We started as sign makers in the early 1970’s, making personalized redwood signs at fairs. I was an English major, but helped my sister and her husband at shows in the summer. I joined them full time in 1980, and did everything from working in the wood shop to designing product to running a laser engraver. I still work closely with my sister. I started my own business in 1986, and have been doing shows full-time since then. My husband, Tom, and I make birdhouses, mirrors, and many other whimsical items in our workshop. My sister has her own wood shop and makes the engraved garden signs that I began designing in 1997. We’ve been happily supporting ourselves as artisans for a long time!