Charlie is Heidi and Derek's 14 year old daughter. She has been a huge asset to have in the workshop, sanding for hours while sitting on the ground.
I walked over one day to find Charlie sitting on this new workshop stool, happily sanding in the sun. I commented about the stool, "Wow! I love the new stool, where did you get that?" It was an easy guess that Derek made it, out of the coffee table scraps. I looked at him, "Please tell me we can make more of those, they are fantastic!" Derek laughed and informed me that the stool was litterally made from the leftover wood from one of the coffee tables. Still, I loved it.
Our Mom did a drive-by later that same afternoon. She too noticed Charlie perched in the sun, sanding on her workshop stool. Mom said, "That is so cute, I love it." Derek looked perplexed and thought, "Yeah, but that's just something I threw together..."
And then a neighbor was walking by with her three young boys, all riding bikes. "That's such a great stool!" By now Derek thought we were all in cahoots.
So that's our product development process. Make something out of need, with not a lot of planning, and then get feedback. Charlie's workshop stool is now one of our latest product offers. Check out the product page for more info.