Online family businesses

Bruce Gee is a long-time friend, baseball comrade, and commenter on this blog.   He makes and repairs furniture for a living.   He just put together this website for his business, Heartland Furniture. I thought I’d give him a plug.

He’s done work for us–fixing up an old cedar chest that had been in the family for years but was all banged up, refinishing some furniture that badly needed it–and he’s really good. I realize that you might not live in Wisconsin to avail yourself of his services, but he might be able to do something for you. If nothing else, admire his work.

We’re celebrating vocation. I’ve always admired craftsmen of every kind. If you have a similar at-home business with a website, I invite you to give the link in a comment.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    OK, my wife & a friend run a small fine fabric/smocking supplies business called “Blumenkinder Heirlooms.”

    http://blumenkinderheirlooms.wordpress.com/

    The pleater boards in the pictures there are my work–one built by me, the other designed by me and built by another. I don’t rank up with Bruce, but I had fun with ‘em.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    OK, my wife & a friend run a small fine fabric/smocking supplies business called “Blumenkinder Heirlooms.”

    http://blumenkinderheirlooms.wordpress.com/

    The pleater boards in the pictures there are my work–one built by me, the other designed by me and built by another. I don’t rank up with Bruce, but I had fun with ‘em.

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Funny you should mention that…..

    We have been a home based business since the beginnining and still are.

    http://www.newreformationpress.com

    Dr.Veith, we love your blog and read it everyday. You are linked on our site

  • http://www.newreformationpress.com Patrick Kyle

    Funny you should mention that…..

    We have been a home based business since the beginnining and still are.

    http://www.newreformationpress.com

    Dr.Veith, we love your blog and read it everyday. You are linked on our site

  • Richard

    Speaking of vocation, read this: /www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/04/copy/director-took-religion-too-far-fired-state-workers-say.html?adsec=politics&sid=101
    Someone who took vocation too far, I think. She did mention a “God at Work” CD. Strange.

  • Richard

    Speaking of vocation, read this: /www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/04/copy/director-took-religion-too-far-fired-state-workers-say.html?adsec=politics&sid=101
    Someone who took vocation too far, I think. She did mention a “God at Work” CD. Strange.

  • cattail

    I don’t have a business myself, but I do a lot of backpacking (wilderness trekking). I can tell you that most of the innovative lightweight backpacking gear these days is made by individuals working out of their homes and selling on the internet. A few of these businesses have expanded and been bought out by the big guys (such as GoLite, bought out by Timberland), but generally when that happens, the manufacturing moves to China, the quality of the products takes a nosedive and the weight of individual items goes up and up.

    I really enjoy doing business with these “cottage” industries, from which nearly all my backpacking gear comes. The high quality of customer service from the owners and loving attention to small details in the manufacture is just not found in the larger industries or large retail outlets. Thanks to their products, I can go out for a 10-day trip carrying a 25 lb. pack and be quite comfortable (1.5 lb. tent, 1 3/4 lb. internal frame backpack, 1.5 lb. 20 degree F sleeping bag, 1 lb. luxurious sleeping pad). At age 74 and with a bum knee, there’s no way I could do this with a “normal” 40-50 lb. pack containing gear items made in China!

    By the way, ordering from the internet is an area in which a credit (not debit) card is almost essential, Mr. Veith, for the added consumer protection the credit card provides. Of course, before any purchase I make really sure that I can pay off the balance during the no-interest grace period! I don’t think that these businesses would survive without the credit card!

  • cattail

    I don’t have a business myself, but I do a lot of backpacking (wilderness trekking). I can tell you that most of the innovative lightweight backpacking gear these days is made by individuals working out of their homes and selling on the internet. A few of these businesses have expanded and been bought out by the big guys (such as GoLite, bought out by Timberland), but generally when that happens, the manufacturing moves to China, the quality of the products takes a nosedive and the weight of individual items goes up and up.

    I really enjoy doing business with these “cottage” industries, from which nearly all my backpacking gear comes. The high quality of customer service from the owners and loving attention to small details in the manufacture is just not found in the larger industries or large retail outlets. Thanks to their products, I can go out for a 10-day trip carrying a 25 lb. pack and be quite comfortable (1.5 lb. tent, 1 3/4 lb. internal frame backpack, 1.5 lb. 20 degree F sleeping bag, 1 lb. luxurious sleeping pad). At age 74 and with a bum knee, there’s no way I could do this with a “normal” 40-50 lb. pack containing gear items made in China!

    By the way, ordering from the internet is an area in which a credit (not debit) card is almost essential, Mr. Veith, for the added consumer protection the credit card provides. Of course, before any purchase I make really sure that I can pay off the balance during the no-interest grace period! I don’t think that these businesses would survive without the credit card!

  • ptl

    Do you do wine racks? That’s becoming a pretty popular thing now a days….

  • ptl

    Do you do wine racks? That’s becoming a pretty popular thing now a days….

  • Bruce Gee

    I came THIS CLOSE to building a wine cellar for a client a few years ago, a heart surgeon. He was about to pull the string on it when…he changed his mind and moved away. Too many heart surgeons in the area, I guess.
    I have some nice plans, though.

    Thanks for the plug, Ed! At this time I am not currently doing service calls to Virginia.

  • Bruce Gee

    I came THIS CLOSE to building a wine cellar for a client a few years ago, a heart surgeon. He was about to pull the string on it when…he changed his mind and moved away. Too many heart surgeons in the area, I guess.
    I have some nice plans, though.

    Thanks for the plug, Ed! At this time I am not currently doing service calls to Virginia.

  • Betty

    My son, Mark Steffen, manufactures fiberglass and graphite flyrods in his “garage” (built for his business). He makes them “from scratch” and he does it alone… no employees. It keeps him busy. His website is:

    http://www.steffenbrothersflyrods.com/

    note to cattail: He makes a five-piece rod, especially for backpackers…

    Betty

  • Betty

    My son, Mark Steffen, manufactures fiberglass and graphite flyrods in his “garage” (built for his business). He makes them “from scratch” and he does it alone… no employees. It keeps him busy. His website is:

    http://www.steffenbrothersflyrods.com/

    note to cattail: He makes a five-piece rod, especially for backpackers…

    Betty

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com Cary Schwarz

    I’ve been plugged on this blog before, but here goes:

    http://www.caryschwarz.com

    I make smaller pieces of leather out of bigger pieces of leather. Sometimes I put flowers on them.

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com Cary Schwarz

    I’ve been plugged on this blog before, but here goes:

    http://www.caryschwarz.com

    I make smaller pieces of leather out of bigger pieces of leather. Sometimes I put flowers on them.


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