kona, Ember, and Spring. You are sure to find at least one of them hanging out with Mike as he's working.

Bolt Action Bullet Pen, Hand Turned Marblewood

Tell us a little about you Etsy shop.
We started on Etsy in 2010 and just have the one shop. We decided to open at Etsy shop because we had heard great things about the Etsy community and felt it was a great way to get our name out there. It has evolved in the range of products we offer. Mike began the business by just making pens. The business quickly expanded into a much wider variety of items but pens are still his specialty.

Do you do any craft fairs?
We do craft shows but mostly at the end of the year (Oct - Dec.) Last year we participated in 10 of them but will probably scale it back to about 5 this year. 

Wood Pen, Redwood Burl, Vertex Style
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself in regards to your Etsy shop?
I would have 2 pieces of advice for myself if I could go back in time. The first would be learn how to take good pictures. That was a BIG learning curve! The second would be not to compare our shop to other shops. Every shop is different and the best thing to do is make what you love and hope others get as excited about your product as you are.

Where can we find you?
You can also find us on facebook atwww.facebook.com/kescarvingsWe are not currently in any brick and mortar stores but that is one of our goals for 2013. 

Gillette Mach 3 Razor Handle, African Olivewood
To see more amazing razors and hand carved pens, visit KES Carvings. Doesn't your special dad deserve a really special gift?

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