Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
We are a two-person family business, started, funded, and ran by an uncle / nephew team from Indiana. We describe ourselves as artists and woodworkers and joke tellers. We try to laugh a lot.
How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
The name reflects the way our business began, and the way we still operate today: we have personally gathered most of the wood we use from trees that have been naturally felled or from the leftovers discarded by initial harvesters, and therefore, Second Harvest Inc is a reminder of our commitment to the environment and its resources.
We started the business because of our passion for the product, our desire to create artwork about which others can be passionate, and for all the challenges that come with. So far we have not been disappointed.
What or who inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from the artwork and creativity of others, and from our own motivations to continually improve and create boxes that are more impressive and eye-catching. We want to produce the highest quality functional art possible, and we drive ourselves to achieve that goal. Seeing astounding works from other artists proves this to be possible.
What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
- and of course -must-have
What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Highly figured woods or striking minerals, fossils, or stones are what usually excite us. However, since we can put almost any item into our boxes, we are always drawn to new ideas and to trying new types of supplies: making a lid with pressed rose petals, replica rings, and photos from a wedding, for example. Our supply addiction comes from the fact that our supply possibilities are endless, and so we’re continually getting items in brand new categories.
What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
We share many of the same interests, including hiking, outdoor activities, sports, traveling, and reading. We also try to make time for individual hobbies such as wood turning, painting, and classic vehicle restoration, but above all, spending time with our family and loved ones takes precedent.
Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
We really enjoy making malachite boxes because of the variety of grain patterns you can find in the stones, but the most enjoyable box we’ve ever made would probably have to be one no longer in the store. Recently we made a box specifically for an order of nuns in Peru, South America, and then hand-delivered it to their monastery. Witnessing their joy in receiving the box made all the work we put into it well worthwhile.
Are there other places on the net we can find you?
Our website is www.secondharvestinc.com, and it contains pictures of the wide range of styles, sizes, and accent types we have built, along with more information on our company.