It's felt odd to start a business duirng this global pandemic, and to start one by accident feels even more strange. Our days are packed and busy, but it's not lost on us how many other people are really struggling. It's those real life struggles that help to center us in gratitude and giving back in the best way we can.
People all over the world are out of work. I read a great article about how we are all in the same storm but certainly not in the same boat. Our boat is afloat, and the mere fact we can hire our own teenagers, to help give them some structure and income, makes us feel a little better.
Our days spent in the workshop are creative and collaborative. Ideas to build something or improve something dominate our conversations. There are jokes that Heidi and Derek's pillow talk centers around routers and jigsaw blades.
Just last week, as we sanded and stained and cut wood, the conversation shifted to how these craftsman-earned skills are "old school," that so many of our homes and household goods began centuries ago in a workshop. That our grandfather used the tools we are using to build furniture back in the 1930s feels remarkable.
We are grateful to be in the workshop. We are grateful to be working. We are grateful for the reception of Breuners Furniture. We are grateful for you.